Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

For 33 years families from Singleton and surrounding areas experiencing life challenges – from domestic violence to anxiety in young people – have been coming to Singleton Family Support for therapeutic counselling, family capacity building, education and wellbeing programs.

Situated on the banks of the Hunter River, Singleton is in NSW, some 197 kilometres north-north-west of Sydney. A major coal mining centre, the rural region has limited public transport options, a transient and often isolated population linked to the mining industry and limited support services.

Supporting this community, Singleton Family Support Services has a passionate, capable and qualified team of professional workers. Together, they offer support to more than 50 families in a one-to-one setting and approximately 30 individuals in a group setting at any given time.

Since the COVID pandemic and critically in the last few months as restrictions have eased, the Service has been inundated with referrals from individuals, families and other service providers. Over the last six months, referrals have increased more than 50% on the same time the previous year. The Service’s ability to refer onto other professionals, such as GPs, Psychologists, Housing services and Mental health providers, has also been impacted, with many professionals’ books closed and long waiting lists. This has placed a significant strain on the Singleton Family Support’s ability to respond to each referral appropriately. While there are many issues and people needing support, the Service is particularly concerned about the mental health of young people. COVID created a pandemic of anxiety and uncertainty with this group. There are no youth-specific mental health services in Singleton.

A $49,500 COVID Regional Community Support Program grant, funded by Resilience NSW, will allow the service to increase staff time. This equates to 80 additional referrals to Family Works, including 10 additional counselling places for youth. An additional six support groups can be offered to the community and it means further support for the organisation’s wellbeing programs. The funding reduces the pressure on the organisation. For families, this will mean timely assessments of the family’s needs, earlier interventions, greater access to counselling, educational programs and support groups, building awareness in parenting theories, domestic and family violence and mental health. This will all lead to increased family capacity to build resilience and safety for children and families.

Health care in rural areas is so often lacking and this scarcity of services, coupled with workforce shortages, means that many chronic health conditions are poorly managed and preventative health programs can be hard to find.

That’s why our Program Coordinator, Jeanice Henderson, was excited to travel to Kerang in northern Victoria last month to learn more about the progress of the innovative Rural Health Matters project.

Funded through an FRRR Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant in 2020, Northern District Community Health (NDCH) is making good use of their $115,000 grant, funded by Beyond Medical Education. They have employed Emily Wood as Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra (BLG) Project Coordinator, and are leveraging a truly inspirational health partnership spanning three Local Government Areas and multiple health services. This collaborative placed-based, systems approach is delivering a suite of local initiatives to help improve the current and emerging health needs for BLG Shire residents.

Plans for the original launch of the Rural Health Matters project were thwarted by COVID lockdowns. However, Mandy Hutchinson, CEO of NDCH said the delays meant the August event became a real celebration of what has been achieved so far and what is to come; a chance to share and applaud the amazing work and local partnerships that are starting to shift the dial on local health outcomes.

It was easy to see from the original grant application that a lot of the hard work had already been done. The BLG Local Health Community Services had researched and created the ambitious BLG Health Needs implementation plan, and made a solid start on various projects.

The FRRR ECHO grant is helping them to take this to the next level. Emily has been tasked with mapping the current health service provision across the three Shires and identifying the existing gaps and opportunities for further collaboration. She is also responsible for running a community awareness campaign for Heart Health risk factors; developing an allied health community of practice with a focus on chronic disease management and bringing people together for an annual chronic health forum; and working closely with new initiatives such as the Sustainable Rural Health Project.

Emily said that the ECHO grant for the Rural Health Matters (RHM) project has enabled a backbone for additional work to be developed, implemented, or supported and promoted across the BLG region.

“Alongside the identified KPI’s of the RHM project, there has been the opportunity to continue facilitation of an existing Chronic Disease Management: Community of Practice (COP) for allied health professionals and nurses which had previously had facilitation funding for 12 months through Murray PHN. This role enabled not only the continuation of the COP but also allowed me to act as a conduit between the systems level planning and the on the ground experience and feedback of the allied health staff – as was the case with the Murray PHN Sustainable Rural Health project.

“I have also been able to support the application for the Smoking Research Project, which has since been funded by the Department of Health. Currently the RHM project is also supporting the facilitation of a reference group for the Smoking Research Project and the development of an EOI for the position.

