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
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.

13 Jul 2018 Victorian dairy community groups receive grants

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR have announced that 27 Victorian dairy community groups have been awarded funds as part of the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. These often catalytic grants play a vital role in enabling grassroots groups to create strong and vibrant communities.

12 Jul 2018 Grants support ongoing recovery of communities affected by Black Saturday

FRRR has announced more funding for projects supporting the ongoing recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Another 30 groups will share more than $340,000 to support projects that local communities have identified will assist in their ongoing recovery.

11 Jul 2018 Big impact with the help of small grants

FRRR has awarded 104 grants to community groups in small rural and regional communities across Australia. The projects vary from education to environmental studies, leadership training to refrubi9shing community facilities, and health campaigns. All of them are addressing issues that the local community deems important to their wellbeing and prosperity.

9 Jul 2018 Mental health initiatives in rural, regional and remote Australia receive a boost

The In a Good Place grants program, funded by CCI Giving, the charitable foundation of Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), is open to applicants nationally with grants of up to $20,000 available from an annual pool of $200,000.

2 Jul 2018 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities Grants grants now open

We are inviting local not-for-profit and community organisations to apply for one of 30 $5,000 grants. Monsanto Fund's Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program is in its fifth year, distributing over $600,000 to 120 community projects via previous rounds. The program supports community projects that address rural mental health issues, preschool, primary and secondary education, disability, the arts, infrastructure, nursing, food and emergency services.

28 Jun 2018 FRRR appoints two new board members

FRRR has announced the appointment of two new board members - Sue Middleton, from WA; and Andrew McKenzie, from NSW.

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.

31 May 2018 Enhancing Country Health Outcomes

FRRR has announced a new program that offers grants up to $150,000 to not-for-profit organisations to strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality primary health care services for people living in rural NSW and VIC.

23 May 2018 CCI Giving and FRRR announce five-year partnership to support mental health in rural Australia

CCI Giving and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) have entered into a five-year partnership to support mental health in rural, regional and remote communities.

16 May 2018 Breaking down barriers to education for rural students

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has awarded 35 community groups more than $255,000 in grants to fund initiatives that help to break down education barriers for children and youth across rural, regional and remote Australia.

10 Apr 2018 Want to make regional Australia a better place for young Australians to live?

Today FRRR and ABC announce the opening of the Heywire Youth Innovation Grant program. Some of regional Australia's brightest young minds have conceived of seven project ideas that not-for-profit community organisations can choose from to make positive change in their towns.Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

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.

27 Mar 2018 Grants help drought affected Qld communities tackle tough times together

Community groups in drought-affected parts of Queensland will share in $166,260 in grants, thanks to FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

2 Mar 2018 NSW communities to pilot community-led approach to disaster preparedness

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that three NSW communities will be the first to trial a new national framework to improve community disaster preparedness and resilience.

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.

7 Dec 2017 Rural communities receive support for local ageing programs

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 17 recipients of more than $230,000 in funding to help address gaps and improve aged care services in rural areas of NSW and Victoria.

5 Dec 2017 Aussie Cotton grants boost community programs

30 not-for-profit and community organisations across cotton growing regions will benefit from a $5,000 grant just before the festive season, awarded under the 2017 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program. The program is delivered in partnership by the Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and has now distributed $600,000 to New South Wales and Queensland cotton communities in the past four years.

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.

20 Nov 2017 Nation-wide celebrations showcase strength of community and philanthropy partnerships

Today marks the start of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW). Groups around the country will be acknowledging and celebrating what they have achieved by working together.

24 Oct 2017 Grants available to tackle the impacts of drought on every-day life in Queensland

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that grants are now available for community groups across Queensland who are who are still experiencing the effects of drought.

23 Oct 2017 Local Qld leader Bruce Scott OAM to join board of FRRR

The Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced that Bruce Scott OAM will be joining the FRRR Board.

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.

8 Aug 2017 Victorian Bushfire Recovery Grants Announced

16 community groups received funding to support long-term recovery and resilience projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

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