Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Funding awarded for 112 locally-led projects

FRRR has awarded $1,589,612 in grants for 112 projects that will help build the resilience and long-term vitality of smaller remote, rural and regional communities across Australia, through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Strengthening Rural Communities
SRC grant recipient project – Johnstone River Community Garden

The SRC program is collaboratively funded, and its broad scope enables smaller remote, rural, and regional communities to receive funding for a wide range of initiatives that are led by local people and address local needs. The awarded grants will give these rural places a boost to achieve long-term viability and vitality.

This round of SRC includes funding across three streams – Small & Vital, Larger Leverage and Bushfire Recovery grants. Grants range from $323 for first aid and snake bite kits for the Harts Range Amateur Race Club in remote Northern Territory, through to a $25,000 grant to support healing and the preservation of culture by providing the opportunity for Kullilli people to travel to Thargomindah in Queensland and be on Kullilli country to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

For regions continuing to recover and renew following the 2019/2020 bushfires, grants range from $2,500 to encourage locals to participate in recovery activities at the Maclean Spring Festival in New South Wales, through to $25,000 for the installation of local fauna sculptures that will increase connection to place and enhance public spaces in Marlow, Victoria.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said this round of SRC has seen rural communities across Australia seek funding for inspiring initiatives that build community resilience and support individual and community health and wellbeing at a local level.

“Many communities have been impacted by multiple disasters, including the recent flooding in NSW and parts of QLD. For these regions, economic recovery from the disasters has been severely challenged by COVID-19. For community organisations, the pandemic has hampered fundraising efforts and their capacity to provide services. Understandably, local volunteers are pretty worn out. In response, we have awarded a number of grants for projects that will relieve volunteer-fatigue and alleviate the pressures that many volunteer-led groups are dealing with.

“Rural communities gain strength and vitality when locals have places to gather and connect, so it’s not surprising that we continue to see strong demand for projects that build community resilience by investing in local community assets and infrastructure, particularly the maintenance of community halls. And, as gathering restrictions ease, we are seeing more requests for work on outdoor spaces and for community events, as people come together to strengthen community engagement and participation,” Ms Egleton said.

The Small & Vital grants stream provides funding of up to $10,000 for local initiatives that enhance the wellbeing, strength and resilience of rural communities. This round of SRC has seen 52 projects in places across all States and Territories sharing in a total of $356,342 in Small & Vital grants.

Larger Leverage grants provide funding of up to $25,000, generally for remote or very remote parts of Australia. The larger grants are intended to help overcome logistical barriers that can limit the opportunity for multifaceted projects in these regions. A total of $595,362 has been awarded to 27 projects through the Larger Leverage stream.

This round the Bushfire Recovery stream awarded a total of $637,908 in grants to 33 initiatives designed to help seed and strengthen the recovery of communities impacted by the 2019/2020 summer bushfires. Further information on these Bushfire Recovery projects is available here.

Some of the 79 Small & Vital and Larger Leverage projects awarded include:

  • Cootamundra Development Corporation Limited, Cootamundra NSW – Capable Coota! – $3000 – Help volunteer organisations in Cootamundra to attract high quality executive members by providing Governance training.
  • Circulanation Ltd, Borroloola NT – Indigenous Entrepreneurship Facilitators Training Manual – Language Translation – $10,000 – Support Indigenous women to develop entrepreneurship and employability through translation of facilitator’s training manual into Kriol language to enable locally-led delivery of the training program.
  • MultiSkill Centre Ltd, Cloncurry QLD – Work-it-out Room – $9,910 – Improve access to social and physical wellbeing opportunities for disadvantaged youth in remote township by provision of an exercise room.
  • Wudinna RSL Memorial Kindergarten, Wudinna SA – Wudinna RSL Memorial Kindergarten – $25,000 – Provide pre-school children access to safe, sun-smart outdoor educational play areas by building a permanent roof structure.
  • Derwent Valley Community House Inc, New Norfolk TAS – Blair Street Community Facilities – $10,000 – Boost the use of a Community House through an upgrade of facilities.
  • Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, Wail VIC – Educate, Regenerate and Inspire – Dalki Garringa Arboretum Biodiversity Program – $25,000 – Strengthen connection to local culture through the development of a First Nations educational project.
  • Environs Kimberley, Broome WA – Strengthening the Kimberley Community Seedbank: a sustainable social enterprise – $24,995 – Build Indigenous business skills and support a sustainable bushfoods industry through establishment of two seed collecting enterprises.