“Alongside this work, the RHM project has enabled me to participate in a range of BLG network meetings involving Community Health and Health Promotion – ensuring alignment of work and priorities where possible but also avoiding duplication. I’ve also been able to support and work closely with the Murray PHN Sustainable Rural Health Project, the AgriSafe Clinics at NDCH and both the MoveIT! Project and the Healthy Heart of Victoria project in Loddon.

“Lastly, it cannot be overlooked that the meetings of the BLG for the RHM project oversight also facilitated COVID coordination and support between local health services through sharing of learnings, experiences and challenges during meetings. The ongoing opportunity for the health services across the BLG region to discuss COVID at these meetings has not only strengthened relationships but created partnerships and pathways for support that will continue to benefit the BLG community.”

Jeanice said, “It was really heart-warming to see and feel the incredible level of genuine enthusiasm and commitment in the room on the day. The depth and breadth of collaboration between the groups represented at the event was amazing, but so too their willingness to seek greater collaboration with others. It was also inspirational and affirming to hear how the ECHO grant has triggered further investment.“

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding to support COVID-19 recovery

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

Black Summer grants

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

Small & Vital stream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more of the 130 projects funded include:

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

A full list of grant recipients can be found below.

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

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

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

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

In partnership with the Sally Foundation and ABC, FRRR is awarding grants to support six young leaders who are working on projects that respond to challenges, issues and opportunities in remote, rural and regional Australia. The young people have partnered with local community organisations to receive the grants.

Through a Giving Sub Fund, the Sally Foundation partners with FRRR to ensure that funding reaches groups that they could not normally fund, usually due to their tax or organisational status.

HEADING: Trailblazers supported to strengthen rural communities. IMAGE: Tisha from the Cornucopia project.

This is the third round of this program, which builds on ABC’s Trailblazer program, which in turn builds on the Heywire program. This round was designed to help Trailblazers from 2021 or 2022 develop their leadership skills and their capacity to make a difference in their communities.

Co-founder of The Sally Foundation, Geraldine Roche, said “In establishing the Trailblazer Development Fund, Mike and I have sought to provide assistance at a key point in these community leaders journey to further their projects.”

FRRR’s Philanthropic Services Manager, Jo Kemp, said that the partnership between Sally Foundation, ABC and FRRR to offer this program is an exciting way to build the skills of young people.

“These six grants will help these Trailblazers grow momentum for their ideas, get runs on the board and then be in a position to leverage their experience for future funding opportunities.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the young people who have developed their projects through the ABC Heywire program to shape them into a ‘funding-ready’ application. A huge asset to the program is having Trailblazer alumni participate on the grant Advisory Panel, providing unique insights, curiosity and constructive feedback to the applicants.

“This year’s successful applicants tackled a range of issues, including access to STEM learning for children in remote communities, increasing wildlife rescue volunteers on the Limestone coast and raising awareness of children living with chronic illnesses in rural and regional NSW. The diversity of projects and people supported is a wonderful example of the range of issues that are driving young leaders in rural and regional communities across Australia,” Ms Kemp said.

Read the full list of projects supported below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
Hunter Business CentreJack’s Digital Outreach: The Giggle and Learn Program
Grow community awareness and involvement of children living with chronic illness in regional areas through the creation of fun and engaging media content and educational resources.
Newcastle$6,330
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Melaleuca Refugee Centre Torture & Trauma Survivor's Service of the Northern Territory IncCornucopia
Build the capacity of Trailblazer participant to deliver an art and storytelling project profiling rural and regional migrants and refugees in the Northern Territory through the purchase of software, office supplies, and furniture.
Darwin$5,330
QUEENSLAND
RoboCoast Sunshine Coast Robotics AssociationRed Dirt Robotics
Increase access to STEM learning, including robotics and coding, for regional and remote children by building the operational capacity of Red Dirt Robotics.
Sunshine Coast$4,335
Rotary Club of Sunnybank Hills IncSkating Towards Inclusion
Boost community awareness and accessibility for people with disabilities to participate in a wider range of activities through Wheel Chair Moto Cross skate park demonstrations events and workshops in regional towns and cities.
Sunnybank Hills$4,340
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section) LimitedAviatrix Australia
Increase awareness of aviation career pathways for students in rural communities, particularly girls, through an educational podcast series and school visitation program.
Townsville$4,335
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
South East Animal Welfare League of South Australia IncRescuing the Rescuers
Increase availability of wildlife rescue services across the Limestone Coast in SA through delivery of training, supplies and equipment, and essential health vaccines for volunteers.
Mount Gambier$5,330

In this quarter’s update for FRRR’s donor partners, read about:

  • Tiwi Enterprises: strengthening their community in the Northern Territory
  • Progress Report
  • Insights from the bush
  • Donor spotlight: Raine & Horne Foundation
  • Support Victorian communities to be Disaster Resilient: Future Ready

Twenty-seven community-led groups in remote, rural and regional NSW will share in $912,505 awarded through the Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support (CRCS) program.

