Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
117 community-led projects funded
One hundred and seventeen projects set to strengthen small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia have received a much-needed boost, with the community-driven initiatives sharing in $1,382,453 in grants.
Funded through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program these grants support projects led by local people in small communities throughout the country.
In this round of funding, 59 Black Summer bushfire recovery initiatives are sharing $894,313 in grants for recovery and preparedness projects. This includes expanding the iconic Horsepower Highway tourist trail to kickstart Gnowangerup’s local economy in WA by adding two new installations, and installing a kitchen at the Big Swamp Community Centre in Coomunga, SA to support the community during future bushfire events.
There are also 58 projects spread across Australia sharing in $488,140 in this round of grants through the Small & Vital stream. These grants range from $1,595 to improve internet access for the local museum and its volunteers in Chiltern, VIC, through to a $10,000 grant for filmmaking workshops in Wilcannia, NSW.
Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead at FRRR, said that as COVID lockdown restrictions have eased and communities adapt to a new COVID normal, people are eager to connect, engage, celebrate and recover, but they are also keen to ensure that their community is stronger and more resilient for what may come.
“Our Heartbeat of Rural Australia study last year highlighted that among the biggest challenges for people was not being able to connect, so it was no surprise that many of the applications we saw in this round of SRC were about bringing people together. This ranges from making facilities more comfortable and welcoming, such as air conditioners or new furniture, to better IT equipment, internet connections or communication tools to engage with their communities. We have also seen some wonderful arts-based projects, which again bring people together, especially for those who were affected by the Black Summer bushfires.
“Underlying most of the requests however is a desire to be stronger in the future – to be more resilient. Sadly, some of those communities that are receiving grants, have felt the effects of another disaster. For those who have to put their projects on hold because of the floods, we understand. FRRR will be here to work with you, and if there is now a higher priority for your community, do get in touch as we are keen to assist,” Ms Karena said.
Some of the 117 funded projects include:
- Richmond Valley Council – Rappville, NSW – Supporting Community Recovery by Honouring Rappville’s Military History – Commemorate sacrifices of Rappville community with replacement of WWI, WWII and Vietnam War Honour Rolls destroyed in fires. $25,000 (Bushfire Recovery)
- Red Dust Role Models Limited – Nauiyu, NT – Red Dust Community Art Collaboration – Strengthen community and support healing with the creation of three murals celebrating and connecting community to culture. $5,000 (Small & Vital)
- Muckadilla Community Association Inc – Muckadilla, QLD – All-abilities Access to Muckadilla Community Hall – Provide access to the Muckadilla Community Hall for all by installation of a disability access ramp and safety handrails. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
- Peterborough History Group SA Incorporated – Peterborough, SA – Wiring Upgrade for YMCA – Provide a safe environment for volunteers and support visitor engagement through the upgrade of electrical wiring. $10,000 (Small & Vital)
- Seymour Community Action Group Inc – Seymour, TAS – Seymour Community Wetland Restoration and Reclassification Project – Support volunteers to restore natural habitat and strengthen community connection to the environment through the development of a weed eradication project. $10,000 (Bushfire Recovery)
- Brookton Community Inc – Brookton, WA – White Goods for New Shared Buildings – Increase community participation and capacity by fitting out kitchens in two new shared community buildings. $7,370 (Small & Vital)
- Corryong College & Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc – Corryong, VIC – Enabling digital storytelling in the Upper Murray – Support college students to recover from a natural disaster through creative storytelling and technical skill development. $16,671 (Bushfire Recovery)
A full list of grant recipients is available on FRRR’s website.
The SRC program is collaboratively supported by many generous donors, which are acknowledged on FRRR’s website.
This program always accepts applications and thanks to recent support from the Australian Government, there is now a COVID-recovery stream – Rebuilding Rural Communities. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the expanded program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at www.frrr.org.au/src.
To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
|NEW SOUTH WALES|
|Adelong Patrol and Agricultural Society Inc.||Adelong Show: Bringing us Together |
Boost community connectedness and recovery from natural disasters by providing entertainment at Adelong Show event.
|Black Head Surf Life Saving Club Inc.||Expansion of Disability Program and Inclusive Beach Access |
Support community bushfire recovery by expanding inclusive access for all, for beach attendees and surf life saving volunteers with the purchase of specialized equipment.
|Braidwood Community Arts Association Inc.||The Sustainable Farmedian |
Support capacity building and recovery of natural disasters by creating a documentary of Black Summer through experience of a sustainable farmer.
|Bundjalung Tribal Society||Youngman Creek Rehabilitation Volunteer Wellbeing Program |
Promote connection of place and culture, as well as rejuvenating and strengthening volunteerism through providing training and tools to support community recovery.
|Burra District Bushfire Brigade||Burra Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade Pergola |
Increase capacity for response to fire attacks via improving volunteers and firefighters' recuperation during rest breaks with building a pergola and providing shade for meal breaks.
|Burringbar School of Arts||Replacement of 15 Step Treads for Rear Stairway Access|
Strengthening disaster preparedness by rejuvenating place of gathering and mitigate safety risks by repairing stair treads of local community hall.
|CTC Robertson Inc.||Installation of Automatic Doors at CTC Near Disabled Access|
Supporting community recovery by enabling easier access to community building with removal of old heavy doors and replacement with automatic sliding doors.
|Eden Creek Fairymount Preschool Inc.||Improved Space for Families and Children of Kyogle |
Encourage children's learning and development by increasing preschool space with building refurbishment that will support town recovery.
|Eurobodalla Shire Council||Eurobodalla Shower + Laundry Project for People Experiencing Homelessness |
Support community bushfire recovery by installing pay-wave system at three laundromats and provide vouchers through homelessness service providers.
|Fling Physical Theatre Inc.||Refurbishment of New Premises for FLING Physical Theatre to Deliver Inspiring Cultural Activity to the Region|
Encourage youth to be active and explore their creative potential through dance and performance with conversion of building to an inclusive dance studio space following the events of the Black Summer bushfires.
|Horse Sense for Humans Open Harts Inc.||Wellbeing With Horses |
Enable people to develop stress relieving, mental health and wellbeing techniques via equine assisted therapy sessions to support community recovery.
|Kyogle Writers Festival Kyogle and District Arts Council||Kyogle Writers Festival 2022 (KWF2022) |
Boost local economy and support literary development with funding guest speakers for the Kyogle Writers Festival to support town recovery.
|Lawrence Historical Society Inc.||Fit Up for the Future |
To support community bushfire recovery with the restoration of historical artefacts and passing on woodworking and metal work skills to volunteers at the Lawrence Museum.
|Marlee Rural Fire Brigade||Marlee Fire Station Facilities Upgrade |
Provide a safe place for RFS staging areas and the small community of Marlee to evacuate to in the event of an emergency, with upgrade of facilities at the Marlee Fire Station and Hall complex.
|Merriwa Preschool and Activity Centre Inc.||Forty for Flooring |
Improve hygiene and create a healthy play space by replacing ash impacted carpet with vinyl flooring at Merriwa Preschool & Activity Centre to support community recovery.
|Monaro Community Radio||Installation of a Solar PV system for Monaro Community Radio - 2MNO |
Support community recovery and to reduce 2MNO community radio's power bills and lower greenhouse gas emissions with installation of a 3.3kW solar system.
|Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society Inc.||Mount Wilson Historical Village Walk & Digital Archive |
Support community bushfire recovery by encouraging visitors and new arrivals to appreciate local history and understand the characters who have made the community what it is, with digital app featuring 22 local stories.
|Nambucca Valley Phoenix Ltd||Phoenix Rising - Fostering Resilience through Creative Communities |
Support and enhance community recovery through creative community activities with replacement of ageing ceramic kiln, flue and corroded roof.
|One Vision Productions Ltd.||MPOWER Online Education Engagement and Mental Health Toolkit and Mobile App |
Youth mental health and wellbeing support with tailored 12 month program in three schools and production of videos for subscription website service to support community recovery.