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors, which are listed here.

The current round is accepting applications until 24 August 2021, with funds to be awarded in December 2021.

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

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Bushfire Recovery
Australian Outward Bound Development Fund Pty Limited

Rebuilding from the Heat
Improve preparedness for future disasters at Australian Outward Bound's Tharwa site through the renewal of aged firefighting and maintenance equipment.

Bushfire Recovery

Argents Hill Hall

Nambucca Valley Council

Resilience Through Food and Cooking - Restoring Argents Hill Hall Kitchen
Increase local capacity to support recovery activities and increase preparedness for future disasters, through an upgrade to the kitchen at Argents Hill Hall.
Argents Hill$24,979
Ashby Community Centre and Public Recreation Reserve Land ManagerAshby Hall Reserve Solar Installation
Ensure viability, increase preparedness for future disasters and reduce the impact of climate change through the installation of a solar system for the Ashby Community Centre.
Community College-Northern Inland IncThe Barraba Community News
Increase the viability of local communications post bushfires, through purchase of equipment to support publication and delivery of community newsletter.
Habitat for Humanity Australia as the Operator of a PBISafer Together: Community Bushfire Recovery and Resilience in the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands Regions of NSW
Boost recovery and preparedness for bushfires through coordination of community rebuilding, fire reduction and educational events.
Blue Mountains$25,000
Bobin School of Arts IncorporatedRevamping our Kitchen to Meet Community Demand
Strengthen the capacity of Bobin Hall, a key asset throughout the Black Summer bushfires, via the second-stage upgrade of its kitchen.
Jumbunna Community Pre-school & Early Intervention Centre IncorporatedBonalbo Preschool Community Strengthening
Increase community engagement and strengthen children's recovery through the installation of a natural playground and facilitating community events.
Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens LimitedPurchase of a Truck to do the Heavy Lifting
Increase volunteer capacity to manage botanic gardens, through purchase of a utility vehicle to transport water and materials.
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedThe Phoenix Depot - Building Community Resilience
Build community resilience, recovery and involvement through provision of a teacher, equipment and tools for the establishment of a community facility.
Buxton Community Association IncorporatedToilet Block Restoration
Increase the functionality of the Buxton Hall through the upgrade of the toilet facilities, incorporating wheelchair access and a change table for families.
Cobargo Wellness GroupGinger The Frog Community and Professional Arts Project – A Children's’ Bushfire Recovery Project
Enhance the recovery of youth and families in remote areas of Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shires, through the delivery of a therapeutic arts program.
Cooma Chamber of Commerce IncorporatedCooma So Much to Love
Increase promotion of Cooma region through development and delivery of the "So Much to Love" social and paid media campaign.
Early Links Inclusion Support Service IncorporatedKurri Kurri - Start your Engines
Enhance delivery of supportive services to vulnerable populations following disaster, through the creation of a sensory room.
Kurri Kurri$14,241
Friends of the Labyrinth - a standing sub-committee of Kyogle Community Economic Development Committee
Kyogle Community Economic Development Committee
Kyogle Harmony Labyrinth: A Special Place for Healing, Celebration and Personal Reflection
Ensure sustainability and build community resilience, recovery and connection through installation of an irrigation system to maintain the Kyogle Harmony Labyrinth.
Lansdowne Hall Reserve TrustRide on Mower for Lansdowne Community Hall
Reduce volunteer fatigue and increase preparedness for future fires through the purchase of a ride on mower for the Lansdowne Hall.
Maclean Branch Country Womens Association of NSWMaclean Spring Festival and Scarecrow competition
Enhance a local festival and encourage participation in recovery activities, through delivery of a community scarecrow making competition.
Tarana Volunteer Bushfire BrigadeFast Track Truck Driver Training
Reduce the burden on Tarana Volunteer Bushfire Brigade volunteers by providing professional HR driving lessons for 10 long term volunteers, in order for them to become fire truck drivers.
Larger Leverage
Coleambally Townlife Committee
Murrumbidgee Council
Coleambally Community Garden
Grow community involvement and build resilience through the provision of a shed and fence to support the establishment of a new community garden in drought impacted Coleambally.
RiverSmart Australia LimitedWOW - Improving Access and Inclusion for the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups
Improving access for visitors to the Window on the Wetlands through the installation of a sensored automatic sliding door and some additional concrete pathways.
Manning River Agricultural and Horticultural Society Taree Incorporated *Activity & Storage Shed
Build community connection and resilience through construction of a community meeting place.
Small & Vital
Berry and District Historical Society IncorporatedRenovation of the Berry Museum's Maid's Room
Enhance community identity and awareness of local culture through upgrades to the local museum.
Cootamundra Development Corporation LimitedCapable Coota!
Help volunteer organisations in Cootamundra to attract high quality executive members by providing Governance training.
Australian Agricultural Centre LimitedHost an Educational Astronomy/Agriculture/Wellbeing Event in Partnership with National Science Week 2021
Provide educational events about the links between agriculture, culture and astronomy through the delivery of the STEMConnect 2021 event for up to 1000 people.
Kiama Community Radio IncorporatedEquipping Kiama Community Radio Volunteer Presenters
Help Kiama Community Radio commence broadcast to their community via the purchase of technical equipment and provision of training for volunteers.
Gunawirra LimitedArt Therapy to Heal Indigenous Minimbah Children
Strengthen cultural identity and improve the wellbeing of Indigenous children through the provision of art supplies, murals, recordings, dance circle and natural fibres to support a Creative Arts Therapy Program.
Tooraweenah P. A.& H. Association IncTooraweenah Pasture Day
Strengthen community connectivity and engagement through the delivery of the Torweenah Pasture Day event.
Woodstock Progress AssociationWhat's WHAT in Woodstock!
Increase community participation and encourage tourism through installation of a community noticeboard and local signage upgrades.
Larger Leverage
NT Writers Centre IncNT Writers Festival in Alice Springs, 26-29 August 2021
Encourage people to come together and celebrate story telling though hosting the NT Writers Festival.
Alice Springs$24,500