Funded by the NSW Government and administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the grants were allocated to grassroots community groups and not-for-profit organisations that helped their communities navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the funding stream would help these groups build resilience and better mitigate the impact of pandemics and other disasters across their communities.

“We awarded between $3,363 and $50,000 to organisations, to support a wide range of regional capacity building initiatives to help enhance community wellbeing, create stronger local economies, and enable a greater ability to respond to future challenges,” Ms Cooke said.

“The pandemic has posed plenty of difficulties for people and families in remote and regional areas over the past two years, and community-led organisations played an important role in navigating those challenges.”

Ms Cooke said some of the common requests from community groups involved facility improvements, food security and assisting with the increased demand on local services in flood-devastated areas such as the Northern Rivers.

“We’ve been able to address some of these needs through this funding stream, to ensure these groups and the communities they work with are in better stead for the future.”

Some of the 27 funded projects include:

  • Agape Outreach Inc in Tweed Heads to improve staff and volunteer resilience and increase capacity to support the community through mental health and wellbeing training – $36,600.
  • Forster Neighbourhood Centre Inc in Forster to promote organisational capacity and support local access to essential services by contributing to the fit-out of the new Forster Neighbourhood Centre – $50,000.
  • Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Association in Gunnedah to improve the capacity of Gunnedah Meals on Wheels to support vulnerable community members through a hamper program and the purchase of a large deep freezer – $8,150.
  • LeaderLife Ltd in Dubbo to grow organisational resilience and support skills development in local youth through a new syntropic farming system – $50,000.
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla in Moruya to increase organisational capacity and promote food security in the Eurobodalla Shire through the hiring of a Business Manager – $50,000.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said the grants acknowledge and will strengthen the capacity of regional organisations in NSW who played such a critical role in supporting communities throughout COVID-19 challenges. 

“The impact of the pandemic has been significant and is still being felt,” Ms Egleton said. “The flexibility of this program recognised that every community is different and requires tailored support and funding to ensure that they can continue to provide vital services, bring people and community organisations together and enable locally-led responses as and when required.

“Being able to support the many community organisations and not-for-profits who have gone above and beyond for their communities during such difficult times and enable them to be better prepared in the future is important to the ongoing sustainability and vibrancy of these communities.”

A complete list of the projects supported is below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
Agape Outreach Inc

Upskill Disaster Support & Resilience Project
Improve staff and volunteer resilience and increase capacity to support community through mental health and wellbeing training.

Tweed Heads $36,600
Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare

Community Pantry
Increase organisational capacity and service reach through the employment of a project coordinator. 

Albury $25,000
Armidale Care for Seniors Inc

Installation of Solar Panels and Implement a Senior's Wellness Activity
Improve capacity of Armidale Care for Seniors to support seniors by running a wellness program. 

Armidale $35,280
Bega Valley Shire Business Forum

Growing Volunteer Participation in Local Business Chambers
Support economic recovery by strengthening the volunteer base and upskilling committee members across the Forum’s seven member organisations. 

Bega $50,000
Boys To The Bush Ltd

Boys to the Bush (BttB) Young Up and Coming
Support Boys to the Bush to establish a presence in Young NSW through the delivery of camps for disadvantaged young males and associated community engagement.

Young $49,970
Carevan Wagga Incorporated

Carevan Continues to Care
Support Carevan Wagga to provide meals to people experiencing food insecurity through the purchase of take-away food containers and gloves.

Wagga Wagga $3,363
Carries Place Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services Inc

Establishing Client Centric Spaces within a Community Hub to Support the Provision of Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services in the Hunter Community
Grow the capacity of Carrie’s Place to support domestic and family violence victims in the Hunter through a trauma-informed fit-out of a new hub.

Maitland $23,188
Community College-Northern Inland Inc

Human Resources Project
Improve the capacity of CCNI to provide targeted and relevant education to rural and regional communities through improved HR processes and policies.

Barraba $30,000
Coonamble Cancer Survival Fund Inc

Governance Training
Strengthen and support community groups by providing current and future volunteer committee members with governance training. 