|Raise the heART Ltd.||Raise the heART - A Creative Arts Mental Health Project for 16-17 year-olds and the Broader Community|
Support bushfire recovery in the community by encouraging youth to participate in a year-long arts program, via creation of a youth-led theatrical performance, a youth wellbeing forum and a pop-up art exhibition.
|Richmond Valley Council||Supporting Community Recovery by Honouring Rappville’s Military History |
Commemorate sacrifices of Rappville community with replacement of WWI, WWII and Vietnam War Honour Rolls destroyed in fires.
|Rotary Club of Pambula Inc.||Community Support and Recovery through Music and Entertainment |
Support community recovery and engagement via entertainment events across fire-affected communities using the Sapphire Entertainment Pod.
|Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Ltd.||Picnic Setting for the Community in a Safe Environment |
Create a quiet space in nature, for contemplation and social gatherings with addition of picnic tables at Botanic Gardens to assist community recovery.
|Taylors Arm Hall Committee of Management Nambucca Valley Council||Taylors Arm Reunited - Kitchen Upgrade and Hall Interior Painting |
Support bushfire recovery by expanding the use of the community hall by painting hall interior, updating kitchen, and installing vermin proof cupboards to make the community meeting space more functional and suitable for holding workshops.
|The Lions Club of Tenterfield Inc.||Tenterfield Lions' Junior Choir|
Introduce children to the creative arts to foster a love of music and performing, with support for Children's Choir, following the Black Summer bushfires.
|Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce Inc.||Adventure Snowy Valleys |
Support bushfire recovery by diversifying local economy with the development of outdoor adventure tourism website.
|UCA - Life Line Macarthur||Mental Health First Aid Training |
Build community capacity to support and respond to people experiencing stress and mental health problems with provision of mental health first aid training to support community recovery.
|Yuin Folk Club Inc.||2022 Cobargo Folk Festival: Festival Restart Event Producer |
Reduce volunteer burnout and support recovery from fires, through revitalisation and renewal of Cobargo Folk Festival.
|Z-Net Uralla Inc.||Uralla Working on Waste (Uralla-WOW) |
Build capacity of local community to mitigate climate change challenges and support recovery from fires, and build a connected supported sustainable community, with community-led waste reduction strategies.
|Small & Vital|
|A Sound Life Coonabarabran High School P&C Association||Sound Mentoring - Coonabarabran High School |
Inspire engagement and resilience by providing students of Coonabarabran High School with the transformative program 'Sound Mentoring'.
|Carcoar Village Assocation Inc.||Murals at the Belubula |
Increase opportunities for cultural connection and tourism through printing and installation of four murals by revered Indigenous artist Aunty Nyree Reynolds onto pylons on the Mid-Western Highway
|Contact Inc.||Making the Wanaaring Community Hub Happen |
Revitalise the very remote community of Wanaaring by supporting the development of a new community hub.
|Forbes Public School P&C Association Inc.||Community Conservation Corner |
Increase community participation and resilience through supporting the establishment of a Community Conservation Corner at Forbes Public School.
|Holbrook Community Garden Greater Hume Shire Council||Relocation of Holbrook Community Garden |
Increase usability and sustainability of a much loved community garden by providing new garden beds, watering system and fruit trees.
|Holbrook Meals on Wheels Service Inc.||Safe Food Service |
Boost food security and support the elderly to live independently by purchasing a freezer van for Holbrook Meals on Wheels.
|Macleay Valley Arts Council Inc.||South West Rocks Community Art Gallery |
Boost cultural vibrancy and tourism by supporting South West Rocks Community Art Gallery to display artworks from local and regional artists in a professional and engaging manner.
|South West Rocks||$10,000|
|Murrumbidgee Landcare Association Inc.||Creating a Community Garden in Carrathool - Knowledge Sharing About People, Place and the Environment|
Promote environmental health and sustainability through bringing the community together to build a Community Native Garden.
|Shine for Kids||Belonging To Family Community Engagement |
Build a stronger social fabric by supporting Aboriginal people who are released from custody at the Mid-North Coast Correctional Centre to re-connect successfully with their families and community.
|Warren Chamber Music Festival Inc.||Oldies Only! |
Provide opportunities for social connection and cultural enrichment by supporting Warren Chamber Music Festival to deliver an "Oldies Only" music event for the elderly in Warren, NSW.
|West Darling Arts||Film Making Workshop for the Wilcannia Students |
Unlock opportunities for career pathways and increase cultural vibrancy through providing filmmaking workshops for students in Wilcannia.
|Small & Vital|
|Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation||Reconnection through Songlines – Healing People, Healing Country |
Encourage youth involvement and grow cultural knowledge through three bush camps to learn and then perform two traditional Corroboree Dances - the Wanga and the Lirriga Dances.
|Ngukurr Language Centre Aboriginal Corporation||Resourcing Equipment for Ngukurr Language Centre |
Help students and broader community to learn and retain traditional languages with the purchase of a printer for the Ngukurr Language Centre.
|Red Dust Role Models Ltd.||Red Dust Community Art Collaboration |
Strengthen community and support healing with the creation of three murals celebrating and connecting community to culture.
|The Trustee for Karrkad-Kanjdji Trust||Expanding Remote Bi-cultural Education |
Fostering connection to language and education on Country through the provision of IT at remote bi-lingual schools in Arnhem Land.
|Tiwi Enterprises Ltd.||Essential Machinery and Equipment for Tiwi Enterprises Garden Maintenance Team |
Expand the services of a garden maintenance program to better protect the community against bushfires with purchase of whipper snippers and mower.
|Beaudesert Quilters Group Inc.||Quilters Crafting 4 Community |
Build capacity of local art and craft group by supporting attendance at specialised workshops and purchase of equipment upgrades to support community recovery.
|Boonah & District Landcare Association Inc.||Website for Boonah and District Landcare Inc.|
Support community fire preparedness by broadening the networking reach and information sharing through developing online presence and website for Boonah and District Landcare.
|Boonah Activity Shed Inc.||Construction Earthworks for New Activity Shed |
Supporting community bushfire recovery by supporting the foundational works for a community shed and gathering space, by providing earthworks equipment hire.
|Destination Scenic Rim Inc.||Farm Gate Trail |
Empower community-led initiatives through providing event resources and entertainment for regional farm trail event to support community recovery.
|Happy Chat Support Groups Queensland Inc.||Happy Chat Peer Support for Mental Health in Stanthorpe |
Strengthen mental health peer to peer support group by engaging with therapeutic services to support community bushfire recovery.
|Kanyini Connections Ltd.||Pony Tales Program |
Strengthen community recovery by enabling vulnerable children to improve their literacy skills by providing volunteer mentors with teaching resources.
|Killarney Show and Rodeo Society Inc.||Purchase Lawn Mower |
Increase volunteer safety and bushfire preparedness through purchase of a ride on mower.
|Rotary Club of Beaudesert Inc.||Acquire Lawn Mowing and Grounds Maintenance Equipment and Storage to Enhance Places Where Communities Gather |
Enhance capacity of volunteers and community spaces by purchasing garden maintenance equipment and storage to support recovery within the community.
|Small & Vital|
|Atherton Tablelands SAO Cycle Riding Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Association Inc.||The Seven Sisters Trail - Stage One|
Boost tourism and build on the community's sense of place by providing informative, interpretive and safety signs for the Seven Sisters Trail in Yungaburra.
|Bowen Old People's Home Society||Our Yarning Circle |
Enhance residents’ opportunities to connect with their culture, each other and the wider community by installing a Yarning Circle at Murroona Gardens aged care facility.
|C&K Jellybean The Creche and Kindergarten Association Ltd.||Reviving Our Outdoor Learning Program at C&K Jellybeans |
Support lifelong learning by replacing worn out outdoor children's equipment and provide new outdoor tables and mats for children to enjoy meals and activities outside the classroom.
