Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Grants support COVID recovery, Black Summer bushfire recovery and Small & Vital projects

FRRR has awarded $1,448,968 in grants to 121 projects across remote, rural and regional Australia as part of their Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

This program awards grants to community-led initiatives that directly benefits those living in remote, rural and regional Australia. There are three streams of funding: the Small & Vital stream, 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire recovery and the Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) stream, which supports recovery from COVID-19.

Small and Vital stream

Through the Small & Vital stream, $368,227 in grants will be awarded to 43 community groups and NFPs. This stream funds grassroots initiatives that locals in remote, rural and regional areas feel are a priority when it comes to strengthening their community. One example of a project being funded in this stream in this round is the Meandarra Primary P&C Association in Queensland, which is using their grant to boost community wellbeing and encourage socialising by opening the school pool to the community free of charge.

Black Summer grants

Also included in this round are 44 grants that will go towards initiatives that are supporting the ongoing recovery from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. These projects will share in $792,136, with initiatives like the Country Fire Authority’s Yackandandah Fire Station Readiness being funded to increase the capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness by installing a workstation and storage units.

Rebuilding Regional Communities – supporting COVID-19 recovery

In this round, 34 grants will go towards recovery from the pandemic. Funded by the Australian Government, the Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) grants total $288,604. Among the recipients in this stream is (It’s no) drama, a physical theatre ensemble for people living with and without disability. This community group will reduce social isolation in South Gippsland, Victoria by delivering an accessible community dance project designed and facilitated by disabled and non-disabled artists.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that the diversity of projects put forward by communities highlights the importance of offering flexible funding that can respond to local needs and priorities.

“More than half of the funding in this round is going towards recovery from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires which really highlights the need for ongoing support to disaster-impacted areas. Three years on, it’s clear that community groups and local NFPs need additional resources to continue showing up for their communities to the best of their ability.

“Many of these bushfire-impacted communities have also been affected by flooding, drought or the mice plague in recent years, on top of COVID, so the physical and emotional toll of these multiple events is making the recovery process even more difficult.

“When it came to RRC this round, we started to see more focus on the recovery process and rebuilding, alongside mental health and social isolation as the focus. This is an encouraging sign as it indicates that remote, rural and regional communities are increasingly looking towards the longer-term.

“Elsewhere, in the Small & Vital stream of the program, we continue to see a focus on food security and energy efficiency with requests for funding for solar installation, energy efficient equipment in local amenities and support for community gardens. These recurring themes are no surprise given the current cost of living crisis,” Ms Karena said.

Some more of the 129 projects funded include:

  • Workways Australia Limited -Clarence Valley, NSW – Cool (Mosaic) burning in the Clarence Valley – Build resilience in the Taloumbi community by teaching locals to use the cool (mosaic) burning land management practice, a tool to reduce future bushfire risk, promote biodiversity, build resilience, and regenerate habitat for endangered native species. $20,456 (Bushfire Recovery)
  • MJD Foundation Limited – Ngukurr, NT – Development of MJDF ‘in place’ service – phase 1 – Enable people to live well ‘on Country’ by developing a plan to establish a permanent medical support presence in community for people impacted by Machado-Joseph Disease. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
  • Atherton Performing Arts Inc – Atherton, QLD – 12 Air purifiers to protect our performers, audiences and others – Enhance the process of community recovery from COVID-19 by improving public safety at the theatre with the purchase of air purifiers to remove airborne pathogens. $7,103 (Rebuilding Regional Communities)
  • Snowtown Centenary Park – Snowtown, SA – Centenary Park Mural – Improve the appearance of a public amenity, and boost tourism and community engagement in Snowtown through the installation of a mural. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
  • Lower Barrington Community Hall – Lower Barrington, TAS – Lower Barrington Hall: Disability Friendly Bathroom Project, Stage 2 – Increase community access for all abilities and enhance social engagement opportunities by improving disability access at a local hall. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
  • Tatura Civic Halls Committee – Tatura, VIC – Mechanics’ Hall Floor Rejuvenation – Preserve local heritage and provide a comfortable facility for community members to connect by replacing flooring that is beyond repair. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
  • Marribank Aboriginal Corporation – Marribank, WA – Marribank Mission Cleanup – Create a space for healing of Noongar people and past residents of the old mission through the rejuvenation of the site into an Aboriginal managed training and cultural learning centre. $10,000 (Small & Vital)

A full list of grant recipients is available on FRRR’s website.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, which are acknowledged on FRRR’s website.

This program always accepts applications. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the expanded program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Cystic Fibrosis Community Care LtdRegional Equity and Community Technology Program (REACT Program)
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery for rural people living with Cystic Fibrosis and their families by providing essential medical equipment -10 Home Spirometer for regional community members to support their health.
Armidale$6,242
Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallabyFriends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Membership and Volunteers Network Drive
Sustain and enhance the work of the Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby by employing a staff member to focus on the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Kangaroo Valley$10,000
Grand Pacific Health LimitedRecovery & Growth
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery of women and support creativity and connection in Far Western NSW by providing ‘Recovery and Growth' writing workshops facilitated by an award-winning journalist.
Balranald$8,500
Moobi School Community Site IncMoobi School Site Lawn Mower Upgrade
Enhancing Moobi's recovery from COVID-19 through the purchase of a new mower to make the historical Moobi School community space a safe and appealing place to gather.
Moobi$10,000
Rural Financial Counselling Service
NSW - Southern Region Limited
Rebuilding Your Business through Social Media and Financial Skills
Enhance COVID-19 recovery and stimulate the economy in the Shoalhaven community by providing a Rebuilding Your Business through Social Media and Financial Skills workshop.
Nowra$3,510
St Vincent De Paul Society NSWYouth Mental Health First Aid Training (Vinnies Reconnect, Deniliquin)
Enhance the recovery of communities from COVID-19 by delivering three free two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions across Hay, Barham, and Finley.
Hay$10,000
Warren Chamber Music Festival IncorporatedWarren Chamber Music Festival 2023
Enhance COVID-19 recovery and promote community cohesion through facilitating three concert programs featuring a classical ensemble along with local musicians.
Warren$10,000
Woodstock Memorial Hall CommitteePerimeter Fencing
Encourage the community to connect and gather as part of COVID-19 recovery and improve safety, amenity and aesthetic appeal through installing a new perimeter fence around the community hall.
Woodstock$6,500
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Batlow Men's Shed IncorporatedImprovements to the Batlow Men's Shed
Enhance the Batlow Men's Shed building and help the community recover from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires by adding an extension and installing solar panels to enlarge the workspace and social activity area, accommodate more members and contribute to life-long learning and skills sharing.
Batlow $17,870
Braidwood & District Historic Society IncStart Up of New Braidwood Heritage Centre
Contribute to bushfire recovery by employing a Facility Manager to run the Braidwood Heritage Centre while it is being developed to provide engagement with, and activities for the community and ensure the centre will become more sustainable and create employment opportunities on completion of construction.
Braidwood $25,000
Buxton Community Assoc IncSprinkler System for Hall Protection
Building preparedness and protection from future bushfires through the installation of a sprinkler system on the roof of the Community Hall/Community Hub.
Buxton $8,720
Cobargo Community Access Centre IncorporatedAppointment of Contracted Coordinator/Manager for Six Months for Cobargo Community Access Centre
Support organisational capacity and strengthen resources in a bushfire-impacted area by engaging a coordinator at the Cobargo Community Access Centre to manage the centre and its activities, ensuring volunteers are supervised and trained to assist the community with long-term recovery.
Cobargo $25,000
Eden Community Access Centre IncFIRE ON THE WATER Publication
Support community recovery by publishing a book that will tell personal, professional, and emotional responses to the 2020 fires to form a historical record of the event.
Wonboyn $6,677
Elands Community Health Centre
The University Of Newcastle
Community-led Disaster Resilience for the Elands Community Health and First Aid Centre
Increase bushfire resilience in Elands through enhancing an integral marshalling venue for emergency services and a place of refuge for people during bushfires by upgrading the kitchen.