Pertame School
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

“Ngketya Nwernaka Ilkerta Mparetyeka”: Making Our Language Strong. Pertame Master-Apprentice Project
Retain Pertame Indigenous Language by passing down oral langauge skills with train the trainer Master-Apprentice language program for remote Arrente community.
Alice Springs$25,000
Yipirinya School Council IncEstablishing a Family/Community Centre of Engagement to Increase Access to Parents, Carers and Families Children's Education Through Building a Vibrant Aboriginal Educational Community at Yipirinya School
Increase engagement with families and broader community to build stronger educational supports for Indigenous students at Yipirinya School.
Alice Springs$25,000
Outback Alliance
Ninti One Ltd
Building the Capacity of the Outback Alliance
Strengthen the capacity of the Outback Alliance to advocate for Outback Australia with policy makers through resourcing and support to formally establish the entity.
LiteHaus International Inc.Digital Inclusion Program - Ngukurr School
Help students to have access to technology and the internet with the purchase of fifty refurbished computers for very remote school.
Ngaruwanajirri IncNgaruwanajirri Facilities Upgrade
Improve Ngaruwanajirri Arts Centre’s safety by replacing wiring and switchboards and expand use of centre by upgrading air-conditioners.
Tracks IncDhilala Walu – In The Now
Enhance senior citizen health and vitality through a dance program that builds social connection and celebrates Indigenous culture.
Small & Vital
Circulanation LtdIndigenous Entrepreneurship Facilitators Training Manual: Language Translation
Support Indigenous women to develop entrepreneurship and employability through translation of facilitator's training manual into Kriol language to enable locally led delivery of the training program.
Harts Range Amateur Race Club IncFirst Aid Kits
Increase community safety with provision of first aid and snake bite kits at remote community sporting complex.
Harts Range$323
St John Ambulance Australia (NT) IncVolunteer Equipment Kit Upgrades for Katherine Rodeo and Campdraft Event Health Services
Improve safety and comply with new COVID-19 infection control guidelines by updating St John Ambulance Resuscitation First Aid Kit Bags.
Bushfire Recovery
Capricorn Film Festival IncSHARKO. Inspire, Connect, Assist
Support mental health recovery, engaging men through a documentary to then participate in mental health and wellbeing workshops.
Gladstone Central$25,000
Laidley Community Centre IncImprovements to Community Facility to Increase Capacity
Enhance recovery activities delivered at the Mulgowie Hall, increasing comfort and amenity through installation of air conditioning and replacement of aging picnic tables.
Rathdowney and District Memorial Grounds Association IncorporatedNatural Disaster Preparedness - Electrical Masterplan for Emergency Response Facilities
Enhance community activities and support community preparedness for future emergency evacuations by developing an electricity supply masterplan for the Rathdowney Memorial Grounds.
Larger Leverage
Towers Players IncPaving the way for Volunteers
Strengthen and increase community participation in the Arts by upgrading performance facilities.
Charters Towers$25,000
Kullilli Bulloo River Aboriginal Corporation RNTBCDika-gala punu ŋali yanta-gala - ‘We are going back to Country’
Support healing and the preservation of culture through the provision of accomodation, transport and meals at inaugural Back to Country event for the Kullilli people during a NAIDOC Week.
Royal Life Saving Society Queensland IncSwimWest
Improve safety and awareness by implementing a drowning prevention initiative across the remote Shire of Winton.
The Youth Network NQ Inc *Lids4Kids Social Enterprise
Support climate resilience and economic recovery from floods and COVID-19, by contributing to machinery for the expansion of the Lids4Kids social enterprise.
Small & Vital
Alpha District Tourism & Development Assoc. Inc.History Signs for Pine Hill Cemetery and Alpha Old Cemetery
Boost economic development and tourism and enhance community identity through installing historical signage at the Pine Hill Cemetery and Alpha Old Cemetery.
Banana Shire Community Arts Assoc IncRestore, Refurbish, Revive: Reconnecting Community
Encourage social interaction and promote cultural activity by restoring the community Arts building.