|Creative Country Association Inc.||Point of Sale (POS) Equipment |
Support the establishment of the Murgon Creative Centre by providing Point of Sale equipment and volunteer T-shirts.
|Eacham Community Help Organisation Inc.||Tech Training for Volunteer Tutors |
Accelerate digital access and inclusion for vulnerable and disadvantaged community members by training volunteers to provide technological support.
|Gayndah and District Tennis Association Inc.||Upgrade Outdoor Furniture and Clubhouse Appliances|
Increase useability and functionality of the Gayndah and District Tennis Club by contributing to upgrading outdoor seating and purchase of new appliances.
|Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation||Cooktown Youths Super Heroes |
Develop youth life skills and reduce harms related to alcohol, drugs and bullying by supporting the delivery of the Cooktown Youths Super Heroes program.
|Hope Reins Inc.||Connecting Communities, Strengthening Lives: The Horse Ride from Gympie to Longreach |
Strengthen community resilience and social inclusion through supporting a mental health awareness program.
|Innisfail & District Men's Shed Inc.||Fence Repairs at the Innisfail & District Men's Shed (IDMS) |
Encourage community cohesion and increase functionality of the Innisfail & District Men's Shed by repairing the boundary fence.
|Maleny and District Men's Shed Inc.||Provision and Installation of a Water Tank and Pump for the New Community Shed for Maleny Men’s Shed|
Build capacity to support volunteer membership and strengthen community connections through the installation of a water tank.
|Muckadilla Community Association Inc.||Disability Access to Muckadilla Community Hall |
Provide access to the Muckadilla Community Hall for all by installation of a disability access ramp and safety hand rails.
|Numabulla Men's Shed Inc.||Numabulla Men's Shed Development |
Foster community engagement and connection through the renovation of a new facility for Numabulla Men's Shed.
|Performing Arts (Goondiwindi) Inc.||Gundy Gathering |
Build resilience and encourage participation in the arts by contributing to provision of youth performing arts boot camp, Gundy Gathering.
|Big Swamp Community Centre Inc.||Upgraded Kitchenette Area |
Build capacity to support community during bushfire events through the installation of a kitchen at a community centre.
|Charleston Community Centre Inc.||POWERING Our Community Resilience|
Provide a fit for purpose emergency support facility and improve comfort of a community hall through the installation of a diesel run generator unit to support community recovery and preparedness.
|Jabuk Community Hall Inc.||Mowing Down the Burden|
Support bushfire preparedness and increase community safety through purchase of a ride on mower.
|Price Soldiers Memorial Hall||Price Soldiers Memorial Hall Kitchen Upgrade |
Increase community connection and disaster preparedness by improving kitchen facilities at a community gathering space.
|Small & Vital|
|Blanchetown District Hall Inc.||Health and Wellness for Women |
Boost health and social wellbeing of women in Blanchetown, through the continuation of a physical fitness class.
|Community Care and Transport Inc.||Cloud Based Fully Integrated Telephone System |
Boost an organisation’s capability to support community health and wellbeing, through the upgrade of a telephone system.
|Crystal Brook Community Men's Shed Inc.||Responsible Power Solutions for the Crystal Brook Community Men's Shed|
Establish cost effective, environmental practices while supporting community health, through the installation of a solar storage system at a Men’s Shed.
|Peterborough History Group SA Inc.||Wiring Upgrade for YMCA |
Provide a safe environment for volunteers, supporting visitor engagement through the upgrade of electrical wiring.
|Seymour Community Action Group Inc.||Seymour Community Wetland Restoration and Reclassification Project |
Promote community bushfire recovery by supporting volunteers to restore natural habitat and strengthen community connection to the environment through the development of a weed eradication project.
|Small & Vital|
|Geeveston Community Centre Inc.||Scrubby Hill Farm Amenity Improvements |
Enhance food security, provide employment opportunities, and support the health and wellbeing of communities through the development of a micro-farm project.
|The RESEED Centre Live Well Tasmania||YOUth LEADing Tasmania (YLT) 2022 |
Support youth engagement and build leadership skills through a facilitation training program encouraging young people to challenge world issues.
|Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare||FoodShare Cloud Project |
Support community recovery by boosting organisational capacity of a food relief organisation through implementing a customer relationship management system.
|Bairnsdale Recycling Enterprise Inc.||Bairnsdale Repair Café: Reaching Out |
Foster opportunities for social connection and skill development for bushfire-impacted communities across East Gippsland.
|Better Place Australia||Watercolor Workshops for Recovery, Reconnection & Referral |
Encourage people to come together to recover from bushfires and gain access to support services through creative arts workshops.
|Bright Court House Committee of Management||Bright Court House Portable Staging Upgrade |
Supporting local arts events through the purchase of a portable stage for indoor and outdoor productions, to support community recovery.
|Bright Croquet Club Inc.||New Tables and Chairs for Club House |
Provide a fit-for-purpose facility and support community connectedness and bushfire recovery through the upgrade of furniture.
|Cabbage Tree Public Hall||Governance Training for Cabbage Tree Creek and Bemm River |
Foster a more participative community and improve organisational capacity in two local committees through the delivery of governance training in the bushfire-affected area.
|Cabbage Tree Creek||$6,115|
|Corryong College Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc.||Enabling Digital Storytelling in the Upper Murray |
Support college students to recover from a natural disaster like bushfire, through creative storytelling and technical skill development.
|Deddick Valley Isolated Community Group Inc.||Building Healthy and Resilient Communities Through Service Equity |
Building capacity to access healthcare in remote bushfire-impacted areas through a research and pilot program in far East Gippsland.
|Great Alpine Gallery Inc.||The Voice of Video |
Encourage community to be active and creative, while recovering from disaster through a video sharing platform.
|Happy Valley Hall||Tank Fantasia |
Foster social connectedness and community cohesion through a mosaic arts project at the Happy Valley Hall to support community recovery.
|Harrietville Historical Society||Revitalising Harrietville's Heritage |
Encourage visitation and strengthen the local economy through the installation of signage interpreting local history in Harrietville that will support bushfire recovery within the community.
|Jingellic Hub Inc.||Postcards From The Past @Jingellic & Postcards From The Past @Walwa |
Support bushfire recovery within the area by fostering community connection to local history and expand opportunities for tourists and visitors to the region.
|Parklands Albury Wodonga Ltd.||Improving Accessibility to Upper Murray Historic Trestle Bridge Reserves |
Provide safe infrastructure for emergency services and the broader community through the upgrade of an historic trestle bridge to improve disaster preparedness.
|The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival Inc.||Upper Murray Agricultural Field Days |
Strengthen community recovery and encourage people to come together and access support by enhancing entertainment at the inaugural Upper Murray Agricultural Field Days.
|Small & Vital|
|Boolarra Men's Shed Inc.||Shed Extension |
Support men’s health and social connection opportunities through the expansion of the Boolarra Men’s Shed building.
|Boolite Recreation & Public Hall Reserve||Upgrade of Amenities Block |
Improve accessibility and amenities at a local hall and reserve through the installation of an all-abilities bathroom and toilet.
|Carinya Lodge Homes Inc.||Carinya Dementia Care |
Enhance social wellbeing and health of people living in aged care by providing a dementia-specific interactive games program.
|Chiltern Athenaeum Museum||Extension of Data Cabling and Internet Connection from Chiltern Athenaeum Museum to the John McEwen Annexe|
Enhance an organisation's capacity to support volunteers and preserve local history through providing an internet connection.
|Cobram Community House Inc.||Community Kitchen Upgrade |
Expand the use of a community house by refurbishing a kitchen to increase the capacity to deliver educational and wellbeing activities.
|Djerriwarrh Employment & Education Services Inc.||Moorabool TAC L2P Program Vehicle Replacement |
Upskill youth to improve access to employment, further education, and social services through the purchase of a vehicle for a learner driver program in the Moorabool Shire.
|Dunolly & District Neighbourhood Centre Inc.||Dunolly Neighbourhood Centre Backyard Rejuvenation |
Increase community learning opportunities by installing shade sails in an outdoor area at the Dunolly & District Neighbourhood Centre.