Coonamble $4,095
Emmanuel Care Centre Inc

Business Continuation
Improve organisational sustainability through hiring of new staff member. 

Dubbo $26,508
Forster Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Futureproofing Forster/Tuncurry
Promote organisational capacity and support local access to essential services by contributing to the fit out of the new Forster Neighbourhood Centre. 

Forster-Tuncurry $50,000
Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Fridays for Friendship
Support organisation to empower local recovery and resilience building through weekly wellbeing sessions.

Gundagai $42,766
Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Association

Our Elderly are Resilient and Deserved to be Looked After
Improve capacity of Gunnedah Meals on Wheels to support vulnerable community members through a hamper program and the purchase of a large deep freeze.

Gunnedah $8,150
Home-Start National Inc

Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Volunteer Resilience Project
Build the capacity of Home Start in the West Lake Macquarie region through bridging funding for a part-time project coordinator.

Lake Macquarie $20,546
Kempsey Neighbourhood Centre Inc

Connecting Community
Increase KNCs capacity to support vulnerable community members through the employment of a community engagement worker.

Kempsey $43,546
LeaderLife Ltd

LeaderLife with Syntropics: Let's Grow
Grow organisational resilience and support skills development in local youth through the implantation of a syntropic farming system.

Dubbo $50,000
Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services Inc

Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Wellbeing Space
Improve capability of Liberty to support domestic and family violence victims through the fit out of a new wellness space and the hiring of an onsite co-ordinator.

Port Macquarie $50,000
Louisa Johnston Centre Inc

Bonalbo Stay Connected with a New Computer Hub
Enhance organisational capacity to support Bonalbo’s residents to rebuild through the establishment of a community computer hub.

Bonalbo $40,648
Manning Support Services Inc

Keeping Families Connected
Improve service provision and client engagement while increasing organisational resilience to future pandemics.

Taree $12,581
Queer Family Inc

Queer Family Recovery Officer
Hire a Recovery Officer to support recovery and resilience building for an organisation focused on LGBTQIA+ communities in Northern NSW.

Mullumbimby $49,700
Rural Financial Counselling Service, NSW - Southern Region Ltd

Building Counsellor & Business Coach Capacity
Improve organisational capacity through targeted training in coaching and mentoring services for rural and regional businesses in financial difficulty. 

Wagga Wagga $50,000
Singleton Family Support Scheme

Singleton Family Support Scheme Incorporated
Build capacity of Singleton Family Support Scheme to assist families in crisis by increasing staff hours.

Singleton $49,500
Support for New Mums

Attracting, Training and Retaining Volunteers
Increase the capacity of support for  new mums to care for mums and babies in Tweed and Byron shires through the training of new volunteers.

Murwillumbah $10,204
Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla

SAGE NSW Inc - Building Capacity and Resilience Project
Increase organisational capacity to promote food security in the Shire through the hiring of a Business Manager.

Moruya $50,000
Third Sector Australia Ltd

The Meeting Place
Enhance the capacity of Momentum to support a low socioeconomic community through the fit-out of a community space. 

Casino$1,5950
We Help Ourselves

WHOS Hunter - Day Program Fitout
Improve capacity of WHOS Hunter Valley to support patients requiring rehabilitation who are not under residential treatment, through the fit out of new premises. 

Newcastle$35,670
Wyee Community Hub Inc

Building Resilience after COVID at Wyee
Improve the capacity of WCHIA to support a more resilient Wyee through volunteer training.

Wyee$49,240

Fourteen mental health initiatives across remote, rural and regional Australia will share in $204,607 in grants awarded through FRRR’s In a Good Place (IAGP) program.

Thanks to CCI Giving, the charitable foundation established by Catholic Church Insurance (CCI), these grants will support grassroots, community driven projects that increase social participation, help to reduce social isolation and encourage community members who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help. FRRR and CCI Giving are now in the fifth year of their partnership.

This year, the grants range from $8,000 for an initiative that will build the confidence of primary school children in Mount Murchison, QLD to $20,000 for a project that will help various communities in the Northern Territory to better understand what a developing mental health problem or crisis looks like, and respond appropriately.

Jeremy Yipp, CCI Chief Risk Officer of CCI and Chair of CCI Giving, said that the sustained interest in the program is a sign of how essential it is.