Lions Club of Cecil Plains IncPortable PA System
Enhance community activities and increase access through provision of audio equipment for local Lions Club.
Cecil Plains$4,707
MultiSkill Centre LtdWork-it-out Room
Improve access to social and physical wellbeing opportunities for disadvantaged youth in remote township by provision of an exercise room.
QCWA Branch EskPainting Exterior of the Esk QCWA Hall Owned by ESK QCWA Branch
Increase community pride and support local recovery through refurbishment of the Esk CWA hall.
Gympie & District Landcare Group IncorporatedNew Trailer
Improve native flora and fauna along the Mary River through provision of a new trailer to support control of invasive weeds.
Atherton-Herberton Historic Railway IncAccess for All
Expand the use of the Atherton Historic Railway through provision of an all-access pathway and ramp.
Innisfail Community Band IncorporatedBroadening the Performance Impact and Capability of the Innisfail Community Band
Encourage people to come together and interact as a community by providing equipment to support COVID safe music events provided by the Innisfail Community Band.
Johnstone Region Landcare Group IncEssential Equipment Upgrade for Community Group Activities
Boost volunteer support and retention through upgrading equipment and kitchen appliances for rural landcare group.
Kalbar Progress Association IncLight Up Kalbar Christmas Tree
Boost community connection and identity by installing a new outdoor Christmas tree and decorations to be displayed annually during the Kalbar Light Up Festival.
Taabinga State School Parents and Citizens AssociationExtension of Play Area
Encourage children to be active and families to be involved in their education through improving the outdoor play area at Taabinga State School.
QCWA Branch Abergowrie & Long PocketTake Your Seat Ladies
Increase community participation and amenity through the provision of new seating at the community hall.
Long Pocket$9,660
Monto State Primary School P&C AssociationBuilding a Love of Reading in Childhood School Based Project
Increase student engagement and learning outcomes by providing new reading materials at Monto State Primary School.
North Burnett Community Service Inc.Mundubbera Community Garden Group
Encourage community resilience and involvement through forming a community garden group; including establishment of a garden, launch and a series of events.
Peak Crossing State Primary School P & C AssociationProduction of Commemorative Book to Mark the 150th Anniversary of Opening of Peak Crossing State Primary School and Restoration of a World War I Honour Board Destroyed in a Fire
Enhance community identity and improve educational outcomes through publishing a commemorative book and restoring honour board to celebrate 150 years of Peak Crossing State Primary School.
Peak Crossing$9,492
Theodore Early Childhood Centre Association Inc.Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls N Barrels Bonanza 2021 by Theodore Early Childhood Centre, Supply of Ambulance, Security, Lighting and ATM Onsite for Event
Encourage community connection and support economic recovery by providing safety, security and other event enhancements for the “Bulls N Barrels Bonanza” annual community event.
Bushfire Recovery
Advance Kingscote Progress AssociationIgniting Kingscote Through Art
Enhance economic and social recovery, through installation of silo art attraction at the entrance of Kingscote.
Kingscote Mens Shed IncConnection Through Activity for Men Living on Kangaroo Island
Increase opportunities to support local connectedness and social recovery, through restoration of a local historic Wharf Trolley.
Foodbank of South Australia IncFoodbank SA Bush Fire Zone Food Relief Program
Increase access to food for disaster impacted residents, through supporting Foodbank SA to purchase additional supplies.
Larger Leverage
Wudinna RSL Memorial KindergartenWudinna RSL Memorial Kindergarten
Provide pre-school children access to safe, sun-smart outdoor educational play areas by building a permanent roof structure.
Small & Vital
Cradock Heritage Group
The Flinders Ranges Council
Cradock Memorial Garden Bore Water Treatment
Encourage people to come together by enhancing an outdoor community space.
Cummins Community Garden
Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre Inc
Cummins Community Garden - Social Hub
Encourage community wellbeing and engagement by enhancing facilities.