|Fight Cancer Foundation Ltd.||Shepparton Accommodation for Regional and Remote Cancer Patients |
Support rural community members to access vital medical treatment through the establishment of affordable outpatient accommodation.
|Hallston Mechanics Institute Inc.||Hallston Hall Door and Window Replacement - Repair and Paint |
Expand the use of a community owned hall and preserve the district's history through the replacement of timber windows.
|Hopetoun and District Men's Shed Hopetoun & District Neighbourhood House Inc.||Replacement of Asbestos Shed |
Provide a safe environment, creating opportunities for men to engage and support skill development by installing a new shed and undercover work area.
|Jarvis Creek Landcare Group Mitta to Murray Landcare Inc.||Revitalisation of the Jarvis Creek Community |
Strengthen community connection and volunteer engagement through the restoration of the Jarvis Creek Hall.
|Lions Club of Katamatite Inc.||Katamatite Lions Silo Art Project |
Strengthen cultural connection and the local economy through the installation of two art trail murals in Katamatite.
|Minyip and District Historical Society Inc.||Replacement of Heritage Plaques in Minyip |
Celebrate local culture, and boost community engagement and tourism in Minyip by installing historic plaques within the township.
|Moorabool Shire Council||Power Back Up for STAND Project Sites |
Increase community safety and disaster preparedness through the purchase of batteries to support satellite infrastructure.
|Murtoa and District Historical Society Inc.||Murtoa Museum Website Design & Build |
Increase access to local history, support volunteers and boost community participation by establishing a website.
|Tarnagulla Urban Fire Brigade Country Fire Authority||Solar and Battery Installation at Tarnagulla Urban Fire Brigade |
Boost a fire brigade’s ability to respond to future disasters by installing a solar power and battery system to provide a backup in case of power failures.
|Trust for Nature (Victoria)||Fostering Local Community Connection with Nature - Henriksen Sanctuary, Apollo Bay |
Increase community wellbeing and connection with nature through the construction of pedestrian tracks at a significant conservation reserve.
|Winchelsea Community House Inc.||Expansion into Shire Hall |
Improve employment opportunities for youth through the purchase of new kitchen equipment for a community café.
|Yackandandah Creek Landcare Group Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups Inc.||Connecting Community with Wetlands for Wellbeing, Culture and Learning |
Boost the community’s ability to learn about conservation management and increase connection to place through the development of wetlands.
|Denmark Community Foundation (WA) Inc.||Denmark Community Foundation Next Steps - A Transition Towards Building Capacity and Operational Potential|
Building organisational capacity and a strong bushfire resilient local community through the development of a strategic plan for the Denmark Community Foundation.
|Katanning and Districts Pool Association Inc.||Pool Hall Revamp |
Support community bushfire recovery by providing a safe space for youth and community support clients to connect and socialise by installing a kitchen for meal preparation.
|North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources Inc.||Fire Brigade & Landcare Representation on the Horsepower Highway |
Strengthen and kickstart the local economy impacted by bushfires by expanding an iconic tourist trail with two new installations.
|Small & Vital|
|Beemurra Aboriginal Corporation||Yued Youth & Astronomy Project on Yallalie Downs |
Encourage Indigenous youth's education and leadership skills through attending astronomy camps on Country.
|Brookton Community Inc.||White Goods for New Shared Buildings |
Increase community participation and capacity by fitting out kitchens in two new shared community buildings.
|Murlpirrmarra Connection Ltd.||Indigenous Tennis and Learning Program |
Increase educational outcomes for Indigenous youth by providing tennis clinics and educational support.
|Red Shed - Derby Women's Collective Shire of Derby West Kimberley||Red Shed: Derby Women's Collective Community Hub |
Enhance women's access to skills development opportunities through training opportunities and upgrades to their new facility.
Includes more than $600,000 for Black Summer bushfire recovery
Ninety locally-led initiatives that are set to strengthen remote, rural and regional communities across Australia are sharing in $1,057,044 in funding, thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grant program.
The SRC program supports a broad array of projects that address locally determined needs and priorities of smaller remote, rural, and regional communities, including places impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.
For communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires, 34 community-led projects are sharing $602,958 in grants through SRC’s Bushfire Recovery stream of funding. These grants range from $2,618 for a communications upgrade for the Rocky Glen community in New South Wales, to $25,000 for a project that will improve the safety and security of the community hall at Tamrookum in Queensland.
A further $454,086 in grants have been awarded through SRC’s Small & Vital funding stream to 56 projects that local communities have prioritised for their long-term viability and vitality. Funding ranges from $550 for an equipment safety upgrade for the Riding for the Disabled WA group at Mount Barker in Western Australia, through to $10,000 for a grief support program for young people in Drysdale, Victoria.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said FRRR is seeing a wide range of requests from across the country, reflecting the diverse needs in each place.
“Rural communities continue to inspire and move forward despite the numerous difficulties they’ve faced and the uncertainty ahead. They want something to hope for, to build towards, and we continue to be here to support and celebrate their achievements and are ready to walk with them through any challenges they may be dealing with, or to harness any opportunities they have in front of them.
“With COVID-19 restrictions still being unpredictable, we want groups to know that if you have received a grant from us and, for whatever reason, you have had to delay, postpone or cancel your project, please reach out to our team. We want to work with you to adapt or redefine your project so that the funding stays in your community,” Ms Egleton explained.
With the 2021-22 bushfire season approaching, disaster preparedness is key, especially for those communities devastated by the 2019-20 bushfires.
“Being better prepared means different things for different places. For some, this means improving access to community meeting places, for others it’s ensuring they have the proper equipment and training so that volunteers can protect and support their community through a disaster event. But for some places, preparedness means completely rebuilding community infrastructure that was lost due to the bushfires,” Ms Egleton said.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this support to the communities that have been affected by the fires. And we’ll continue to support them as time goes on and their needs evolve and change.”
Some of the 90 projects awarded include:
- Lions Club of Ulladulla Milton, NSW – FAB (Farmers at Burrill) – $14,896 – Boost local spending with improved marketing and entertainment at the farmers markets.
- Engawala Arts Centre Aboriginal Corporation, NT – Developing the Engawala Arts Centre – $8,595 – Facilitate the set up and development of an Arts Centre that will build tourism-based income in a very remote community.
- The Little Pocket Association, QLD – Resilience through Nature Play – $25,000 – Support children and young families to build resilience and disaster preparedness through nature play, storytelling and strengthening connection to place.
- Tatiara District Council, SA – Tatiara Multicultural Food Festival – $9,900 – Encourage whole community engagement and build cultural awareness through the delivery of a food festival.
- Swansea Primary School Parents and Friends Association, TAS – Nature Play for Rural Families – $10,000 – Strengthen community connection to the natural environment and enhance educational activities for school children through the development of a Nature Play Garden area.
- Lakes Entrance Mechanics Institute Management Committee Inc, VIC – Replacement of Furniture as part of Maintaining and Redeveloping the Lakes Entrance Mechanics Institute Hall – $17,249 – Provide a fit-for-purpose facility and help volunteers to support their community through the purchase of stackable chairs.
- Active Farmers Ltd, WA – Active Farmers Games WA – Increasing Awareness of the Link Between Physical Activity and Improved Mental Wellbeing – $6,340 – Encourage rural communities to be physically active and more connected with inaugural WA Active Farmers Games.
The SRC program is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors, which are listed on FRRR’s website.
The next round of SRC applications is currently being assessed and will be announced in December. The current round is accepting applications until 23 November 2021, with funds to be awarded in March 2022.
More information is available on FRRR’s website – https://frrr.org.au/ strengthening-rural-communities/.