Elands $24,964
Emmaville Pony Club IncFacility Upgrade for Dundee Community Connection
Strengthen community resources and bushfire preparedness at the Dundee Sports Ground Community & Rural Fire Service facility by upgrading amenities and adding an extra water tank for showers, toilets, hall users; as well as an additional water supply protect local community assets in future bushfires.
Dundee $15,216
Melanoma and Skin Cancer Advocacy Network LTDKeeping BlazeAid Volunteers Sun Safe & Skin Serious!
Improve BlazeAid's capability to protect volunteer health by providing broad brimmed sun hats to 1,000 volunteers to be worn while they are undertaking bushfire recovery activities.
Richmond Valley $20,000
Narooma Oyster Festival LimitedBuilding a Sustainable Volunteer Base
Rebuild volunteer support in a heavily bushfire-impacted town by building a volunteer framework, creating supporting materials and documentation to train new and existing volunteers for the Narooma Oyster Festival and other events in the region.
Narooma $10,000
Northbank Community Garden IncorporatedBuilding a Sustainable Volunteer Base Capacity of Northbank Community Gardens Inc
Build organisational capacity and social connections in the Bellingen Valley through a community-informed Strategic & Master Plan for the community garden to guide food-resilience development, identify infrastructure improvements and propose income streams ensuring financial sustainability after coping with drought, bushfires, and flooding.
Bellingen $23,920
Pappinbarra Progress AssociationEmergency Disaster Accommodation - Meeting Room and Complete Hall Roof Insulation
Enhance the Hollisdale Hall by insulating the roof and refurbishing the old kitchen that is being converted into a meeting and disaster accommodation area to provide a bushfire / flood community recovery space.
Hollisdale $13,657
Resilient Kangaroo Valley
Lions Club of Kangaroo Valley Inc
Incorporate & Promote Resilient Kangaroo Valley
Strengthen the communities disaster response resources and bushfire preparedness by supporting the formal incorporation of the Resilient Kangaroo Valley, activating their online presence and their work with emergency services.
Kangaroo Valley $16,000
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceInstallation of Solar/Battery System to Provide Marine Rescue Tuross Moruya with Off Grid Emergency Power in case of Mains Power Failure
Increasing the ability to provide life-saving communications and rescue services in emergencies by installing 6.7Kwh solar panels and a 10kwh battery on the Tuross Moruya Marine Rescue Building to provide emergency power during outages.
Tuross Head $21,889
St John Ambulance Australia (N.S.W.)Radio Post Kits for Regional Communities
Support volunteer safety and build organisational capacity and efficiency for St John Ambulance volunteers in 22 regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires by purchasing remote Radio Post Kits to better communicate in future emergencies.
Armidale $19,500
Towamba Valley Landcare Group IncSometimes Fixing Things is the Best Therapy
Decrease fire risk resulting from scrub and grass growth post-2019/20 bushfires by holding a series of talks for land managers about fire, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration- strengthening community connections, mental health, and capabilities to manage fire risk.
Towamba $12,500
Workways Australia LimitedCool (Mosaic) Burning in the Clarence Valley
Build resilience in the Taloumbi community by teaching locals to use the cool (mosaic) burning land management practice, a tool to reduce future bushfire risk, promote biodiversity, build resilience, and regenerate habitat for endangered native species.
Taloumbi $20,456
Small & Vital
Agape Outreach IncOptimising Community Mental Health for Flood Victims
Support flood-affected community members with four wellness programs over eight-weeks to build resilience and improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
Tweed Heads $8,800
Bellinger River Agricultural Society IncArtisan Tent Bellingen Show 2023
Provide an engaging space at the Bellingen Show for local artisans to share creative skills with flood-affected young people by hiring a large marquee.
Bellingen $10,000
Clifton School of Arts IncorporatedPurchase of Five Heaters for the Clifton School of Arts Inc Building
Increase community engagement and participation at the Clifton School of Arts by installing five, small efficient mobile heaters, creating a comfortable, year-round gathering space.
Clifton $2,395
Cootamundra Health Care Co-Operative LimitedRemoving Barriers to Social Participation for the Adina Care Aged Community: Expansion and Enhancement of Adina Court BBQ Meeting Area
Increase social well-being and connection of residents of the community-owned Adina Care by upgrading the BBQ area to be more accessible for events and activities.
Cootamundra $10,000
Goolmangar School of Arts IncPaint the Internal Walls of the Goolmangar School of Arts Hall
Contribute to restoring the Goolmangar School of Arts Hall for community use after the devastating floods by painting the damaged walls.
Goolmangar $9,000
Grenfell Dramatic Society IncEssential Fire Safety Equipment and Technology for the Heritage Listed Premises of Grenfell Community Arts
Strengthen organisational capacity, safety, and social connectedness by installing fire safety equipment and a data projector.
Grenfell $8,983
Kyogle and District Arts CouncilDigital Transformation for the Kyogle and District Arts Council
Expand organisational capacity and improve community awareness of Kyogle and District Arts Council by purchasing a laptop, creating a logo, website design, and a social media presence.
Kyogle $4,945
Lions Club of Mount Panorama IncRiverside Markets Coffee Van
Expand organisational capacity by purchasing an espresso machine to fundraise with coffee sales at the local market for local and Australia wide charitable projects and disaster relief.
Bathurst $5,000
Moree Cultural Art Foundation LtdThe Yarn Bombing Project
Contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the Moree Plains Shire through 'Yarn Bombing' - wrapping trees in brightly coloured crochet and knitted scarves - to encourage community connection and increase tourism.
Moree $8,900
Nimbin Community Centre IncorporatedRedesigning Community Centre Grounds to Meet the Social, Cultural, Economic and Environmental Aspirations of the Nimbin Community
Develop a redevelopment plan for the Centre grounds with a landscape architect to create a flexible and inclusive space for locals and tourists.
Nimbin $2,800
Ozfish Unlimited LimitedCoolah Community Restoring Coolaburragundy River
Improve environmental outcomes and bring the Coolah community together to restore the Coolaburragundy River through planting trees, weed control and holding a carp muster event.
Coolah $10,000
Trustees Of The Roman Catholic Church For The Diocese Of Maitland-Newcastle, Trading As The Diocese Of Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Schools OfficePitalba Nature Playspace, Yarning Circle and Bush Tucker Garden
A safe, respectful and inclusive place for shared learning, connection and community
(Pitalba is an Aboriginal Awabakal word meaning 'quiet place'). Create a safe, inclusive, and respectful place for shared learning by re-establishing a nature playspace, yarning circle and bush tucker garden destroyed by the floods for the school and broader Kurri Kurri community.
Kurri Kurri $10,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
MJD Foundation LimitedNgukurr - Development of MJDF 'In Place' Service - Phase One
Enable people to live well 'on Country' by developing a plan to establish a permanent medical support presence in community for people impacted by Machado-Joseph Disease.
Ngukurr $10,000
QUEENSLAND
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Agnes Water Playgroup
Discovery Coast Sport and Recreation Association Incorporated
Reinvigoration of the Play Area at Discovery Coast Sport and Rec Club
Foster a stronger, more resilient community and reduce social isolation by renovating the only existing local playground into a safe, shaded space for children of all ages and abilities.
Agnes Water $10,000
Atherton Performing Arts Inc12 Air Purifiers to Protect Our Performers, Audiences and Others
Enhance the process of community recovery from COVID-19 by improving public safety at the theatre with the purchase of air purifiers to remove airborne pathogens.
Atherton $7,103
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group IncorporatedTransforming the Ration Shed Museum
Refinish the Ration Shed Museum’s timber deck, enhancing its appearance and amenity to encourage the return of visitors and local craftspeople to the facilities, and thus stimulating local economic recovery for the community following COVID-19.
Cherbourg $10,000
Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre Inc
Silk Screen, Fabric, Textile Workshop
Enhance the process of recovery for the Pormpuraaw community from COVID-19 by delivering a three-week silkscreen, textile and fashion industry workshop, building new skills and creating additional income generation opportunities.
Pormpuraaw $10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Boonah & District Landcare Association IncCommunity Nest Tube Project
Support recovery of endangered species bushfire impacted habitat by building nest boxes, growing community awareness and developing a digital monitoring program.
Boonah $24,014
Boonah Show Society IncUpgrade of Toilet Blocks to Support the New Multi Purpose Arena Which is Being Built on the Showgrounds
Improve the comfort and experience of those required to evacuate bushfires at the Scenic Rim’s northern Disaster Recovery and Evacuation Area, by replacing the 50 year old ablutions block with a larger capacity, all-abilities accessible version.
Boonah $25,000
Crows Nest Agricultural Horticultural & Industrial Society IncFit Out of Newly Constructed Machinery and Storage Shed
Build community resilience and improve volunteer working conditions by fitting out the new maintenance shed to provide safe storage for community groups at the Crow’s Nest Showgrounds that sheltered 150 evacuees during the 2019 bushfires.
Crows Nest $25,000
Glastonbury Hall & Recreation Association IncFuture Proofing Strategy in Preparedness for Establishment of the Glastonbury Hall as a Disaster Centre Hub
Create a safer and more secure space at the Glastonbury Hall for the community’s regular use, or as a 'place of refuge' to shelter during bushfires, by installing fencing and gates.
Glastonbury $14,828
Goomburra Town Hall Committee IncorporatedStrengthening Goomburra Community’s Resilience to Our Changing Climate and Disasters
Build community preparedness for future climate events including bushfires by installing solar panels and purchasing higher energy efficient whitegoods for the hall to function as a self-sufficient refuge during emergencies.
Goomburra$25,000
Small & Vital
Bajool and District Pony Club IncBajool Pony Club Environmental Sustainability and Accessibility
Improve the club’s ability to provide a safe facility for the broader community, including the Rural Fire Brigade, to use by concreting the canteen floor and installing solar lighting.
Bajool$8,778
Burdekin Men's Shed Association Inc"Men Shed Safe & Resilient"
Support the Ayr community to reconnect after flooding and strengthen their resilience through intergenerational skills sharing enabled by more modern and safer equipment at the men’s shed.
Ayr$ 8,583
Carramar Community Pre-school & Kindergarten Assoc IncA Deck Designed for Discussion, Development and Dadirri
Expand the space available for children’s learning and development activities by installing a raised deck in an outdoor area damaged by flooding.
Maryborough$ 10,000
Kilcummin Group Selectors AssociationKilcummin Hall Repair Work
Rejuvenate the 1960’s hall by repairing decking, handrails, entrance ways and kitchenette facilities to make the community meeting space safer and more welcoming.
Kilcummin$ 10,000
Meandarra Primary P&C AssociationMeandarra State School P&C Volunteer Lifeguard Training 2022
Boost community wellbeing though encouraging socialisation and exercise by providing volunteer lifeguards with the necessary qualifications to open the school pool to the broader community free of charge.
Meandarra$2,640
Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group IncProviding a Space in Gordonvale for Community to Meet, Learn and Thrive in Nature
Grow volunteering at the group’s newly established community centre by outfitting the nursery space and engaging an event coordinator to conduct weekly activities and membership drives.
Gordonvale$10,000
Rock FM Association Inc4RFM Transmission Tower Repairs
Help locals stay informed and connected by replacing lightening damaged equipment on the transmission tower and ensuring a strong and reliable community radio service.
Moranbah$9,955
Thallon State School P&C AssociationEvent Shade Structures
Improve the safety and comfort of children, volunteers and community members attending educational and social events by replacing damage portable shade structures.
Thallon$8,577
Thangool State School Parents & Citizens AssociationConcreting, Specialist Coating and Painting of Handball Courts
Encourage children’s learning and development with the creation of a outdoor space for tuition, individual instruction, and play by concreting a new undercover area.
Thangool$9,960
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Coomandook Area SchoolSpill The Beans
Build employable skills and qualifications for COVID-19 impacted young people by establishing a social café and hub that will reduce social isolation, foster a stronger, more resilient community.
Coomandook$7,612
Mid-Murray Suicide Prevention Network IncorporatedGrassroots Conversations – A Podcast by Mid-Murray Caring Connected Communities
Facilitate the development of a community podcast to build resilience after COVID-19 and reduce social isolation by purchasing audio equipment and communications services.
Morgan$10,000
Millicent Agricultural Horticultural and Pastoral Society IncOffice Shelter
Support the work of the Society and encourage social reconnection post COVID-19 by enhancing access to community facilities at the showgrounds with a covered veranda and accessibility ramp.
Millicent$9,090
Murray Mallee General Practice Network IncorporatedSecond Beginnings - An MMGPN Social Enterprise
Enhance Murray Bridge community recovery from the pandemic through the establishment of a social enterprise providing work and volunteer opportunities for vulnerable community members.
Murray Bridge$10,000
SportsUnited LtdSportsUnited Sporting Memories
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient regional community after COVID-19 by implementing a social activity program to improve the mental health and wellbeing of seniors.
Barossa$10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Edithburgh Events Management Group
Edithburgh Progress Association Incorporated
Immortalising the Clydesdale Horse at the Burgh
Boost recovery post bushfires and strengthen tourism and economy in the Southern Yorke Peninsula region, through the creation and installation of a Clydesdale Horse sculpture that commemorates local history.
Edithburgh$25,000
Kangaroo Island Business and Brand AllianceImproving Access to Resources to Help Kangaroo Island’s Small Businesses Grow and Thrive
Strengthen employment opportunities for an Island community and help local business recover from bushfire disaster through upgrading a business and tourism website.
Kingscote$10,000
Kangaroo Island Wildlife NetworkLearning from Bushfire Recovery Wildlife Projects: A Conference to Build Community Resilience
Enhance an organisation's capacity and boost volunteer skills by running a forum focussing on protecting native habitat and wildlife pre and post bushfire disaster events.
American River$16,075
Karta Harvest Exchange
Penneshaw Progress Association Incorporated
Penneshaw Community Garden
Enhance recovery from bushfires and broaden local community connection through the establishment of an inclusive all-abilities community garden.
Penneshaw$10,000
Kingscote Football ClubRepairs to Club Room Roof and Kitchen Equipment
Improve a club room to be a fit for purpose Bushfire Refuge Centre through the upgrade of infrastructure.
Kingscote$25,000
Kingscote Netball ClubUpgrade of Existing Lighting
Boost health and wellbeing outcomes and provide a social outlet for older men by upgrading a men’s shed kitchen for new cooking classes.
Kingscote$25,000
Lobethal Community Association IncorporatedWhere Eagles Soar | Stories of Fire and Recovery
Enhance the process of disaster recovery and community connection through a creative sculpture project featuring a storytelling ‘Pocket Forest’ podcast and signage trail.
Lobethal$16.698
Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum
Parndana Progress Association
Storing the Past to Work for the Future
Commemorate local culture and support volunteer recovery and engagement post bushfires by refurbishing a museum workroom and installing an air-conditioner.
Parndana$16,770
Small & Vital
Barunga Village IncPort Broughton - A Dementia Friendly Community
Increase support for people living with dementia and improve quality of life through the development of a community network alliance and action plan.
Port Broughton$10,000
Broughton Plains Heritage SocietyBroughton Plains Community Shed Wiring Project
Enhance social and wellbeing activities by providing a safe and comfortable environment by upgrading the electrical wiring system.
Wandearah East$5,886
Returned and Services League of Australia Moonta Sub BranchRising Salt Damp Remediation
Rejuvenate a local community meeting space and encourage greater usage by repairing walls at a local hall.
Moonta$10,000
Snowtown Centenary Park IncCentenary Park Mural
Improve the appearance of a public amenity, and boost tourism and community engagement in Snowtown through the installation of a mural.
Snowtown$10,000
Yarredi Services IncorporatedDRUMBEAT - Resilience and Rhythm
Enhance a recovery program and strengthen mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable women living in the Eyre Peninsula by providing a facilitated healing focussed music program.
Port Lincoln$6,660
TASMANIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Dorset Community Association IncorporatedDorset Community House Remote Area Satellite
Provide IT and equipment to support the delivery of educational, social support and food relief in remote areas to reduce social isolation.
Gladstone$9,539
Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House IncTasman Municipality Food Security Collaboration Forum
Support health, wellbeing and resilience after the pandemic by holding a food security forum for communities in the Tasman Municipality.
Nubeena$9,800
Mount Roland Rivercare Catchment IncReconnecting with Community and the Mount Roland Environment
Deliver a community festival to reduce social isolation and reconnect people around Sheffield with the community and nature after COVID-19.
Sheffield$6,400
Squid Theatre IncorporatedSaturday Radio Theatre 2023
Sustain the creative activities of a community theatre company through supporting a weekly radio drama, providing a vital point of connection for COVID-19 impacted and isolated community members.
Wynyard$1,500
Small & Vital
Deloraine House IncGrow Cook Eat
Enhance community health and wellbeing and support student education involving nutritious food through the establishment of a community garden and outdoor kitchen.
Deloraine$10,000
Lower Barrington Community Hall IncLower Barrington Hall : Disability Friendly Bathroom Project, Stage Two
Increase community access for all abilities and enhance social engagement opportunities by improving disability access at a local hall.
Lower Barrington$10,000
VICTORIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
(it's no) drama LtdEVERYONE CAN DANCE - An Accessible Community Art Project
Enhance the process of recovery of South Gippsland communities from COVID-19 pandemic by delivering an accessible community dance project designed and facilitated by disabled and non-disabled artists.
Leongatha$10,000
Community Learning Euroa IncCLE Drop-in and Outreach
Boost confidence and skills to enhance the process of recovery of the Euroa community from COVID-19 by providing information technology learning opportunities for adults.
Euroa$8,000
Eildon Action IncorporatedSound Equipment
Reduce social isolation and encourage social reconnection in the Eildon community after COVID-19 by purchasing a PA and sound system for community events.
Eildon$9,960
Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition IncorporatedGippsland Sculpture Exhibition 2023
Enhance the process of recovery of the Gippsland community from the pandemic through free live music events and engaging local artists to conduct free art workshops for children and adults.
Yinnar$10,000
Manna Community Garden IncRebuilding and Renewal
Improve social connectedness and enhance the process of recovery of the Manna community from the pandemic through facilitating a luncheon and new outdoor seating for community events.
Foster$2,600
No Lights No Lycra Education LimitedNLNL Regional Ambassador Training and Marketing Support
Sustain the NLNL organisation to deliver health and wellbeing dance programs through a series of training workshops for rural and regional volunteers to support COVID-19 recovery.
Ballarat$10,000
Open Door Neighbourhood House IncWorking Together - Connecting Community
Enhance the process of recovery of the community of Wangaratta from COVID-19 by providing opportunities for vulnerable community members to participate in health and wellbeing activities.
Wangaratta$10,000
Prom Coast Seachange Festival Committee IncProm Coast Festival 2023
Enhance the process of recovery of Prom Coast community from COVID-19 by supporting the return of the Prom Coast Festival.
Foster$10,000
Tallygaroopna Football & Netball ClubTallygaroopna Community Recreation Reserve Indoor Seat Upgrade
Sustain regional organisations and enhance community connection post-COVID-19 in Tallygaroopna through the purchase of seating for a community pavilion.
Tallygaroopna$10,000
The Fringe Thing IncCastlemaine Fringe Presents - REACTIVATE!
Enhance the process of recovery of Castlemaine and surrounding communities from the pandemic though a community-led and delivered festival offering cultural activities, community connection, and volunteering opportunities.
Castlemaine$10,000
Wodonga City CouncilThe Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers
Foster a stronger, more resilient Wodonga community and support COVID-19 recovery through an innovative arts program matching local teenage artists with centenarians to create unique portraits and weave together stories and living histories.
Wodonga$10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Regional Arts Victoria Parallel Wilds
Build creative skills and connection to environment through a school-based arts residency program designed to boost wellbeing and bushfire recovery for young people.
Milawa$25,000
Bemm River Men’s Shed
Bemm River Progress and Improvement Association Inc
Replacement Bemm River Men’s Shed Roller Doors
Provide a safe environment for social connection post bushfire for people participating in Men's Shed activities through the replacement of doors.
Bemm River$10,000
Crashendo! BairnsdaleTogether with Crashendo East Gippsland - Everyone Receives More!
Boost volunteer participation and organisational capacity, and support young people impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires to access music tuition through the development of a strategic business plan.
Bairnsdale$10,000
Deddick Valley Isolated Community Group IncStage Two - Goongerah & Tubbut Service Hubs - Building Healthy, Resilient Communities through Service Equity
Build capacity to access healthcare in remote bushfire impacted areas through creating fit-for-purpose rooms for the establishment of two medical service hubs in far East Gippsland.
Goongerah$24,750
Ensay Angling Club IncorporatedEnsay Angling and Recreation Club Inc Cattle Panel Safety Upgrades
Provide a safe evacuation site for people with livestock during bushfires through the purchase of steel cattle panels for a local Reserve.
Ensay$18,500
Glenaladale Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementGlenaladale Hall Upgrade and Expansion
Improve essential facilities of community hall through restumping the building and developing a plan to enhance capability for bushfire preparedness.
Glenaladale$25,000
Hotspur Management Committee IncHotspur Hall Harnesses Solar
Support recovery and community connection after a bushfire and meet energy demands at a community hall by installing a grid connected solar system.
Hotspur$7,000
Museums Board of VictoriaThe Sounds of Recovery: Enabling Communities to Lead Bushfire Recovery Wildlife Monitoring with Ecoacoustics
Strengthen community capacity to protect the environment from the effects of bushfires by monitoring recovery of threatened wildlife through a citizen science project.
Bairnsdale$23,889
Myrrhee Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee of Management
Wangaratta Rural City Council
Myrrhee Hall furniture Replacement
Provide a comfortable facility and enhance social connections that support bushfire recovery at a local hall by replacing worn furniture.
Myrrhee$9,563
Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainability GroupRiver Trail Mosaic Bird Gallery
Support community recovery from bushfires and enhance connection to the natural environment through the creation of a series of mosaics along Myrtleford’s riverside walk.
Myrtleford$22,040
Omeo Region Business and Tourism AssociationOmeo Community Hub
Improve opportunities for community connection and support recovery from bushfires in East Gippsland by upgrading an existing building to establish a community wellbeing hub in Omeo.
Omeo$ 23,066
Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedPurchase of New Livestock Panels to Build New holding Yard and Race
Provide safe livestock infrastructure through the upgrade of gates and yard panels at a staged gathering area used in times of bushfire emergency.
Tallangatta$24,650
The Mallacoota Wilderness Collective IncEase Digital Poverty and Isolation for Younger and Older Women in Far East Gippsland
Support community to live well in a remote place and strengthen wellbeing of vulnerable women recovering from bushfires by providing IT access and training programs.
Mallacoota $9,804
The Salvation Army Wangaratta
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust
Salvation Army Disaster Relief Storage Improvements
Increase the capacity of a disaster relief organisation to prepare for future bushfire events through the insulation and electrical fit out of a storage shed.
Wangaratta $9,120
Yackandandah Brigade, CFA
Country Fire Authority
Yackandandah Firestation Readiness Project
Increase capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness through the installation of a workstation and storage units.
Yackandandah $10,000
Small & Vital
Barwon Downs Community GroupVertical Blind Replacements
Expand the use of a community hub and provide a comfortable child-safe facility by installing energy efficient roller blinds.
Barwon Downs $2,160
Bendigo Sustainability GroupRegional Community Energy Workshops
Enable communities in the Loddon Mallee region to develop sustainable environmental practices through attending locally held energy efficient and renewable energy workshops.
Loddon $10,000
Kaniva Kindergarten IncKaniva Kinder New Furniture
Support early-years childhood education and enhance community wellbeing through purchasing furniture that suitable for people of all abilities.
Kaniva $10,000
Lake Bookaar Recreation Reserve Committee of Management IncPurchase of new Ride-on Lawn Mower
Increase the capacity of volunteers to maintain a pivotal community outdoor space by purchasing a ride on mower.
Camperdown $10,000
Maldon Men's Shed IncUpgrade to Existing Kitchen Facilities
Boost health and wellbeing outcomes and provide a social outlet for older men by upgrading a men’s shed kitchen for new cooking classes.
Maldon $9,294
Tatura Civic Halls Committee IncorporatedMechanics' Hall Floor Rejuvenation
Preserve local heritage and provide a comfortable facility for community members to connect by replacing flooring that is beyond repair.
Tatura $10,000
Terang RSL Sub BranchMorning Melodies Musical Entertainment
Boost access to wellbeing activities and provide a regular social outlet for older people through the delivery of a monthly music program.
Terang $5,345
The Young Men's Christian Association of BallaratDunolly Kindergarten - Solar Panels
Enhance wellbeing and development outcomes for young children and improve organisational environmental practices by installing a solar PV system.
Dunolly $10,000
Transition Village Wallan IncMeeting the Needs of Increasing Local Homelessness though Community Re-integration
Increase access to housing and social support for people in regional areas who are homeless by expanding a community housing program.
Wallan East $10,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Blackwood Environment SocietySupporting our Local Bushcarers and Providing them with Opportunities to Grow
Encourage volunteers to sustain the work of the society following COVID-19 by providing individuals undertaking Bushcare projects with added safety measures including their own hygienic PPE.
Bridgetown $8,149
Shire of ManjimupExploring the Everyday
Foster a stronger, more resilient community and address social isolation after COVID-19 by bringing together young children to participate in fun interactive science workshops.
Manjimup $4,100
Small & Vital
Live To Tell Your Story IncDjinda Ngardak - Let's Power-up for "Dust Up"
Expose First Nations students attending the Dust Up Festival to nutrition knowledge and hospitality career opportunities using the Prepare Produce Provide (PPP) model of combining traditional cooking practices with contemporary recipes and styles.
Warburton $10,000
Marnin Bowa Dumbara Aboriginal CorporationRoutine Normal
Improve the comfort and quality of life for people accessing the domestic and family violence shelter by providing bunk beds, cots and laundry facilities.
Derby $10,000
Marribank Aboriginal CorporationMarribank Mission Cleanup
Create a space for healing of Noongar people and past residents of the old mission through the rejuvenation of the site into an Aboriginal managed training and cultural learning centre.
Marribank $10,000
Morawa Playgroup
Playgroup WA (INC)
Beating the Heat: A Shady Nature Playspace for Morawa
Grow educational enrichment opportunities for 0-5 year old’s by providing nature based play equipment in this remote community.
Morawa $9,737
Walpole Community Resource Telecentre (Inc)Food and Friends in Walpole
Provide nutritious meals for residents in need, and a choice of building social connections or remaining quarantined at home, by establishing both an onsite lunch and a 'meals on wheels' service.
Walpole $9,829