“Each year, we receive applications and expressions of interests that really highlight the gap in funding when it comes to flexible grants that are geared towards grassroots mental health programs and services. The goal of this program is to help fill that gap and offer rural communities a say in how their mental health resources are used. After all, they are the people who are being directly impacted,” said Mr Yipp.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said this program is particularly crucial now because of the increase in mental health struggles in rural Australia stemming from pressures of the pandemic and other natural disasters like floods, bushfires and drought.

“The last few years have seen remote, rural and regional communities facing challenges like never before. Often these events occur one after the other – or even at the same time. This has meant that many people in rural communities have been unable to access mental health services or support at a time when they need it most.

“In this round, we were delighted to see an increase in applications from the Northern Territory. Remote communities are often the places with the most limited access to mental health services, so it’s great to be able to help fill that gap. We also saw more requests for funding to support initiatives focussed on young people, and again, we are pleased to be able to support several of those projects to help equip them with the skills and strategies to cope with the many challenges they face,” said Ms Egleton.

Some of the 14 initiatives being funded include:

Zoe Support Australia received funding for their Mentally Healthy Mothers project to employ a case manager to provide support wrap around support for young mums who are struggling with their mental health.
  • Trustee for St Francis Xavier Primary, Lake Cargelligo – Lake Cargelligo, NSW – Earlymind – $9,062 – Develop resilience, a positive mindset andawareness of self by implementing and embedding The Resilience Project School Partnership Program to support the social and emotional health and wellbeing of students and the broader community.
  • Bluearth Foundation – Ltyentye Apurte, NT – Active Leaders Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) – $13,000 – Develop the confidence, resilience and self-awareness of senior students to enable them to create and guide physical activity and wellbeing programs for the primary school students to encourage and promote physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Kanyini Connections Ltd – Doonan, QLD – Young Veterans PTSD Program – $20,000 – Support a tailored equine therapy program by providing funds for essential program materials, equipment and consumables to assist 48 young veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who have not responded to other therapy options.
  • Lameroo Forward Inc – Lameroo, SA – Southern Mallee Mental Health Presentations – $10,000 – Grow community understanding of mental health and increase awareness by bringing in a guest speaker to share vital tips and advice at two community presentations.
  • Zoe Support Australia – Mildura, VIC – Mentally Healthy Mothers – $20,000 – Augment the current support for vulnerable young mothers by employing a case manager to provide support wrap around support, connections with community supports and knowledge around mental health for those who are struggling with their mental health.
  • Tradies IN Sight – Dubbo region , NSW  The Real Reconnections Tour $10,000 – Support tradies in rural communities to connect and develop trusted relationships that support, empower and encourage gain better understanding of mental health issues and break down stigma around dealing with emotional struggles.

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Rural Woman Co-Operative LtdMental Health Matters - Circles of Support
Enhance the mental health and wellbeing of rural women by providing a series of professionally facilitated and moderated online groups and a training program to enable participants to connect, learn, seek support and thrive.
Armidale$14,100
Tradies IN Sight IncThe Real Reconnections Tour
Support rural communities to connect and develop trusted relationships that support, empower and encourage gain better understanding of mental health issues and break down stigma around dealing with emotional struggles.
Dubbo, Tullamore, Narromine, Coonamble, Parkes$10,000
Trustee for St Francis Xavier Primary, Lake CargelligoEarlymind
Develop resilience, a positive mindset and awareness of self by implementing and embedding The Resilience Project School Partnership Program to support the social and emotional health and wellbeing of students and the broader community.
Lake Cargelligo$9,062
NORTHERN TERRITORY
SabrinasReach4Life IncHeads Up
Increase the capacity and confidence of local communities to better understand what a developing mental health problem or crisis looks like, and develop the skills and confidence to offer and apply help offering behaviours to reduce the incidences of suicide.
Darwin, Jabiru, Litchfield, Katherine$20,000
Bluearth FoundationActive Leaders Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa)
Develop the confidence, resilience and selfawareness of senior students to enable them to create and guide physical activity and wellbeing programs for the primary school students to encourage and promote
physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa)$13,000
QUEENSLAND
Chinchilla Family Support Centre IncEating With Friends in Chinchilla
Increase social connection and awareness of support services by initiating an Eating With Friends program to improve the mental health of isolated members of the community, particularly older people and
FIFO workers.
Chinchilla$11,950
Kanyini Connections LtdYoung Veterans PTSD Program
Support a tailored equine therapy program by providing funds for essential program materials, equipment and consumables to assist 48 young veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who have not
responded to other therapy options.
Doonan$20,000
Mount Murchison State SchoolGame Changer: helping Students Achieve their True Potential
Cultivate confidence in primary school children to cope with life and change by supporting five schools to implement a locally facilitated program, including staff development, to foster positive learning environments and enhance social and emotional wellbeing.
Mount Murchison$8,000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Lameroo Forward IncSouthern Mallee Mental Health Presentations
Grow community understanding of mental health and increase awareness by bringing in a guest speaker to share vital tips and advice at two community presentations.
Lameroo$10,000
VICTORIA
Crossenvale Community Group IncYarn in the Park
Create a safe, welcoming space for locals experiencing mental health issues to attend weekly support group sessions to receive support, connection, information and resources.
Echuca$18,295
Zoe Support AustraliaMentally Healthy Mothers
Augment the current support for vulnerable young mothers by employing a case manager to provide support wrap around support, connections with community supports and knowledge around mental health for those who are struggling with their mental health.
Mildura$20,000
Let's Talk Foundation LtdLETS TALK, Woolshed to Clubhouse
Build community engagement with the LETS TALK initiative through a series of local presentations that encourage helpseeking behaviour, and raise the level of community competence in supporting
someone with mental health issues.
Terang, Hamilton, Port Fairy$15,225
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Northam Senior High SchoolNortham Senior High School Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program
Improve the knowledge, skills, and selfefficacy of Northam SHS staff and parents/caregivers to teach, model and support social and emotional competencies to students, and support students to
improve their own social and emotional wellbeing.
Northam$20,000
York District High SchoolSocial and Emotional Learning Programs 
Improve the social and emotional wellbeing of K-Year 10 students through teacher training and purchase of resources to support the implementation across the school curriculum.
York$14,975

