Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Funding to meet the local needs and connect communities

One hundred and twenty-nine community groups across remote, rural and regional Australia are sharing nearly $1.4 million in grants through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Family of four leaning on wire fence in front of the Glastonbury Hall.
Glastonbury Hall & Recreation Association Inc used their SRC grant, awarded in 2022, to create a safer and more secure space at the Hall by establishing it as a Disaster Centre Hub.

Awarded via three streams of funding, SRC grants support small and vital projects, like upgrades to the community pool in Cummins, SA; COVID recovery projects, such as creating an arts and cultural precinct in the remote community of Tully, QLD; and disaster preparedness or recovery initiatives, like providing culturally informed, trauma-responsive community healing days for the flood-affected community of Lismore, NSW.

FRRR received a record 450 applications for this round of SRC funding, requesting more than $4.5 million in grants for projects valued at more than $19 million. The team has worked hard to shorten the time between applying and awarding SRC grants, with these grants being awarded just nine weeks after the round closed.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, says that there is an increasing need for FRRR to fill gaps in areas that may have previously relied on funding from government incentives or programs or support from local businesses.

“The SRC program is flexible and open year-round, meaning it can lean in when Government and other agencies lean out. This access to continued funding opportunities is especially vital in communities that are moving beyond the immediate threats and response to natural disasters and other shocks.

“This round, we have seen increased applications from the organisers of community events, such as local agricultural shows, as some local governments are reducing their annual funding support. We also saw increased funding requests from smaller more remote communities that are a seeking to boost the local economy by developing activities and events to encourage overnight stays from visitors who would otherwise pass through. We also noticed an increase in applications from fringe metro areas and inner rural communities, which seems to indicate that they too are facing diminishing funding opportunities,” she said.

Unmet need continues in small communities

In addition to the 129 initiatives awarded grants, there were a further 85 funding-ready projects, requesting more than $900,000, that FRRR did not have the funds to support. This highlights the importance of small grants to remote, rural and regional community groups and is why FRRR is seeking new partners so that the Foundation can fund more projects in the future.

“Given the uncertainty of the current financial landscape, groups have told us that they value having access to timely secured funding to support medium to long term goals, as well as initiatives that respond to present needs and priorities.

“These are the projects that create a sense of place and identity, and the people and organisations that make these inspiring projects happen need our support. SRC grants provide leverage as they demonstrate to other funders that the projects have value and are supported. But to be able to fund more of them, we need to bring in additional collaborative funders. So we invite all those who want to see a thriving remote, rural and regional Australia to join us to support local initiatives. They really do make a difference,” Ms Karena said.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by donors, ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, who are acknowledged on the SRC program page.

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds around four times a year. Local not-for-profit organisations and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at

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

SRC Round 20 - April 2024
Small & Vital
Arthur Butler Aviation Museum ABAM Management Plan
Create a management plan for the aerodrome to develop future facilities, enhancing Tooraweenah's appeal as a destination and boosting tourism.
Colly Gamilaraay Indigenous CorporationCollarenebri Community Cultural Festival
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture from across the region through a one-day multi-arts and sporting festival addressing cultural isolation.
Connecting With Bricks IncMobile LEGO® Brick Pits
Expand organisational capacity and provide equal access to educational and social enrichment tools with mobile Lego brick-building pits for hire by rural schools, libraries, and community groups.
Parkes & District Historical Society IncWiradjuri Cultural Storage Facility and Workspace
Create an engaging space to learn about Parkes' historical and cultural stories by purchasing a shipping container to showcase the extensive Wiradjuri artefact collection.
Southern Youth and Family Services LimitedLaptops for Learners - Cooma
Enable disadvantaged homeless high school students in the Cooma area to fully participate in their school education by providing laptops to complete their studies.
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (NSW) Property TrustSalvos Community Connect - Engagement Space
Boost community connection by purchasing safe, accessible chairs for morning tea gatherings that engage isolated or lonely residents.
Warren Chamber Music Festival Incorporated

Singing Your Stories
Enhance community wellbeing and capture local history creating and recording songs from storytelling sessions with the elderly and other community members.

Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Mann River Men's Shed IncMann River Shed Electrical System
Support bushfire recovery by installing electricity in the workshop building to make it fit for purpose as a Men's Shed, a community meeting space and shelter for future disasters.
Playability Incorporated Creating an Inclusive Children's Playground
Contribute to bushfire recovery by upgrading outdoor facilities to create an abilities and culturally inclusive children’s playground.
ADRA Wauchope Community Connect led by ADRA Wauchope Community Connect Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdADRA Wauchope Community Connect
Support bushfire recovery by purchasing a food trailer to continue delivering a food service to vulnerable local residents.
Courabyra Public Hall Land ManagerCourabyra Hall Storage Infrastructure
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and increase capacity to serve as a central resource hub by building new storage areas for food, perishables, and additional safety equipment.
Friends of Tenterfield Aerodrome IncTenterfield Aerodrome Disaster Resilience Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by constructing a shed to store aerodrome maintenance and firefighting equipment.
Nambucca Valley Radio led by Nambucca Valley Radio Radio Nambucca IncTewinga Community Centre Disaster Preparedness Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by purchasing essential disaster equipment and providing emergency training for volunteers and the community.
Narooma Oyster Festival LimitedFeasibility, Best Practice, Economic Impact Study and Business Case Proposal
Enhance organisational capacity in a bushfire-impacted community by engaging industry experts to research and advise on a sustainable self-funding business model for Farmgate and Shellor Door Oyster education and tasting centre.
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncVideo and Audio Conferencing System 
Enhance bushfire recovery and improve communication during emergencies with a new by video and audio conference system at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast IncorporatedSocial Justice Advocates Youth Convenor: A Dedicated Mission
Engage a young person to lead workshops and collaboration with diverse young people to build on the youth-focussed bushfire recovery work to address other local l social justice issues
Bega Valley$24,309
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceHeatwave and Wood Smoke Haven Anglican Church Batemans Bay: Stage 2
Enhance bushfire preparedness by installing hybrid solar technology, ensuring continuous power during grid outages for the building to operate as a bushfire and extreme weather refuge.
Batemans Bay$24,952
Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch Incorporated4WD to Maximise Emergency and Disaster Response Capability
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and recovery by purchasing a 4WD vehicle for the Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch to maximise emergency and disaster response capability.
Taree, Hallidays Point$25,000
Tabulam Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerLaptop and Printer Acquisition
Streamline evacuation centre operations during disasters with a new laptop and printer.
The Valley Centre for Environmental Education and Research IncorporatedHeart & Humility - Supporting the Creation of a Cultural Fire Hub
Facilitate two workshops to establish a community-driven cultural fire hub, promoting cultural burning, and emphasising knowledge transfer and leadership roles for Elders.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Backtrack Works LtdDisaster Recovery Response Crews
Boost flood recovery and preparedness by upskilling young people as a fast response resource in times of natural disaster.
Ettrick Hall Committee IncorporatedThe Safe Hub
Boost flood preparedness by purchasing a generator for the Safe Hub.
Hillston Creative Arts Council IncorporatedRed Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery
Re-stumping and stabilisation project Support repairs to a community-owned heritage gallery and information centre damaged by severe weather and floods.
Northern Rivers Community Healing HubHealing Hub : Wellness Wednesdays
Provide culturally informed, trauma-responsive community healing days for flood-affected individuals over seven months in a supportive environment.
Proprietor Bundgeam Pre-School IncBundgeam Prepared and Safe
Enhance the existing community disaster safe space by purchasing a defibrillator, upgrading pumps for flood mitigation, and fireproofing the building.
The Colony Bees Association IncPollinate Country
Establish and maintain 30 new beehive nesting sites to restore pollination to native plants and crops affected by recent floods.
Lennox Head$8,800
Tyalgum District Community Association IncImproving Safety Through Communication
Improve communication for flood preparedness and recovery by installing a mobile repeater, linkage repeater and solar charge system.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Big Brothers - Big Sisters Australia LimitedBig Brothers Big Sisters Tumut
Address isolation, loneliness and disengagement of young people after the pandemic through training 10 new volunteer mentors for the Tumut Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Community Resources LimitedHelping Hands – Community Outreach Project
Ameliorate post-pandemic isolation experienced by seniors by employing a short-term coordinator and two staff members to facilitate a welfare and education outreach program.
Coonamble Golf Club LtdLittle Links: A Playful Oasis at Coonamble Golf Club
Enhance social cohesion and provide a safe and family-friendly place to gather in a remote region post-COVID-19 through the construction of a playground at a community hub.
Edward River Art Society IncoporatedRiverbend Gallery
Encourage visitation and boost community engagement with visual arts and culture post-pandemic with marketing support for exhibitions and events at a community gallery.
Eurobodalla Chamber OrchestraEnhancing Public Performance
Enhance the post-pandemic capacity of a chamber orchestra to perform at outdoor venues through the purchase of robust music stands and sheet music covers.
Batemans Bay$2,748
Fungi Feastival Association IncorporatedFungi Feastival 2024
Unite diverse sectors of the community, reduce social isolation, and encourage tourism post-pandemic through the hosting of the expanded Fungi Feastival with expert guest speakers.
Batemans Bay$8,000
Grafton Community Shed IncorporatedMachinery Upgrade
Increase organisational capacity, reduce social isolation and encourage new membership of a community shed by purchasing new woodworking and metalworking equipment.
Hope Bathurst IncorporatedHopeCare Community Garden Expansion
Build organisational capacity of a community garden and improve access to fresh food post-COVID-19 through establishing new fruit trees and raised garden beds.
Lions Club of Boorowa IncNew Storage Shed - Stage 1
Support the operation of an increasingly busy, volunteer-run driver reviver van by laying a concrete slab for the van storage shed.
Molong Historical Society IncorporatedUpgrade of Artefacts Storage Facility
Encourage visitation post-pandemic through upgrading an artefact storage facility to effectively house museum exhibits and allow the acquisition of further items.
Moree Plains Shire CouncilFanny Lumsden's Country Hall's Tour
Enhance community morale and recovery post-pandemic and inspire local musicians by facilitating the visit of Fanny Lumsden’s Country Halls Tour to a small remote community.
Nimbin Health & Welfare Assoc IncNimbin Mental Wealth Expo '24
Increase awareness of mental health services and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic through hosting an inclusive interagency Mental Wealth Expo.
RiverSmart Australia LimitedA Better Path to WOW Relaunch
Increase tourism and the safety of post-pandemic visitors by building a concrete coach-disembarking point and accessible pathway.
Skillset LimitedCareer Connections
Pilot a workplace learning program by connecting year 10 students with businesses for work placement opportunities addressing barriers faced by disadvantaged students post-pandemic.
Tamworth Regional Craft Centre IncorporationTamworth Regional Craft Centre Incorporation (TRCCI)
Accessibility ramp to club house Build an accessible and compliant ramp to encourage increased participation in activities at a community arts centre.
The Rotary Club of Uralla IncorporatedBundarra Garden Festival
Enhance community reconnection, tourism, and economic recovery post-pandemic through promoting and creating signage for a garden festival.
Tumbarumba Men's Shed IncSpindle Moulder
Purchase  install and commission fit-for-purpose woodworking equipment to enhance a the Men’s Shed ability to safely recycle bushfire-recovered and salvaged timber for use in community projects after COVID-19.
Small & Vital
Marrakai Volunteer Bushfire Brigade IncorporatedEnhancing Prescribed Burn Capabilities: ATV Buggy Acquisition Project
Purchase a specialised all-terrain vehicle to support volunteers to increase the number and safety of prescribed burns to protect the community.
The Trustee for Karrkad-Kanjdji TrustWarddeken and Walaaybaa Ranger Exchange
Enhance community capacity for cultural and environmental preservation by sharing knowledge across Indigenous Ranger groups through a ranger exchange.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Enterprise Learning ProjectsImpact North Cowork Upgrades for Community Events
Support remote Indigenous entrepreneurs and organisations to connect and learn post-pandemic by purchasing outdoor furniture, equipment, and signage to establish a culturally appropriate events and meeting space.
Small & Vital
Burdekin Woodcrafts Association IncorporatedProvide Additional Storage Area for Burdekin Woodcrafters
Support the purchase and fit out of a storage facility for donated wood, increasing the groups’ capacity to support community initiatives and reducing environmental waste.
Clermont Kindergarten Day Care Centre Association IncorporatedKindy Gym / Obstacle Course Project
Provide outdoor play facilities for preschool children, supporting the development of physical skills, coordination, and balance.
Etheridge Cares IncMowers to Maintain Yards for Seniors
Purchase mowing equipment to provide at-home mowing services for elderly residents, supporting them to live independently in the community.
Isisford Primary P&C AssociationDancing Lessons in the Dirt and Dust
Foster community connection by providing after-school dance lessons for children in an isolated community, culminating in a public performance.
Millmerran Academy of Performing Arts IncWhat's the MAPA
Support a series of creative arts workshops and events to foster youth engagement with the arts, improving social outcomes and youth resilience.
Peak Crossing Public Hall Association IncorporatedPerimeter Fence Around Peak Crossing Public Hall
Install a perimeter fence around a public hall to create a safe and welcoming space that will facilitate increased community use.
Peak Crossing$10,000
QCWA Branch JacksonBack Yard Blitz
Undertake landscaping works to improve safety and amenity of a local CWA hall, ensuring the community has access to a comfortable and safe gathering space.
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gin Gin Sub-Branch IncNew Fridge for Gin Gin RSL Sub Branch
Replace worn out and inefficient fridge at the local RSL to ensure the safe storage of food for social events and activities that connect elderly residents.
Gin Gin$2,750
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wondai Sub-Branch IncMaintaining Wondai RSL Sub Branch Memorial Park
Purchase a ride-on mower to enable older volunteers to maintain a local memorial park that Council has handed over to the group to manage for community use.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal CouncilWujal Wujal Prepare and Recover Project
Build preparedness for future climate related disasters in a community impacted by Cyclone Jasper by purchasing emergency generators, lighting, portable cooking equipment and swags.
Wujal Wujal$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Artworks Granite Belt IncUpgrade of Facility
Boost the capacity of a volunteer-run community cafe to provide training and employment opportunities post-pandemic by upgrading commercial kitchen equipment.
Babinda Community Kindergarten IncMeeting Place
Reduce social isolation post COVID-19 by creating an inclusive outdoor community meeting space protected from the elements by a gazebo.
Mt Perry Show Society IncMt Perry Showgrounds Maintenance and Upkeep
Support the post COVID-19 development of a site for community events and a new caravan park by purchasing a ride-on lawn mower.
Mount Perry$10,000
Noorama Sports and Recreation Centre IncKitchen Renovations
Reduce social isolation in a very remote community post-COVID 19 by upgrading kitchen facilities at their only community hub.
Rathdowney and District Memorial Grounds Association IncorporatedTelehealth Room
Provide discreet access to vital healthcare and social-support services post-pandemic by creating a private, dedicated telehealth room at a community hub in an isolated regional area.
Ravenshoe Community Centre IncRavenshoe Community Garden
Strengthen social connection, provide access to fresh food, and sustain the work of volunteers at a community garden after the pandemic through the purchase of a trailer and improved garden soil.
Stella CommunityBowen Community Garden
Support the creation of a new inclusive community garden to provide access to fresh food and encourage social cohesion post-pandemic through the purchase of raised garden beds, soil, and garden equipment.
The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre IncorporatedCommunity Skills Boost
Facilitate a low-cost leadership program to support members of community organisations in the social service sector to build skills and capability to address local challenges post-pandemic.
Hervey Bay$7,850
Theodore Early Childhood Centre Association IncTECCA Bonanza Project
Support community reconnection, economic recovery, and organisational sustainability post-pandemic by holding a family-friendly rodeo event.
Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct led by Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct Tully Support Centre IncTully Arts and Cultural Precinct - Community Consultation and Planning (TACP-CCP)
Support the creation of an arts and cultural precinct in a remote community post-COVID-19 by engaging the community in developing a strategic plan.
Small & Vital
Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre IncCummins and District War Memorial Swimming Pool Redevelopment
Support community wellbeing and water safety with upgrades at a remote community pool that offers vital learn-to-swim programs.
Inman Valley Community & Memorial Hall Association IncorporatedKeep Us Cool at the Inman Valley Memorial Hall
Increase hall usage by installing a split system to provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming community meeting space.
Inman Valley$10,000
Mintaro Progress Association IncMintaro Seniors a Connected Community
Foster social connections and increase community wellbeing and resilience by providing a series of activities and workshops for older people.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Balaklava Town Hall Management Committee IncorporatedSound Upgrade Stage 2
Bolster post-pandemic organisational recovery and improve community access to the arts by upgrading audio equipment to provide quality sound at a community theatre and concert venue.
Carrackalinga Board of ManagementImproving Functional Use of Carrickalinga House Senior Citizens Facility
Encourage greater use of a community facility and increase safety, hygiene, and accessibility post-pandemic through floor resurfacing and installing a commercial-grade benchtop dishwasher.
Victor Harbor$10,000
Milang and District Community Association IncorporatedLakeside Butter Factory Cafe & Catering Social Enterprise
Boost the capacity of a new social enterprise cafe to provide training and employment opportunities in the community post-pandemic through the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment.
Riding for the Disabled Association SA IncRevival of Riding for The Disabled on the Yorke Peninsula
Support the re-establishment of a Riding for the Disabled group closed due to lack of volunteers post-pandemic through fortnightly transport of horses to provide social and therapeutic activities for those living with disability.
Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub IncorporatedSupporting our SYP Community
Foster life-long learning, community resilience and cohesion post-COVID-19, through a series of digital literacy workshops and technical assistance for disadvantaged community members.
Small & Vital
Brighton Community Food HubExpansion Project - Food to Families
Enhance the capacity of a growing emergency food relief program by upgrading equipment and covering volunteer travel costs to aid vulnerable residents.
Dignity Supported Community Gardening IncDIGnity Gardening Sessions
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes through a therapeutic gardening program supporting vulnerable, marginalised and socially isolated community members.
Dodges Ferry$9,240
Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association IncPE-ER: Protective Equipment - Efficient Radio
Support community safety and enhance organisational capacity during emergencies by upgrading communication equipment and protective clothing.
Huon Valley Police & Community Youth Club IncCommunity Café
Skill development for disengaged and at-risk young people through the establishment of a youth led café at local community centre.
St Helens Marine Rescue Association IncorporatedMarine Rescue Capability Extension
Strengthen capability of an emergency service and support the work of volunteers through the upgrade of telecommunication equipment and safety jackets.
St Helens$7,260
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Folk Federation of Tasmania Incorporated led by Mount Roland Folk FederationMount Roland Folk Festival 2024
Increase community engagement post-pandemic by collaborating with the local school, and by offering free and discounted concerts featuring local and emerging artists.
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting Kentish: Building Organisational Capacity
Develop organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic via the delivery of first aid, traffic management and mental health training and the purchase of appropriate PPE and tools.
The Derwent Catchment Project IncHamilton Resource Centre Upgrade
Enhance connectivity, boost organisational capacity, and improve a collaborative space post-COVID-19 by installing video conferencing equipment in a community resource centre.
Small & Vital
Strzelecki Public Hall Incorporated Heating for Our Hall
Increase the use of the community hall by installing a climate control split system to make the meeting space more comfortable, safe, and welcoming.
Ararat Men's Shed IncMetal Lathe
Improve older men's mental health by purchasing equipment to encourage new members, enhance shed skills and provide a greater community service.
Benalla HealthBenalla Grow Your Own
Establish a network of community worm farms to provide compost for a sustainable community food garden supporting vulnerable residents.
Birchip Neighbourhood House IncConnecting and Learning: Food, Fun and Fellowship
Enhance senior citizens' health and social wellbeing and foster intergenerational connections by hosting 10 monthly community lunches in Birchip.
Friends of Morwell National Park IncFeeling Chirpy: A Bird Book for Morwell National Park
Enhance community connections, social wellbeing and understanding of local biodiversity by creating a citizen-led, plain-English, local bird guidebook.
Jeeralang Junction$5,000
Maffra Golf ClubClubroom Renovation
Boost opportunities for social connection in a community meeting space by upgrading furniture and re-painting a function room hired for training activities, functions, and events.
Numurkah Community Learning Centre IncGrowing Community
Improve the viability of the community hub’s food garden with new equipment and greenhouse, ensuring year-round produce to provide local access to nutritious food via a food relief pantry.
Tatura Civic Halls Committee IncorporatedKeep the Power Safe and On
Create a safe and compliant space for meetings and activities by upgrading the electrical system at the community owned Tatura Civic Hall Complex.
Tyntyndyer Homestead IncorporatedRide-on Mower
Enhance tourism and cultural awareness of Watti Watti First Nations and colonial history by purchasing a mower to assist volunteers to maintain the visitor precinct grounds.
U3A Colac Otway IncorporatedFilipino Cultural Event
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and enhance older people’s social wellbeing through a Victorian Seniors Festival community meal event in Colac.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Men's ShedFuture Building
Enhance a volunteer program for men's physical and social health by purchasing machinery for workshop expansion and new chairs for meetings and activities.
Yea Agricultural Pastoral and Horticultural SocietyNew Water Supply
Improve access to water for users of the reserve by installing new water outlets, supporting tourism, social connection, and community safety.
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Cabbage Tree Public HallEmergency Equipment Shed: Construction and Completion
Boost disaster preparedness and bushfire recovery capacity by installing a storage shed for emergency equipment at a public reserve.
Cabbage Tree Creek$22,694
Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal CorporationRyans Lagoon Wetlands – Caring and Reviving Culture and Country Hub
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and improve safety by purchasing a ride on mower to maintain scrub and grassland on nationally significant wetlands.
Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMaintenance of the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve
Enhance disaster readiness and volunteer support in a bushfire-affected shire by purchasing a ride-on mower to maintain a reserve and safeguard a community space.
Swifts Creek$25,000
Warrigunya Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CorporationMaintaining Warrigunya Against Potential Fire Threats
Improve disaster preparedness in a bushfire impacted region and support skill development by purchasing a tractor and slasher to maintain grassland.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
RFDS Community Transport, Rochester led by RFDS Community Transport, Rochester Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Victorian Section)Volunteer Engagement and Community Recovery
Enhance volunteer support and health outcomes for flood-impacted residents by engaging a program support worker to coordinate medical appointments via the RFDS transport program.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Threatened Species Conservancy IncEnhancing Mallee Emu-Wren and Mallee Bird Conservation
Support community reconnection post-pandemic, by delivering interactive community information sessions on conserving habitats for the Mallee Emu-Wren and other threatened Mallee birds.
Avenel ActiveAvenel 'Get Me to the Shops' Community Transport Project
Reduce social isolation, increase independence, and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic by providing weekly volunteer-assisted bus shopping trips for residents who are elderly, frail or with restricted mobility.
Beaufort Agricultural Society IncEnhance Storage for the Beaufort Show
Sustain community events post-COVID-19 and improve participant and volunteer safety by installing roller doors on a storage area and agricultural show livestock shed.
Bella A'Capella led by Bella A'Capella Echuca-Moama Arts InitiativeSpring Sing Workshop
Support post-pandemic creative recovery of Northern Victoria's community choirs, enhancing greater group connection, by facilitating a singing workshop in Echuca.
Gargarro Botanic Garden LtdMower for Gargarro Botanic Garden
Improve safety and workload of volunteers’ post-pandemic by purchasing a reliable ride-on mower to maintain grounds and boost visitation of a garden complex in Girgarre.
Gnarly NeighboursSocial Enterprise Fit-Out
Increase opportunities for disadvantaged young people to build skills, knowledge, and connection post-pandemic through a fit-out at a social enterprise to create a skate store, coffee area and chill space.
Hindmarsh Shire CouncilReconnecting Small Communities through Films and Music
Enhance reconnection opportunities post-pandemic for seniors with limited capacity for travel through a series of film screenings and concerts being held in their own community.
Kiewa Valley Community Garden led by Kiewa Valley Community Garden Lions Club of Upper Kiewa Valley IncKiewa Valley Community Garden Inclusive Seating Project
Increase opportunities for projects, activities, and social connection post-pandemic by providing durable seating and tables at a community garden hub.
Melville Forest Community Centre IncMelville Forest Hall Restoration & Refresh
Enhance a community hub through paint, flooring, and air-conditioning upgrades to create a welcoming and financially sustainable venue for events and activities that encourage post-pandemic reconnection.
Melville Forest$10,000
Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee led by Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee Murtoa Events IncorporatedMurtoa - A Land of Wonder
Foster social connection tourism and creative COVID-19 recovery by enabling local artists to collaborate with the community to create a lakeside lighting installation for Murtoa’s Big Weekend event.
RDA - Swan Hill led by RDA - Swan Hill Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria IncFencing Upgrade Project
Boost the capacity of the organisation to provide safe therapeutic equestrian activities post-pandemic through essential fencing upgrades at their site located next to a busy highway.
Swan Hill$9,304
St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association led by St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association Sea LakeSt Mary's Sea Lake Gala Day
Encourage community connection and address social and geographical isolation post-pandemic by reviving an inclusive Gala Day, providing entertainment and activities for all ages.
Sea Lake$7,000
Trafalgar Holden Museum IncHolden Heritage Centre Display Cabinets
Sustain the Holden Heritage Centre and their work post-pandemic, encouraging greater visitation to the area by installing display cabinets to securely exhibit and preserve artefacts.
Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra IncorporatedWangaratta Sounds Under Light - Shining a Light on Regional Music!
Promote social connection and support creative recovery post-pandemic by facilitating a unique concert and light show at an iconic local cathedral during the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
Wollangarra IncA Strong and Trained Volunteer Team
Reignite a program at a youth education centre post-COVID-19, boosting organisational capacity through training activities to increase volunteers’ knowledge and skills.
Small & Vital
Collie Men's Shed IncLean-to and Wood Storage Area
Build an all-weather working and wood storage area to enable members to work safely on outdoor projects.
Dandaragan Community Centre ManagementCommittee IncorporatedStorage Cupboards for Change Rooms
Install storage at local community centre to increase community use and flexibility of the space.
Friends of Bibbawarra Bore Aboriginal CorporationBibbawarra Bore Reconciliation and Land Care Project
Support development of an ecotourism business case for locally led restoration of historic hot springs.
Lower Coastal Community Association IncLower Coastal Community Bus
Establish an accessible and affordable community bus service in an area without existing public transport.
Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals led by Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals Environs KimberleyHome for SKIPA
Support the development of an indigenous plant nursery, enhancing volunteer capacity to rehabilitate local environments.
Prepare & Recover - 2022/2023 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal CorporationPreparing and Protecting Fitzroy Crossing
Enhance disaster preparedness with back-up emergency food supplies for remote communities in a region severely impacted by Cyclone Ellie.
Fitzroy Crossing$24,500
Prepare & Recover - 2021 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Kalbarri Men's Shed IncConstructing a Community Garden
Establish a community garden as part of a new multi-use facility, fostering social connections and community resilience in the recovery from Cyclone Seroja.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bridgetown's Grumpy Old Men IncUpgrade Dust Extraction System
Strengthen organisational capacity to provide safe working conditions and attract new men’s shed members post-pandemic, by purchasing mobile dust extractors for use with woodworking equipment.
Great Southern Community Legal ServicesGreat Southern Community Legal Service Digital Enhancement Project
Improve the post-pandemic capacity of a community legal service to provide video-based legal consultations by furnishing three hybrid meeting spaces.
Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre IncorporatedResilient Roof Restoration: Safeguarding Community Resources
Sustain the work of a community resource centre experiencing increased demand for its services post-COVID 19 by undertaking essential roof repairs.
Pemberton Youth Emergency Service CadetsPemberton Youth Emergency Services Development Project
Boost organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic by equipping the Youth Emergency Services cadet program with appropriate PPE and storage equipment.
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show IncCelebrating Together - Finding Out More
Support community reconnection and upskill volunteers post-pandemic by facilitating a native wildflower show opening and holding a series of free community flora identification workshops led by a botanist.
Shire of DalwallinuDalwallinu Community Celebration
Enhance post-pandemic economic and social recovery in a remote community by hosting a community celebration at the culmination of Wattle Week to boost overnight stays and social connections.
Shire of KondininHyden Railway Barrack Restoration
Enhance community spirit and tourism post-COVID-19 by providing interpretive signage to complete the restoration of the town's oldest intact building which has been relocated to a prominent new site.

Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is a not for profit, community based organisation whose mission is to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities.

SAGE stall set up at a farmers market.

In 2013 SAGE faced a logistical challenge of effectively connecting consumers to the thriving local market garden and produce businesses. The solution – enable online shopping for the surrounding community who wanted to buy the goods but due to work or family commitments were unable to browse leisurely and shop at the 2pm Tuesday timeslot.

The ANZ grant paid for the website design and build, with a complementary grant from the NSW Government supporting the planning and administration. 

The establishment of this online farmers market in 2015 was the first in Australia. SAGE designed and implemented the initiative with careful consideration of both local shoppers and the stall holders to ensure it added value and was not onerous.

The SAGE Farmers Market has twice won the ABC Delicious! magazine award for Best Farmers Market in Australia and is established as a national benchmark. All produce comes from within a 160 km radius of Moruya.

Following this early innovations success SAGE continued to thrive with operations growth including the SAGE Community Garden and Stepping Stones Training Farm. However the last 3 years have been difficult. Communities on South Coast NSW were significantly impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires and then Covid-19 restrictions limited the physical market, and escalated demand for online services. At the beginning of 2022 the volunteer group were financially depleted and simply exhausted… but not beaten.

In 2022 SAGE was awarded $50,000 via FRRR’s COVID Regional Community Support program, which was funded by the NSW Government. The grant funding provides for a salaried Business Manager for 12 months with the objectives of developing and implementing the SAGE Business Plan aligned to the existing strategic goals of improving organisation capacity with new revenue stream that ensure ongoing financial sustainability and resilience. Speaking with volunteers Stuart Whitelaw and Catherine Reilly recently it was exciting to hear that an appointment has been made and plan development underway. The Stepping Stones Farm operation has been successful in attracting interns to its agriculture training program from as far afield as WA, with great local farmer relationships supporting peppercorn leases on small land plots that enable graduates to stay local and commence their market garden development. Not only the capacity but also the confidence of this passionate volunteer group has been bolstered by the grants recognition of their capability and the value of their work.

Located in the picturesque Colac-Otway Shire, Colac Makers’ Space provides a workspace for regional artists and undertakes community engagement with the arts. ReGenZ is a youth arts group run in partnership between Colac Makers’ Space and the Colac Youth Health Hub.

Four young adults in front of wall with a mural of a bunch of balloons painted on it.

The group attracts significant numbers of young people to its activities, particularly LGBTQIA+ youth who see this group as a safe space in a community where their options for organised support are limited. Support for this cohort of youth is critical, given the rise in youth mental health issues since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is one hundred percent volunteer-run, and like many other organisations, Creative Otways and the Colac Makers’ Space were facing significant hurdles post-COVID-19, with volunteer burnout colliding with increased need amongst youth.

To meet this increased need, and in the context of ongoing volunteer pressures, Colac Makers’ Space embarked on a new project. By hiring a professional artist as a mentor to teach skills in various art forms including drawing and sculpture, supporting them in life skills and accessing pathways to work in the arts field, the program provided deep engagement for the youth participants of ReGenZ, while providing some relief for the organisation’s volunteers. The program was run with support from local mental health services and culminated in an exhibition of the students’ work as part of the 2023 Colac Art Showcase and Exhibition. Flowing on from this, an annual exhibition program will help support the long-term sustainability of ReGenZ.

Lynne Richardson, Project Manager at Creative Otways (auspicing Colac Makers’ Space), highlighted the importance of the project to support local youth and volunteers:

“As a volunteer organisation we struggle with a limited number of volunteers and without this project, our youth Art group could have easily gone into remission as our volunteers struggled with many pressures … this project kept the youth group going and allowed us to deliver more projects which engaged more youth and gave much needed support to both our volunteers and our youth.“

With 15-20 youth attending the program each week, and more than 300 students engaged over the course of the program, Outside the SQUARE- ReGenZ was able to connect like-minded youth from Apollo Bay with those in Colac, allowing them an opportunity to be themselves, be creative and build their confidence. Impressively, 256 of the youth displayed their work at the Colac Art Showcase and Exhibition with other professional and emerging artists, and many were provided prizes of art vouchers to encourage continuation of their arts practice. Wider benefits were also felt by the project, with students from Studio 92, an all-ability arts venue, also participating in the exhibition with the support of the ReGenZ youth: inclusivity and kindness were on display as well as art works in Colac-Otway Shire!

Colac Makers’ Space was also able to capitalise on opportunities as they arose. The initial plan was for a well-known local artist, Reuban Whyte, to provide the mentoring role, however he took up a new position as the youth engagement officer at the Colac-Otway Council. The project was able to hire another local artist, Jodie McGill, to undertake the mentorship role while also engaging Reuban in an in-kind capacity through his Council role – meaning the youth had two mentors for the duration of the project – double the benefit for ReGenZ!

Auspiced by Creative Otways Incorporated, Colac Makers’ Space successfully applied to FRRR for a $10,000 SRC Rebuilding Regional Communities grant, funded by the Australian Government, to support this project.

Continued demand for small grants to support local initiatives

More than 150 not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in rural regions across Australia are sharing $1,579,380 in grants for projects that will strengthen their communities.

Inglewood District Health Service Garden

Awarded through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program, the grants will fund projects that address a range of diverse needs, including fostering community connectedness and wellbeing, as well as supporting ongoing COVID and disaster recovery and preparedness.

The 151 grants range from $750 for a lawn mower to help local volunteers prepare the community for future bushfires, to $25,000 for a “Get Started Emergency Preparedness” program to empower people with disabilities through tailored disaster readiness education and planning.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, said that the Strengthening Rural Communities program has been a consistent support for local NFPs in rural places, helping to fill funding gaps needed to get projects off the ground or sometimes bring them to conclusion.

“FRRR’s small grants have supported rural Australia for the past 23 years. Within our Strengthening Rural Communities program alone, we have awarded nearly $18 million in small grants since 2019 and the program’s flexibility is one of the key reasons why it continues to be so popular.

“Flexible funding means that we can support projects that meet a wide range of needs, reflecting what the community sees as a priority. For some, this may be a new roof for the town hall, for others it may be an event to bring people together, and for others it could be mental health first aid training.

“Virtually every part of Australia is recovering from one or more disasters, from the pandemic to floods, bushfires or drought – and many have experienced successive or even overlapping events. The cumulative effect means that even within the same region, there are people working to respond and support recovery, while others are putting planning and training in place to build their resilience and prepare for the next, inevitable, event.

For example, in Shepparton, local groups are working to address different community needs and, collectively, help their community to recover, grow and thrive.

“Shepparton Foodshare is one of the NFPs supporting their community’s recovery. The organisation will use a $25,000 grant to purchase a refrigerated delivery truck, which will boost organisational capacity so that they can provide food relief to those impacted by the flooding that the region experienced in September 2022. Meanwhile, the Goulburn Valley Woodworkers will use their $10,000 grant to strengthen social connections that have been challenged by COVID lockdowns. The NFP wants to build the capacity of its volunteers by providing a safe gathering space with concrete flooring that has been sealed and finished. North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre is also helping to strengthen connections for diverse communities by using their $10,000 grant to deliver creative workshops and an exhibition.

“Grassroots organisations, which are often led by volunteers, play an important role in the vitality of rural Australia, because they drive the projects that maintain and sustain their communities. But to do this, they need funds. We’re honoured to play a small part in helping rural Australia thrive and we encourage others to join with us to support local initiatives that really do make a difference,” Ms Karena said.

Some of the projects funded in this round of SRC grants include:

  • Victoria Daly Regional Council – Kalkarindji, NT – Build the flood-affected community’s ability to provide trauma-informed youth support through basketball activities for mental health and leadership growth. $9,500 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2022 Floods))
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Limited – Balranald, NSW – Survey 350 rural community radio stations to assess needs, resilience and support required to increase their sustainability after the floods and for future disasters. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2022 Floods))
  • Mornington Shire Council – Gununa, Mornington Island, QLD – Support community education and development by providing books for the newly built library. $9,886 (Funding Stream – Small & Vital)
  • Brukunga Community Association Incorporated – Brukunga, SA – Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a bushfire impacted region by upgrading a community hall and garden. $24,487 (Funding Stream – Prepare & Recover (2019/20 Bushfires))
  • Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre Inc – Clarendon Vale, TAS – Enhance young people’s mental health and wellbeing by providing equipment for indoor and outdoor activities at a new youth hub. $6,027 (Funding Stream – Small & Vital)
  • Regional Victorians of Colour Inc – Kyabram, VIC – Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and capacity building post-pandemic through multicultural community meal events and workshops in three towns. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Rebuilding Regional Communities)
  • Beacon Progress Association – Beacon, WA – Improve access to social and creative activities post-pandemic by removing asbestos from a repurposed community arts space. $10,000 (Funding Stream – Rebuilding Regional Communities)

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by donors, ranging from private individuals to larger foundations, who are acknowledged on the SRC webpage. This round there were a further 50 funding-ready projects, requesting more than $610,000, that FRRR could not support. We are urgently seeking new partners, so that we can fund more projects like these in the future.

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds four times a year. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at

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

SRC Round 18 - November 2023
Small & Vital
Age of Fishes Museum IncorporatedPlayground Equipment for the Age of Fishes Museum
Purchase 'Big Blue' engineering blocks as playground equipment for the museum to enhance hands-on STEM education for children and visitors.
Arts-Upper HunterFirst Stories - First Nations Tales from the Hunter
Document and present two local Indigenous connection to country stories through live performance and video shared on the Upper Hunter Arts & Cultural Trail website.
Boggabri Women's Shed Sewing Room
Build connections, skills and confidence for isolated local women by investing in sewing machines and equipment for group activities and skill building.
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerAir Conditioners for the Lansdowne Community Hall
Boost organisational capacity to support arts and cultural events at the Lansdowne Hall by installing two air-conditioners to improve comfort for volunteers and hall users.
Leaderlife LimitedLeaderLife Cooking Outdoors: Let's Grow
Purchase an outdoor BBQ and meat smoker to support healthy eating and cooking education for at-risk young people using local produce.
Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall IncHistory Preservation at Old Bar Soldiers Memorial Hall
Preserve the history of the Taree region with cenotaph restoration, a new flagpole, time capsule repair, cabinetry for memorabilia, and creation of a red poppy garden with reflection benches.
Old Bar$10,000
The Youth Impact Foundation Ltd on behalf of The Catalytic Impact InstituteYouth Accountability Project - Moree Stories
Support engagement with young people by young people on the Young Accountability Project's Impact Board to define 'what good looks like' in their communities and how young people engage in community life.
Valmar Support Services LimitedBe Bus Aware
Modify the steps, handrails and interior of the community bus to improve the ability for aged care clients to access services.
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Arts North West IncWalcha Creative Wayfinding
Build a bushfire-impacted community’s sense of place and cultural tourism by enhancing the 'Open Air Gallery' with plaques to honour the artists and their local stories.
Bega District Volunteer Rescue Group IncorporatedUpdate Vertical Rescue Gear
Enhance disaster preparedness and safety of rescue volunteers by purchasing equipment for vertical rescues.
Country Womens Association of NSW on behalf of Eden Branch

CWA 70th Birthday Kitchen Upgrade
Support bushfire recovery and grow community use of the local hall by renovating the kitchen to meet safety standards.