On Ngadju Country

Late 2019 / early 2020 saw 13 bushfires devastate approximately one million hectares of Ngadju country in southern WA, including large tracts of the Great Western Woodlands, the largest temperate woodland remaining on Earth. It is estimated that the extent of the area of Ngadju country impacted by the fires was equivalent to about half the size of Victoria. The bushfires burnt tracts of old growth forest, overran spiritual sites and destroyed the habitat and nests of threatened species.

Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation (NCAC) works with the Ngadju community to increase the understanding of conservation and land management opportunities and assist in building capacity to achieve them. Ngadju Rangers use cultural knowledge, refined over thousands of years, to care for the environment and work on Country to manage fire, feral animals and weeds, and to protect mijalkarru (rockholes), the Granites, water places and the flora and fauna of the Great Western Woodlands and the Nullarbor plains.

Following the fires, NCAC received a $25,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant funded by IKEA Australia through FRRR to help the Ngadju Rangers to both repair the damage and undertake work to protect the environment and cultural sites from the devasting impact of the bushfires. Their approach involves a detailed program of cultural burning to protect sites, old growth and water trees. The mosaic effect of landscape-scale burning benefits biodiversity by reducing the extent and severity of large-scale fire and creates a range of vegetation growth stages and habitats that suit different species. Prior to a burn, Ngadju Rangers and Elders walk through the planned burn site to survey for cultural and environmental values. However, access to the tracks leading to these sites were heavily impacted by the recent fires and also from years of neglect.

NCAC used the grant to commission a specially fabricated trailer with hydraulic tipping for use with their tractor to help the Rangers clear the tracks, enabling safe access to undertake their important cultural and environmental work. This improved access will also allow other Ngadju community members to attend sites and undertake voluntary maintenance and management, which will help them reconnect with Country and transfer knowledge across generations.

Helen Langley, NCAC’s CEO, said that the project wasn’t without its challenges.

“The challenge was the amount of time it took for the trailer to be fabricated and then wired. It took eight months for the trailer to be built and we have only recently received delivery. We are developing Safe Operating Procedures and have organised training for the Rangers so that we can commence clearing tracks and making fire breaks around areas of mosaic burns.

“We are proud that the Ngadju Rangers can now access their Country for cultural burning and they can use machinery to make fire breaks. The project has assisted in rebuilding the Ngadju community and provided healing for community who are mourning the loss of Country.”

For more inspiring stories like this, head to our FY 2021/22 Annual Review.

The devastating impacts of the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires were particularly harsh in the East Gippsland region of Victoria.

To help revive spirits and bring people back to the region, a group of locals came up with the idea of The East Gippsland Winter Festival, an event to be held over the Winter Solstice. It would bring people back to the region during the traditionally quieter period to celebrate and showcase the art, food, culture and nature, as well as help the community heal and recover.

Then COVID hit, making the challenges all the greater. However, the volunteer committee was determined to proceed – just 12 months later than originally planned.

FRRR supported this new Festival with a $25,000 grant. The grant funded a Community Engagement Manager to help connect artists, schools, community groups and individuals with local venues, galleries, businesses and organisations and to provide support to event organisers.

And what an event it was, with 85 local events plus 24 lantern-making workshops held in the lead up to the Festival. In total, it attracted nearly 20,000 people and more than 75 local businesses were involved, ensuring the impact was widespread.

Adam Bloem, Festival Founder and Committee Chair, said they were absolutely blown away by the response!

“It was much bigger and better than we ever expected for a first-year event. While COVID was still a big and stressful challenge, we were very lucky that the festival fell within a four week window of no lockdowns and Melbourne open to travel to regional Victoria!

“The community support and engagement was fantastic. Virtually every town across East Gippsland got involved and organised their own events or installations to be part of the program.

“I think the best thing was the free lantern making workshops. They were very popular and people loved them! They loved coming together and getting creative, making something with their hands and many people commented on the great sense of community that was felt at the workshops.

“The thing I am most proud of is the many comments that I have received from people saying the Winter Festival has helped the region to come together and heal after the devastating Black Summer bushfires,” Mr Bloem said.

