2020 archived Grants in Action

A key part of FRRR's role is sharing stories about connecting communities, showing local leaders how others have solved a particular issue, and highlighting the needs and gaps in rural and regional Australia. This page features some of those case studies and grants in action.

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Date Story heading Story summary
27 May 2020 Good times and opportunities for Eden youth

Youth unemployment and disengagement is a big problem in Eden. The Eden Game Development Centre received a $9,692 ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to deliver their version of the Heywire Step Up initiative to inspire disengaged young people to take the first step on their journey to success.The 'Opportunity Youth Festival' showcased opportunities available for local young people in a fun and engaging manner to allow them to investigate options available to them.

27 May 2020 Shade for kids at Coleraine Kinder

The Coleraine&District Kindergarten runs separate programs for both 3 and 4 year olds. It received $7,000 from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness program, funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, to purchase and install a shade sail over a popular water feature and retain it's sun-smart status. The shade not only provides protection from the sun, but allows greater use of the area.

27 May 2020 Community garden for Nabiac

Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare received a $3,218 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by John T Reid Charitable Trusts. The grant funds covered the cash costs of rapidly setting up a functioning community garden–prefabricated raised beds, high quality garden soil, hardware and a place to store it, some basic composting equipment, and dwarf fruit trees to suit the space limitations of the site.

27 May 2020 Chill'n'Grill - BBQing for Boulia

The Council receieved a $26,000 grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, funded by Tim and Gina Fairfax, to purchase their new Chill'n'Grill BBQ trailer. The trailer included a fridge and safety equipment, which would allow community groups to transport and operate it safely.

27 May 2020 The Next Economy

In August 2018, TNE partnered with FRRR to establish a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account to support the educational component of TNE's activities, as well as their capacity to enable the educational programs to be delivered for the benefit of regional Australians.

30 Apr 2020 Ready, Set, Go in Numurkah

With a $4,970 grant from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), the Numurkah Community Learning Centre was able to run a series of four short courses to support disengaged secondary students.

30 Apr 2020 Improving remote veterinary surgery safety

A small grant from FRRR has enabled a vet practice that supports remote Indigenous communities to purchase essential equipment to help with the coordination of de-sexing and anti-parasite treatment of animals within these communities.

30 Apr 2020 Colourful response to the drought

Longreach State High School used an FRRR TTTT grant to engage a well-known mural artist and youthworker. In all, around 60 students and communitymembers painted nearly 165m2 of large-scale murals around Longreach.

30 Apr 2020 Gippsland's Healthy CHAT project

Latrobe Community Health Services were awarded a $125,200 Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant to develop and evaluate a training package for primary health staff in rural settings, in the delivery of Very Brief Advice (VBA) to clients related to smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity.

28 Mar 2020 Making MediFriends in Whyalla

Country&Outback Health is a not for profit organisation that provides a range of mental health and general health support services to South Australians living in rural and regional areas. They auspiced an application from headspace Whyalla for funding to support an FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants initiative called MediFriends.

27 Mar 2020 Inspiring a new generation of hope for rural and regional Victoria

The Rotary Club of Beaufort in Rotary District 9780 received a $6,000 Tailored Grant from FRRR, funded with the support of the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, to run a three-day vocational experience. The grant saw 29 students from small farming communities, isolated properties and larger towns serviced by surrounding agricultural enterprises, develop their self-confidence and ability to present their agricultural business aspirations.

28 Feb 2020 Camperdown community garden flourishes

A refreshed community garden meant that the Camperdown community could enjoy a more inclusive space at a time when they needed it most.

28 Feb 2020 Upskilling early childhood educators

Eidsvold Kindergarten hosted a professional development day for early childhood educators from the North Burnett and beyond to improve their professional knowledge and skills, ultimately benefiting children across the region.

28 Feb 2020 Canberra camp made possible again

An $11,000 Tackling Times Together grant, helped fund the Cowell Area School Middle School Camp to Canberra without which teh camp would not be able to run.While in Canberra students furthered their understanding and interest in Australia's history, civics and governance through visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the High Court, the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), the Electoral Education Centre and the National Museum of Australia.

31 Jan 2020 Fundraising Account: Child Writes Fund

Child Writes Fund is a charity that 'empowers children to navigate their future through story'. The Child Writes program gives primary school-aged children a voice by offering them the opportunity to write and illustrate their own children's picture books.The Fund partnered with FRRR in March 2019 to create a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account to support its endeavours, and the funds raised contributing to delivering more programs in rural and regional areas where children are in crisis and making the library of books widely available via an app.

31 Jan 2020 First aid course breathes new life into Berry Springs emergency response

While it's only around an hour's drive to central Darwin, the small community of Berry Springs is relatively isolated when it comes to accessing emergency medical care. It can take up to 45 minutes for an ambulance to reach them. Rather than lament and complain about the situation, the Seniors Group decided to get proactive. They secured a $1,440 Small Grant for Rural Communities, funded by the John T Reid Charitable Trusts to undertake some first-aid training.

31 Jan 2020 Building Burnie's community connections

Ten Days on the Island, in collaboration with Urban Theatre Projects, sought to 'update the file' with the broader Burnie community on Shorewell Park - to demonstrate that old perceptions were outdated, and to encourage all of Burnie towards a more inclusive conversation. Thanks to the Bertalli Family Foundation the group received $5,000 from the Small Grants for Rural Communities Program, a contribution towards the cost of developing and staging a community-strengthening event.

31 Jan 2020 Capel Maker's Trail hoists the flag for arts in the region

The inaugural Capel Makers' Trail was held in April 2019 to promote local makers and artisans and celebrate their arts, culture and cultural diversity in the community. Auspiced by the Capel Chamber of Commerce, Capel Makers' Trail received a $4,810 grant from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by a private donor.

31 Jan 2020 Growing together with Grow Lightly

With a Gardiner Working in Dairy Communities program grant, Grow Lightly were able to fund a consultant to undertake market research and the development of a business plan for the expansion of their food hub and network of local consumers and producers.

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