Eden Tourism IncorporatedLake Curalo Interpretative Bird Signage
Enhance a locally significant environmental site and tourism icon impacted by the 2020 bushfires by installing interpretative signage.
Edgy Art IncorporatedBeauty from the Ashes - Transformation Through Fire!
Foster community cohesion and healing after the 2019/20 bushfires and revitalise the local creative sector through a series of community bronze casting workshops using fire to create lasting, beautiful objects.
Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic GardenEurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Wellness Walk
Increase wellbeing in a bushfire-impacted community by enhancing connection with nature through creating a NatureFix trail with local cultural information in the botanic gardens and an app with guided audio wellbeing activities.
Batemans Bay$14,950
Greater Hume Shire Council on behalf of Holbrook Community GardensHolbrook Community Gardens
Contribute to bushfire recovery by hosting workshops, outings and events for the broader community to connect with gardening groups and local community gardens.
Kandos Rylstone Men's Shed IncTest n Tagging
Support bushfire recovery and organisational sustainability by training two Kandos Men's Shed members to test and tag electrical donated items for the community charity shop.
Mountains Youth Services Team IncBlue Mountains Water Tank Murals
Empower young people to contribute to bushfire recovery and a culturally vibrant community through designing and painting two murals on Rural Fire Service water tanks, alongside local artists to celebrate the landscape and local Indigenous culture.
Mount Tomah$22,150
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedCafé Upgrade - Creating a Safe and Inclusive Workplace
Enhance bushfire recovery, economic strength and job opportunities for people with disabilities in Bowraville, by investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades at the Phoenix Café to improve workplace safety and inclusivity.
Narooma Men's Shed IncFurniture for Place of Last Resort
Enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery by purchasing stackable chairs to optimise functionality of the Narooma Men's Shed refuge facility.
Naughty Noodle Fun Haus IncorporatedCRM - Connecting Young People, Families, Facilitators, Volunteers and Donations
Boost organisational capacity to meet the post-bushfire exponential growth of a development and social connections program for young people in and around Gosford and improve participant and volunteer experience and security by implementing a Customer Relationship Management program.
Taree Rural Fire BrigadeThermal Imaging Camera for Taree Rural Fire Brigade
Enhance firefighting preparedness, rescue operations and first responder’s safety with a thermal imaging camera for use during bushfires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and ground / land search.
Tenterfield Autumn Festival IncorporatedTenterfield Autumn Festival & Eat Street
Create economic and social benefits in a bushfire-impacted community by supporting family focused events at the Tenterfield Autumn Festival.
The Men's Table LimitedRipple Effect - Regional Communities of Connected and Contributing Men
Strengthen men's capacity for mutual support and community service in a bushfire-affected area by co-designing a series of workshops with local Men's Tables.
Batemans Bay$10,000
Upper Lachlan Landcare IncorporatedMoving Better Grazing Practices into the Spotlight
Enhance the area’s bushfire resilience by creating opportunities for local farmers with expertise in resilient grazing practices to inspire other landholders to adopt best practice pasture management.
Wards River Rural Fire Brigade Improved Team Connectivity and Insight into Fire Behaviour
Enhance responder safety, wellbeing and understanding of fire behaviour by purchasing a thermal imaging camera and fitting fire vehicles with Cel-Fi signal boosters.
Wards River$9,615
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bundjalung Tribal Society LtdConnect Culture Through Art
Rebuild the Lismore Aboriginal community post-floods through Aboriginal-led art and cultural workshops that have healing weaved through the programming.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia LimitedSustaining Community Radio Stations in Rural Australia
Survey 350 rural community radio stations to assess needs, resilience and support required to increase their sustainability after the floods and for future disasters.
Federal Community Centre IncorporatedEmergency Radio Support System
Boost emergency communication capabilities and enhance flood preparedness by purchasing and installing UHF radios and aerials and delivering radio communication equipment training to volunteers and community members of the Federal, Goonengerry and Eureka Community Resilience Team.
Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre IncCar for a Cause
Address the increased demand post-flood for transport services to enable vulnerable residents to access services by purchasing a vehicle.
Isolated Children's Parents Association of NSW Incorporated on behalf of Isolated Children's Parents Association - Walgett BranchGarden Day ICPA 2024
Enhance flood recovery and future disaster preparation through events and speakers at Isolated Children’s Parents Association Garden Day, enhancing climate-related knowledge and strengthening social connections and mental wellbeing.
Mingoola Hall Management CommitteeSupply and Installation of a Solar Powered UHF CB Repeater
Resourcing the Mingoola community to respond to and recover from natural disasters by purchasing a solar-powered UHF CB repeater to maintain communication during floods and other emergencies when internet and phone lines are down.
Dumaresq Valley$25,000
Shedding Community Workshop IncShedding Community Workshop
Enhance organisational capacity to expand trauma-informed community counselling, services and facilities to meet the increasing and evolving community needs post 2022 floods.
The Heartland Foundation LtdSelf-watering Community Wicking Gardens
Enhance organisational capacity to support flood recovery by constructing 50 wicking gardens to grow fresh vegetables for the Heartland Foundation's mobile community food pantries, benefiting 1,120 families weekly.
Freemans Waterhole$10,000
Tweed Shire CouncilCulture Dose for Kids
Support flood recovery with an 8-week arts program for 9-12-year-olds with mild anxiety, while parents join parallel sessions to build social connections and boost self-confidence.
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWPersonal Locator Beacons
Strengthen flood recovery and preparedness and enhance safety for Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba Rescue Vessel crew members by purchasing Personal Locator Beacons.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bundarra P&A and Rodeo Society Inc 2024 Bundarra Show
Sustain the Bundarra Show Society and enable delivery of the Show 2024 post-pandemic by supporting core event costs.
Bowning Public School and Citizens' AssociationCelebration of 175 Years of Bowning Public School
Boost post-COVID-19 tourism and community connection through the Back to Bowning Weekend, celebrating 175 years of the local public school.
Glenreagh Timber Festival IncorporatedFestival Coordinator
Sustain a community-run festival and enhance community engagement post-COVID-19 through recruiting a festival coordinator.
Karuah Progress Association IncKaruah Community Website
Enhance recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a town promotion and community information website.
Kyogle Together IncorporatedKyogle Repair Cafe
Enhance post-pandemic community connections through increasing space in the Repair Cafe for social interaction.
Numeralla & District Activities IncorpAir Conditioning at the Numeralla Hall
Improve volunteer and hall users’ comfort post-COVID 19 by installing reverse-cycle air conditioning.
River Tribe IncWytaliba Rising - HeartBeat
Restore the town's cultural life and tourism after COVID-19 by purchasing industry standard drum kits for live concerts.
The Returning Indigenous CorporationBundjalung Postpartum Care Program
Enhance COVID-19 recovery for Indigenous families on Bundjalung Country through a culturally appropriate 6-week postpartum care program.
Towns With Heart IncorporatedKurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Enhance COVID-19 recovery and encourage social connection with an inclusive community Rock N Roll nostalgia festival.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation LimitedMiima Warabinya - Skyfest 2024
Celebrate Wiradjuri cultural sky lore, reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the Miima Warribinya Skyfest astronomy festival.
Small & Vital
Mataranka Primary SchoolNinja Obstacle Course Playground
Encourage students' learning and development with outdoor play equipment that stimulates and challenges older children.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilHoops4Health - Re-empowering Young People in Kalkarindji
Build the flood-affected community’s ability to provide trauma-informed youth support through basketball activities for mental health and leadership growth.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Camp Quality LimitedCancer Education Program Regional Tour
Sustain the work of the organisation post-pandemic to enhance the wellbeing of children affected by cancer by delivering educational puppet shows in remote schools.
Small & Vital
Central Highlands Water Sports ClubEducation and IT Training to Improve Volunteer Capabilities
Improve the club’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of a new computer.
Childcare Leadership Alliance IncorporatedCare to Lead
Cultivate local leadership and retain skilled early childhood educators in the Isaac region with a place-based professional development program.
Eacham Community Help Organization IncGenerator for Emergency Use
Boost the community's ability to respond to future disasters by purchasing a generator for publicly-accessible back-up power.
Mission Beach Historical Society IncImproving the Digital Capabilities and Social Capital of the Society
Enhance organisational capacity and community awareness of Mission Beach's First Nations culture and colonial history by upgrading IT equipment and creating a virtual museum website.
Mission Beach$5,882
Mornington Shire CouncilMornington Community Library Books
Support community education and development by providing books for the newly built library.
Gununa, Mornington Island$9,886
Proston Men’s Shed IncAir Conditioning for the Proston Men's Shed
Expand the use of the shed by installing a split system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Alexandra Bay GroupConstruct Road Crash Rescue Training Pad
Reduce need for frequent excessive travel by volunteers to regional training facilities by building a local training site for skills development and regular practice.
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare AssociationModelling Wellbeing via Basketball
Support young people’s learning and development through play by training local referees and hosting the first tournament.
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Baptist Church WarwickInterior Painting of Community Hall
Revitalise a bushfire-impacted community meeting space by re-painting the 112-year-old hall.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Crows Nest GroupWorking Safely at Heights
Develop volunteers’ ability to support the community in emergencies by purchasing a training mannequin and a stand area light for night activities.
Crows Nest$2,371
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Macintyre Ag Alliance IncUniting Goondiwindi Region for Social and Mental Wellbeing
Enhance the flood-affected region’s wellbeing by integrating specialists within the local agribusiness conference.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cape York Health Pty LtdWellbeing and Resilience: Safeguarding Vulnerable Communities
Support the organisation's efforts post-pandemic to improve student immunisation access and health equity by procuring mobile refrigeration units for vaccine transport to remote communities.
Charleville & District Cultural Association IncStitching Together the Threads of Time
Encourage post-COVID-19 community connection through creative activities by purchasing a quilting machine.
Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural SocietyWired for Success
Sustain the work of showground volunteers post-pandemic by installing permanent underground power for safety and to lighten volunteer workload.
Injune Arts Inc on behalf of Remapping Mitchell Arts CollectiveRemapping Mitchell Arts Collective Project
Enhance post pandemic-recovery and access to the arts by creating an interdisciplinary collaboration of regional artists, exhibited both virtually and across the community.
Pomona and District Kindergarten Association IncorporatedNew Playground
Encourage children’s learning and development through play following COVID-19 by upgrading the local kindergarten’s playground equipment.
Wallumbilla Agricultural & Pastoral Association IncCatering for Connection in Wallumbilla
Enhance post-pandemic community connections by upgrading showground kitchen equipment.
Wonga Beach Primary P&C AssociationWonga Beach Community Hub
Promote post-pandemic social connection by equipping the school as a community hub with a defibrillator and outdoor entertaining equipment.
Wonga Beach$9,658
Small & Vital
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (SA) Property Trust on behalf of Port Augusta CorpsClean Hands and Hygiene in The Salvos Hub
Improve participant safety and enhance organisational capacity at a community drop-in centre by upgrading the kitchenette facilities.
Port Augusta$8,085
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Australian Ocean Laboratory LimitedTechnology and Ecology: Student and Community-led Oyster Reef Restoration
Enhance connection to the environment and deepen understanding of biodiversity by implementing a student-led citizen marine science program.
Kingscote $10,000
Brukunga Community Association IncorporatedPreserving Heritage and Enhancing Community Spaces: Transforming Brukunga
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading a community hall and garden.
Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall IncorporatedCommunity Hall Comfort for Connectedness and Recovery
Increase opportunities for community connection and enhance the process of recovery after bushfires by installing heating and cooling at a community hub.
Mount Torrens$22,380
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Berri Regional Secondary CollegeReconciliation Cultural Garden
Support community recovery and foster connection to First Nations culture in a flood-impacted region by constructing a community cultural garden at a regional school.
Lower Murray Vintage Engine & Machinery Club Inc2024 Lower Murray Heritage Rally & Tractor Pull
Foster community connection and economic recovery in a flood-affected region by improving facilities for a historic tractor festival attracting statewide visitors.
Murray Bridge$14,364
Mannum Progress AssociationRestoration of Lighting in Mary Ann Reserve - Mannum
Enhance opportunities for recovery and social connection in a flood-impacted town through installing solar lighting at a community reserve.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Blyth Community Hall IncorporatedLights for Kitchen & Supper: Remove Obsolete Heaters and Fans
Enhance safety and functionality of a community gathering place to support recovery from the pandemic by upgrading lighting, and heating and cooling.
Franklin Harbour Community Development Group IncCowell Silo Art Viewing Area
Reinvigorate tourism and boost the local economy following the pandemic through installing paths and signage at the silo mural viewing area.
Goyder Plains Carriage Driving Association Incorporated on behalf of Peterborough Rodeo ClubThe 2024 National Carriage Driving Championships
Boost economic recovery after the pandemic by upgrading the amenities block for the National Carriage Driving Championship and other community events.
Open Space Contemporary Arts IncKingston Weaving
Promote social connection and support creative recovery after the pandemic by holding weaving workshops led by local First Nations artists and creating a public artwork.
Orroroo Swimming Club IncorporatedSolar Heating for Community Wading Pool
Foster opportunities for community connection post-pandemic and enhance water safety by installing solar heating at a community pool.
Port Vincent Progress Association IncReplacement of Curtains at Institute Hall
Revitalise a community gathering place to enhance COVID-19 recovery by installing stage curtains and block out curtains at a local hall.
Port Vincent$4,280
Quorn Men's ShedThicknesser-Planer for the Quorn Men's Shed
Strengthen volunteer capacity and expand opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by acquiring equipment to bolster activities at a remote men’s shed.
The National Trust of South Australia on behalf of Kingston SE BranchTelling the Whole Story
Enhance cultural connections post-pandemic through installing seating and display lighting at an historic site.
The Laura Fair IncAcquisition of Outdoor Seating
Support community connection after the pandemic by purchasing outdoor seating for local events and activities.
The Port Germein Village Project Association IncPort Germein Village Project Revamp - Landscaping Stage 1
Support community connection post-pandemic by installing fencing and landscaping at a community gathering space.
Port Germein$9,750
West Coast Youth and Community Support IncorporatedStride Together Eyre Peninsula - Community Wellbeing Baton Relay
Foster social connection and promote mental health and wellbeing post-pandemic by holding a community baton relay event.
Port Lincoln$10,000
Yankalilla Youth Arts IncorporatedMini Mag - Kid's Magazine
Develop skills and support the creative recovery of young people from the pandemic by providing writing workshops and publishing magazines.
Small & Vital
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre IncThe Hub
Enhance young people's mental health and wellbeing by providing equipment for indoor and outdoor activities at a new youth hub.
Clarendon Vale$6,027
Cygnet Community Children’s Centre IncOld Schoolhouse Upgrades
Support early learning, out-of-school programs and create a comfortable community space by replacing worn weatherboards, and installing blinds and an air conditioner.
Mt Black Men Shed IncorporatedSafety First @ Mount Black Men Shed
Boost volunteer membership and provide a safe workshop for participants by upgrading the shed’s electrical system.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Mole Creek Swimming Centre Assoc IncAmenity Block Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a flood-impacted region through upgrading facilities at a community pool.
Mole Creek$4,872
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cygnet Living History Museum IncMuseum Refresh
Celebrate and enhance connection to local history through purchasing archival safe cabinets for the display of cultural artefacts.
Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Association IncGet Back Together and Back on Track
Rebuild community connections and boost the local economy post-pandemic by hosting a community festival.
Small & Vital
Boolarra and District Historical Society IncRestoration of Cupboards - Boolarra Old School Museum
Boost visitation and expand opportunities for learning and connection to local history by restoring damaged storage units at a community museum.
Boort Resource and Information CentreGym Equipment Upgrade
Enhance an exercise program for older people to boost health and social wellbeing by updating a worn gym station with new fit-for-purpose equipment.
Castlemaine State Festival LtdWorking Towards a More Reconciled Future: Castlemaine State Festival's RAP Journey
Promote community understanding and engagement with the local First Nations culture through a Dja Dja Wurrung artist residency and the creation of public artwork.
Committee 4 Rochester IncMural Park Enhancement
Boost the local economy and enhance community pride by installing two mural stands as part of Rochester’s Mural Festival.
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Warrenbayne CFA (Country Fire Authority)Warrenbayne Spring Boost
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing phone and IT equipment at a community hub to improve communications in a black spot area.
Energy Innovation Co-operative LtdEnergy Solutions for the Elderly - Korumburra
Improve the wellbeing and resilience of an underserved community by providing an energy efficiency education program designed for elderly residents.
Hamilton Community House IncStepping Stones to Leaps and Bounds!
Promote community connections and development of life skills through the delivery of a financial literacy program in Hamilton.
Inglewood & Districts Health ServiceNew Gym Equipment
Promote physical and mental wellbeing in an underserved community by purchasing gym equipment for an allied health program.
Kilmore District Men's Shed IncNew Tools
Enhance the capacity of volunteers and boost mental health of older men by purchasing equipment for a men’s shed program.
Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre IncCommunity Engagement Program
Boost wellbeing and foster social connection by delivering an intergenerational program that brings together older community members and kindergarten students.
Lake Bolac$10,000
Neighbourhood House Murchison (VIC) IncorporatedEstablishing a Second Program Room for the Community
Expand access to programs and services through the renovation of an unused space within a neighbourhood house to create a second program room.
Newborough Men's ShedDust Extraction for New Premises
Support social wellbeing and provide a healthy environment for older people by installing safety equipment in a workshop.
North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre IncBeyond Identity in Shepparton
Expand opportunities for social connection for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members by providing creative workshops and an exhibition.
Raillery Hub IncRaillery Hub Art Gallery Information Technology Network Upgrade
Strengthen organisational capacity and volunteer skills by upgrading IT equipment for a community gallery and meeting space.
St Arnaud$5,000
Talbot Arts and Historical Museum IncPreserving and Increasing Safe Access to Our Heritage
Promote tourism in an underserved region and enhance access to an historic precinct by installing signage and an all-abilities ramp and paths.
Treble F Singers IncorporatedPurchase Portable Electric Piano: Bag, Stand and Stool
Enhance community connection and social wellbeing for older people by providing musical equipment for a community choir.
Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) LimitedEast Bairnsdale Community Hub Food Pantry
Enhance skills and address food insecurity in an underserved region by providing emergency food relief and supplying ingredients for cooking classes.
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodshareStrengthening Preparedness through Community Connection
Enhance organisation capacity and support bushfire recovery through website upgrades to improve information and resource sharing.
Bendoc Progress Association IncCommunity Meeting Place Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for connection and recovery in a remote bushfire-impacted region through upgrading furniture at a neighbourhood house.
Bright Food Co-op LtdManage and Grow the Bright Food Co-op
Enhance organisational and volunteer capacity to provide affordable healthy food in a bushfire impacted region by installing an integrated and automated online ordering software platform.
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Crowlands Fire BrigadeTV Connectivity Project
Enhance volunteer capability and community bushfire preparedness by providing IT equipment for training and educational activities.
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Landsborough Fire BrigadeLandsborough Fire Brigade Lawn Mower Project
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and support volunteer capacity by purchasing a mower to maintain station grounds.
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Mossi-Tambo Fire BrigadeMossi-Tambo Fire Brigade Educational Garden
Enhance a community hub and develop an educational resource in a fire-affected region by establishing a garden featuring fire-resistant plants at the Mossiface fire station.
Goongerah Landcare GroupSafety Equipment and Tools for Goongerah Landcare
Foster volunteer capacity and support environmental recovery post-bushfires through purchasing new tools and equipment for a weed eradication project along the Brodribb River.
Indigo North Health Inc on behalf of Chiltern Neighbourhood HouseRe-surfacing of Communal Area
Enhance safety, access and recovery in a bushfire-affected area by constructing an all-ability path at a neighbourhood house and men’s shed.
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedMerton Community Skate Park
Cultivate opportunities for social connection and wellbeing for young people in a region recovering from bushfire by constructing a skate park.
Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre IncRestore, Repair and Paint Walls in Treatment Rooms
Provide a safe and comfortable facility for delivering community health services in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading treatment rooms.
Swifts Creek$10,000
Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedUpgrade of the Old Ablutions Block
Provide a safe community gathering place and prepare for future emergency bushfire events by upgrading bathroom facilities at the Tallangatta showgrounds.
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd on behalf of Aunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's GroupAunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's Group
Support recovery of First Nations women and children impacted by floods through skills and wellbeing activities.
Gannawarra Shire CouncilThe Fire Garden Theatre Production - Gannawarra
Enhance community recovery and cultural connection in a flood-impacted region through a First Nations theatre production.
Get Started Disability Support Australia LtdGet Started Emergency Preparedness: Empowering People with Disabilities
Foster community empowerment and inclusive disaster resilience in a flood-impacted region by delivering disaster preparedness educational programs, training and peer support for disabled people.
Kerang and District Agricultural Society IncorporatedReplacing of Pavilion No 2 Roof
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery from flood impacts by replacing the pavilion roof at the Kerang Showgrounds.
Kyabram Community & Learning Centre IncKCLC Community Kitchen Appliance Upgrade
Foster volunteer capacity and expand food relief in a flood-impacted region by upgrading kitchen appliances at a neighbourhood house.
Murrabit Advancement Association IncCreating a Family Hub at Murrabit
Strengthen social connections and provide a safe gathering space following flood events by upgrading a community-owned building.
Murrabit $25,000
Shepparton Foodshare IncorporatedShepparton Foodshare Food Rescue Truck
Boost organisational capacity to provide food relief in a flood-impacted region through the purchase of a refrigerated delivery truck.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beechworth Biennale IncorporatedBeechworth Biennale
Boost economic and cultural recovery after COVID-19 by holding a festival showcasing public art installations at 15 key locations throughout Beechworth.
Buninyong Community Facility Management Committee IncChair Replacement
Revitalise opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by providing new seating at a community hub.
Buninyong $9,600
Edenhope Men's ShedA New Wood Lathe for Edenhope Men's Shed
Build social connections and increase opportunities for engagement after COVID-19 by purchasing equipment for a community men’s shed.
Gippy Rocks IncorporatedGippy Rocks Festival
Support community reconnection and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding a community festival.
Goulburn Valley Woodworkers IncorporatedClubroom Recovery Renovations
Strengthen social connection and volunteer capacity after the pandemic through upgrading flooring at a community shed.
Highlands Community Hall Committee IncMain Hall Acoustic Panel & Insulation
Encourage more community events to boost social connection post-pandemic by improving acoustics and ambience at a community hub.
Horses For Hope LimitedHelping Horses for Hope Reach the Communities in Need
Sustain an organisation’s capacity to provide mental health support post-COVID-19 by enhancing a horse float to operate as a mobile counselling space.
Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies IncorporatedJamieson Community Hub Landscape Design Plan – Community Garden and Arts Precinct
Build community resilience and support opportunities for social connection after COVID-19 by developing plans for a community garden and arts precinct.
Kaniva Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedArt and Photography
Enhance volunteer capacity and promote connection to culture post-COVID-19 by purchasing display boards for art and photography.
Lake Goldsmith Hall CommitteeBack to Lake Goldsmith and Stockyard Hill - Celebrating 160 Years
Rebuild social connections post-COVID-19 with whole-of-community events celebrating the district’s 160th anniversary.
Lake Goldsmith$8,450
Lockington Bowls Club IncorporatedClub Room Upgrades for Energy Efficiency
Foster opportunities for social connection and support the work of volunteers after COVID-19 through upgrades to heating and cooling at a vital community hub and meeting space.
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre IncChildren's Playground Equipment
Boost social connection and wellbeing of young children and their families post-COVID-19 by purchasing playground equipment for a neighbourhood centre.
Mount Wallace Hall and Reserve IncorporatedMt Wallace Community Hall Improvement Project
Strengthen opportunities for community connection after the pandemic through roof and ceiling repairs and installing a shade structure at a community hall.
Mount Wallace$7,290
Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncNatimuk Showground Community Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Build organisational capacity and resilience post-COVID-19 by engaging a consultant to prepare a site master plan to address future needs of the facility for community events and activities.
Newstead 2021 Inc on behalf of Newstead Community GardenGarden Rehabilitation and Reinvigoration
Sustain volunteer capacity and safety post-pandemic by upgrading garden equipment and pathways.
Purnim Recreation ReserveUpgrade Pavilion / Kitchen Items
Strengthen social connection and sustain the work of volunteers after the pandemic through upgrading equipment and kitchen whitegoods at a community reserve.
Red Gum Festival Development Group IncorporatedWorkshops Marquee
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community post-COVID-19 through the facilitation of community workshops and purchase of equipment for a biennial festival.
Regional Victorians of Colour IncRebuilding Strength and Community Through Shared Tables
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and capacity building post-pandemic through multicultural community meal events and workshops in three towns.
Small & Vital
Enterprise Partnerships WA LimitedPiriwa Placemaking Project Part 4
Enhance the Piriwa Hub's community support capabilities by adding an extra shipping container for improved storage and service capacity.
Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum IncMagic of Mosaic
Improve volunteer management of historic collections by digitising materials onto an online platform.
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beacon Progress AssociationBeacon Barracks are GO!
Improve access to social and creative activities post-pandemic by removing asbestos from a repurposed community arts space.
John's Vision IncMobile Eyecare Service
Support COVID-19 recovery and resilience with a mobile optometry service offering affordable eyewear to vulnerable and homeless people.
Mullewa Community Resource Centre IncMelodies, Mates & Mental Health 2024
Boost reconnection of the community after COVID-19 through monthly concerts that also connect people with mental health services.
Share & Care Community Services Group IncorporatedMobile Financial Counselling Service
Help vulnerable residents reduce post-pandemic debt by expanding intensive financial counselling to additional Wheatbelt communities.
Tom Price Community Garden IncUser-Friendly Garden Beds
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and all-abilities social connection through community gardening by raising garden bed heights.
Tom Price$4,998

