Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
30 May 2019 Specialised equipment helps kids Move to Learn

The Colleambally Preschool received $5,000 from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, funded by the Monsanto Fund, to purchase essential equipment for its Move to Learn program.The program specifically supports the sensory needs of students to help them cope better with their environment and outside contributing factors that affect their behaviour.

30 May 2019 Storage shed sparks joy in Boho South

A new storage shed at the Boho South Hall in north-eastern Victoria was funded with a $3,157 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the R.E. Ross Trust.The shed has enabled a decluttering of the Hall, with items such as furniture and tennis nets now finding a new home in the shed, along with the ride on mower, which had previously been housed at community members' homes.

30 May 2019 Creating a space for community groups to gather

The Roma Bush Gardens Association received a $15,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to install two picnic tables under a shaded roof.The new facilities have proven to be popular with nature groups, local aged care residents and others just seeking a space to be active. The shaded areas are welcomed after the drought killed trees that were providing natural shade.

30 May 2019 Mobile skate park launches in Coolamon Shire

A mobile skate park was the creative solution the communities of Matong and Ganmain came up with to provide a sense of place and belonging for the younger people in their communities.The Coolamon Shire Council received a $25,000 Tailored Grant, funded by The Berrembed Trust, to purchase and install the necessary infrastructure, which is shared between the communities on a rotational basis.

29 May 2019 Small Grant allows National Remote Indigenous Media Festival to get mobile

First Nations Media Australia secured $5,000 from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The Pratt Foundation, to purchase iPads, mobile phones and software to help deliver one of the 2017 festival's key workshops, Working with Mobile Devices.

30 Apr 2019 IT upgrade for WA Visitor Centre

A $2,500 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program funded an IT upgrade at the Mt Barker Visitor Centre that has made a world of difference for the self-funded tourism bureau in southern WA. They sent us a wonderful note of thanks explaining how the grant enabled them to purchase, install and configure the equipment necessary to enhance technology solutions and service delivery for visitors to the Centre.

30 Apr 2019 Youth for Youth

A youth-led project, coordinated by Regional Youth Support Services on the Central Coast of NSW, has created a series of initiatives aimed at giving LGBTQIA+ youth a platform to express themselves and to help normalise sexuality and gender diversity into the broader community. The $9,000 Heywire grant was used to produce a series of podcasts, and a YouTube documentary focused on LGBTQIA+ youth-related topics.

30 Apr 2019 Firing up to generate income

A $4,640 grant funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation via the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, has increased the productivity of a core group of Indigenous ceramic artists at the Ernabella Arts Centre in South Australia.

30 Apr 2019 Growing together in the community garden

The Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre used a $5,599 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant to design, construct and plant a community vegetable garden, supporting skill sharing and healthier eating behaviours. The gardening project engaged a cross section of the isolated Tasmanian community, resulting in skills sharing, confidence building and new friendships and social circles, not to mention some tasty produce shared among the committed gardeners.

29 Mar 2019 GR&Wing Whittlesea Men's Shed

The Whittlesea Men's Shed is an integral part of the local community, providing a supportive environment for men to come together, share and learn skills and contribute to their local community. Such is the reputation the group is regularly called upon to build quality items such as outdoor furniture, toys and restorations for community groups. They received $19,000 from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness (GR&W) program to build a dedicated facility to store timber that is either bought or donated to the Men's Shed.

29 Mar 2019 Tai chi wards off arthritis in the Wheatbelt

Older residents in the small town of Kondinin, in the Eastern Wheatbelt of Western Australia, are now able to improve their fitness thanks to two newly-qualified tai chi instructors who are intent on helping with falls prevention and managing arthritis. A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant to the Kondinin Progress Association, funded by John T Reid Charitable Trusts, enabled the community-minded volunteers to gain their tai chi instructor's qualifications, along with first aid training, to deliver seated tai chi classes at the local aged care facility, Yeerakine Lodge.

29 Mar 2019 Local football hero remembered with a community bus

Following the death of a beloved local who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2013, the Stand Like Stone Community Foundation approved the creation of the Steven Noble Memorial Sub-Fund. The Stand Like Stone Community Foundation channelled funds raised via its FRRR Community Foundation Fundraising Account through the sub-fund to enable the purchase of a bus to service the extended communities of Port MacDonnell, Allendale and Kongorong, for the charitable purposes of education, awareness and accessibility for rural and regional communities.

29 Mar 2019 Mackay get the power to support

During Cyclone Debbie in 2017 the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, broke its banks, flooding surrounding homes and businesses. The local Western Suburbs Clubhouse, spared from flooding, was used as a recovery centre after Cyclone Debbie at the request of local Police. The Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club received a Repair-Restore-Renew grant to install a power generator at the Clubrooms.

