2018 archived Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
27 Apr 2018 Tools for tinkerers

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant has helped the Eudunda Community Hub and Men's Shed to get started with a grant to purchase some hand tools and woodworking tools for the elderly tinkerers.

28 Mar 2018 Collie RDA doesn't horse around with safety

A Small Grants for Rural Communities grant of $4,550 enabled the Collie RDA in WA to upgrade the practice area with the installation of a special soft-fall rubber surface over a new concrete pad, with a new wooden barrier erected to provide a clean, safe and attractive space for children and adults to exercise.

28 Mar 2018 Thallon a step closer to facilities to help locals age in place

The Thallon Progress Association received an FRRR Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant of $7,032, funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation. This enabled them to engage local solicitors and obtain specialist advice on the most suitable legal structure for their aged-care independent living units initiative.

28 Mar 2018 Bara Barang's bullseye

To support the delivery of the Bara Barang Aboriginal Youth Leadership program, the Central Coast Aboriginal Youth Reference Group were awarded a $17,550 grant from the Innovation for Community Impact program collaboratively funded by the NSW Department of Families&Communities Services, Snow Foundation, nib foundation, CAGES Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

28 Feb 2018 Mirror Mirror... youth reflect impact of drugs&alcohol

The Roper Gulf Regional Council worked in partnership with the Indigenous Community Volunteer organisation to adopt and adapt the 2014 Heywire Youth Innovation Grant project 'Mirror Mirror on the Screen' in a bid to increase awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse within families on young people.After working with the specialist drama teachers to script their play and develop their acting skills, the young cast had help from the local Council and community groups to build a stage, props and backdrops, funded via a Heywire Youth Innovation Grant for $8,074. The grant also funded the purchase of costumes and a sound system.

28 Feb 2018 Printer for Oberon's 'Hot off the press!' project

A Small Grant for $4,950, generously funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation, has helped the Oberon Council purchase a colour printer that is used solely for the production of the community's free monthly newsletter.

28 Feb 2018 Community collaboration improves Terang wetlands

The Terang Community Wetlands Committee was granted $2,300 by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to excavate and establish a shallow pond area adjoining the existing deep ponds of the Terang community wetlands to help improve the habitat for native birds, frogs and animals in the area.

28 Feb 2018 'Stay With Me' program supports allied health in FNQ

Outback Futures Ltd received a $10,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation to support their remotely-delivered 'Stay With Me' program. The grant subsidised services provided by Outback Futures' registered psychologist and learning and literary specialist, who delivered 590 hours of online and telephone support to clients in remote Far North Queensland.

30 Jan 2018 Community life is for all of us

With a $10,000 grant from FRRR's Caring for Ageing Rural Australians program, the facilities at the Westonia Town Hall in WA were upgraded, to ensure that all residents were able to fully participate in events.

30 Jan 2018 Community garden grows a life of its own

The Domino's Give for Good program enabled the continued development of the Bream Creek Farmers Market garden with a $5,000 grant in early 2017. This grant supported the employment of a paid Coordinator to focus on the management of the operations and volunteers–and the new efficiency has seen the garden grow from strength to strength.

30 Jan 2018 Taking professional development on-country

The FRRR ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant program supported the Nowanup 'Bush University' Schools Program with a $12,500 grant for professional development for teachers and staff, deepening cross cultural awareness and building Noongar Language and cultural activities into the Australian National Curriculum.

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