Latest FRRR Media Releases

Welcome to our News & Views section. Here we share all of our media releases relating to programs and other important information relating to our organisation. 

Use the menu on the left to navigate to other stories featuring communities and what they have achieved through Grants in Action, or read more about FRRR in the Media, which features articles where FRRR or a member of our staff has been profiled. 

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Date Story heading Story summary
5 Dec 2018 More than $250,000 in grants to seed 27 rural community initiatives

FRRR has announced 27 community groups will share in $250,000 in community grants, plus a further $12,990 in IT equipment, through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

29 Nov 2018 New partnership to help strengthen communities in rural, regional and remote NSW

The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced a $5 million, five-year partnership to strengthen a small number of rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales.

22 Nov 2018 Grassroots mental health initiatives receive a $200,000 boost

FRRR has awarded 14 grants to community groups across rural, regional and remote Australia to help fund initiatives that will improve mental health support in those communities. In total, thanks to support from CCI Giving, the groups will share $200,000. The projects funded include general information sessions, specific advice services and targeted support services.

21 Nov 2018 Education the big winner in cotton community grants

As part of the National Agriculture Day celebrations, Bayer today celebrated the hardworking Australian cotton growers who have secured $750,000 for their local communities over the past five years through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grants program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

26 Oct 2018 Sally Foundation supports eight youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

Eight community groups in Orange, NSW, will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the latest round of the Sally Foundation annual grant program. The program provides supports to young people up to age 25 living in regional Australia, to develop greater social capacity, resilience and leadership skills in youth by building strong connections across their local community.

25 Oct 2018 $17M in grants available for drought-affected communities

FRRR has announced that $17 million is available immediately to community groups in drought-affected communities across the country. Funding comes from the Australian Government, which committed $15million, and a number of other generous philanthropic, corporate and individual donors. Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

22 Oct 2018 Grants help local rural Victorians age in place

The grant recipients for the thirteenth round of the Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant program have been announced. Eleven groups across Victoria will share in $225,000 of grants to improve aged care facilities and support in their communities.

27 Sep 2018 Four health service projects receive big boost

Four organisations share in over $475,000 in Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grants. The program supports organisations to implement vital health services in rural and regional communities in NSW and Victoria.

20 Sep 2018 Qld drought-affected communities get a helping hand

Sixteen community projects in drought-ravaged Queensland are the beneficiaries of the latest round of Tackling Tough Times Together grants, sharing $251,947 in grants.

12 Sep 2018 Art Resides Here: Philanthropy helping keep arts and culture alive in rural Australia

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is undertaking the Art Resides Here project, in partnership with the H&L Hecht Trust and Regional Arts Victoria.

7 Sep 2018 More than $240,000 distributed to support recovery of communities affected by Cyclone Debbie

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced 20 recipients will share in $247,092 in grants of up to $15,000 to aid the ongoing recovery of communities affected by Cyclone Debbie and subsequent flooding in Queensland and New South Wales.

6 Sep 2018 Capturing lessons learnt in best practice community and philanthropy partnerships

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Philanthropy Australia today release their Leading practice in community and philanthropy partnerships report. The report is based on outcomes conveyed by Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week grant recipients.

22 Aug 2018 Grants to address the tough topics facing rural and regional youth

FRRR today announced 20 groups will receive grants to implement ideas developed at the 20th Heywire Regional Youth Summit. The communities benefiting from the grants are spread right across Australia, from Alice Springs NT, to Riverside TAS, Theodore QLD, Victor Harbour SA, Orange NSW, Albany WA and Foster VIC.

13 Aug 2018 New donors mean more funds for rural communities

Round 34 of the Small Grants for Rural Communities program is now open. Thanks to several new and continuing donors, FRRR is offering more than $525,000 for grants to rural, regional and remote communities to address local community priorities.

9 Aug 2018 Funds still available to support recovery from 2009 Victorian bushfires

The Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) and Community Group Futures (CGF) grant programs are open again for communities impacted by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. This round will also be able to support any commemorative activities that any community organisations in the impacted areas that wish to undertake around the 10-year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2019.

5 Aug 2018 FRRR welcomes additional drought-support funding from the Federal Government

FRRR has welcomed the additional funds announced today by the Federal Government as part of its enhanced commitment to supporting those experiencing the effects of the relentless drought. The $15 million will allow FRRR to provide even more support for communities feeling the effects of the prolonged drought.

2 Aug 2018 Drought crisis reaches beyond farmers

FRRR is calling on those generously donating to drought relief not to forget that the effects of the drought are felt well beyond the farm gate. CEO Natalie Egleton highlights that those living and working in farming communities that are drought-affected also need support.

16 Jul 2018 ANZ Seeds of Renewal growing resilience in rural Australia

FRRR and ANZ are inviting applications for the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program for projects that help build thriving rural and regional communities.

27 Jun 2018 Free video tips for successful community projects

In partnership with Australia Post, FRRR has developed a series of free videos, detailing how community groups can get local projects up and running successfully.

28 Mar 2018 Launch of FRRR's Evaluation Impact Report

Over the last 18 months, thanks to support from the Sidney Myer Fund, we have completed an in-depth review of 25,000 applications received over our 17 years of grant-making. The result is the FRRR Impact Report.

20 Feb 2018 Strengthening communities through Wagga's youth

Young people in Wagga Wagga will benefit from $270,000 in grants that will improve education, training and job opportunities, through the Social Innovation Fund Community Strengthening and Engagement Program, thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

13 Feb 2018 Small Grants, Big Outcomes: 91 community projects funded nationally via FRRR's flagship program

Ninety-one community groups have been awarded grants totalling $374,740 through FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

12 Feb 2018 Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

Today FRRR announce that 26 community groups will receive funding for projects to strengthen resilience and support long-term recovery goals in communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

7 Feb 2018 $565,000 in vouchers helps 11,000 rural kids go Back to School, ready to learn

More than $565,000 is being distributed via this year's FRRR Back to School program. It supports rural children and their families to access quality educational experiences by providing $50 vouchers that are redeemable for items necessary to start the school year.

18 Jan 2018 ANZ supports Australia's rural communities with more than $250,000 in Seeds of Renewal grants

26 community organisations around regional Australia are the recipients of the 2017 ANZ Seeds of Renewal program. Supported by Lenovo, the program aims to encourage community initiatives that support the sustainability and vibrancy of rural communities.

15 Jan 2018 FRRR's influence reaches Canada

In December 2017, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) published a disaster response toolkit titled 'When Disaster Strikes: a Guide for Community Foundations'. The toolkit names FRRR as a 'leader in exploring philanthropy's role and response to disaster.'

21 Dec 2017 Our 2016/17 Annual Review

FRRR is pleased to share our 2016/17 Annual Review.

21 Nov 2017 FRRR appoints new board members

FRRR has has appointed two new board members. FRRR welcomes Dr Steven Kennedy PSM and Bruce Scott OAM to the board. Both men bring valuable skills and knowledge to the board, and ensure ongoing representation of key perspectives, following the recent retirement of Tim Fairfax AC and Mike Mrdak AO.

27 Sep 2017 Innovative solutions to challenging problems in nine NSW LGAs

The grant recipients for the third and final round of Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) Program have been announced. More than $236,000 in grants will be shared between thirteen community organisations across NSW to support locally-led initiatives addressing pressing social issues.

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