Check out some of the amazing photos from the Festival.

The small regional town of Katanning, in the ‘heart’ of the Great Southern agricultural region, 287 kilometres south-east of Perth in WA, has a shire population of just 4,200 people. While the area is essentially known for agriculture, the town is a regional centre that offers a range of government, health and education services. The Katanning community also prides itself on its multicultural diversity. 

This small community was impacted by a bushfire in February 2020, with rebuilding efforts hampered by lockdowns soon after. The community identified that it needed to find ways to engage their younger residents and keep them connected and supported.

The Katanning and Districts Pool Association Incorporated partnered with the Katanning Hub Community Resource Centre (CRC) and the Shire of Katanning to run a Youth program, inviting young people on a Friday night to come to their pool hall to socialise, learn new skills and share a meal. The program has been an overwhelming success with 35-40 young people attending each week.

The hall opened in the late 80s and did not include any kitchen facilities. Requests to use the hall from other community groups had been slowly increasing, as it is one of only a few indoor spaces available in Katanning. Providing catering facilities would make the venue a more suitable location to support these additional groups and their events. With the changing nature of the activities held at the hall, it was time for a refresh. To create a more usable space for community groups to meet, it was decided to add a kitchen area to better support the Youth program in preparing and serving these meals.

Other groups that use the hall were also supportive, including the local men’s group who expressed support for a kitchenette to make a cuppa and make their own events more welcoming for its members.

Thanks to a $10,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant, funded by IKEA Australia, the Katanning and Districts Pool Association was able to revamp the ageing pool hall and add a meal preparation and serving area.

Local volunteers provided amazing support for the project, contributing more than 80 hours of labour to the renovations and 20 hours to fundraising each month, ensuring the project’s success.

Since finalising the renovation works, the association’s membership has increased, volunteers have been inspired to become more active and the use of the hall by other community groups has expanded. With the improved facilities making the hall more welcoming, friendly and a safe space for people of all ages, the Katanning community is feeling more connected with access to a space tailored to enjoy each other’s company.

The Katanning Police now drop by during the Youth program and challenge the young people to a game, further strengthening these important relationships. Badgebup Aboriginal cooperation is interested in partnering to deliver the Youth program into the future and the Katanning community are proud of what has been achieved, voicing it regularly in person and via social media.

The restoration of an historic jetty trolley has had unexpected benefits for men’s shed and community members on Kangaroo Island. The trolley was first used in the 1840s to transport basalt along the jetty onto waiting ships. The Kingscote Men’s Shed restoration project has seen the revival of rare trade skills using tools that were used 100 years ago to make the trolley, and the formation of new connections in the community.

The Men’s Shed received a $3,683 Strengthening Rural Communities grant, funded by the Waislitz Family Foundation, in partnership with Australian Community Media, to support recovery from the 2019/20 bushfires that devastated much of Kangaroo Island. This project is one of many FRRR supported across the island to strengthen community connection and support recovery activities.

Graeme Connell, Chair of the Kingscote Men’s Shed said, “The Kingscote Men’s Shed volunteers are very proud of their achievement to restore a 100-year-old jetty trolley and preserve the history of these trolleys that were used on jetties around Kangaroo Island. The older members of the Men’s Shed were able to share their knowledge about the skills and tools used in the old ways of construction of steel products with the younger members.”

The group used social media to stimulate interest and encourage new volunteers. New skills and friendships were formed between Men’s Shed members and community volunteers working together on this historic project, which included a local secondary student. Many passers-by were keen to see the restoration in progress, with a cup of tea at the ready for anyone interested in learning more or just having a chat.

The newly restored trolley sits proudly at the Pioneer Memorial Park as a monument both to past activities that forged the town, and as a marker of recovery. It has already become a favourite destination with local visitors and community members, particularly given its location overlooking the old wharf and beautiful coastline.

The Men’s Shed has well and truly achieved its goal of delivering a shared community project to create “meaningful interactions”. The sense of achievement and confidence from the project, and the camaraderie that has come from it has boosted mental health and wellbeing, which will have lasting impact on the group and wider community.

Nearly half of the funding to go towards COVID-19 recovery

Thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, 130 projects across remote, rural and regional Australia will share in $1,663,531 in grants.

HEADING: Rural communities given a $1.7 million boost. IMAGE: Group of people smile and wave at camera with birdfeeders.

These projects are all community-led initiatives that will have a direct benefit to the people living in the local area.

For the first time, the SRC grant recipients have been divided into three streams: the Small & Vital stream, 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire recovery and a new Rebuilding Regional Communities stream, which focuses on recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in remote, rural and regional Australia.

Funding to support COVID-19 recovery

In this round, 50 of the projects receiving funding are helping to support their community’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the RRC stream, these projects will share in $834,892. This includes initiatives like the Texas Country Music Festival, which will receive funding that will help to bring community members together again and improve social connectedness after extended periods of isolation.

Black Summer grants

This round will also see 25 projects receive funding to support the ongoing recovery from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. These projects will share $410,519, with organisations like Kingscote Men’s Shed using the grant for a project focused on empowering the men of the bushfire impacted region, as well as a coastal habitat rehabilitation.

Small & Vital stream

Through the Small & Vital stream, 55 initiatives will share $418,120 in grants. This stream funds projects that locals prioritise to take advantage of opportunities, address gaps in services or generally enhance the vitality of remote, rural and regional communities. For example, the Akurra Walking Trail will get bilingual signage, which will expand opportunities to learn about First Nation’s history, language and connection to the environment.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that this round of applications really highlighted the need for initiatives to tackle the negative impacts of the pandemic.

“This is the first SRC round where we’ve received applications for COVID recovery support through the RRC stream and there were some obvious trends. A large majority of the applications we received were related to mental health issues and social dislocation, which is a strong indicator of how remote, rural and regional Australia is faring in the wake of the pandemic and successive disaster events including fires, floods and drought. This is often exacerbated by the housing crisis and increased costs of living.

“We also clearly saw the impacts of COVID on the sustainability of these backbone organisations, with 30 percent of applications seeking support to ensure they can continue their day-to-day work, providing critical services and support, often to the most vulnerable members of the community.

“When it came to the Bushfire Recovery stream this round, a lot of the applications were focused on reducing the burden on volunteer, whereas in previous rounds we’ve seen more of a focus on infrastructure. This aligns with the findings of our Heartbeat of Rural Australia survey, which showed that volunteers in rural Australia are feeling more fatigued than ever. There was also a strong trend toward greater community connection, with projects to help bring the community together to share their experiences and support one another in their ongoing recovery.

“Meanwhile, in the Small & Vital stream, we continued to see a focus on projects that address food security, although many now also incorporate multiple community-building aspects, such as a community garden also acting as the base for training horticulture students, boosting vocational skills and employment readiness.

“The fact that we’re seeing such distinct and varied trends in each stream of the SRC program really speaks to how important it is that rural communities have access to more flexible funding that can be used as local groups see fit,” Ms Karena said.

Some more of the 130 projects funded include:

  • ShoreTrack Ltd – Nambucca Heads, NSW – ShoreTrack Recovery – Improve employability and civic participation levels of disengaged youth through work experience with the SES and RFS, including gaining essential qualifications. $25,000 (Bushfire Recovery)
  • Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Alice Springs Branch – Alice Springs, NT – First Aid Training for Home Tutors – Upskill home tutors and station workers in remote communities with first aid training. $5,000 (Small & Vital)
  • Steaming on the Downs Inc. – Oakey, QLD – Community Skills Workshop / Mechanical Skills Demonstrations – Gazebos and Banners – Expand organisational capacity by purchasing a trailer and three teardrop banners, enabling wider social engagement and broader mechanical skill development. $4,110 (Small & Vital)
  • Copley & Districts Progress Association Inc – Copley, SA – Copley Bicycle Repairs Program – Boost physical health and community engagement, and foster new skills in young people through the delivery of a bicycle repair program in a very remote region. $7,886 (Small & Vital)
  • Squid Theatre Incorporated – Wynyard, TAS – Saturday Radio Theatre 2023 Season – Sustain the creative activities of a community theatre company by supporting a weekly radio drama, providing a vital point of connection for isolated community members. $2,842 (Rebuilding Regional Communities)
  • Culgoa Development Group Inc – Culgoa, VIC – “Reconnecting Culgoa” – Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient Culgoa through establishing a landscaped outdoor space for community gatherings and events. $50,000 (Rebuilding Regional Communities)
  • The Nintirri Centre Incorporated – Tom Price, WA – Midwife Services – Sustain antenatal and postnatal care and support for very isolated remote communities in the Pilbara. $10,000 (Rebuilding Regional Communities)

A full list of grant recipients can be found below.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, which are acknowledged on FRRR’s website.

