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
17 Jun 2019 Small&Vital grants strengthen Australia's rural, regional and remote communities

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR), in collaboration with a number of donor partners, is supporting 46 inspirational projects from around Australia with a share of $342,620 in the first distribution of its Strengthening Rural Communities Small&Vital grants program.

13 Jun 2019 Board leadership changes at the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal

There are two founding members who have announced their retirement from the FRRR board today. The Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC will step down from his role as Chairman, having been at the helm since the organisation's inception in 2000. Bill Kelty AC, who served most recently as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee, is also retiring, effective immediately.

4 Jun 2019 Grants awarded to get rural people In a Good Place

Seven projects that support and encourage good mental health practices in rural, regional and remote communities have received grants from the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal via the In a Good Place program.

13 May 2019 FRRR urges Australians to help change the equation for country communities this EOFY

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is asking everyday philanthropists to help change the equation for country communities when they are making tax-deductible donations before June 30.

6 May 2019 FRRR offers free grant-seeker workshops for Buloke Shire community organisations

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) will be holding free grant-seeker workshops later this month, so that community groups in Buloke Shire are more confident in applying for FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program.

3 May 2019 FRRR awards another $1.5M in grants to drought-ravaged communities, more available

Sixty-one drought-affected communities in rural, regional and remote Australia will be given a boost, with the latest distributions from the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program valued at over $1.5 million.The majority of grants support projects that help to build local community resilience while residents endure the drought, by investing in infrastructure and equipment.

18 Apr 2019 Investing in Rural Community Futures offers grant funding and more in NSW

FRRR and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation are looking for community groups to partner with in one of five shortlisted New South Wales communities, through the Investing in Rural Community Futures program. To help identify not-for-profit community groups, Alli Mudford, Investing in Rural Community Futures program manager, will be roadtriping to these five communities.

16 Apr 2019 Youth Innovation Grants open to tackle real issues facing young Australians

Since 2013, the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants have supported local community groups, including local young people, to tackle real, and at times confronting, issues that are impacting their local area. To date, more than 90 youth-developed projects have been implemented across Australia.

1 Apr 2019 Fire and drought recovery teach lessons in resilience

National Drought Program Manager, Emma Thomas, travelled to south-east Tasmania as part of the Australian Rural Leadership Program which unfortunately experienced devastating bushfires in 2013, as a firestorm tore through Dunalley and the South East, Lake Repulse in the Derwent Valley, and an area south of Bicheno.

23 Mar 2019 Q3 - how we're tracking

Thanks to the support of our donors, we are firmly on track to meet our 2019 financial year granting target of $10 million. So far this financial year, we have awarded 403 grants valued at $5.2 million, from 23 grant rounds across 14 programs - and more via fundraising accounts.

19 Mar 2019 Insights from the road

FRRR's staff spend lots of time on the road, and talking to communities. We recently asked some of them to share some of their key observations.

7 Mar 2019 Funds still available for 2009 Victorian bushfire recovery

FRRR is inviting applications for funding to support the ongoing recovery of the areas affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Two programs are open - Grants for Resilience&Wellness, which support community-strengthening and building resilience; and Community Group Futures,which provides support to help local NFP organisation think ahead as their role evolves.

5 Mar 2019 Drought-affected communities encouraged to apply for TTTT grants

FRRR is encouraging community groups in drought-affected areas to apply for funding through the Tackling Tough Times Together program. The program supports community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

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