Originally a resting place for passing drovers, Foster is a small town just north of the Gippsland coast. Like much of regional Victoria, Foster was hit hard by COVID, with long-lasting economic, health and social outcomes. Impacts on social connection, the need to provide food relief for the community, and the reduced ability for community groups to fundraise were all felt strongly by the volunteers at Manna Community Garden.

Established 22 years ago, Manna Community Garden strives to improve food security and social wellbeing in the community. Working closely with Manna Gum Community House, community lunches are held and meals are provided for people in need of support. Demand for these lunches and meals was heightened during the pandemic and continues today, with the need exacerbated by escalating cost-of-living pressures. The two organisations also work together to provide assistance and information via workshops on topics such as grafting and seed saving, and a community stall at the local farmers’ market.

The fire pit in the gardens is an important gathering place for community members. The facility hosts the local youth group, community lunches, evenings in the garden events and NAIDOC week activities.

Before the pandemic, fundraising efforts were underway to pay for desperately needed upgrades to the Manna Community Garden, including to the garden beds and the amenities around the fire pit. A large Christmas in July fundraiser had to be cancelled two days before it was due to be held due to lockdown orders and while local sponsorship allowed the garden upgrades to go ahead, the works around the fire pit remained unfunded. The seating was dangerous and needed replacing if the gardens were to continue to provide an important social space for the community.  

The volunteers at Manna Community Garden applied for an FRRR grant to supplement their fundraising strategy and allow them to continue with these much-needed works. Through an Australian Government-funded SRC Rebuilding Regional Communities grant for $2,600, the fire pit seating was able to be upgraded. The community of Foster is now able to safely enjoy the gardens as a space to socialise, come together, learn and provide food relief for the town.

President of Manna Community Garden, Ms Juneen Schulz, explained the importance of the garden upgrades for reconnection:

“The space has provided a beautiful location for members of our community, especially our garden group, to connect. This is particularly important in the recovery from COVID-19, as it gives us a safe space to be together and rebuild our community.”

With the easing of COVID restrictions, Manna Community Garden has since joined together with other community gardens in the district to run annual events, bringing the wider South Gippsland and Bass Coast communities together and celebrating the benefits of growing locally. The first event, held in Foster in the newly renovated garden, attracted 60 guests and included workshops, guest speakers, and of course lots of beautiful locally grown produce!

“We wanted an inclusive day where community gardens across our slice of the universe could come together and discuss our favourite topics – growing food, looking after our hamlets and communities, sharing our knowledge.”

The neighbouring town of Meeniyan will host the next event, in what is hoped will be a long-running tradition – supporting communities that were badly impacted by COVID-19 to come together and encourage the health, economic, environmental, and social benefits of growing produce locally.

The work of Manna Community Garden shows that a small project can have a big, and long lasting, impact!

Grants awarded to 176 community groups for COVID recovery, climate-related impacts and Small & Vital projects

IMAGE: Kinder aged child exploring a puddle. HEADING: Rural groups awarded a record-breaking $2.3 million
Goulburn Region Preschool Association Inc

FRRR has awarded $2,309,331 in grants to 176 community projects across remote, rural and regional Australia as part of the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

This is the largest SRC round on record in terms of both funding awarded and the number of projects being funded.

Collaboratively funded by a number of donors, this program gives small communities across rural Australia access to funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit the local area and people. The program is split into three streams: Small & Vital (S&V), Prepare & Recover (P&R) and Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC), which supports recovery from COVID-19.

Small & Vital stream

In total, $527,636 in grants have been awarded to 61 grassroots organisations and NFPs through the S&V stream. Grants of up to $10,000 will support initiatives that local leaders and community members feel are a priority when it comes to strengthening the community.

An example of an organisation being funded in this stream is the Cervantes Community Men’s Shed in WA. They will use their $10,000 grant to develop the group’s new shed site, which will support and service the community.

Prepare & Recover grants

The SRC program has long supported disaster recovery, most recently through the 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfire Recovery stream. However, with disasters affecting more of the country, the program has been renamed the Prepare & Recover stream. It offers grants of up to $25,000 to support projects that prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts, or recover from existing disasters in the medium to long-term. In addition to ongoing recovery from Black Summer fires, this round supports recovery from flooding in 2021/22, as well as some other storms and flood events across the country.

A total of $883,940 will be shared among 62 initiatives through this stream. An example is the Victoria based Boort Resource & Information Centre’s initiative to support flood recovery and boost local connections by bringing the people together to share a free community meal.

Rebuilding Regional Communities – supporting COVID-19 recovery

Funded by the Australian Government, the RRC grants are divided into micro grants, which are up to $10,000 and larger grants, which are up to $50,000. In this round, 53 organisations have received $897,755 funding that will help remote, rural and regional communities recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Among the recipients in this stream is the Regional Food Security Alliance, who will use a grant of $47,050 to develop resources that will support volunteer recruitment and retention at food relief agencies across regional Victoria, after demand for their services has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that this record-breaking SRC round is a clear indication of the level of support that remote, rural and regional Australia needs.

“In the history of the SRC program and its predecessors dating back to 2000, we’ve never awarded this amount of money or this many small grants. That in itself speaks volumes about the need for resources and support in rural communities around the country.