28 Mar 2019 Yinnar residents step up in ageing fight

A great example of the power of coming together emerged this week in the community of Yinnar, in Victoria. Following the 2009 fires, FRRR funded an exercise program for elderly people. This week, Yinnar was again affected by fires, and the trainer didn't expect many to turn up. More than 20 people came along, to support one another.

1 Mar 2019 Cards About Humanity inspires leadership development

Big hART based in Tasmania used a $4,533 grant from Domino's Give for Good program to develop Cards About Humanity. The 290 decks of cards were produced and distributed to organisations that work with young people, to get them to rethink about how they see themselves and inspire leadership development.

1 Mar 2019 Bass Valley's Op Shop upgrade

Bass Valley Community Group used a $3,500 Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grant to replace their old shed, used to store and sell larger items for its Opportunity Shop.

28 Feb 2019 Playgroup for strong community connection

The Wandoan and District Kindergarten association's playgroup had been disbanded for years. Using a Tackling Tough Times Together grant of $4,500 the Wandoan and District Kindergarten was about to re-establish a playgroup for their local community, providing fortnightly sessions.

14 Feb 2019 Raleigh Hall upgrades bring benefits

The Raleigh Hall and Recreation Reserve Management Committee received a $4,000 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program to improve the safety and comfort of the hall, by rewiring it, installing energy efficient lighting and ceiling fans.

1 Feb 2019 Re-energising remotely in FNQ

Rural retreat held on remote Oak Park Station, bringing together the community for a much needed break from drought conditions, thanks to a TTTT grant. OPSRC received a $9,500 Tackling Tough Time Together grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation for their -Re-energise Me- Rural Retreat project. The aim was to provide an opportunity to bring a community back together whilst also offering access to a psychologist, yoga, meditation, to have fitness sessions, learn about healthy eating and to have a massage. A total weekend retreat.

1 Feb 2019 Deadly Thinking in Armidale

To promote better mental health in the Armidale community, Rural and Remote Mental Health received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Give for Good program to implement mental health training called Deadly Thinking. Rural and Remote Mental Health Ltd are passionate about creating sustainable change in Aboriginal communities. They deliver culturally appropriate, accessible and relevant programs, working alongside community leaders, helpers and Elders to embed basic mental health knowledge at a local level.

31 Jan 2019 Forcett locals floored by hall reno

Repairs to the damage weren't covered by insurance, so a rough and ready solution had to make do. With the Community Hall used weekly by around 50 attendees at various activities and hired nearly every weekend for private functions, a $4,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant was sorely needed to get the space fit for purpose.

21 Dec 2018 A bounty of local fresh produce and knowledge shared in Omeo

Omeo District Health, centred in the remote Victorian Alps, provides primary health care to the communities of Ensay, Swifts Creek, Omeo, Benambra Dinner Plain and surrounds. The primary health care provider's 'Healthy Harvest' produce and information exchange was boosted by a $4,150 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant.

21 Dec 2018 Kitchen renovation breathes new life into Irvinebank's School of the Arts

A Tackling Tough Times Together grant of $7,113 helped the Atherton School of Arts to get the kitchen operational once with the fabrication and installation of stainless steel commercial benches for food preparation, dishwashing, hand washing, the purchase of a hot water system and ten tables and 70 chairs.

30 Nov 2018 Online volunteering portal for Kinglake

After the devastation of Bushfires, it is often the volunteers who help bring rural communities back to life.The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House (KRNH) Inc coordinates more than 50 volunteers to run the Op Shop and regularly participate in activities at the Centre.

30 Nov 2018 Callide Valley Men's Shed made accessible

The contribution of the members of the Callide Valley Men's Shed were honoured this February as supporters and friends gathered in the central Queensland town of Biloela to celebrate the organisation's second birthday and the grand opening of their Shed. They received an Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant to help build an accessibility ramp to the bathrooms.

30 Nov 2018 New life for Illabo's community hub

Illabo's one community meeting place hadn't been used for 10 years. Local leaders noticed that a number of young families were moving back to the area, and thought it would be a good time to open the doors again and encourage the community to come together.Illabo Sporting Bodies received a $5,000 grant from the Domino's Good to Give grant program, which was used to install a split system air-conditioner and heater to ensure the space was comfortable for the community to use all year round.

30 Nov 2018 Mallacoota doing it for themselves

Mallacoota, in south-east Victoria, is a community that has a plan, and is implementing it, one step at a time and by working together. Robin Bryant from CHIRF shared their story at a Rural and Regional Funders group meeting in Melbourne, in September.

29 Nov 2018 Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact. They used a $4,890 Small Grant for Rural Communities to run a barista training course, which caters for disabled people and youth.

