Media releases (soft launch): 11 January 2024
FRRR is once again inviting community groups in and around Minyip to apply for funding for community projects that will benefit the township, district and its people.
Thanks to the support of the WC and EV Kelm Trust and the PF Pipkorn Trust (managed by Perpetual), FRRR is again offering grants up to $10,000 for projects that address the Minyip community prioritises and that directly and clearly benefit the local region.
Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, said the Foundation is looking forward to hearing from local not-for-profit community groups about what they’d like to do with the funding this year.
“Last year the Minyip Progress Association Inc received funding to repair the west wall of the iconic community-owned Emma’s Building, which had salt damage, putting it at risk of subsiding. The wall forms part of Guy’s Coffee Café, where local residents, tourists and workers meet for a coffee or to buy food. The library is also housed in this building, so both provide essential services to the residents of Minyip and district.
“Halls and facilities in small townships and rural areas are an important meeting place for local people. Ensuring these places are comfortable and accessible for locals to gather, in good times and in difficult times, such as when they may be needed as a heat or bushfire refuge, is just one example of how FRRR can help rural communities, like Minyip, to stay connected and vibrant.”
“We look forward to seeing what project ideas the community puts forward to make Minyip a stronger and more sustainable place to live, work and play,” said Ms Karena.
Since 2021, this funding has been offered through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities grants program (SRC), which in 2023, delivered more than $7 million for 570 projects across remote, rural and regional Australia. In addition to these grants for Minyip, the collaboratively funded SRC program delivers grants to not-for-profit organisations and community groups in remote, rural and regional communities across Australia to address a range of diverse needs, including fostering community connectedness and wellbeing, as well as supporting ongoing disaster recovery and preparedness.
Applicants should visit www.frrr.org.au/src-small-vital for more information and to access the application form. The current round of the SRC program closes on 26 February 2024 at 5pm AEDT. Anyone wanting to know more about the funding should explore the website or give FRRR a call on 1800 170 020.