“What we saw in the applications in this round, across each of the streams, was a strong emphasis on individual and community health and social wellbeing. This is a reflection of how the last few years have impacted remote, rural and regional areas. Back-to-back natural disasters, the pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis have left people with limited resources when it comes to prioritising their wellbeing.

“We also saw a high number of applications for creative and wellbeing activities, like festivals and community events. These initiatives are wonderful to see because not only are they helping to bring people together and giving them a creative outlet, but they also often provide a boost to the local economy.

“Similarly, we continue to see a demand for support in maintaining or upgrading community spaces, halls and hubs. This kind of infrastructure is so important when it comes to keeping small communities connected, particularly during the ongoing recovery and resilience-building process that rural Australia is currently facing,” Ms Karena said.

Some more of the 176 projects funded include:

  • Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association Inc – NSW – Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of 117 Brewarrina Aboriginal families by providing practical assistance, building social connections and cultural identity, wellness activities and a community garden. $46,092 (Rebuilding Regional Communities stream)
  • MacDonnell Regional Council – NT – Prepare youth for leadership roles through the expansion of the council’s youth app to include governance and project management information and functions. $9,702 (Small & Vital stream)
  • FNQ Aviation Museum Ltd – QLD – Build young people’s job readiness for careers in engineering industries by constructing a new hanger at the aeronautical museum to run a program with students restoring vintage airplanes. $10,000 (Small & Vital stream)
  • Bridge to Nowhere Arts Association Incorporated – SA – Enhance the process of recovery from the pandemic and encourage greater participation of seniors in activities by providing a comfortable environment at a local community arts facility through heating and cooling upgrades. $7,405 (Rebuilding Regional Communities stream)
  • Surf Life Saving Tasmania – Central Coast Marine Rescue – TAS – Enhance community safety and boost volunteer capacity through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment. $9,383 (Small & Vital stream)
  • Upper Murray Performing Arts Inc – VIC – Encourage community connection and generate economic growth by delivering a creative dance festival that will increase tourism in a township recovering from bushfires. $10,000 (Prepare & Recover stream)
  • Shire of Carnamah – WA – Improve the community’s resilience for future emergency responses during cyclones by upgrading the medical centre’s electrical switchboard, enabling connection to back up generators during power outages. $10,000 (Prepare & Recover stream)

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, who are acknowledged on the FRRR website under each of the SRC grant streams:

This program always accepts applications. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at

