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. 

For any media enquiries relating to FRRR, please email Julie Weldon or call 0423 110 802.

Date Story heading Story summary
16 Apr 2018 You can help lead change in rural and regional Australia

In a step to strengthen rural and regional communities, the Institute of Community Directors Australia is providing one hundred $1000 scholarships towards Diploma of Business (Governance) enrolments from Australian's contributing to regional communities.

16 Apr 2018 Tackling Tough Times Together grants now available year-round, to support drought-affected areas

FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together grant program will now be open year-round, with recipients announced in April and September.

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.

20 Mar 2018 FRRR prepares to support disaster-affected areas

An update from FRRR on its response to last weekend's fires and cyclone, and an update on the imminent launch of support for communities affected by last year's Cyclone Debbie.

8 Mar 2018 FRRR to host free information and grant seeker workshops in Cyclone Debbie affected areas

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is hosting four free information and grant seeeker workshops in northern New South Wales and Queensland, ahead of inviting applications for the Repair-Restore-Renew grant program, which will open in May to support ongoing recovery from Cyclone Debbie.

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).

14 Feb 2018 Grants available to support rural communities where they need it most

The next round of FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program is now open. More than $350,000 is available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local not-for-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to projects in communities of 10,000 people or fewer.

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.

16 Jan 2018 Grant helps Jenny's Place make the workplace a new space for conversations about domestic violence

Jenny's Place in Newcastle NSW have identified an opportunity to take domestic violence awareness training into the workplace through a workshop called 'Healthy Relationships, Positive Communities' and thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, can offer the training free of charge.

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.'

15 Jan 2018 Young people and rural communities get a boost from Domino's Give for Good grants

Twenty-six not-for-profit groups will share in just under $110,000 thanks to the second round of the Domino's Give for Good small grant program.The funds will help grass-roots organisations to deliver community-led projects that build stronger rural and regional communities across Australia. Projects focus on education or youth initiatives, leadership and entrepreneurship, and improving preparedness and recovery from natural disasters.

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.

12 Oct 2017 Sally Foundation supports 10 youth-focused projects in Orange, NSW

The Sally Foundation today announced that 10 local community groups will receive grants of up to $3,000 in the Foundation's annual small grants round.

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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