This program always accepts applications. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the expanded program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Happy Boxes Project LtdNyami Gawbarri (Women Gathering)
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for Gumbaynnggirr women by supporting the expansion of services aimed at reconnection to culture at the Nyami Gawbarri community hub.
Toormina$50,000
Human Nature Adventure Therapy LtdWellbeing Sessions with a Therapeutic Mentor
Reduce isolation and foster resilience through supporting therapeutic mentor sessions for Northern Rivers youth to enhance their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ballina$21,000
Regional Community Care LtdStrengthening Regional SA and NSW Communities through Suicide Prevention Training and Support
Sustain the work of Lifeline Broken Hill by supporting them to run suicide prevention training sessions across seven locations in Far West NSW and SA, providing the community with a suicide prevention safety net.
Broken Hill$49,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
The Scout Association of Australia NSW BranchCommunity Cuppa and Chat - Reinvigorating and Reconnecting our Community
Reduce social isolation and build community resilience in Ulladulla by providing equipment and supplies for the local Scouts Association to host a weekly community morning tea.
Ulladulla$2,550
Clarence Valley Conservatorium IncForget Me Nots - A Community Singing Group
Reduce social isolation and assist older residents of Grafton living with memory impairment and loneliness to recover through participation in the Forget Me Nots singing group.
Grafton$6,000
Coomealla Health Aboriginal CorporationPurchasing of Infrastructure
Sustain the work of the Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation through the purchase of a handheld ultrasound device to reduce travel times for patients and help assess illnesses, including COVID-19, in the remote community of Dareton.
Dareton$7,140
Country Womens Association of NSWSpring Lunch Entertainment
Reduce social isolation in Weemelah by supporting the return of the annual spring lunch through provision of hall hire, food, and entertainment by the Moree Ukulele Band.
Weemelah$1,500
Hay Mardi GrasRainbow on the Plains Next Step, Step it Up
Reduce social isolation for the LBGTQIA+ community and build resilience both locally and nationally for this vulnerable cohort through support for Rainbow on the Plains.
Hay$10,000
Kendall Community BoatshedInstallation Of Vermin Proof Ceilings In Four Rooms Of Kendall Community Boatshed
Enhance the recovery of the Kendall community by providing a safe and hygienic community space through repairs to the ceiling of the Kendall Boatshed.
Kendall$8,050
Kentucky Memorial Hall and Literary Institute IncPurchase of Projector and Associated Equipment
Reduce social isolation and foster social connectedness in Kentucky through the purchase of a projector and film licensing fees to facilitate a series of community movie nights.
Kentucky$10,000
The Big Scrub OrchestraBuilding Resilience for Young People in Regional NSW Impacted by the Black Summer Bushfires, Covid-19, and 2022 Floods through Modern Band Program
Reduce social isolation and foster stronger, more resilient youth in northern NSW through participation in the Big Scrub Orchestra's modern band program.
Coraki$10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Ashby Rural Fire BrigadeReplacement of Roller Doors For Ashby RFS
Rejuvenate Ashby Rural Fire Brigade’s shed by replacing roller doors, which will enhance functionality and efficiency for volunteers in responding to bushfires and emergencies.
Ashby$4,650
Association of Bell Clarence Dargan IncABCD Inc Community Coordinator
Ensure the continued delivery of community bushfire recovery activities for the communities of Bell, Clarence, and Dargan by employing a local 'start-up' Community Coordinator.
Clarence$25,000
Bega Local Aboriginal Land CouncilBega Aboriginal Community Connections Project
Support social connection for isolated Aboriginal elders, while also ensuring they are informed and supported in the case of future disasters, by supporting fortnightly lunches and activity sessions.
Bega$22,627
Big Hart IncFrom the Ground
Improving health and social wellbeing of bushfire impacted youth through creative arts and digital storytelling workshops and showcase events.
Nowra$20,000
Braidwood Life CentreCreative Spaces for Trust and Healing in Community
Foster community health and wellbeing through a part time counselling service to support bushfire recovery.
Braidwood$17,000
Community Defib ProjectCommunity Defib Project - Lowanna Ulong Community
Strengthen resources in bushfire impacted communities with lifesaving equipment, by purchasing three Automatic External Defibrillators to enhance preparedness in townships of Lowanna, Ulong & Brooklana.
Lowanna$10,000
Goulburn Agricultural Pastoral & Horticultural Society IncRetaining Water for Future Use on the Showground
Support bushfire preparedness at the Goulburn Showgrounds through installing rainwater tank.
Goulburn$25,000
Gwymac IncProviding Support to Communities to Increase Wildlife Habitat Back into Bushfire Affected Landscapes
Promote community bushfire awareness and preparedness and encourage the return of wildlife into bushfire-affected habitat by presenting educational nesting box construction workshops facilitated by a conservation expert.
Nullamanna$25,000
Killabakh Public Hall Land ManagerImprove Killabakh Hall's Protection Against Fire through Better Water Catchment and Retention
Increase capacity of the Killabakh Hall for bushfire preparedness and resources for water catchment by installing gutters, leaf guards, downpipes and works to connect rainfall to existing tanks.
Killabakh$7,608
Rally for RecoveryLightening the Load
Support volunteer safety and build organisational capacity and efficiency through the purchase of pallet jacks and pallets to assist the removal and storage of heavy furniture items donated to people in need after the Black Summer bushfires.
Tomakin$7,664
ShoreTrack LtdShoreTrack Recovery
Improve employability and civic participation levels of disengaged youth through work experience with the SES and RFS, including gaining essential qualifications.
Nambucca Heads$25,000
Welfare Rights Centre LtdSocial Security Training Program in the Northern Rivers Region, NSW
Empower community organisations to support vulnerable residents in the Northern Rivers region, providing targeted communications and training workshops on navigating the social security system.
Lismore$25,000
Woodenbong Progress AssociationWoodenbong Community Resilience
Strengthen community resources and bushfire preparedness for Woodenbong Hall as an evacuation place. Purchase of operational equipment including radios, laptop, lighting, medical supplies, toiletries, a shipping container for storage, communication tools, internal fittings, household items and supplies.
Woodenbong$24,634
Small & Vital
Dundaloo Foundation LtdDundaloo Enterprises – Community Awareness, Accessibility and Branding
Create employment opportunities for people with disabilities by creating a website for microbusiness e-sales and providing work safety clothing for job readiness.
Taree$10,000
Dunoon Pre-school IncEnhance the Structure of Our Roof
Create a structurally safe and sound environment for children to play and learn by repairing the damaged roof at Dunoon Pre-School.
Dunoon$10,000
Hargraves & District Progress Association IncPurchase of Digital Printer and Laminator
Build connections and keep the community informed of local issues and events by purchasing a printer and laminator for the production of the 'Nugget News' local newsletter.
Hargraves$891
Indigenous Futures Foundation LtdFirst Nation Food Security Project
Reduce food insecurity by supporting a flood-impacted community with a purpose-built shipping container to store frozen meals for distribution.
Lismore$10,000
Neville Equine Performance IncMulti-Purpose Horse Arena with Holding Yards Providing a Safe Environment for a Wide Range of Equine Events
Build connections and provide protection from the elements for community events by purchasing a marquee.
Neville$1,500
Northern Rivers Women and Children's Services IncHeartfelt House: Healing Pathways Program
Support the community with recovery from flood and previous childhood trauma with therapeutic 10-week workshop to build awareness, healing and recovery skills.
Lismore$8,520
Peanuts Wellbeing Sanctuary IncStrengthening Volunteer Base
Support volunteer wellbeing and grow new ways for the volunteers to engage meaningfully with young people at the Peanuts Wellbeing Sanctuary.
Windellama$5,318
Rankin's Springs and District War Memorial HallBollards for Hall Safety
Improve safety for preschool children, staff and hall visitors by installing removable bollards around the Rankins Springs Hall.
Rankins Springs$3,000
RiverTracksPost Flood Weekend Youth Engagement and Outdoor Adventure Therapy
Engaging at-risk youth with an accessible outdoor adventure therapy experience, encouraging personal and professional growth.
Murwillumbah$10,000
The Brunswick Heads Breakfast Club IncBrekkie Expansion Project
Provide those in need access to nutritious, ready-to-eat food by expanding capacity and broadening local knowledge of available services.
Brunswick Heads$10,000
The Showground Workshop IncTaree Showground Men's Shed Renewal
Reduce social isolation and improve health and well-being by replacing workshop equipment damaged in the floods at the Taree Men's Shed.
Taree$4,000
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWJason's Cradle
Improve emergency response first aid capability and strengthen community health and safety outcomes by purchasing a Jason's Cradle device to aid in the recovery of man-overboard victims.
Huskisson$4,328
Walcha and District Historical Society IncLawn mower purchase
Reduce volunteer fatigue and enhance accessibility to the Walcha Museum by purchasing a ride-on lawn mower.
Walcha$6,100
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Tracks IncWuyal - Sugarbag Man
Reduce social isolation and build resilience amongst older First Nations community members by supporting participation in dance workshops connecting participants with culture and each other.
Batchelor$50,000
Small & Vital
Director of National Parks
The Trustee for National Parks Conservation Trust
Anangu Caring for Tjakura on Country
Augment Indigenous knowledge and support participation in a research program to save the Great Desert Skink from extinction.
Mutitjulu$10,000
Gapuwiyak School Council IncCairns Work Exposure for Graduating Students
Foster lifelong learning in a remote NT First Nations community through an excursion to Cairns to connect with tertiary education and employment opportunities.
Gapuwiyak$10,000
Guts Dance Central Australia IncBrave Bodies
Encourage youth engagement and participation in the creative arts with 'Brave Bodies' Dance Program for remote youth.
Alice Springs$9,920
Isolated Children's Parents' Association Alice Springs BranchFirst Aid Training for Home Tutors
Upskill home tutors and station workers in remote communities with first aid training.
Alice Springs$5,000
Pertame Language Revival Project Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education"Pertame Relha Tningka Purta-irrema Kaltya-irretyeka": Strengthening and Connecting the Pertame Community Through Language and Culture
Strengthen culture, revive the Pertame Language and bring community together on-country through camps and using digital technology.
Pwerte Marnte Marnte $25,000
QUEENSLAND
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Talwood Race Club IncRenovations to Revitalise the Talwood Community
Support the social and economic recovery of the Talwood community by upgrading facilities at the Talwood Race Club to enable a long-standing community event and broader community use.
Talwood$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Bribie Island Gem & Fossicking Club IncPurchase of Equipment and Supplies for Training Up Members to be Next Generation Tutors
Sustain the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club and their ability to recruit and retain volunteer tutors by upgrading essential equipment.
Bribie Island$8,615
Burrum District Community Mens Shed IncUpgrade Outdoor Work and Assembly Areas
Reduce social isolation and enhance community resilience by undertaking concreting works to improve the usability of the outdoor spaces at the Men's Shed.
Howard$5,000
Clifton Dabblers IncArt and Craft Expo in the Park 2022
Reduce social isolation and foster community-led recovery by raising awareness of, and supplying materials and infrastructure for, the Clifton Arts and Crafts Expo in the Park 2022.
Clifton$6,606
Nanango Tourism & Development Association IncNanango's 175th Anniversary Celebrations 2023
Reduce social isolation and build community resilience by supporting an historical re-enactment at the Australia Day Spectacular as part of the Nanango 175th Anniversary celebrations.
Nanango$10,000
Texas QLD IncTexas Country Music Festival
Improve social connectedness and build resilience in Texas by supporting the hosting of the 2022 Texas Country Music Festival.
Texas$10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Beaudesert Quilters Group IncQuilters Crafting 4 Community
Build organisational capacity with purchase of laptop to further support the operation of local art and craft group and hosting of activities that support social connection in bushfire impacted regions.
Beaudesert$1,750
Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group IncLearning to Love the Bush - Building a Junior Landcare Movement
Increase engagement in environmental awareness and land care practices for children and young people in bushfire impacted regions through field trip learning experiences.
Warwick$9,960
Zonta Club of Stanthorpe IncZonta Club Of Stanthorpe Remarkable Women
Foster a sense of identity and celebrate community connection by memorialising remarkable women of Stanthorpe in a garden, enhancing tourism and educational opportunities in local bushfire recovery.
Stanthorpe$2,400
Small & Vital
Bamaga Productions Pty Ltd Inala Wangarra IncBamaga Heritage Project
Ensure the unique cultural history of Bamaga, and its founding by Torres Strait Islanders, is not lost through the recording of oral histories and restoration of the Bamaga Cemetery.
Bamaga$10,000
Booringa Heritage Group IncPreserve Historical Machinery
Strengthen tourism and engagement with local history by reinstating a steam tractor back to its original condition and creating a covered area to showcase it at the Mitchell museum.
Mitchell$7,981
Goobidi-Bamanga Community Advancement Cooperative Society LtdCooling Our Kids & Community
Maximise capacity of the organisation to deliver programs for children and elders through the installation of two air-conditioners in the Goobidi Community Centre, enabling use of the space all year round.
Mossman$8,730
Gympie South Primary P&C AssociationHall Upgrades
Enable educational and engaging activities of the community groups that use the Gympie South Primary School through upgrading the hall PA system.
Gympie$7,404
Kalyan Youth Services IncYarning Circle
Support relationship building and provide a safe space for homeless youth by installing a Yarning Circle at Kalyan House.
Mackay$9,902
Kilkivan State School (Cattle Team)
Kilkivan Primary P&C Association
Cattle Show Team - Kilkivan State School
Develop the educational offerings and pre-vocational connections of the Kilkivan School Cattle Team by purchasing the necessary equipment to care for and handle show cattle safely.
Kilkivan$6,380
Leading in the Central West IncGrowing Our Region
Provide leadership training in remote locations, that will upskill volunteers and community members to increase confidence, capabilities and networks of people in Central Western Queensland.
Barcaldine$5,830
QCWA Branch Abergowrie & Long PocketStorage Solutions
Strengthen organisational resilience and capacity by purchasing a 20-foot shipping container to store and keep furniture safe from theft, vermin or extreme wet weather and free up space in the QCWA hall.
Longpocket$7,150
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Mundubbera Sub-Branch IncHelp us to Help our Veterans
Reduce volunteer fatigue and enhance accessibility of a local community facility through acquisition of reliable gardening equipment for grounds maintenance.
Mundubbera$3,962
Steaming on the Downs IncCommunity Skills Workshop / Mechanical Skills Demonstrations - Gazebo's and Banners
Expand organisational capacity by purchasing a trailer and three teardrop banners, enabling wider social engagement and broader mechanical skill development.
Oakey$4,110
Tara & District Family Support Committee IncEnclosing a Community Space for Year-Round Use
Improve useability of the outdoor deck at the Tara Neighbourhood Centre through the installation of outdoor blinds and strip lighting, increasing comfort for community groups all year round.