To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at

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

Small & Vital
Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society - Narrabri North West District IncLecturer Fee Contributions
Sustain the capacity of the organisation to deliver accessible arts activities for the whole community by contributing to lecturer fees.
Carcoar Community AssociationRiver Yarn Fibre Festival
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by supporting the inaugural River Yarn Fibre Festival.
GRASP - Goulburn Regional Association of Sustainable ProducersGrowing the GRASP Hub on the Open Food Network
Support a community-owned online produce shop to provide access to healthy local produce and promote sustainable agricultural practices through purchasing equipment, recruiting / training volunteers and holding events.
Henty Public School Parents and Citizens AssociationBush Tucker Precinct
Enhance the thriving community garden by linking it to the Wiradjuri Bush Tucker and Yarning Circle cultural area to increase community knowledge of local Aboriginal traditions.
Inverell Art Society IncorporatedInverell Art Gallery - Supporting, Engaging and Developing Local Ceramic Artists
Foster skill development for local and emerging ceramic artists in Inverell by purchasing a new kiln and reference books.
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerInstallation of Security Cameras and Solar Security Lights to the Outside of the Lansdowne Community Hall
Enhance security for valuable historical works and items displayed at the Lansdowne Community Hall by installing solar powered external lighting and cameras.
Parkes Bowling and Sports Club LimitedParkes Bowling and Sports Club Kitchen Oven Upgrade
Enhance the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club kitchen by removing the current industrial gas oven and installing a new one to increase the safety and capacity for use by the many non-sporting community groups that use the facilities.
Peak Hill Preschool Kindergarten IncPeak Hill Preschool Expansion
Improve day care access for disadvantaged families by contributing to the development of a community-run long day care facility and community room in Peak Hill.
Peak Hill$10,000
Riding for the Disabled Assoc (NSW) - The Coonabarabran CentreFacilities Maintenance Program - Stage One
Enable programs to continue running by addressing safety issues at riding centre through repairs to the training hall.
Warren Chamber Music Festival IncorporatedBetter with Age!
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by holding a "Better with Age" event for the elderly, featuring a shared meal, live musical performances and poetry readings.
Prepare & Recover
Adavale Lane Community Centre IncorporatedBuild Up the Grounds Around our Community Hall to Stop Flooding
Contribute to recovery and disaster preparedness by raising the ground level around Adavale Lane Community Centre to stop the hall flooding, ensuring community events can continue and enhancing community connectedness.
Arts North West IncNew England North West Creative Flood Response Project - 'A Letter to My Returning...'
Engage artists from flood-affected communities to create artwork that responds to their flood experiences and interpretations for a public exhibition that will support community recovery.
Wee Waa$24,752
Bay FM Community Radio IncBroadcast Equipment Replacement to Build Organisational and Community Resilience
Build organisational capacity and bushfire resilience by upgrading the ageing broadcasting equipment, ensuring a reliable broadcast transmission service, particularly in the event of an emergency.
Byron Shire$24,920
Bombala Preschool IncBombala's Ngulla Garden Project
Support recovery from the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and unprecedented rain by establishing a food forest garden, restoring the community and Indigenous gardens, and engaging experts to educate preschool families and community about food sustainability.
Bowraville Arts Council IncBowraville Theatre Equipment and Technology Upgrade
Enhance Bowraville Theatre and contribute to bushfire recovery by investing in up-to-date equipment and technology, allowing a broader scope of events for the community, and encouraging new arts, performances and productions.
Broke Residents Community Association IncorporatedBroke Wellbeing Program 2023
Support the recovery of Broke residents after flooding through an ongoing well-being program to improve the mental health and resilience of community members.
Burringbar School of ArtsReplacement Roof for Burringbar Hall Disaster Distribution Centre
Enhance the Burringbar School of Arts Heritage Hall by replacing the rusted roof, ensuring the hall can continue to be used by the community for events and as a distribution centre for those in need during natural disasters such as bushfires.
Circartus Incorporated Reaching for Solid Ground
Increase organisational capacity by establishing a new position to support organisation sustainability and provide inclusive, healing, creative and fun circus skills opportunities for young people in the Manning Valley who are recovering from the impact of bushfires.
Connecting Communities Australia LtdMogo - Aboriginal Lands Council Storage Shed
Contribute to the recovery of Mogo after losing several buildings in the devastating Black Summer bushfires by constructing a storage shed for the Aboriginal Lands Council to store essential documents.
Deniliquin Business Chamber Incorporated Do it in Deni Street Bazaar
Strengthen community connections and boost tourism after the flood with 'The Deni Street Bazaar' a family-friendly event, celebrating the rural culture and lifestyle.
Drake Village Women's Shed IncorporatedTrailer
Increase disaster resilience in the Drake community that was impacted and often isolated after the 2019/20 bushfires through purchasing and fitting out a trailer to provide residents and their livestock access to food and water in emergencies.
Early Links Inclusion Support Service IncorporatedPhysiotherapy Equipment
Address increased demand for therapeutic support since the 2019/20 bushfires and increase social inclusion and support for people with disabilities and developmental delays through additional physiotherapy treatment and equipment.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Eden Community Access Centre IncEnabling Conversations That Matter: A Prepared Community
Provide an online resource to enable ongoing community conversations that support disaster resilience in Eden and surrounding villages after the 2020 bushfires.
Emerald Beach Fair IncEmerald Beach Fair
Strengthen community connectedness and recovery from the bushfires, floods and COVID through restarting the Emerald Beach Fair.
Emerald Beach$10,000
Granite Borders Landcare Committee IncorporatedStrengthening Rural Communities - Diverse Workshops that Educate, Engage and Improve Social Connectedness
Build community resilience, social connectivity, and environmental improvements through a series of free, landscape regenerative workshops for bushfire-affected residents in remote communities around Tenterfield.
Kangaroo Valley Historical Society IncorporatedPreservation of Kangaroo Valley's History and Heritage through Quality Photographs
Support community resilience by purchasing a camera and macro lens used to capture Kangaroo Valley's bushfire recovery for local historical records.
Kangaroo Valley$1,650
Kempsey Showground Association IncorporatedLighting Upgrade
Upgrade to LED lighting in the hall to reduce operating costs and foster opportunities for people in West Kempsey to come together and support their bushfire recovery.
West Kempsey$6,836
Marine Rescue NSW - Kioloa Unit Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWAir Conditioner for Kioloa Unit
Support bushfire recovery and build organisational capacity by replacing or adding air conditioners to ensure the comfort of volunteers all year round.
Narooma Men's ShedMetalworking Safety Initiative and Activity Enhancement
Purchase appropriate lifting equipment and tools for the Narooma Men's Shed to reduce the risk of injury for members and enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery projects for the community.
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncProvision of Storage for Emergency Search, Rescue and Disaster Response Equipment at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club
Building preparedness in the event of a bushfire through the installation of mobile, modular storage cabinets enabling safe and organised storage of the club's 24/7 emergency response equipment, ensuring the club is rescue ready.
Northern Rivers Food Incorporated2023 Harvest Food Trail
Enhance recovery of the flood-impacted Northern Rivers by supporting the Harvest Food Trail event, which brings the community together to socialise and enjoy local produce whilst supporting local businesses.
Tweed Heads$10,000
Resilient Lismore IncorporatedResilient Lismore Impact Measurement and Organisational Sustainability
Enhance the recovery process in flood-impacted Lismore by periodically collecting community recovery data through surveys to measure the impact of Resilient Lismore's work and inform new projects and sustainability planning.
Resilient MurwillumbahMurwillumbah Get Ready
Support the flood-impacted Murwillumbah community to be more disaster ready by establishing a tools and equipment library for community-led disaster clean up and recovery.
River of Art IncorporatedMunggara-dha / My Home
Support community recovery and foster leadership and social connection after the devastating Black Summer bushfires by combining Aboriginal dance storytelling with contemporary art forms in a community driven process that will culminate in a live performance.
Mogo Village $23,100
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceBrightening Batemans Bay Heritage Museum's Future Stage One
Support bushfire preparedness and enhance the viability of the Heritage Museum by installing solar panels that will provide energy to stabilise environmental conditions for the preservation of museum collections, reduce operating costs and enable the museum's continued operation in a power outage.
Batemans Bay$22,578
Twofold Aboriginal CorpThe Twofold / Jigamy Cultural Gardens & Syntropic Food Forestry Project (Stage Two & Three)
Develop a series of intergenerational and cross-cultural initiatives through creation of climate-resilient cultural food gardens to foster collaboration in mitigating the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and future climate changes.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Contact Inc Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association IncMurra in Murra (Hand in Hand) Brewarrina - Planning for a Stronger Future
Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of 117 Brewarrina Aboriginal families by providing practical assistance, building social connections and cultural identity, wellness activities and a community garden.
Contact IncorporatedBuilding Foundations for a Stronger Future
Build organisational sustainability through a series of professional development workshops facilitated by a skilled expert to support Contact's work to reduce negative impacts of isolation during COVID-19 for children and families.
Gilgandra Community Garden Network Gilgandra CouncilGilgandra Cultural Precinct > Community Garden
Support COVID-19 recovery by establishing a community garden to reduce social isolation, providing an inclusive, tranquil setting that supports active and passive recreation for local children, youth, seniors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people culturally and linguistically diverse, those living with disability, and LGBTQIA+ community members.
Turbans 4 AustraliaLismore Resilience Project
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery of disadvantaged members of the Lismore regional community through delivering food and personal care hampers with a new mobile food trailer and pantry, which will support and expand the organisation's outreach services.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Blue Mountains Artists CompanyLithgow Lowdown - Reimagining and Reinvigorating Community
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19 by staging a live music and poetry slam / dance competition to bring together and reinvigorate youth and families through the arts.
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services IncorporatedStrengthening Service Delivery through Secure and Innovative IT Solutions
Sustain and enhance Carries Place's work with increased IT support over six months to improve internal capability and enable provision of reliable and secure remote services to vulnerable clients hesitant to engage face-to-face due to COVID-19 impacts.
Creative Gunning IncCrafting Connections
Support Gunning's community and economic recovery from COVID-19 by delivering a series of art workshops and exhibitions to increase community connections, build volunteer skills, and increase visitation.
Kempsey Flying Club LtdRural Community's Amenities Upgrade
Support COVID-19 recovery and sustain the activities of a range of community groups that use the Kempsey Flying Club facility by upgrading the space and purchasing a fridge, commercial vacuum, BBQ and projector equipment.
Manning & Great Lakes Early Intervention IncEarly Connections Playgroup
Re-establish a playgroup closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance the process of recovery for young children.
Nimmitabel Show Society IncUrgently Needed Equipment
Support community connection after COVID-19 by replacing damaged and ageing seating and purchase new equipment to sustain the work of the Show Society and enable the smooth running of the Nimmitabel Show and other community events into the future.
Sanctuary Point Public SchoolSing and Grow Singing Therapy Group
Enhance social and developmental recovery from COVID-19 for Sanctuary Point children and their families through establishing a singing therapy group.
Sanctuary Point$9,020
The Showground Workshop IncorporatedTaree Showground Mens' Shed COVID-19 Recovery
Boost the Men's Shed membership after COVID-19 by developing a new website.
Wentworth Area Landcare IncorporatedTrees for Pomona
Enhance COVID-19 recovery of the Pomona community by bringing residents together for a native tree-planting event to increase their feeling of belonging and community pride.
Small & Vital
MacDonnell Regional CouncilEmpowering Indigenous Youth Leaders to be Tomorrow's Community Leaders
Prepare youth for leadership roles through the expansion of the council's youth App to include governance and project management information and functions.
MacDonnell Regional Council's 12 communities$9,702
NT Writers' Centre IncRemote Writers' Development Workshops
Support new and established writers living in remote parts of the state by running satellite events and online workshops as part of the 2023 Northern Territory Writers' Festival.
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilNoise Reduction at the Pine Creek Multi Resource Community Centre
Enhance public participation at meetings in a remote and under-resourced community by improving the acoustics at the community centre with the installation of heavy echo-reducing curtains.
Pine Creek$9,973
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Brown's Mart Arts LimitedConnecting Communities at Brown's Mart
Sustain Brown's Mart and their work through improved connections with the COVID-19 impacted community by upgrading communication technologies and increasing First Nation peoples' engagement and participation in the performing arts.
The YMCA of the Northern Territory Youth & Community Services LtdCommunity Hub Project
Create a safe, welcoming community space at the Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) swimming pool for children, young people and families to re-connect after social isolation experienced during COVID-19, improving the community's physical and social health and fostering a stronger and more resilient community.
Santa Teresa$20,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Gupulul Marayuwu Aboriginal CorporationGupulul Community Homeland - Food Storage, Access and Security Project
Address food security challenges exacerbated by COVID-19 and sustain the work of the corporation through the installation of a commercial cool room storage unit on the community homeland.
Gupulul Homeland$10,000
Small & Vital
Blackall Cultural Association IncorporatedBushman's Gallery Electrical Upgrade
Boost and strengthen the local economy by upgrading electrical wiring for better lighting at the Bushman's Art Gallery to increase engagement with, and acquisition of, local art.
Border District EisteddfodBorder District Eisteddfod 2023
Cultivate young people's confidence, artistic endeavours and public performing capabilities by providing a local Eisteddfod.
FNQ Aviation Museum LtdMultipurpose Aviation Museum Hangar - Celebrating 80 Years of Mareeba Airport
Build young people's job readiness for careers in engineering industries by constructing a new hangar at the aeronautical museum to run a program with students restoring vintage airplanes.
Gold City Country Music Club IncBose Amplifier Tower
Improve the club's ability to provide free community entertainment by upgrading sound equipment.
Charters Towers$4,160
Gordonbrook Rural Fire BrigadeGordonbrook Rural Fire Brigade Station (Stage Two)
Improve comfort and amenity of the facility for emergency volunteers and community gatherings by installing floor coverings and painting internal walls.
Hillview Memorial Hall and Recreation Grounds IncLawn Mower Purchase
Support volunteer ability to maintain a welcoming community space by purchasing a ride-on mower to care for the grounds.
Ingham Coast Guard - The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association IncorporatedImproving Access
Improve the Coast Guard's ability to support and service the community by building an accessible ramp and handrails.
Julatten State School Parents and Citizens AssociationCelebrating 100 Years Julatten / Bushy Creek / Euluma Creek State Schools Centenary 1923-2023
Encourage new community members and past students to come together to foster a sense of identity and community connection by jointly celebrating the schools' centenary anniversaries.
Low Isles Preservation Society IncorporatedSupporting Local Student Visitation to the Low Isles Education Centre
Support students from disadvantaged outer regional schools to take part in a citizen science project and experience the Great Barrier Reef firsthand, integrating environmental awareness and STEM learning into the curriculum.
Port Douglas$10,000
Mount Morgan Citizens Club IncKitchen Compliance
Improve functionality of club's workspace for social connection and community gatherings by modernising the kitchen by adding stainless-steel bench tops and energy efficient appliances.
Mount Morgan$10,000
QCWA Branch CliftonInstallation of Air Conditioning to CWA Clifton Hall
Expand the use of the CWA hall by installing a heating and cooling system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Retreat Creek Campdraft Association IncConnecting Power to the Community Shed at Roy Day Park, Sapphire
Help locals come together and connect by installing electricity at the park's community shed to provide the first 'powered' public meeting space in Sapphire.
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch)
Emu Park Sub-Branch Inc
Emu Park RSL Mural
Creating a commemorative mural to help residents and visitors better understand the impacts of past conflicts on returned service people.
Emu Park$4,500
Roma Historical Precincts IncRoma Butter Factory - Workshop Building Upgrade
Improve volunteer experience and safety by installing accessible roller doors that enable local artisans to demonstrate old time trades and skills more easily for an interactive visitor experience.
U3A Cairns IncorporatedHealth, Wellbeing and Social Interaction through Low Impact Sports
Enhance older people's wellbeing through supporting physical activity and social connection by purchasing low impact activity equipment.
University of Southern QueenslandAllora and the Australian Silo Art Trail: Enhancing Community Wellbeing
Boost tourism, amenity and community engagement in Allora through the co-design and installation of a mural representing important stories of the town.
Prepare & Recover
Mulgowie Public Hall Association IncorporatedLets Get it Happening at Mulgowie!
Strengthen the lifesaving capacity of a bushfire-impacted community by purchasing a defibrillator to enhance preparedness.
Withcott & District Progress Association IncKitchen Renovation & Storage for the Community Hall
Improve functionality of volunteers' catering and working spaces, and comfort of users with renovations to an 88-year-old hall in a community impacted by bushfires and floods.
Postmans Ridge$21,150
Community Information and Resource Service Association IncorporatedCoolaFlix
Build community resilience and foster social connectedness after flooding in Rainbow Beach through the purchase of cinema equipment and film licensing fees to facilitate a series of community fundraising movie nights.
Rainbow Beach$17,510
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival IncPumpkin to Power Economic Recovery in Gympie Region!
Stimulate the community and economy post-flooding by hiring equipment to re-start the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
Murgon Primary P&C AssociationMurgon Community Fair
Encourage people to come together and celebrate for mental wellbeing after the floods by establishing the Murgon Community Fair.
North East Downs Landcare Group IncRehydrating to Regenerate the Landscape
Build environmental resilience to flood through encouraging the restoration of landscape hydrology cycles by providing 'natural sequence' education workshops in the communities of Peranga, Brymaroo and Maclagan.
Tamrookum Memorial Hall IncorporatedRoof Repairs
Enhance the recovery of the Tamrookum community by providing a safe and dry community space through repairing the hall's roof damaged during a flooding event.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Boulia Camel Races IncorporatedLegacy - Boulia
Enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery, reconnect residents, reignite tourism and stimulate the economy in Boulia through the establishment of a community cooperative.
Bundaberg Regional CouncilIntegrated Pathways at Kepnock (IP@K)
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic for disengaged youth in the Bundaberg area by facilitating work placement with the local agricultural industry and facilitating reengagement with educational activities and the broader community.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Cape York InstituteMayi Market COVID-19 Resilience Project
Sustain the work of the Mayi (food) Market by purchasing and installing freezers in four remote Cape York communities to boost food security in the event of future isolation such as that experienced during the pandemic.
Innisfail Community Band IncorporatedEnhancing Performance Capability at Outdoor and Large Open Space Community Cultural Events
Improve the band's capability to perform in a COVID-safe outdoor environment and sustain their work through the purchase of foldback speakers and the provision of appropriate sheet music.
Mossman State School P&C AssociationCommunity Navigator - Douglas Community Early Childhood Hub
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Mossman community after COVID-19 by engaging a 'Community Navigator' to support families to learn about and access early years services and learning pathways.
Rockhampton Women's Shed IncTool Kits
Reduce social isolation following COVID-19 and foster a stronger, more resilient community by providing basic start-up tool kits to establish the women's shed as a place of connection, and for developing skills and capabilities.
Tully Nursing Home IncOutdoor Area Improvements
Encourage the COVID-safe reconnection of nursing home residents with family and friends through the purchase of outdoor furniture for visitation, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Small & Vital
Orroroo Regional Tourism Group - District Council of Orroroo CarrietonChats Over Charcoal
Enhance a men's support program and strengthen community wellbeing by providing a facilitated mental health and wellbeing workshop.
The Beltana Progress Association IncorporatedBeltana 150 Years On - A Celebration of Our Township
Boost local economy by increasing visitation to a remote location and support local cultural connections by engaging a bush band to perform at the Beltana 150-year milestone event.
Yorke and Northern Local Health Network IncorporatedAboriginal 715 Health Check Incentive Shirts
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people living in rural and remote regions by providing Aboriginal designed polo shirts to connect community members to a vital health check program.
Prepare & Recover
American River Buick Orchard Reserve (ARBOR) - American River Progress Association IncAmerican River Community Garden
Support bushfire recovery on Kangaroo Island by enhancing a culturally significant orchard garden for broader community access.
American River$10,000
Berri Barmera LandcareThe Environmental Connection
Strengthen community connections and engagement to the local environment in a region severely impacted by recent floods, by holding six biodiversity education workshops.
Friends of Port Moorowie IncPurchase of a Ride-on Mower
Increase the capacity of volunteers to support bushfire preparedness and safeguard Port Moorowie by purchasing a ride-on mower.
Port Moorowie$5,000
Hardwicke Bay & District Progress AssociationProviding Cooking Facilities at Our Planned Beach Shelter / Lookout
Support community to live well in a remote place and strengthen recovery post-bushfires by installing a barbeque at an outdoor recreation shelter.
Hardwicke Bay$5,000
Marble Range Community & Sports Centre IncMarble Range Community and Sports Centre - Playground
Develop a safe space for children's play and provide a health and wellbeing activity to enhance community recovery from bushfires, through the development of a playground.
Rotary Club of Onkaparinga IncOnkaparinga Rotary Fencing Project
Boost volunteer capacity to support community recovery post-bushfires through purchasing equipment to rebuild damaged fencing.
The Pine Village Land & Services Management Association IncorporatedImprove Access to Life Saving Equipment: Installation of a Defibrillator at Pine Village
Provide emergency first aid equipment to strengthen community recovery and support health outcomes for the Murray River flood-affected region by installing an external automatic defibrillator system.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
District Council of Tumby BayYouth Empowerment and Skate Activation Program (YESAP)
Reduce social isolation and build young people's resilience in a remote community impacted by COVID-19 by establishing a sustainable skate program designed to empower and connect young people.
Tumby Bay$39,820
Pine Point Progress Association IncorporatedConstruction and Establishment of a Community Shed to be Primarily Used for Storing Equipment and Undertaking the Sorting of Recyclable Deposit Containers and Modifying an Existing Shed for Cooking of BBQ's
Reduce social isolation and foster a more resilient regional community post-pandemic through establishing a community shed for community gatherings and storage of community assets.
Pine Point$17,321
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
BMW Football Club IncBuilding Successful and Resilient Leaders in the Upper North Community through a Champions Academy
Sustain the work of community organisations across the region and reinvigorate volunteering after COVID-19 through community-wide volunteer engagement and skill-building workshops.
Bridge to Nowhere Arts Association IncorporationBTNArts Community Infrastructure Project: Enhancing Creative Space Usability Year Round
Enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a comfortable environment for seniors and encourage greater participation in activities at a local community arts facility through heating and cooling upgrades.
Community Care and Transport IncorporatedMelrose Office Upgrade
Sustain the work of the organisation post COVID-19 and improve amenity and comfort for volunteers through the purchase of new fit-for-purpose office furniture.
Orroroo Recreation Group - Orroroo Football Club IncorporatedRoasting in the Roo - Camp Oven Cook Off 2023
Enhance the social and economic recovery of the Orroroo community from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a two-day family-friendly festival.
Southern Yorke Peninsula Agricultural Society IncorporatedSYP Show Pavilion Salt Damp Project
Sustain the organisation and its work following the pandemic through building repairs to a local heritage building to provide a safe, fit-for-use community meeting place.
The Booleroo and Districts Men's Shed IncorporatedInstallation of Reverse Cycle Air-Conditioning to Meeting Area of Facility
Sustain the Men's Shed and its work after COVID-19 by improving conditions in the facility through the purchase and installation of air conditioners.
Booleroo Centre$10,000
Small & Vital
Central Coast Marine Rescue and Training - Surf Life Saving in Tasmania IncAquatic Emergency Preparedness for Volunteers at Central Coast Volunteer Marine Rescue
Enhance community safety and boost volunteer capacity through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment.
St Helens Online IncSafety and Training for Volunteers at St Helens Online Access Centre
Support and boost volunteer participation through the delivery of appropriate IT training and security upgrades to provide a safe work environment.
St Helens$1,459
Turrakana Tasman Arts IncLightwave Festival 2023
Boost community social wellbeing and foster increased visitation to Nubeena by supporting community workshops and musical performances at a mid-winter creative arts festival.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Launceston City Mission IncThe Ark - Youth and Community Hub Outdoor Area
Reduce isolation and foster a more resilient community post-pandemic through developing of a community youth hub for disadvantaged young people.
St Leonards$45,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Motherland LtdMotherland Village - Reducing Crippling Social Isolation & Connecting Rural Mums
Reduce social isolation after the pandemic for new mothers and foster stronger, more resilient regional communities through the creation of an innovative online rural mother's group.
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting with Community and the Mount Roland Environment - Part Two
Reduce social isolation in Mount Roland by facilitating a public tree planting festival, creating new connections to foster a stronger, more resilient community after COVID-19.
Small & Vital
Bendigo Science and Technology Museum IncThe New Bendigo Planetarium
Enable rural and regional school students to access a science education program that will feature Djaara First Nations astronomy knowledge, through the development of a new planetarium.
Cowwarr Recreation Reserve Committee of Management IncorporatedCowwarr People's Shed
Boost social engagement activities and support capacity of volunteers to maintain a community space through the purchase of a storage shed.
Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre IncCommunity Co-Working Spaces
Expand organisational capacity of a Neighbourhood House to support community members working remotely, through the establishment of a co-working office space.
Donald 2000 IncDonald Social Housing Strategic Plan
Engage with community and stakeholders to develop a social housing strategic plan for social and affordable housing solutions for disadvantaged people in the community of Donald.
Fairfax Youth Initiative
Swan Hill Rural City Council
The Marruk Project
Support youth and First Nations people's engagement in the creative arts and promote wider community connection to local culture through the development of a theatre program.
Swan Hill$10,000
Fishy Stories Fabelo IncorporatedFishy Stories: The Fish Creek Children's Festival of Stories
Engage young people in a creative writing and skill development program and improve literacy outcomes through the delivery of a children's storytelling festival.
Fish Creek$10,000
Golden and Paradise Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association IncorporatedGolden Paradise Beach Community Tourist Park (Facilities Toilet Block)
Increase visitation to a community precinct and improve access and inclusion for all-abilities through an upgrade of toilets to meet disability standards.
Golden Beach$8,336
Grampians HealthEssential Aids and Equipment Loan Service
Empower older people in the West Wimmera district to live safely and independently at home through access to a disability equipment loan program.
Loch & District Bowling Club IncAll Welcome @ Loch
Improve access to social activities for all abilities by upgrading a bathroom to current disability standards at a key community venue.
Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre IncCommunity Social Space
Provide a comfortable environment for older people participating in wellbeing activities by providing accessible furniture and a smart TV to engage in online group sessions.
Minyip Progress Association IncWest Wall Repairs to Emma's Building
Foster connection to place and opportunities for social engagement by repairing a salt-damaged wall in an iconic community-owned building.
Morwell Historical Society IncImprovements to Upgrade a 70-year-old Kitchen - Stage Two
Provide a fit-for-purpose venue for older participants and volunteers by upgrading the 70-year-old kitchen.
Next Gen Theatrical IncNext Gen Presents...
Provide a social wellbeing program to support marginalised communities in Gippsland and enhance the creativity of a theatre company through the provision of performance venue hire.
Numurkah Toy LibraryNumurkah Toy Library Building Capacity Project
Support children's early education and development by providing a safe and efficient storage area for toys and equipment.
Pomonal Men's Shed IncorporatedBetter Access and Storage
Support men's health and wellbeing activities by constructing a slip-resistant pathway and storage area to enhance the maintenance workshop.
Pomonal Progress Association IncorporatedCommunicating, Our way Forward
Strengthen capacity of the Pomonal community to collectively support each other, particularly during community emergencies, by engaging a consultant to facilitate a community resilience workshop.
Stanhope & District Development Committee IncRSL Seating and Montevideo Mural All Weather Shelters
Encourage visitation and community engagement by installing shelters at two outdoor gathering spaces in Stanhope.
Tarrangower Village IncVillage Living
Improve access to affordable housing for older people by engaging a consultant to develop a financially sustainable masterplan for a community-owned and managed retirement village.
The Patch Community Garden
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (Victoria) Property Trust
Enhancing our Community Space
Encourage participant engagement and promote greater nutritional health outcomes for disadvantaged community members, by providing a rotunda to shelter volunteers from weather extremes at a community garden.
Wodonga Senior Secondary CollegeCommunity Pathways Connections
Foster lifelong learning and promote community connections through the establishment of an arts and vocational skills project to support disengaged school students.
Yea Community Service Group IncThe Community Sufficiency Project
Educate community members in self-sufficiency skills and build resilience to climate challenges through the facilitation of 12 workshops.
Prepare & Recover
Alpine Multi Skill GroupUpskill Community Workshops
Support recovery from bushfires and develop networks between community groups through the provision of craft and skills workshops.
Ardoch LimitedSupporting the Wellbeing of Children in Regional Victoria through the Arts
Support the mental health and wellbeing of children impacted by bushfires through the development of a creative arts program.
Arts Council of MansfieldMansfield Arts Collective Studios (MACS) Future Proofing Upgrade
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires through upgrades to a community facility to provide a fit-for-purpose and comfortable arts activity centre.
Boort Resource and Information CentreBoort Meet and Eat
Support flood recovery and boost local connections by bringing the people of Boort together at a free shared community meal event.
Committee for Echuca Moama IncorporatedLet's Get Connected
Build group connections and support social and economic recovery of flood-impacted communities by providing a business networking event for women.
Coonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Country Fire AuthorityCoonooer Bridge Fire Brigade Wildfire Thermal Imaging Camera Project
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing volunteer fire fighters with vital safety equipment to detect fire hotspots.
Coonooer Bridge$3,614
East Gippsland Festivals LtdOn Foot in the High Country
Support the social and economic recovery of bushfire-impacted communities by providing three curated walks in the Omeo region, as part of the East Gippsland Winter Festival.
Swifts Creek$7,100
Goulburn Valley Sports Assembly IncOn the Front Foot
Enhance the recovery of flood-impacted communities and improve wellbeing outcomes by providing a mental health referral and support program.
Indigo Valley Landcare Group IncConnecting on Country: Building a Relationship Between Landcare and Traditional Custodians through Exploration of the Cultural Landscape
Build First Nations recognition and boost bushfire recovery by filming Duduroa Dhargal workshops to share cultural geography knowledge with Landcare groups and the wider community.
Yackandandah $9,970
Koondrook Development Committee IncorporatedCelebrating the Paddleboat Heritage of Koondrook
Enhance regional recovery and promote community resilience by supporting a paddleboat centenary-heritage project and community festival to bring people together.
Life! Central Services IncoporatedRural and Remote Digital Suicide Safety Initiative
Enable a suicide safety organisation to expand their reach and support communities recovering from bushfires by providing workshops and an online interactive program.
Mansfield Historical Society IncMansfield Heritage Museum - Mansfield Historical Society - Mansfield Courier Restoration Project
Enhance community connection and celebrate local identity in a bushfire-impacted region by restoring and safeguarding local historical artefacts.
Meredith Community Centre IncIntergenerational Community Lunch
Provide activities that support bushfire recovery and encourage community engagement by running a series of community lunches to bring different age groups together.
Myrtleford Chamber of Commerce & Industry IncAlpine Outreach Mobile Facility
Provide a mobile health and wellbeing service to support community recovery from bushfires in Victoria's Alpine region through the purchase of a vehicle.
Raymond Island Community Association Inc - East Gippsland Shire CouncilDisabled Amenity Upgrade as Part of Raymond Island Hall Extension and Renewal
Provide an inclusive venue for all abilities and enhance bushfire preparedness by improving disability access at a community gathering space.
Raymond Island$25,000
Rochester & District Horse and Pony Club IncRebuilding our Community Kitchen
Boost community wellbeing outcomes and enhance the process of recovery from a flood event by replacing water-damaged kitchen equipment and walls in a key community facility used by a number of organisations.
South West Alternative Medium Project IncTwo Rivers Gallery and Artspace Upgrade Project
Strengthen First Nations Gunditjmara culture and expand opportunities for bushfire-affected community members to participate in art and craft activities to assist their recovery through the repair of a gallery roof.
Startup Shakeup LtdTown Teams for Innovation
Support recovery from the impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and strengthen community connections by providing an IT training initiative.
Up2Us Landcare AllianceNew Volunteering Models to Help Transform Volunteering in Mansfield
Boost Landcare memberships and provide younger participants with training and leadership skills to support bushfire recovery by delivering a two-day leadership and mentoring workshop.
Upper Murray Performing Arts IncSnowy Mountain Tango Festival 2023
Encourage community connection and generate economic growth by delivering a creative dance festival that will increase tourism in a township recovering from bushfires.
Warracknabeal Action GroupEaster In the Beal
Encourage visitation and support community recovery after devastating floods by expanding the Easter festival to provide additional entertainment and activities.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Regional Community Vet ClinicBuild Our Not-for-Profit Community Vet Clinic
Reduce social isolation, provide volunteer opportunities, and foster resilience post-pandemic through supporting the establishment of a low-cost vet clinic for the companion animals of disadvantaged community members.
Regional Food Security Alliance IncGrowing and Strengthening Volunteerism in the Food Relief Sector in Country Victoria
Sustain the work of the Regional Food Security Alliance (RFSA) by developing resources to support volunteer recruitment and retention at food relief agencies across regional Victoria, with demand for services exacerbated by COVID-19.
Tonimbuk East HallReconnecting, Rebuilding and Reimagining our Community
Enhance the process of community recovery from the pandemic by upgrading the outdoor space of a local hall to encourage community re-engagement.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Budgeree Hall Reserve Committee Inc- Budgeree Hall ReserveBudgeree Hall Shed
Encourage greater usage of a community hall to reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the purchase of a shipping container for the safe storage of equipment.
Destination Phillip Island IncHire an Operations Coordinator to Grow the Island Whale Festival
Revitalise tourism after COVID-19 and inform visitors about sustainable conservation by hiring a coordinator to run a three-day festival during Phillip Island's winter whale migration.
Destination Rupanyup IncorporatedS.A.T Fest Rupanyup (Silo Art Trail Festival)
Collaborate and connect people, community and business to enhance the process of COVID-19 recovery by staging a community festival.
Dimboola Town Committee - Hindmarsh Shire CouncilWimmera Steampunk Festival 2023
Strengthen and enhance the economic and cultural recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by staging a community festival.
Jumbunna Public Hall IncorporatedFix Jumbunna Hall Structural Problems
Ensure the continued use of the community hall following the pandemic through essential structural subfloor repairs.
Laharum Public HallSmall Halls Festival
Celebrate community, reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient Laharum after COVID-19 through hosting a Festival of Small Halls event.
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedRefurbishment, Repair and Renewal of Merton Recreation Reserve Pavilion
Encourage increased community use of the Reserve building through vital upgrades and repairs, to enhance the process of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ouyen Festivals Committee IncorporatedMallee Root Festival
Enhance the process of recovery of regional communities from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging reconnection through staging a community festival.
Poowong Public Hall IncReplace and Purchase New Chairs for Seating at the Poowong Hall
Enhance the process of recovery of the community from the pandemic by increasing the amenity and capacity of the hall through the purchase of new seating.
Stanley Athenaeum & Public Room Indigo Shire CouncilRevitalise and Reinvigorate
Increase capacity and amenity to sustain the work of the Stanley Athenaeum volunteers after COVID-19 through the construction and installation of new work benches and storage.
Small & Vital
Cervantes Community Men's Shed IncClearing and Fencing, Step One in Building Our Men's Shed
Improve the Men's Shed's ability to support and service the community through the development of the group's new shed site.
Great Southern Employment Development CommitteeWheels for Work Great Southern
Strengthen employability of disadvantaged job seekers with expansion of a successful driver licensing program into additional outer regional communities and the translations of resources into different languages.
Kununurra Agricultural SocietyClowning Around with Science
Cultivate young people's wellbeing and education through play by running a series of free science and circus skills workshops at the 2023 Kununurra Agricultural Show.
Moore Clothes IncVerandah Curtains / Blinds
Encourage people to come together and connect by creating a space for community gatherings and volunteer events with the addition of outdoor blinds to enclose a verandah.
Shire of Mt MarshallMt Marshall Community Gardens
Encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote inclusion for a small remote community struggling with mental health issues through the development of two community gardens.
Prepare & Recover
Shire of CarnamahContinued Connectivity
Improve the community's resilience for future emergency responses during cyclones by upgrading the medical centre's electrical switchboard, enabling connection to back up generators during power outages.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Large
Autism Camp AustraliaHelping Hand WA
Strengthen the skills and abilities of financially disadvantaged and remotely located autistic children and their families, as a vulnerable cohort impacted by COVID-19, to reduce social isolation and foster resilience by attending a strength-based capacity building camp.
Rebuilding Regional Communities Micro
Harvey Community Resource Centre IncHarvey CRC Outdoor Cooking Adventure
Encourage community groups to have safe outdoor gatherings and enable fundraising activities to sustain the organisation's work following the pandemic through the purchase of an outdoor kitchen that will be available for hire.
Newman Neighbourhood Centre Inc2023 Newman Pride Festival
Reduce social isolation experienced by LGBTQIA+ people following COVID-19 and foster a stronger more resilient and inclusive community through holding a Pride Festival.
Teach Learn Grow IncRural Program
Enhance the process of recovery for remote primary students experiencing educational disadvantage exacerbated by the pandemic through providing free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring support.
Wyalkatchem Community Resource Centre Inc2023 Wylie Arts Expo
Reconnect residents after the pandemic through an inclusive arts expo with a focus on First Nations culture, reducing social isolation and fostering a stronger, more resilient community.
Yongernow - Ongerup Community Resource Centre IncDon't Lose your Head
Reduce social isolation and foster community resilience after COVID-19 by providing a free program of mental health and wellbeing activities for adults, children and youth.