To support grants like this through FRRR, make a tax-deductible donation at frrr.org.au/giving/.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects are below.
|NEW SOUTH WALES|
|Mad Proppa Deadly Indigenous Corporation||ReVibe - Northern NSW Music Workshop Tour (Tamworth/Armidale)|
Inspire community to come together to celebrate culture through music writing, production and recording workshops.
|Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn as Trustee for Marymead Child and Family Centre||Rural Rugby: Resilient Recovery|
Encourage young people to be active and enhance their mental health and nutrition through a school based after-school rugby enrichment program.
|Campfire Co-op Ltd||Participatory Leadership Training for South Coast Bushfire Affected Communities|
Develop leadership skills by training community members in bushfire-impacted areas the Art of Hosting Conversations.
|Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance||Power on the Move|
Boost the community’s ability to respond to future disasters by purchase of a mobile generator, to be made available free of charge for use by the community.
|Capital Region Community Services Limited||Bungee Youth Resilience Program in Braidwood |
Boost and strengthen the resilience of young people by running a creative art based program.
|Lions Club of Ulladulla Milton||FAB (Farmers at Burrill)|
Boost local spending with improved marketing and entertainment at the farmers markets.
|Comboyne Community Association Inc||Towards Opening Day|
Boost and strengthen the local economy by restoring the original farmhouse fireplace in the Comboyne Museum complex.
|Copmanhurst Pre-School Inc||Aboriginal Mural and Art Lessons|
Improve access to local recovery activities for children and families at Copmanhurst Preschool by providing a local Indigenous artist to offer Indigenous Art classes and a mural at the centre.
|Eden Community Access Centre Inc||Building Social Capital and Enhancing Social Outcomes|
Boost and strengthen the local economy by employing a Resilience and Recovery Officer to help find local solutions to bushfire recovery.
|Marine Rescue Merimbula|
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW
|Marine Rescue Merimbula Training Computer|
Boost capacity of Marine Rescue Merimbula to provide essential volunteer training through the purchase of computer equipment.
|Catholic Parish of St Mary's Star of the Sea Milton||Shoalhaven Rising from the Ashes - Stage 2|
Boost the community’s bushfire recovery by hiring a coordinator to facilitate & create art-based community workshops.
|Salt Care||Warehouse Food Storage Expansion|
Support for individuals and families living with disadvantage through the purchase and fit out of additional warehouse storage for distribution of needed personal and household items.
|Oberon and District Museum Society Inc||Fitout of New Forest and Timber Interpretive Center|
Boost local spending in Oberon by developing the Forest and Timber Interpretive Centre.
|Pambula Chamber of Commerce & Associates Inc||Pambula Art Project - Stage 2|
Boost and strengthen the local economy through creation and installation of art trail murals.
|Borah Creek Public Hall Land Manager||Supply and Install Telstra and Optus YAGI Communications Systems in the Hall|
Improve the community's ability to communicate with the outside world in cases of emergency by installing a mobile phone signal boosting antenna.
|First Steps Count Incorporated||Many Hands Build, Create and Unite - Our Design Journey|
Encourage people to come together and celebrate through art workshops leading to a collaborative artwork.
|Manning River Aero Club Inc||MRAC Solar|
Boost the community’s ability to respond to future disasters by installing a solar power and battery system to provide a backup in case of power failures.
|One Vision Productions Limited||EMPOWER our Community|
Celebrate and cultivate a sense of identity and cultural connection for Indigenous youth through Caring for Country music and film workshops.
|Small & Vital|
|Bellingen Youth Orchestra Incorporated||Volunteer Management Strategy|
Increase the sustainability and profile of Bellingen Youth Orchestra and reduce volunteer fatigue through implementing a Volunteer Management Strategy and website.
Country Womens Association of NSW
|Community Craft Workshops for a Sustainable Future|
Boost creativity, connection and support for local artists by providing a series of sustainable craft workshops.
|Forbes Public School P&C Association Inc||Wiradjuri Mural Project at Forbes Public School|
Enhance community connection and cultural identity through Forbes Public School students painting a mural with local Wiradjuri Indigenous artist.
|Adavale Lane Community Centre Incorporated||Light Up and Cool Adavale Lane Community Centre|
Increase community usage and functionality by lighting up and cooling down the Adavale Lane Community Hall.
Western Riverina Arts Inc
|Mona Women's Magazine - Second Edition|
Enhance rural women's identity, wellbeing and sense of place by printing the 2nd edition of Mona Magazine, paying for the contributors' pieces and contributing to wages for the editorial staff.
|Boori Dreaming Womens Group||Awakening the Dream|
Increase cultural identity and creativity through purchasing sewing machines, equipment and craft supplies for Boori Dreaming Women's Group.
|Umina Beach Branch|
Country Womens Association of NSW
|Build Accessible Ramp|
New entry and accessible bathroom with one accessible toilet and second toilet plus a shower. Increase accessibility of the Umina Beach CWA hall by installing a wheelchair accessible ramp.
|Tharpa Choeling Incorporated||Red Rattler Community Garden|
Increase community participation and connection by converting a vintage train carriage into a new community garden.
|Circartus Incorporated||Governance Guidance and Review|
Enhance community connection and creativity by engaging an industry- experienced governance consultant to ensure the sustainability of Circartus.
Country Womens Association of NSW
|Improving Our Street Cred|
Increase community participation and functionality through the refurbishment of the Woodstock Branch CWA hall.
|Small & Vital|
|Engawala Arts Centre Aboriginal Corporation||Developing the Engawala Arts Centre|
Facilitate the set up and development of an Arts Centre that will build tourism based income in a very remote community.
|West Daly Regional Council||Wadeye, Nganmarriyanga and Peppimenarti Annual Clean-up Day|
Reduce health and safety risks via a Community Clean Up Day to remove rubbish in remote communities.
|Wagait Shire Council||Wagait Youth Program|
Encourage young people to be physically active and participate in community activities, with Youth Group excursions and skateboard clinics.
|The Little Pocket Association||Resilience through Nature Play|
Support children and young families to build resilience and disaster preparedness through nature play, storytelling and connection to place.
|Wildlife Noosa Ltd||Noosa Bushfire Readiness & Myna Bird Project|
Support recovery from bushfires and volunteer training through purchase of a vehicle and equipment to improve disaster preparedness and conservation efforts.
|Charters Towers State Emergency Service|
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
|Ladder Racks for Operational Response Vehicles|
Support volunteers' safety and capacity to respond to emergencies through provision of ladder racks on response vehicles.
|Tamrookum Memorial Hall Incorporated||Hall Restoration|
Increase safety and support recovery through upgrade of community owned hall.
|Tin Can Bay Community and Mens Shed Incorporated||Storage Shed|
Support community recovery and wellbeing through purchase of a storage shed for materials and equipment.
|Tin Can Bay||$15,336|
|Small & Vital|
|Atherton Performing Arts Inc||Atherton Performing Arts Lighting Equipment - New Lighting Desk Console|
Expand the use of the Atherton Performing Arts theatre by installing a new lighting console.
|Barcaldine Rugby League Football Club Inc||"Bluey Live!" Kids' Concert, Meet & Greet|
Strengthen social connection and encourage culturally vibrant communities through a "Bluey Live!" kids' concert for the remote community of Barcaldine and surrounds.
|Beeron Road Country Club Inc||Beeron Road Country Club Community Hub Development|
Grow ways to support the community through refurbishment of a disused school into a vibrant rural Community Hub.
|Selectability Ltd||Selectability Mental Health Toolbox|
Improve mental health of remote communities by developing an online training course to strengthen community capacity to identify and support one another.
|Cooktown School of Art Society Inc||Computer System Plus Reception Area Upgrade|
Strengthen and increase volunteer capacity and access to online training, by installing a new computer system and reception desk.
|Gloucester Sports and Recreation Ass Inc||Outdoor Theatre|
Promote recovery centre and encourage people to come together by installing an outdoor venue screen and projector.
|Malanda Chamber of Commerce Incorporated||Malanda’s Adventure Park|
Encourage children's development and increase community connection through installation of a fence around a new adventure playground.
Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Limited
Boost social inclusion and wellbeing through delivery of a monthly Women's Group for Indigenous women in Mount Isa.
|Highways and Byways Ltd||Seeds of Connection - Healing and Belonging Through Culture|
Enhance cultural identity, resilience and wellbeing of Indigenous children and their families in Roma by providing a two week cultural immersion program for 7-12 year olds.
|Care Balonne Association Inc||Provide Safe Accessibility Services to Care Balonne Clients and Staff|
Improve the use and accessibility of the Care Balonne community hub through toilet facility upgrade.
|Texas Show Society||Upgrade to Showground Facilities|
Increase amenity and participation in community events by providing a grandstand for the Texas Showgrounds.
|Adelaide and Hills Koala Rescue - 1300KOALAZ Incorporated||Vegetation Regeneration Planting|
Conserve native habitat and support recovery from 2019 bushfires through the restoration of bushland.
|Edithburgh Football Club and Sports Assoc||Community and Sporting Clubs Working to Improve Community Safety|
Improve a location that provides refuge in times of emergency through the installation of water tanks.
|Small & Vital|
|Andamooka Progress and Opalminers Association Inc||Community Facility Rationalisation & Development Project – Upgrade 'Old Community Church' to Passive Recreation Facility|
Encourage community engagement and social wellbeing by enhancing facilities.
|Tatiara District Council||Tatiara Multicultural Food Festival|
Encourage whole community engagement and build cultural awareness through the delivery of a food festival.
|Cummins & District Enterprise Committee||Winter Wonderland - Platform for Success|
Improve an organisation’s ability to support the community and strengthen the town's revenue through developing a storage shed used for the Cummins Christmas display.
Bedford Phoenix Incorporated
|Kadina Pergola and Deck for Supported Employees|
Expand supported employment opportunities for people living with a disability in Kadina through the construction of pergola and deck.
|The Food Embassy Incorporated||Supporting Citizens in Creating Local and Sustainable Food Systems|
Provide opportunities for local people to gain knowledge about growing and consuming healthy foods, through the delivery of the Food Matters program in Strathalbyn and Milang.
|Small & Vital|
|Lions Club of Lilydale Incorporated||Lilydale Men's Community Shed|
Support volunteer skill development and encourage social interaction, through the establishment of a Men's Shed in Lilydale.
|Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Inc||Putting You Through Now! |
Boost safety and disaster preparedness by installing telecommunications hardware at a remote Marine Rescue facility.
|Swansea Primary School Parents and Friends Association||Nature Play for Rural Families|
Strengthen community connection to the natural environment and enhance educational activities for school children through the development of a Nature Play Garden area.
|Coastal FM Inc||Development of Recording Studio|
Improve connection to community and broaden the capability of a community-run radio station through establishing a recording studio.
|Bright Spring Festival|
Bright and District Chamber of Commerce Incorporated
|Bright Spring Festival Drive-In Movie|
Boost a community festival by providing a family-friendly activity and support recovery from the 2019/2020 bushfires by holding a drive-in movie night.
|Cassilis Recreation Reserve Committee of Management||Living it Up|
Increase opportunities to support local connectedness and recover from the 2019/2020 bushfires through the delivery of a whole community music event.
|Lakes Entrance Mechanics Institute Management Committee Inc||Replacement of Furniture as part of Maintaining and Redeveloping the Lakes Entrance Mechanics Institute Hall|
Provide a fit-for-purpose facility and help volunteers to support their community through the purchase of stackable chairs.
|Traralgon Men's Shed and Woodworking Inc||Mallacoota Picnic Tables and Benches|
Increase connection to place and build community partnerships through the provision of outdoor furniture for Mallacoota township.
|Mitta Valley Community TV Inc||Mitta Valley Community Translator Project|
Provide reliable communication transmission and safeguard the community through the upgrade of telecommunications equipment in a remote valley.
|1st Myrtleford Scout Group|
The Scout Association of Australia Victorian Branch
|Community is Key|
Provide a refuge in times of emergency and boost an organisation's capacity to offer a fit for purpose space through the upgrade of facility.
|Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation||Ramahyuck Connection through Art Project|
Promote local culture, and support health and social recovery post-bushfires for First Nations people through painting the exterior of the Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation building.
|Community Centre Swifts Creek Inc||Roofing Rescue|
Improve the amenity of a community centre and create a safe, fit-for-purpose environment through the upgrade of a roof.
|Wyeeboo Recreation Reserve||Wyeeboo Recreation Reserve - Water Tank|
Increase preparedness for future disaster events through the provision of a water tank.
|Small & Vital|
|East Gippsland Ceramic Group Inc||Firing Up|
Encourage development of skills and social connection through the purchase of a pottery kiln and wheels.
|Bendigo Queer Film Festival||Bendigo Queer Film Festival Post-COVID Relaunch|
Foster mental health and celebrate local culture and identity for a marginalised group through the delivery of a community film festival.
|Wombat's Wish||Post-Camp Counselling Sessions|
Increase opportunities for bereavement support and improve the health, wellbeing and education outcomes for young people through the initiation of a grief support program.
|Everton Primary School||Assisting with Cost of Construction of Outside Decking|
Encourage community gathering, and children's learning and development by installing decking at the local primary school.
|Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre||A Sustainable Kitchen for Mittagundi: Providing Life-Changing Experiences for Young People|
Increase connection to the environment and enhance educational experiences for young people through the upgrade of a communal kitchen.
|Eventide Lutheran Homes||Golf Buggy Funding|
Support health and wellbeing and encourage positive ageing, through the purchase of a mobility aid.
|The Trustee for The MAC Trust||The Mac Goes Online|
Strengthen opportunities for employment, education and social engagement by providing an electronic ticket system for a community-run cinema.
|Murtoa College||Murtoa College in Full Swing|
Encourage youth engagement and improve health and wellbeing through the installation of specialised playground equipment for senior students.
|Murtoa's Big Weekend|
Shared Learning & Activities Murtoa Incorporated
|‘Light Up’ Murtoa’s Big Weekend in 2021|
Support Murtoa township's economic recovery and strengthen social engagement through the delivery of a community festival.
|Repair Cafe Bellarine|
Bellarine Training and Community Hub
|Repair Cafe Bellarine|
Increase reach of a repair cafe service through the development and delivery of social media and marketing.
|Romsey Neighbourhood House Inc||YOUTHINK|
Expand employment opportunities for youth by purchasing a barista machine for hospitality training.
|Surf Coast Energy Group (SCEG)||Spring Creek Sustainable Futures - Surf Coast, Victoria|
Boost the community’s ability to learn about conservation management and increase connection to place through the delivery of community engagement workshops.
|Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Inc||Connecting our Community through Education and Information|
Enhance the delivery of first aid training programs and encourage further education, by purchasing appropriate equipment that reflects real-life medical trauma.
|Small & Vital|
|Albany Youth Support Association||Safe Space for Homeless Youth to Sleep in Swags|
Increase access to temporary housing for young people sleeping rough by enclosing verandah at emergency accommodation facility.
|Live To Tell Your Story Inc||Djinda Ngardak - Making it My Business|
Promote healthy lifestyles and improved health and wellbeing while growing opportunities for Indigenous students to pursue careers in hospitality, with week-long cooking skills camp.
|Enterprise Partnerships WA Limited||Piriwa Place Making Project|
Support economic opportunities for Indigenous women while increasing access to affordable clothing with expansion of innovative Op Shop project.
|Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation||Cultural Centre Entrance Improvements|
Increase comfort and amenity through refurbishment of Cultural Centre’s entrance with installation of a shade sail.
|Greenbushes Community Resource Centre||The New You - Working Through Change And Loss|
Help people to recover and adapt through delivery of workshop on coping with change and loss.
|Marble Bar Primary School||STEM Education|
Increase engagement in school in remote community through provision of virtual reality equipment to enhance innovative digital arts program.
|Riding for the Disabled WA Plantagenet Group Inc||Equipment Maintenance and Safety|
Support riding program for children with a disability, with OH&S upgrade of trailer used for transporting riding equipment.
|Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum Inc||Aunty Jim's (re) Store|
Enhance authentic historical shop display within the Nungarin Machinery & Army Museum, with new linoleum floor coverings.
|Active Farmers Ltd||Active Farmers Games WA - Increasing Awareness of the Link Between Physical Activity and Improved Mental Wellbeing|
Encourage rural communities to be physically active and more connected with inaugural WA Active Farmers Games.