Tara$8,498
Texas Golf Club IncDisabled Access Doors
Increase inclusivity of community events for those with mobility issues through the installation of large accessible doors to the Texas Golf Club.
Texas$7,000
The Creche and Kindergarten Association LtdInteractive Learning at C&K Longreach
Support improved educational outcomes for local children through the purchase of an interactive whiteboard.
Longreach$4,300
Yelarbon Primary P&C AssociationSafer and Prepared Community
Improve emergency response first aid capability and strengthen community health and safety outcomes via purchasing and installing an Auto External Defibrillator at the Yelarbon Recreation Grounds.
Yelarbon$2,500
Laura District Rodeo & Camp Draft Assoc IncLaura Race Club Reserve Water Supply Project
Encourage people to come together to improve relationships and strengthen the local economy through the installation of a bore and a water reticulation system at a local Reserve.
Laura$25,000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Murray Bridge Community Centre IncWorkshops to Wellbeing
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient community through running workshops to re-engage a community impacted by COVID-19.
Murray Bridge$50,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Kingscote Mens Shed IncImproving Social Wellbeing and Coastal Habitat Post-Bushfires; Meaningful Activity to Enhance Connection for Men on Kangaroo Island
Empower the men of a bushfire impacted region to engage in social activities whilst supporting a coastal habitat rehabilitation project.
Kingscote$15,056
Lobethal Recreation Ground Sports Club IncFitout of Community Kitchen
Strengthen community resources that enable bushfire preparedness by installing a community kitchen in a newly constructed building at Lobethal Oval.
Lobethal$9,536
Parndana Bowling Club IncThe Disability Accessibility Project
Increase community access for all abilities and enhance bushfire recovery opportunities by improving disability access at a community gathering space.
Parndana$19,780
Parndana Community Children's Centre IncParndana Community Children's Centre Business Establishment
Foster organisational capacity by engaging a consultant to undertake operational and strategic planning to boost community economic recovery post bushfires in Parndana and surrounds.
Parndana$25,000
Small & Vital
Copley & Districts Progress Association IncCopley Bicycle Repairs Program
Boost physical health and community engagement, and foster new skills in young people through the delivery of a bicycle repair program in a very remote region.
Copley$7,886
Foodbank of South Australia IncAnnexing Resilience in the Riverland
Boost the capacity of Foodbank SA Riverland to meet demand for food assistance, through the installation of a covered annexe at the distribution warehouse.
Berri$10,000
Leigh Creek Community Progress Association IncAkurra Walking Trail Bilingual Signage
Expand opportunities to learn about First Nation’s history, language and connection to the environment, through the installation of signage interpreting Adnyamathanha cultural heritage.
Leigh Creek$10,000
Mannum Agricultural Society IncMannum Show Infrastructure and Environment Improvements Project
Broaden community engagement and support organisational capacity through the refurbishment of a gathering space and installation of a shade sail at the Mannum Showground.
Mannum$6,170
TASMANIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
West Coast Connect IncQueenstown Community Nursery
Enhance the process of community-led recovery in Queenstown by supporting establishment of a new community nursery and garden.
Queenstown$41,612
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Squid Theatre IncSaturday Radio Theatre 2023 Season
Sustain the creative activities of a community theatre company through supporting a weekly radio drama, providing a vital point of connection for isolated community members.
Wynyard$2,842
Small & Vital
Forth Primary School Department of Education TasmaniaSprouting Life Long Healthy Habits @ Forth Primary School
Enhance student health and wellbeing outcomes and develop connections between community and local industry through establishing a school garden.
Forth$9,100
VICTORIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Cire Services IncBuilding Resilient Children in the Yarra Ranges
Reduce social isolation and foster resilience in the Yarra Ranges youth by supporting mental health and wellbeing programs for school aged children.
Yarra Junction$43,388
Culgoa Development Group IncReconnecting Culgoa
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient Culgoa through establishing a landscaped outdoor space for community gatherings and events.
Culgoa$50,000
Into Our Hands Community Foundation LtdActivate VRC: Re-activating Volunteer Engagement, Resilience and Capacity in North East Victoria
Sustain community organisations and volunteer capacity in northeast Victoria through dedicated support to strengthen governance, planning, volunteer recruitment and grant seeking activities.
Myrtleford$45,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Foggy Mountain Inc Foggy Mountain Primary School Song Writing & Performance Project
Reduce social isolation for school children and support recovery from the pandemic through participation in song writing workshops and a community concert.
Kinglake $6,340
Mission Australia Volunteer Mentors: Driving Good Mental Health for Disadvantaged Young People
Sustain volunteer capacity by providing mentors with training and support to respond to increased anxiety and distress in young people.
Bairnsdale$9,950
Tatura Blue Light IncRe-starting Tatura Blue Light Disco
Reduce social isolation and build a stronger, more inclusive community by providing activities for youth to connect.
Tatura$3,000
Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce IncPurchase of Event Infrastructure for Apollo Bay Community Events and Activities
Enhance recovery by encouraging people to come together and celebrate community spirit through a foreshore events hub.
Apollo Bay$10,000
Boolarra Folk Festival Committee2023 Boolarra Folk Festival
Enhance the process of recovery from the pandemic for Boolarra by supporting the return of the Boolarra Folk Festival.
Boolarra$10,000
Camperdown Theatre Company IncPurchase of Uniforms and Technical Equipment
Facilitating a workshop to improve members' technical knowledge. Foster creative arts recovery and volunteer capacity through purchasing new equipment and volunteer uniforms.
Camperdown$7,133
Chiltern Racecourse CommitteeChiltern Horse Festival - Celebrating 150 Years Of The Chiltern Equine Park
Encourage people to come together and enhance economic recovery of a small community impacted by the pandemic by hiring equipment to stage a three-day horse festival.
Chiltern$10,000
Clunes Neighbourhood House IncRebuilding Capacity through Volunteering
Reinvigorating local volunteering to support the process of recovery in Clunes through an online volunteer skills bank and community events.
Clunes$8,326
Creswick Neighbourhood Centre IncBuilding Capacity and Strengthening Community Engagement in Events in Creswick and Clunes
Enhance volunteer sustainability and skills development through an event management training program.
Creswick$10,000
Inglewood & Districts Health ServiceEnhancing the IDHS Residential Aged Care Outdoor Environment
Enhance social engagement and connection with nature by upgrading an outdoor area to provide a more inviting space for the elderly residents and their visitors.
Inglewood$10,000
Murtoa Progress Association IncMurtoa By Twilight - Moving Forward Together
Reduce social isolation and promote community resilience by providing a local event that encourages people to come together post pandemic.
Murtoa$6,450
Progressing Cobden IncCobden Connection and Kindness Activation Series
Reduce social isolation by supporting the community to reconnect through the Cobden Connection and Kindness Activation Series.
Cobden$10,000
SisterWorks IncCapacity Building for CALD Women in Wodonga and Surrounds
Reduce isolation for culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) women in a regional centre and support development of new skills, through the delivery of a localised training program.
Wodonga$10,000
Talbot Action IncTalbot Market Square Renewal Project
Enhance the process of recovery by enhancing places for community connection and tourism through revitalising an outdoor public gathering space.
Talbot$9,822
The Latrobe Chorale IncTrying Not to Lose our Voice: Keep the Latrobe Chorale Singing
Foster social connection and connection to the arts by delivering facilitated choir workshops and community concerts.
Morwell$10,000
Woodside Public Hall Committee of Management IncReplacement Fridges
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging increased use of a public hall through kitchen upgrades.
Woodside$3,998
Youth Art @The Colac Makers Space -ReGenZ
Creative Otways Inc
Outside the SQUARE- ReGenZ
Strengthen youth recovery from pandemic impacts by running a creative arts and mentoring program for vulnerable youth.
Colac$10,000
2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House IncBairnsdale Neighbourhood House Bushfire Recovery and Preparation - Strategic Review and Capacity Building Project
Expand organisational capacity of the Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House to support bushfire recovery in East Gippsland by developing a strategic plan.
Bairnsdale$20,000
Ecoportal, C/- Parklands Albury Wodonga
Parklands Albury Wodonga Ltd
Ecoportal Website Rebuild
Increasing capacity and capability of local community organisations to support preparedness and recovery through upgrading a web platform to promote environmental grassroots activities across bushfire impacted regions.
Wodonga$10,000
Ensay Recreation ReserveRejuvenating the Ensay Recreation Reserve / Bushfire Relief Centre
Increase capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness through purchase of a ride on mower and storage shed.
Ensay$22,854
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups IncA Strategic Planning Journey to Build Resilience and Capacity of the Kiewa Valley Landcare Community
Empower collaborative partnerships and environmental initiatives in bushfire impacted communities through employing a facilitator to develop a strategic plan.
Mount Beauty$10,000
Mallacoota & Genoa Broadcasting Association IncRadio for Recovery - Community Capability and Connectivity in Far East Gippsland
Grow community broadcasting in Mallacoota and surrounds by purchasing audio technical equipment for mobile broadcasting unit.
Mallacoota$25,000
Small & Vital
Barham-Koondrook Historical Society IncTurning the Pages of History
Boost volunteer engagement and connection to local history through safeguarding a significant newspaper collection.
Koondrook$9,700
Cobrico Public Hall ReserveUpgrades to Cobrico Hall
Improve opportunities for community connection by providing a comfortable environment with upgraded plumbing and amenities at the Cobrico Community Hall.
Cobrico$5,520
Dingee Pre-School IncArt Magic to the Paddock
Provide an opportunity for young children to share and identify with local culture through the creation of a mural illustrating the district's history.
Dingee$2,400
Macedon Community House IncMacedon & Mount Macedon Community House Early Years Program - Start Up Procurement Project (2022-2023)
Improve social wellbeing and development outcomes for young children by providing a local early years program.
Macedon$9,100
Mooroopna Mens Shed
Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre Inc
Solar System
Enhance social and wellbeing activities, and improve environmental practices by installing a solar PV system at a men's shed.
Mooroopna$6,000
Nhill Silo Heritage ProjectWater Pumps to Protect Underground Assets
Encourage tourism to an iconic regional town and preserve an historical community asset, through the installation of a water pump system at the Nhill Silo complex.
Nhill$2,363
Pyalong Neighbourhood House IncAirconditioning and Heating for Op Shop Module
Support vulnerable community members to live well in a place and encourage volunteer engagement through the purchase and installation of a climate control system.
Pyalong$1,650
Stratford & District Historical Society IncPurchase of Ride-on Mower and Multi Tool for use at Museum Grounds
Improve capacity of older volunteers to maintain historic gardens and outdoor exhibits through the purchase of a ride on mower.
Stratford$4,950
Talbot Arts and Historical Museum IncPreserving our Past for the Future: Repainting the Former Amherst Hospital Isolation Ward
Celebrate local culture, boost tourism and community engagement in Talbot by preserving an important heritage building.
Talbot$6,776
Tatyoon Recreation Reserve IncRegenerating Old Grounds
Strengthen community capacity to protect the environment and increase preparedness for fire events through rejuvenating a disused area at a recreation reserve.
Tatyoon$8,000
The Koondrook Swimming Pool IncSustainable Water Quality Improvement
Foster health and safety and develop organisational capacity through upgrading the water treatment system at a community-run pool.
Koondrook$7,490
Toongabbie and District Mens Shed IncMobile Reception Booster Tower for Toongabbie Men's Shed
Provide a safe environment and support social interaction for older people participating in Men's Shed activities, by installing a booster tower to improve mobile phone reception.
Toongabbie$2,193
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Broome Community Information Resource Centre and Learning Exchange Incorporated
City Information Resource Centre and Learning Exchange Incorporated
Broome CIRCLE Community Nursery and Universally Accessible Garden
Boost community-led recovery and connection by supporting the establishment of a new all-abilities community garden in Broome.
Broome$45,455
Glass Jar Australia LtdArt with the Stars – Spanning Western Australia from Kununurra and Tom Price to Narrogin
Reduce social isolation and build resilience for Aboriginal girls in remote northern WA by supporting the Art with the Stars program.
Kununurra$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Merredin Community Resource Centre IncSpreading the Words, Sounds and Music at Community Events
Reduce social isolation by encouraging people to come together and celebrate at community events by upgrading PA equipment to improve audio quality.
Merredin$2,263
Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum IncThe Barracks
Sustain the work of the Nungarin Museum by supporting their 'Visiting Volunteers' program through renovations to the rustic accommodation for travelling volunteers.
Nungarin$4,198
Quairading Community Resource Centre IncKwirrading Noongar Tracks: Adding Casts of Local Fauna Footprints to the Pathways of Kwirrading Koort Community Park
Foster a more resilient community with acknowledgment of traditional owners' knowledge and culture through incorporating local Noongar Indigenous animal icons into park pathway.
Quairading$10,000
Shire of Christmas IslandChristmas Island Senior Programs & Activities
Reduce social isolation for the elderly and offer a variety of weekly activities to improve mental cognition and physical health and wellbeing.
Christmas Island$8,979
Shire of TamminCommunity BBQ
Reduce social isolation by encouraging community gatherings and support social inclusion with disability ramp leading to electric BBQ area.
Tammin$8,675
The Nintirri Centre IncMidwife Services
Sustain antenatal and postnatal care and support for very isolated remote communities in the Pilbara.
Tom Price$10,000
WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners Ass IncToodyay Bush Poetry Festival
Enhance regional recovery through an infusion of arts and culture at the Toodyay Bush Poetry Festival.
Toodyay$2,000
Small & Vital
Denmark Community Resource Centre IncEmergency Relief Service 2022/23
Reduce food insecurity and financial stress with provision of emergency food supplies for people experiencing crisis.
Denmark$10,000
Kalannie Community Resource Centre IncKalannie CRC Coffee Cart
Entice tourists to stop in town and increase opportunities for locals to gain employability skills with purchase of mobile coffee cart to service community events.
Kalannie$7,594
Otitis Media Group (Inc)Listen, Learn, Live
Provide local access and improve public health outcomes via education and treatment of middle ear disease in remote communities.
South Hedland$10,000
Telethon Speech & Hearing LtdHealthy Ears Project
Improve health outcomes and build capacity for early diagnosis and treatment of hearing problems in remote disadvantaged communities.
Karratha$8,904
Yuna CWA
The Country Womens Association of Western Australia (Inc)
Upgrade 1957 Kitchen
Improve functionality of volunteers' working space with renovations to 70 year old kitchen.
Yuna$10,000