On Ngaiawang Country

The Morgan Volunteer Support Group is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers Meals on Wheels Monday to Friday including public holidays, for the Morgan, Cadell and Mount Mary areas in SA’s Riverland region. The Meals on Wheels service, which has run for more than 35 years, is invaluable for those requiring assistance to remain in their homes for as long as possible, as well as those who have problems such as a broken limb, drug rehab or failing eyesight, which diminish their ability to shop and cook. Additionally, Meals on Wheels delivery offers important social contact for people who use the service and may otherwise be socially isolated. This is of particular concern for those living in regional areas.

The Support Group has partnered with the local prison training program to cook the meals. This not only helps them gain skills for a future trade, but participants also gain satisfaction from helping the community.

In the past, the Morgan Meals on Wheels service used a car owned by Meals on Wheels SA. However, they wanted to sell the vehicle and instead have volunteers use their own cars. After some discussion, Meals on Wheels SA agreed to retain the vehicle for a further three years, to give the Morgan volunteers time to raise funds to acquire a vehicle of their own. Otherwise, the service would most likely cease.

This was also an opportunity to purchase a newer, more reliable, efficient and safe vehicle, as the car they were using was more than 10 years old. The Morgan Volunteer Support Group undertook a lot of local fundraising and secured a $10,000 grant through FRRR’s SRC program, thanks to the support of the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation. With COVID causing supply-chain issues, demand for second-hand vehicles was high but after much searching, they purchased a second-hand Toyota Camry Ateva. It met most other requirements – most importantly room for hot boxes, baskets and eskies.

In addition to using it for Meals on Wheels delivery, the group is also seeking to expand their delivery services. They also have plans to make the vehicle available at other times to offer transport solutions to the community, raising additional funds for the Support Group, at the same time as offering a valuable service for those who can’t drive or don’t own a car.

The group is rightly proud of what they achieved, on time and on budget.

“We had help from many different groups – Waikerie Men’s Shed, Waikerie Woolworths, Morgan Friendly Grocer, Morgan Roadhouse, Morgan Home Hardware, Morgan Commercial Hotel, Morgan Cadell Golf Club and hundreds of individuals.

“The car has been operational since March 2022 and is working well. We have been delivering meals for Meals on Wheels and for Morgan Activity Centre. Current customers can be assured of an ongoing service,” said Jakob Gamertsfelder, Secretary / Treasurer of the Morgan Volunteer Support Group.

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