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has entered a new three-year partnership with the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation (KACF).
Creating better days for Australians, Kellogg Australia is committed to tackling hunger and helping to create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Now, with the new partnership between KACF and FRRR, their combined efforts can help tackle hunger and build resilience in vulnerable rural and regional communities throughout the country.
Over the course of the partnership, KACF will donate $300,000 to support grants going towards low socio-economic regions in need, and disadvantaged communities facing high levels of food insecurity.
The funds will be part of FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program, which aims to give small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to strengthen their vitality and resilience. Grants are flexible and respond to community-identified priorities, such as food security.
In addition to the KACF funding, Kellogg Australia has also put forward in-kind support in the form of food donations, as well as skilled and unskilled volunteering from its employees.
Esme Borgelt, Managing Director Kellogg Australia, said, “The last couple of years have seen so many of our communities facing increasingly difficult times. From droughts to bushfires to a global health pandemic, the impact on everyone has been significant, and those hardest hit have been our remote, rural and regional communities.
“Almost a quarter of Australians experiencing food insecurity live in regional or remote areas and the aim of the KACF partnership with FRRR is to provide support at a grassroots level to help these communities implement innovative, locally led solutions.”
With FRRR being the only national foundation centred on social and economic strength in remote, rural and regional Australia, the partnership will help to tackle food insecurity with the knowledge and experience of the local needs by local leaders on the ground.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said, “It’s fantastic to see a leading global food manufacturer like Kellogg’s make it their overarching mission to leave a mark of meaningful difference. We are delighted to be partnering with them to ensure that support reaches vulnerable communities beyond metropolitan boundaries.
“While the grants will be awarded based on locally identified community priorities, there will be a focus on supporting food security initiatives and enterprises, food affordability and food access programs, as well as projects such as community gardens and school and educational food programs,” Ms Egleton explained.
Nestled in the heart of the bush, halfway between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour in NSW, lies the rural community of Baryulgil.
In the heart of Baryulgil is the Community Hall, located in the town square. The hall has stood for almost 90 years, and been used for social gatherings and fundraisers throughout the years.
With a population of fewer than 100 people, the community hall provides a much-needed place for local residents to gather. In recent years, the hall had fallen into disrepair, with dry rot in the walls, a leaking ceiling and broken windows.
The team at Baryulgil Charity Sports Club applied to FRRR’s Small Grants program, and received a $5,000 grant funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, to complete maintenance works to ensure the local community could enjoy the hall for many years to come.
This grant enabled the Club to replace the damaged walls, remove dangerous stairways and doors, replace rusted gutters, and purchase heritage-colour paint to restore windows and doors that had been damaged by water.
Along with the popular social events and fundraisers, the hall can now be used by emergency services during bushfires, acting as a local hub for the NSW Rural Fire Service. The bulk of the project was completed in late 2019, with additional work delayed by COVID-19 to be completed in the near future.
Clarence Landcare is located in regional NSW. Their mission is to promote sustainable land, agriculture, water, vegetation and biodiversity management practices and principles to their local community.
The largely volunteer-run organisation has been taking care of the land in the region for more than two decades. They regularly running community projects and initiatives focused on sustainable land care. The team also hosts workshops at their head office to educate and engage the wider community.
Located in the main street of Grafton, the Clarence Landcare office is in the 100-year-old Dougherty House. After the building was recently repainted giving the exterior of the building new life, it became clear that the interior was in desperate need of an upgrade.
Not only had the furniture been in use for more than 20 years, the team was also lacking basic essentials to help their meetings and workshops run smoothly. There was mismatching furniture and outdated technology made it very difficult for members to join meetings remotely.
The team applied to the FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities program, and received a $5,000 grant to help them upgrade their workspace. The funding, made possible thanks to The Yulgilbar Foundation, provided improvements such as new blinds, couches, coffee tables, rugs and faux plants, giving new life to the old office.
In addition to the furniture, the funding was also used to purchase some much-needed technology, including a new iPad, Smart TV with a TV stand on wheels, web cam and microphone. This technology has enabled the team to dial into meetings remotely, making it easier for Clarence Landcare staff to stay connected digitally.
“I feel we are heading in a great direction now thanks to this FRRR grant, we don’t need to look like a poverty stricken not-for-profit organisation anymore. We now have the vision and committee support to keep improving our public face of Clarence Landcare. This will really help us gain confidence and attract clientele for future projects. The function of every new piece of equipment has far outweighed the predicted benefits,” said Landcare Officer Debbie Repschlager.
Up to $5,000 available, plus free grantseeker workshops
Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), is inviting community organisations in Victorian dairy regions – Gippsland, northern Victoria and south-west Victoria – to apply for grants of up to $5,000.
The annual Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program is delivered through FRRR, which has partnered with Gardiner Dairy Foundation for the past 19 years.
Grants are made available to registered not-for-profit groups and can be used for a wide variety of community activities including community arts, health and wellbeing, environment, infrastructure, education, history and much more.
To assist community groups in preparing their grant applications, Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR are running free grant seeker workshops in each of the three Victorian dairy regions. A webinar will also be hosted. (see details below). These workshops provide invaluable advice on how to put together a competitive grant application.
In 2021 Gardiner Dairy Foundation will make available a total funding pool of $120,000. Since launching the program with FRRR in 2002, Gardiner Dairy Foundation has distributed almost $2 million to Victorian dairy communities and has supported a total of 471projects.
“With better seasonal conditions in most regions, morale in dairy communities has improved over the past 12 months,” said Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Clive Noble. “People can breathe a little easier and now is a good time for community groups to look at some of the projects they may have deferred.
“I’d like to encourage community leaders to take advantage of these grants, to leverage the money available with other inputs and to continue to improve and enrich their dairy communities.
“Strong and vibrant dairy communities are vital to a strong dairy industry and vice versa.”
Sarah Matthee, Acting CEO of FRRR, said that the grants are designed to give dairy communities the boost they may need to make great things happen.
“Last year was tough for most rural communities, and Victorian dairy communities were no exception. We’ve seen from previous grant recipients that a small grant can open doors for further funding, and it will be great to visit some of last year’s grants recipients to see what kind of opportunities have grown from the funding, and how they have used the grants to help address the needs of their communities.
“We know that these communities are determined, inspiring and resilient and full of great ideas. That’s why the Gardiner grants are deliberately flexible – to allow local leaders to respond to what’s happening, and address the biggest priorities. In previous years, that’s been anything from community gardens to festivals, small infrastructure to training. I look forward to seeing what this year’s applications bring.”
Applications for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program open Monday, 1 February and close Tuesday, 16 March 2020 at 5 pm AEDT.
Grant seeker workshop timetable
Join Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR at one of our free grant seeker workshops. Find out how to put together a competitive grant application.
The webinar will be held:
Date: Thursday 4 February 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Register at: https://events.humanitix.com/gardinercommunitygrants
Workshops will be held at:
Date: Monday 8 February 2021
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Mercure Hotel, 23 Mason St, Warragul
Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Colac Bowling Club, 4 Armstrong St, Colac
Date: Thursday 11 February 2021
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Tallangatta Integrated Community Centre, 33 Towong St, Tallangatta
For more information or to register for the workshops, visit https://frrr.org.au/funding/place/gardiner-communities-grants/.
Saddleworth in South Australia is a small rural town with a big heart. With less than 500 people, it’s a tight-knit community where the residents easily walk from one end of town to the next in 20 minutes.