23 Nov 2018 Seed funding makes a difference years later

Four years ago, the Bowen branch of the PCYC received an $8,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. The region was hit by Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and earlier this year, FRRR spoke to PCYC Branch manager Sergeant O'Regan about the impact of that grant, and to understand more about how Cyclone Debbie affected the PCYC, and her community.

23 Nov 2018 Diversifying during drought

With the drought taking a real toll on local agriculture, the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council realised that it was crucial for them to diversify the region's income streams and support the local economy and broader community. A grant from FRRR is helping attract tourists along the Barcoo Way.

26 Sep 2018 Kitchen refit increases income opportunities for Burren Junction CWA

The Burren Junction Country Women's Association (CWA) rooms are the only ones in town with catering facilities that can be hired. The rooms are used regularly but the kitchen needed to be updated to meet work health and safety laws.After being nominated by a local grower, a $5,000 grant from the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program, funded by Monsanto, the rooms received the much-needed face lift and has a safety compliant kitchen.

26 Sep 2018 Fly-In-Fly-Out Midwife

Tom Price in the West Pilbara in WA is a central service point for many surrounding communities, such as Paraburdoo. The area is home to many young families but since the local GP left, who was trained in obstetrics, there has been a huge gap in the maternity services available locally.The Nintirri Centre received a $5,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant to trial a fly-in, fly-out midwife service, particularly focused on three Aboriginal communities. The funding went towards the monthly travel and accommodation costs for the FIFO midwife.Overall, it was a great success.

26 Sep 2018 Fundraising account supports military museum

The Atherton Rotary Club wanted to restore a historic military igloo built in the 1940s and used during the war in the Pacific.The igloo was an essential space for social activities for thousands of patients and staff from the Rocky Creek Hospital.A fundraising campaign, using an FRRR fundraising account and a $20,000 grant from the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program allowed them to restore the facility and create a military museum.

26 Sep 2018 Bringing visitors Back to Bush

Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council (HSYC) used a $10,000 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to develop a local tourism guide for families. Their aim was to bring visitors 'Back To Bush'.HSYC wanted to attract families by showcasing the available entertainment, shopping facilities, and accommodation, along with local youth and family-friendly venues across Hindmarsh Shire.

1 Aug 2018 Fitness program helps farmers tackle their health

GLENRAC in partnership with Rural Fit used a $9,826 Tackling Tough Times Together grant to deliver a Friends with Health Benefits program to Glen Innes farmers, helping to improve their fitness and overall health.

16 Jul 2018 Making a dream a reality through a dreamtime story

Nathalia and District Development Corporation - NADDCO - received $2,899 for the Bardi Gras Group to develop an illustrated book and an audio DVD of an Aboriginal Dreamtime children's story called Po-bank Bunyma Bapalwa (Po-Bank Creates a Flood), based on Tiddalik the Frog, in both English and Yorta Yorta. The community was chosen to be part of the Art Resides Here project because it brings an Indigenous lens and works at an inter-generational level, involving the whole community in this broad arts project.

16 Jul 2018 Artistic approach to educating children about fire safety

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires were the impetus for the Strathewen and Arthurs Creek CFA to forge a strong creative partnership with the local school. They received a number of grants from FRRRs VBAF programs to support the ongoing recovery of the community. Their participation in the Art Resides Here project will give them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and the role these artistic mediums have played in the ongoing recovery of the community, and enable them to share their stories with others.

16 Jul 2018 Taking a long-term view for sustainable arts outcomes

The Friends of St Brigid's are working hard to preserve their local church, knowing that infrastructure and cultural heritage are vital to a healthy and connected community. Over the years, FRRR has supported the local community with several grants via its CATCH program to improve the facilities at the Hall. An FRRR Not-For-Profit Fundraising Account is helping them raise the additional funds needed to achieve their vision for the Centre. The FOSB has been invited to participate in the Art Resides Here project because of their dedication to maintaining a venue that supports local arts and cultural events.

16 Jul 2018 Rupanyup community groups focus on local needs

FRRR has funded a range of arts projects in Rupanyup, all aimed at building an engaged and vibrant community. Each of these projects may not, on the surface, appear to be a typical 'Arts' project. However, the collective investment in activities and equipment has helped to create and sustain a vibrant community. The Art Resides Here project will give the Rupanyup community the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and share their stories with others.

27 Jun 2017 Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

The Tumut Community Foundation reports that their partnership with Visy and FRRR has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups.

24 Mar 2014 Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal: Use us

This article with the Generosity Magazine explores FRRR's role as a 'philanthropic toothbrush': designed to get to those hard-to-reach places.-Increasingly, philanthropists and PAFs are coming to understand what we can offer, but our message is always going to be Use Us,- Gartmann says. -Partner with us, use us as we were intended–as a conduit for philanthropic and other funding to get to regional, rural, and remote communities.-

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