Final round of Black Saturday funding for community-led initiatives

The final round of the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake Ranges program opens Tuesday 5 July, with FRRR inviting applications from local not-for-profit groups. The program is designed to assist communities to rebuild, reconnect and recover from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

HEADING: Grants for Resilience & Wellness for Kinglake Ranges communities. IMAGE: Flowerdale Playgroup.

Thanks to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, funding is available to not-for-profit groups in Kinglake, Kinglake Central, Kinglake West, Pheasant Creek, Toolangi and Flowerdale. In total, there is approximately $570,000 available, with no minimum or maximum amount per grant. However, applications for more than $30,000 should be discussed with FRRR before being lodged.

Applications must be for new projects that directly assist those individuals and communities that were affected by the 2009 fires and must identify a specific hardship or distress caused by the bushfires, which the activity intends to relieve.

Nina O’Brien, FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, encouraged local communities in the Kinglake Ranges to apply now to fund their community-strengthening and resilience-building projects.

“We know that the fires had an immense impact across the Kinglake Ranges, and despite it now being more than 13 years ago, recovering communities still need support to reconnect, share experiences, enhance wellbeing and resilience and build capacity for the future.

“The community consultations during May and June were a great opportunity to hear directly from communities about how these grants can best support Kinglake’s ongoing recovery and we look forward to reading about the projects the community has prioritised,” Ms O’Brien said.

FRRR staff in Kinglake Ranges to chat about applications

FRRR team members Karly Smith-Whelan and Brooke Williams will be in the Kinglake Ranges area on Tuesday 5th (Kinglake) and Wednesday 6th July (Toolangi and Flowerdale) to chat to community groups about their project ideas. To book an appointment, email recovery@frrr.org.au or call 1800 170 020.

As a reminder, the GR&W Kinglake program has a focus on supporting projects that benefit the wider community, and applications should demonstrate community support and the involvement of a range of community groups or representatives.

Applications close Wednesday 16 August 2022, at 5pm AEST, with successful applicants announced in December 2022. For more information and the guidelines, visit https://frrr.org.au/grants-for-resilience-wellness-kinglake/ .

To date, through GR&W Kinglake, FRRR has awarded over $1.1M for 35 projects to local groups in the Kinglake Ranges.  Any community impacted by 2009 bushfires and not located in Kinglake Ranges region can apply for support through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program.

A much-loved playgroup is going from strength to strength in the Flowerdale community in Victoria, following the engagement of a qualified facilitator to assist parents to develop their skills and confidence to support their child’s wellbeing and development. More than 20 families now participate in the facilitated weekly program, after the Flowerdale Community House received $26,000 from FRRR via the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake Ranges program in 2020 to engage a qualified Early Childhood Educator to plan and deliver the program. Previously, families who wished to access these services would have had to travel more than 30 km to either Kinglake or Yea. 

While there were a few hiccups due to COVID lockdowns, the program has bounced back and is once again supporting children and families across the Kinglake Ranges. Led by experienced educator Jill, the program provides opportunities for parents to learn about local services, to meet with other parents for support and friendship and to build social support networks in the communities in which they live. It also provides the space for the participants, both children and adults, to forge new friendships and have fun. 

“We know that relationships and community connectedness is at the heart of our community’s ongoing recovery. Playgroup plays a vital role in all communities to bring parents together, to share experiences and break down isolation; this is even more important here [in Flowerdale] as our town stretches a long distance, so meeting in the street is not a likely option as people need to travel by car to get to locations,” said Flowerdale Community House coordinator Rebekah Grant. 

“The children and parents respond very well to Jill’s calm and gentle nature, and the way she is delivering advise to sooth and encourage the children is very well received.” 

The Community House is an ideal location for the supported playgroup to operate from, as they are able to sustain this group long term. Now with a facilitator on board, they can provide more support to all families, as well as vulnerable and socially isolated families, to engage with others and the service.

12 Volunteer Emergency Services organisations awarded more than $190,000 in grants

Twelve volunteer emergency services organisations supporting remote, rural and regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires have been awarded $191,628 in grants for projects that will assist in their disaster recovery efforts and strengthen their emergency response capabilities for future disasters.

HEADING: First-responders receive a Black Summer recovery boost. IMAGE: Kangarilla CFS in South Australia.

Funded through FRRR’s Volunteer Emergency Services Fund (VESF) program, generously supported by a private donor, the funding supports local volunteer emergency services and first-responder organisations in eligible fire-affected communities across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria.

The grants range from $2,996 to provide a rural fire service brigade with wet weather personal protection equipment, to $25,000 for equipment to maintain low bushfire fuel loads in a high risk area.

Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that the VESF program was important for dedicating funding to local initiatives that are a priority of volunteer first-responders.

“Programs like this are vital for fire-affected communities to ensure long-term resilience and preparedness. In this round, we saw requests for support to purchase and upgrade emergency equipment, technology and communications systems, as well as wellbeing activities. With funding provided for the purchase of emergency support vehicles, personal protection equipment and maintenance equipment, these organisations are now better placed to save lives.

“While this is the last round of grants through the VESF program, it has allowed us to learn more about what these groups need and respond effectively. It has bolstered the response capacity of many organisations and FRRR have built new connections in communities with whom we look forward to continuing to work with through their long term recovery. FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program continues to offer bushfire recovery grant opportunities,” Ms Egleton said.

Some of the projects funded this round include:

  • Burragate Rural Fire Service, NSW – Roof insulation for Burragate fire shed – $23,710 – Boost volunteer vitality and comfort while reducing the carbon footprint of the Burragate Fire brigade through the installation of foam insulation at the fire shed.
  • Far South Coast Rural Fire Service, NSW – Fire Shed Friday’s – $20,026 – Boost volunteer vitality and general wellbeing with the provision of Fire Shed Friday activities in four impacted communities.
  • The Caves Rural Fire Brigade, QLD – New Storage Shed Project – $19,303 – Enhance operational activities and emergency response times with the provision of a storage shed for The Caves Rural Fire Brigade.
  • Mt Lofty Group Operations Support Brigade, SA – Enhancing Mount Lofty CFS Group Operations Brigade Communications for Critical Incidents and Community Preparedness – $23,577 – Upgrade technology and increase access to support volunteer development and learning and organisational operations.
  • Ensay Fire Brigade, VIC – An Ultralight Vehicle (ULV) for Tambo Crossing – $21,000 – Support emergency response activities by contributing to the purchase of an emergency response ultra-light vehicle for Tambo Crossing community.

For more information, visit FRRR’s website – https://frrr.org.au/volunteer-emergency-services-fund-grant-program/.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
Braunstone Rural Fire BrigadeCommunication, IT and Facility Enhancement - Braunstone Rural Fire Brigade
Increase technology capability, security, and general maintenance of equipment at the Braunstone Rural Fire Brigade.
Braunstone $11,325
Burragate Rural Fire ServiceRoof Insulation for Burragate Fire Shed
Boost volunteer vitality and comfort while reducing the carbon footprint of the Burragate Fire brigade with the installation of foam insulation at the fire shed.
Burragate $23,710
Far South Coast
NSW Rural Fire Service

Fire Shed Friday's
Boost volunteer vitality and general wellbeing with the provision of Fire Shed Friday activities in four impacted communities.

Eden $20,026
Grafton City Rural BrigadeLockers for Brigade Members & Gazebo for Community Engagement
Support emergency response volunteers with the provision of lockers and a temporary gazebo for the Grafton Rural Fire Brigade.
South Grafton $8,030
Iluka Rural Fire ServiceFirst Response Evacuation Resources- Iluka
Support emergency preparedness with the provision of furnishings to meet evacuation needs and appropriate storage facilities for Iluka Fire Brigade.
Iluka $22,342
Johns River Rural Fire ServiceSupporting and Protecting Our First Responders
Boost the vitality of volunteers through the provision of wet weather personal protection equipment for members of the Johns River RFS.
Johns River $2,996
Wallaby Joe Rural Fire ServiceWallaby Joe Operational Equipment Procurement
Boost volunteer vitality with the provision of wet weather gear, helmet torches and emergency flares for use during community emergencies.
Wingham $7,213
QUEENSLAND
Aratula Rural Fires BrigadeAratula Multi Purpose Vehicle
Increase the capacity and capability of local volunteer Fire Brigade to support response during disasters by contributing to the purchase of a support vehicle.
Aratula $7,106
The Caves Rural Fire Brigade
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
New Storage Shed Project
Boost operational activities and emergency response times with the provision of a storage shed for The Caves Rural Fire Brigade.
The Caves $19.303
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Mt Lofty Group Operations Support Brigade
Mt Lofty CFS Group
Enhancing Mount Lofty CFS Group Operations Brigade Communications for Critical Incidents and Community Preparedness
Upgrade technology and increase access to support volunteer development and learning and organisational operations.
Bridgewater $23,577
VICTORIA
Ensay Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityAn ULT (Ultralight Vehicle) for Tambo Crossing
Support emergency response activities by contributing to the purchase of an emergency response Ultra-Light vehicle for Tambo Crossing community.
Ensay / Tambo Crossing $21,000
Old Tallangatta Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityMaintaining a Low Fuel Load Location for the Old Tallangatta Community
Increase volunteer vitality with the provision of a ride on mower, brush cutter and concrete pad to support maintaining a low bushfire fuel load.
Old Tallangatta $25,000

More than half of the funding to go towards bushfire recovery

Sixty-seven projects across remote, rural and regional Australia will share in $776,583 in grants thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

HEADING: Nearly $800,000 awarded to strengthen rural communities. IMAGE: Three people sitting at a table smiling and facing the camera.

These projects are grassroots initiatives run by organisations led by local people that will strengthen their communities and have direct benefits for those living in them.

In this round of funding, 26 of the projects receiving funding support ongoing recovery from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires. These initiatives, which will share $444,552, include purchasing fit-for-purpose health equipment for three divisions of St John Ambulance NSW – all of which were directly involved in the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfire response.

There are also 41 projects being funded through the Small & Vital stream of the SRC program, which will share in a total of $332,031. These grants range from $1,455 to upgrade the NSW It’s Heaven website to make it more accessible for those who have a disability, to a $10,000 grant for the Northern Australian Aboriginal Charitable Trust that will help to deliver three new, free-of-charge laundromats to remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that a noticeable trend emerged in this latest round of applications.

“Interestingly, we saw a strong interest for community gardens in this round. With the cost of living rising on top of the food shortages that are happening as a result of the pandemic and natural disasters like drought and floods, there are growing concerns in rural areas about food security and the lack of access to nutritious, affordable food.

“This is why flexible programs like SRC are crucial. The funding from this program can be used where community leaders see the greatest need. Our climate and our economy are rapidly evolving and these grants can be used to support a broad range of community-led, grassroots initiatives that are helping to address very current issues in real time,” Ms Karena said.

Some of the 67 projects funded include:

  • OpenField Arts Festival Inc – Berry, NSW – OpenField Arts Festival – Facilitate community and social connection through a multidisciplinary arts festival. $10,000 (Bushfire Recovery)
  • Riding for the Disabled in the Top End – Palmerston, NT – Optimisation of Volunteer Management at Riding for the Disabled in the Top End – Improve the management, rostering and training of volunteers by installing a database program and employing a volunteer coordinator. $9,948 (Small & Vital)
  • Girls from Oz Ltd – Kowanyama, QLD – Helping to Keep Language Alive in Kowanyama – Support language revitalisation and student engagement through a performing arts project in a remote school. $9,212 (Small & Vital)
  • Fat Farmers: Rural Health Initiative Incorporated – Cummins, SA – Eyre Peninsula Expansion Project – Enhance physical and mental health by promoting a community fitness group at a local social event. $8,500 (Small & Vital)
  • Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House – St Helens, TAS – Building Blocks: Play and Learn Together – Support delivery of playgroups, early learning and parenting support programs in rural areas through the purchase of a vehicle. $25,000 (Bushfire Recovery)
  • Dunsborough Yallingup Chamber of Commerce – Dunsborough, WA – DYCCI Skills Development and Capacity Building Workshops 2022/23 – Boost and strengthen the local economy by running a series of workshops to help community members improve their business skills. $9,994 (Small & Vital)
  • Country Fire Authority Corryong Country Fire Brigade (CFA) – Corryong, VIC – Corryong Fire Station Kitchen Modernisation – Improve capacity of Corryong Fire Brigade to support bushfire recovery and preparedness by upgrading kitchen. $24,040 (Bushfire Recovery)

A full list of grant recipients is available on FRRR’s website.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, which are acknowledged on FRRR’s website.

This program always accepts applications and thanks to recent support from the Australian Government, there is now a COVID-recovery stream – Rebuilding Rural Communities. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the expanded program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.

The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
Bushfire Recovery
Cobargo Wellness GroupGinger the Frog Community Arts Project Tour
Support children and families impacted by bushfires to process complex emotions resulting from trauma through performance, storytelling and mindfulness.
Coffs Harbour$19,500
Container of Dreams LtdContainer of Dreams Lockup Workshop
Expand the capacity to provide affordable housing and workshop space for bushfire-affected communities by building a shed.
Drake$25,000
Gwymac IncorporatedFostering Inclusive, Friendly, Stronger and More Resilient Communities in Small Rural Towns
Strengthen community recovery and improve health and social wellbeing outcomes and connection through creative workshops.
Bonshaw$25,000
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedFostering Recovery and Resilience through Creative and Connected Communities
Increase capacity of arts organisation to build sustainability and delivery of projects in bushfire-impacted areas through employing a coordinator.
Bowraville$25,000
Kendall Community Centre Reserve Land ManagerKendall's Co-working Hub
Strengthen community recovery and improve health and social wellbeing outcomes and connection through creative workshops.
Kendall$6,713
Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service LimitedWestpac Rescue Helicopter Service Annual Volunteers Conference – Narrabri
Support volunteers of Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue to connect with one another through attending an annual conference.
Narrabri$9,710
OpenField Arts Festival IncOpenField Arts Festival 
Facilitate community and social connection through a multidisciplinary arts festival.
Berry$10,000
Sanctuary Point Men's Shed Inc

Extension to Existing Men's Shed
Build capacity for Sanctuary Point Men’s Shed to continue to support local community, increase engagement and reduce social isolation through building a shed extension.