The town has faced some hardships in recent years, making it difficult for locals to access basic recreational sites that larger towns could enjoy easily. With a high number of low-income families living in the area, most without cars, it has become increasingly important to have an accessible and safe playground in Saddleworth for kids to enjoy.
For over 77 years, the Saddleworth Lawn Tennis Club has been providing the town with facilities for sporting events and recreational activities. The Club is located on the Saddleworth War Memorial Community Centre, and honours those who lost their lives in World War II. The Club features the only publically accessible playground in the area, providing play and entertainment for nearby families.
The small playground that was in desperate need of an upgrade, as the equipment was becoming non-compliant, and was at risk of being removed entirely. The playground was also sitting in direct sunlight, making it difficult for kids to enjoy playing on hot days when UV levels were extraordinarily high.
After losing their local supermarket to a fire in 2016, the community was feeling deflated, having lost a major asset to their town. However, when the Club decided to fundraise the amount needed to improve the playground, over 20 volunteers put their hands up to help out, and six local businesses offered their support.
The team applied for the FRRR Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, which provided $5,000 for stage one of the playground upgrade. These funds paid for a new shade cover the playground, that will ensure kids can continue to enjoy the area even on sunny days, and not just the early morning or late afternoons as they had become accustom to.
Stage two of the upgrade encompassed replacing some of the equipment on the playground, including a garden border, softfall and bench for families to enjoy, while they sit under the shade sail. The work was carried out by local volunteers. The community can now enjoy their local playground and the newly refurbished facilities.
With summer well under way, the Club has more Junior Teams attending, with more children looking for some entertainment while their siblings play tennis. The new playground is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and has created a real impact amongst the community.
When faced with the heartbreaking reality of rising deaths among young people, the team at Byron Youth Service (BYS) stepped in to remind their community that young lives matter, and that everyone deserves to feel happy, safe and valued.
Since 1987, BYS has been advocating for young people between the ages of 12 to 24 years old, by creating, supporting and leading community action. Made up of a team of eight staff and ten volunteers, BYS has been the primary provider of youth services in Byron Bay and the surrounding area since their inception.
Sadly, for many disadvantaged and at-risk students in the area, there is no access to computers or the internet at home. Having access to the right information and support can help these students overcome issues such as mental health, substance misuse, self-harm, sexual assaults and eating disorders.
Among one of their many projects, the team at BYS runs Mullumbimby Cottage, where up to 40 disadvantaged students access outreach programs using modern technology, that are designed to build resilience and create a sense of place. The programs on offer at the Cottage provide skills training and facilities that help support and empower young people to overcome the challenges they may face.
Being able to discuss the issues they’re facing without fear of shame, fear or embarrassment is key in building resilience – and BYS has found that delivering programs using technology can support better outcomes than traditional methods might.
The laptops at Mullumbimby Cottage allow BYS to run information sessions, show videos, and educate participants on safe social media privacy settings. In both individual and group settings, laptops allow youth workers to provide the support needed to disclose any issues or concerns young people have, in a safe and trusting environment.
And, after using the same computers to access these programs for over a decade, Mullumbimby Cottage needed a major technology upgrade. Through FRRR’s ANZ Seeds of Renewal program, BYS received a grant for $6,895, which allowed them to purchase five new Apple MacBooks. In addition to having access to the programs BYS run, the new laptops are also available for writing resumes, searching for jobs, researching courses and completing homework.
The contribution Byron Youth Services has made to their local community is incredibly important, and FRRR is proud to support Mullumbimby Cottage on their mission to help every young person reach their full potential.
Situated 55 km east of Adelaide is the small rural community of Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant acts as a hub for a range of nearby smaller towns including Springton, Eden Valley, Cromer, Birdwood, Palmer, Tungkillo, and Cambrai. The town contains services that cater for the region, such as a public library, a kindergarten and primary school, a hospital, supplies stores, and a post office.
Mount Pleasant is a thriving and innovative community, that holds local events that bring people together, like a monthly Community Dinner, the Annual Mount Pleasant Agricultural Show, and a weekly farmers market. The flourishing community hosts a number of local groups and service clubs and the region also encompasses a number of successful farming and agriculture small businesses.
Established in 2000, the Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc (MPNRC) is an active local organisation that works to promote environmental awareness, sustainability and best-practice land management. The community centre provides a significant gathering and activity space and proactively seeks to generate increased visitation, economic opportunities, new jobs and a sense of community for Mt Pleasant residents.
The energy and enthusiasm of volunteers’ play are a big part in MPNRC’s success with nearly 60 active volunteers currently involved with the centre.
Wanting to foster this passion for community engagement, MPNRC realised that their workspace needed a revamp so that it could be bigger, brighter and more inviting, increasing the workshop capacity and volunteer workspace to make it into a safer, all-weather environment.
With a $4,800 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, collaboratively funded by individual donors, and the enthusiastic assistance of volunteers, MPNRC’s refurbishment of The Share Shed (as the locals call it) saw the community and tradespeople join forces to weatherproof, install, refit, replace, repurpose the shared workspace.
The new space has had a positive ripple-effect throughout the community. The revamped Share Shed has hosted a number of community upcycling workshops, including school workshops, and Mount Pleasant’s inaugural Makers in the Garden Market. MPNRC’s fundraising sales have increased and the expanded volunteer space means the Centre’s volunteer numbers have increased and MPNRC been able to employ four additional staff members.
Sharing with FRRR just how impactful The Share Shed project has been for the Mount Pleasant community, Faye McGoldrick, MPNRC Coordinator expressed MPNRC’s gratitude and said: “Thankyou – this project means a lot to our volunteers and community. It is fantastic to find funding to expand and build on projects that enable us to increase our community support and engagement.”
The challenge of attracting volunteers to support charitable organisations serving the community is universal, but exacerbated further in remote communities where the potential pool from which to recruit helpers is that much smaller to start with.
This was the challenge NT Friendship & Support Inc (NTSF) faced when they received a grant from FRRR to help them with their volunteer recruitment drive. The group’s mission is to provide professional care and promote an accessible, inclusive and supportive community.
The organisation has a waiting list of vulnerable Katherine region seniors seeking to be paired with a volunteer to assist them, from attending medical appointments and support services, to simply joining them for a cup of tea and a chat. Community members access the service via a referral from a regional assessment team and to be eligible must be 65 year or older, or 45 years or older for Indigenous community members.
Katherine currently has three aged care facilities, all of which are at capacity, with the only other alternative residential aged care facility located 330 km away in Darwin. NTFS has 25 people on the waiting list, five of whom are a high priority for the service. These identified seniors are at risk of isolation and loss of independence. Research suggests that, whenever possible, it is important that people have the opportunity to remain in their communities, connected to country, and independent as long as possible.
NTFS had hoped to recruit and train ten new volunteers, and used the $4,090 grant from FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, to run an advertising campaign to increase their volunteer numbers. Katherine has a transient population which includes the RAAF base at Tindal, and the town relies on families from Tindal to be able to fill vacancies of volunteer positions.
Sadly, the recruitment drive wasn’t nearly as successful as they were hoping, due largely in part to the low turnover of families at Tindal. Of the initial 13 people who registered their interest in volunteering with NTFS, for various reasons, this translated into only two new volunteers.
Part of the grant was supposed to cover the cost of National Police clearance, Ochre Card Cultural training and First Aid certification for up to ten people (the magic number they were hoping to recruit). NTFS found themselves with surplus funds, so after seeking approval for a variation to their grant agreement, they applied the funding to another of their initiatives, the Seniors Community Bus, to ensure Seniors are supported through the COVID-19 crisis.
With no public transport available in Katherine, this service enables the organisation to support Seniors in getting to and from local services and various medical appointments, unhindered by the cost of high fees on taxis when they are available. The bus adheres to social distancing requirements (5 passengers as a maximum in a 14 seater bus), with rigorous hygiene and disinfection control measures in place.
So while the NTFS team and volunteers are stretched to their limits, they continue to provide valuable and necessary services to marginalised and vulnerable members of their community.