The NSW / VIC border towns of Albury / Wodonga and surrounds were severely impacted by the cross-border lockdowns during COVID restrictions. THose who live in these adjacent communities consider them one town, yet community members were unable to cross the border unless there was an extenuating circumstance. That meant families were unable to support isolated elderly family members and those living in challenging conditions, and this was exacerbated by the devastating effects of the Black Saturday bushfires which also affected the community.

HEADING: Combatting COVID with Care. IMAGE: Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare Logo.

The COVID Regional Community Support program, which was funded by the New South Wales Government and delivered by FRRR, was designed to support community groups and associated volunteers that incurred expenses in delivering food and personal care items to individuals and families affected by COVID lockdowns, by contributing funds to support ongoing service provision.

One such organisation to benefit from this program with a reimbursement grant of $13,500 was Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare, who has supported those in need in their community since 2011, and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic was remarkable.

FoodShare commenced their Community Pantry program in 2020, which enabled food hampers to be delivered directly to members of the community. To alleviate some of the hardship experienced by families in the region due to the long-term impacts of COVID and cross-border lockdowns, they also coordinated two local pop-up hamper drive-throughs in September 2021, which provided 300 families with emergency food relief.

During the peak of the COVID outbreak, 1,200 food hampers, including culturally appropriate ingredients, were distributed locally across the region. More than half of these were delivered directly to local homes as part of a coordinated COVID emergency relief effort.

To facilitate the immediate increase in demand for FoodShare’s services, operations were extended to seven days a week. This put a strain on resources, particularly on volunteers, but was necessary to keep the community safe. On average, 30 households received hampers each day, and in many instances, this doubled on occasions during the peak of the local COVID outbreak.

To provide specialised support for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, FoodShare was supported by local organisations such as Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC) and Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group. These agencies took enquiries from CALD households who were in isolation due to the COVID outbreak. These agencies also assisted by nominating culturally specific ingredients and in some instances. their volunteers purchased additional food items and delivered these to the CALD households.

In addition to delivering hampers to local residents, FoodShare was also asked to deliver food and personal care hampers to various locations where people had been forced to isolate in accordance with Health Orders, including Rutherglen Hotels, Howlong and the Albury Caravan Park. Over 4,500 kilometres were logged from October to December last year on just one of the FoodShare vans, which was dedicated to supporting COVID operations. To support the heightened increase in demand, an additional van was also hired in November to support delivering hampers to COVID households.

This is a wonderful example of the critical role that so many local NFPs played, and the way in which they collaborated with other groups to support their community. FRRR is pleased to have been able to support this program and help the NSW Government to reimburse FoodShare for some of the costs incurred in supporting their community.