Sanctuary Point$19,263
South East Arts (NSW) Inc Navigate ArtsRegeneration Roadtrip
Promote healing through reconnection to Country in bushfire-impacted communities with an interactive road journey and map.
Bungendore$25,000
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceBushfire and Heatwave Haven ‐ Batemans Bay Uniting Church Facility
Support establishment of a heatwave and bushfire haven by upgrading toilet, shower and storage amenities.
Batemans Bay$24,080
St John Ambulance Australia (NSW)Building Emergency Response Capabilities
Support volunteer emergency responders to increase preparedness for natural disasters through purchase of equipment.
Armidale$20,228
Tenterfield Players Incorporated"Let There Be Light" 
Expand capacity of a bushfire-impacted town by boosting ability to host local stage productions through purchase of portable lighting.
Tenterfield$9,670
The Circle Foundation Cooperative LtdSinging for Health, Wellbeing and Recovery
Enhance social connection, health and wellbeing through a community choir program.
Moruya$24,239
Small & Vital
Equine AngelsHorses 4 Healing Youth Project ‐ Horses Helping Humans Program ‐ Byron Shire
Engage disadvantaged young people to participate in an equine therapy program to build resilience and emotional wellbeing.
Mullumbimby Creek$8,492
It's Heaven IncorporatedUpgrade www.itsheaven.org Platform
Increase inclusiveness through upgrade of an inclusive tourism website, designed to provide accurate and easily accessible information for travellers with a disability.
Shoalhaven$1,455
Quandialla Soldiers Memorial Hall IncorporatedQuandialla Soldiers Memorial Hall Mural
Increase tourism and commemorate history within the local community by painting a large mural on the hall depicting the area's history, development and attractions.
Quandialla$6,875
Weemelah HallBBQ Cover and Lighting Project 
Increase community involvement and engagement, by installing shade and lighting over the BBQ area.
Weemelah$8,880
Woodstock Progress AssociationLet's Tell Some Stories! 
Enhance visitor engagement and improve connections within the existing community, by developing information boards that tell the stories of significant Woodstock locations.
Woodstock$10,000
Young Public P&C AssociationEndemic Showcase Garden, Aboriginal Yarning Circle, and Outdoor Classroom at Young Public School
Create an inspiring and inclusive space with an endemic garden and yarning circle where Aboriginal students can come together to connect with each other and Elders.
Young$10,000
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Atyenhenge‐Atherre Aboriginal CorporationAlternative Education Program (AEP) ‐ An Alternative Curriculum for Remote School Engagement
Encourage disengaged young people to re‐engage in their education via a culturally appropriate life skills program.
Santa Teresa$10,000
First Nations Bushfood & Botanical Alliance Australia LtdFirst Nations Bushfood and Botanical Alliance Australia
‐ Remote Digital Connectivity
Support First Nations Leaders to promote Indigenous economic interest and initiatives through investment in digital capability.
Alice Springs$9,654
Northern Australian Aboriginal Charitable TrustRemote Laundries – Stage Three
Improve health and social wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people in remote communities, by providing access to free specialised washing machines that destroy scabies mites.
Ngukurr$10,000
Riding for the Disabled in the Top EndOptimisation of Volunteer Management at Riding for the Disabled in the Top End
Improve the management, rostering and training of volunteers by installing a database program and employing a volunteer coordinator.
Palmerston$9,948
QUEENSLAND
Bushfire Recovery
Tannymorel Hall Committee IncPainting the Tannymorel Hall Roof
Foster connection to place and community pride by painting the Tannymorel Hall roof, championing the community’s social, economic and tourism aspirations.
Tannymorel$9,690
Tin Can Bay Community and Men’s Shed IncorporatedStorage Shed
Support community recovery and wellbeing through purchase of a storage shed to securely house materials and equipment.
Tin Can Bay$4,000
Small & Vital
Audrey's Angels of HopeComputing for Compassion
Ease administration tasks for volunteers who support cancer sufferers and their families with purchase of a printer and computer.
Ingham$2,800
Banana Shire Community Arts Assoc IncRestore, Refurbish, Revive: Reconnecting Community Part Two
Build community connectivity, participation and capacity through the installation of a split system air conditioner and table / chairs.
Biloela$10,000
Blackall Cultural Association IncorporatedBushman's Artisan Gallery Project
Foster and strengthen local engagement with the arts by refurbishing and extending a gallery.
Blackall$10,000
Charleville & District Community Support Association Incorporated Charleville Blue Light Association (Charleville Police)Safer Driving Skills on Outback Queensland Roads: Better Drivers; Safer Roads; Employment Opportunities
Provide young people in a remote area with access to a supervised driver training and education program, to increase road safety awareness and reduce road accidents.
Charleville$10,000
Community for Coastal & Cassowary Conservation IncHistorical Photographic Exhibition in Mission Beach - Echo of the Past
Increase awareness of environmental issues through recent history with an exhibition of photographs of local historical significance to the Mission Beach area.
Mission Beach$8,925
Eacham Historical Society IncorporatedComputers and Archive Map storage
Help local community retain and access region’s history with investment in IT and storage cabinet.
Malanda$7,842
Girls from Oz LtdHelping to Keep Language Alive in Kowanyama
Support language revitalisation and student engagement through a performing arts project in a remote school.
Kowanyama$9,212
Herbert River Men's Shed IncMen’s Shed Equipment Upgrade
Strengthen the capacity of local people to connect with each other and respond to community need, by upgrading the equipment of a Men’s Shed.
Ingham$9,600
Kilkivan & District Community Care Association IncExpanding the Home of the KilkiVAN
Boost the ability of residents to live well in place while ageing, by purchasing equipment to expand community support services.
Kilkivan$10,000
Muttaburra Community Development Association IncUnion Hole Camp - Shearers' Strike
Boost tourism and commemorate the Great Shearers' Strike of 1891 with installation of a large sculpture.
Muttaburra$10,000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Bushfire Recovery
Port Vincent Progress Association IncUpgrade Projector and Sound System at the Port Vincent Institute
Restore communications and build capacity to host community activities at the Port Vincent Institute Hall through upgrading audio visual equipment.
Port Vincent$10,000
Small & Vital
District Council of Streaky BayThe 'Developing Community Leaders and Capacity through Equipping our Volunteers' Program
Develop volunteer capability and build leadership skills by providing a not-for-profit operations training program designed to upskill volunteers.
Streaky Bay$10,000
Fat Farmers: Rural Health Initiative IncorporatedEyre Peninsula Expansion Project
Enhance physical and mental health by promoting a community fitness group at a local social event.
Cummins$8,500
Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club IncorporatedExpansion of Lifesaving Capabilities at Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club
Boost the organisation’s capability to deliver surf life‐saving services by purchasing new equipment.
Goolwa$10,000
Keyneton Soldiers' Memorial Hall IncKeyneton Soldiers' Memorial Hall ‐ Accessibility Upgrade to Supper Room Entrance
Provide a safe environment for volunteers and visitors through the upgrade of Keyneton Soldiers’ Memorial Hall’s supper room entrance.
Keyneton$9,677
TASMANIA
Bushfire Recovery
Broadmarsh / Elderslie Progress Association IncBEPA Water Tanks
Improve essential facilities of community hall by installing water tanks to enhance capacity for bushfire preparedness and recovery.
Broadmarsh$9,995
Fingal Valley Neighbourhood HouseBuilding Blocks: Play and Learn Together 
Support delivery of playgroups, early learning and parenting support programs in rural areas through the purchase of a vehicle.
St Helens$25,000
Small & Vital
Southern Midlands CouncilEncouraging Active Ageing
Encourage social connection amongst Southern Midland Council’s ageing population by hosting four activities developed by community members.
Oatlands$10,000
VICTORIA
Bushfire Recovery
Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House IncRural Minds Mental Health Workshops
Boost and strengthen mental health and wellbeing in the Bairnsdale community through the provision of workshops.
Omeo$10,000
Bemm River Recreation Reserve Committee of Management IncorporatedEncouraging Connectedness
Rejuvenate a place of gathering by replacing an old barbeque with a new community barbeque.
Bemm River$13,563
Country Fire Authority Corryong Country Fire Brigade (CFA)Corryong Fire Station Kitchen Modernisation
Improve capacity of Corryong Fire Brigade to support bushfire recovery and preparedness by upgrading kitchen.
Corryong$24,040
Destination Gippsland LtdEvent School
Foster the planning of rural and regional community events by employing a project manager.
Mallacoota$25,000
Ensay Mechanics Institute Reserve IncEnsay Community Hall Revitalisation ‐ Kitchen Equipment and Outdoor Seating Upgrade Project
Enhance social cohesion, connectedness and wellbeing by upgrading kitchen facilities and outdoor dining area of the Ensay Community Hall.
Ensay$25,000
Mount Beauty Cricket Club IncSafe, Supportive and Social Spaces
Expand capacity of volunteers to maintain valued community outdoor open spaces through purchase of a large area mower.
Mount Beauty$25,000
Myrrhee Primary School Breath CircleMyrrhee School Mental Health and Wellbeing Program
Promote improved health and wellbeing for children through school incursions on mindfulness and movement.
Myrrhee$9,900
Small & Vital
Buxton Progress Assoc IncBuilding Buxton Strategy Consultation
Boost organisational and volunteer capacity through community consultation and development of a strategic plan for a local progress association.
Buxton$9,451
Committee for MaryboroughCreating a Vibrant Community ‐ Phase One: Planning
Facilitate networking and opportunities for intergenerational collaboration through story telling in the Central Goldfield Shire.
Bealiba$8,000
Country Fire AuthorityHose Drying Rack
Support volunteer safety and build organisational capacity through the installation of a hose drying rack at Arcadia Fire station.
Arcadia$3,960
Flowerdale Community House IncFlowerdale Community Garden Project
Enhance health, wellbeing, and connectedness of the community through building a community garden.
Flowerdale$10,000
Highlands Community Hall Committee IncHighland Hall going Forwards
Strengthen local capacity and skills through governance and strategic planning workshops and support.
Highlands$10,000
Kilmore District Men's Shed IncShade Sail
Promote social connections in older age groups and protect physical health through the installation of a shade sail.
Kilmore$8,206
Lions Club of Benalla IncToilet Facilities in the Benalla Lions Shed
Boost volunteer engagement and provide an inclusive and comfortable facility through the installation of accessible toilet amenities.
Benalla$10,000
Millewa Advisory GroupMillewa Silo Art
Boost tourism and strengthen the local economy by establishing silo art installations in Werrimull.
Werrimull$8,000
Southern Otway Landcare Network IncShrub Club Community Nursery Bench Restoration
Improve the safety of volunteers through installing new potting benches at a community‐run nursery.
Apollo Bay$3,320
St Arnaud Neighbourhood House IncCommunity Vegetable Garden
Improve nutrition of low‐income residents through the installation of a community garden.
St Arnaud$7,300
Tri Gym IncStrengthening Our Community - Healthy Body and Mind
Support better health and wellbeing outcomes by enabling older community members to access local pilates classes.
Marysville$4,450
UCA Queenscliff Point Lonsdale"Clearing the Air" - Installation of Air Purifiers in Public Spaces
Encourage people to come together safely by installing air purifiers in a community hall and meals space.
Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale$7,990
United Way Glenelg Victoria IncorporatedWinter Care Packages
Reduce social isolation and decrease financial pressures for aged residents with provision of care packages.
Portland$5,000
View Street Public Hall CommitteeNew Window in the Kitchen of the West End Hall (Castlemaine)
Increase the comfort of hall users and lower greenhouse gas emissions by installing double glazed windows that will moderate the temperature inside the View Street Public Hall.
Castlemaine$2,000
Woorak Community and Land Management GroupInternet Connection and Data Projector
Increase functionality of hall with provision of projector and internet connections to enable video conferencing, workshops, on-line training and presentations.
Woorak$2,500
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Bushfire Recovery
Denmark Community Resource Centre IncDistributed 15 ‐ Dance in Porongurup
Cultivate connection to environment, climate action and climate hope through creative workshops and performance.
Porongurup$9,961
Small & Vital
Dunsborough Yallingup Chamber of Commerce IncDYCCI Skills Development and Capacity Building Workshops 2022/23
Boost and strengthen the local economy by running a series of workshops to help community members improve their business skills.
Dunsborough$9,994