Joanna Community Hall IncRenovation Rescue - Joanna Hall Kitchen
Boost the use of a community hall through the upgrade of a kitchen and improving facilities.
Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North IncPeterborough Community Enterprises - Retail Coffee and Training for the Community Bakery
Support youth engagement and skill development by initiating a social enterprise that will deliver workforce training.
Country Life CompassionVolunteer Training
Support volunteer skill development by delivering a training workshop designed to enhance community engagement.
Walker Flat and District Progress Association IncPurchase of Tipper Trailer
Improve the organisation’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of a fit for purpose trailer to be used for conservation and recycling programs.
Larger Leverage
Impression Bay Community Development Association IncOpening up Access to the Premaydena Heritage Garden
Encourage people in the community to access a heritage garden through the construction of an all-abilities pathway.
Small & Vital
King Island Natural Resource Management Group IncWebsite Rebuild and Refresh
Strengthen community connection to the natural environment and provide conservation information through the development of a website.
George Town Neighbourhood House IncCommunity Garden
Improve access to healthy food and educational activities by developing a community garden project.
George Town$10,000
Derwent Valley Community House IncBlair Street Community Facilities
Boost the use of a Community House through an upgrade of facilities.
New Norfolk$10,000
Wynyard Volunteer Marine Rescue
Surf Life Saving in Tasmania Inc
Expansion of First Aid Capabilities at Wynyard Volunteer Marine Rescue
Improve community safety and wellbeing through expansion of training and lifesaving equipment.
Bushfire Recovery
Gippsland East Local Learning & Employment NetworkLearn at the Hub
Increase access to skill development and training that supports employment, through engaging a coordinator to initiate programs at the newly established Bairnsdale Hub.
The Beechworth Chaingang IncBeechworth Mountain Bike Park Trail Expansion Feasibility Study and Plan
Increase local volunteer capacity to progress expansion of bike trails around Beechworth through development of a feasibility plan.
Bemm River Mens Shed
Bemm River Progress and Improvement Association Inc
Bemm River Mens Shed Upgrade - Toilet and Kitchen
Boost community recovery and connection via upgrades to the Men's Shed toilet and kitchen facilities.
Bemm River$16,422
Corryong & District Memorial Public Hall IncSteps to Renewal
Increase local pride and connection to place through repairs to the historic stair case at Corryong hall.
Destination Gippsland LtdEvent School
Strengthen economic recovery and social engagement in bushfire affected communities through event coaching.
Mallacoota and District Business and Tourism Association IncConnecting Business Owners
Increase capacity and capability of local businesses to recover post-Black Summer bushfires through training and networking activities.
Mallacoota and District Historical Society IncNative Bush Food Walk
Increase connection to place and restore the local environment, through establishment of a native bush food walk around the Mallacoota Museum.
Marlo Ratepayers and Residents AssociationSnowy Estuary Sculptures
Increase connection to place and enhance public spaces, through the installation of local fauna sculptures in public spaces.
Moyhu Recreation Greasy Inclusion
Improve facilities that support local connectedness and delivery of activities through, upgrade inadequate infrastructure at Moyhu Recreation Reserve.
Upper Gundowring Recreation Rooms Inc A 8466Upgrades to Upper Gundowring Hall
Improve the accessibility and amenity of the community meeting place via upgrades to the community hall.
Upper Gundowring$25,000
Larger Leverage
Bendigo FoodshareMission Possible: A Sustainable New Home for Bendigo Foodshare
Enhance food security and wellbeing of communities through the installation of renewable energy at the Foodshare warehouse.
Central Highlands Rural HealthBeds Ain't Beds
Improve comfort and safety for aged care residents through the provision of specialised beds.
Darlingford Upper Goulburn Nursing HomeLiving Well in the Fourth Age - Comfort, Dignity and Connections
Boost the health and wellbeing of nursing home residents and respite patients by purchasing specialised diagnostic and mobility equipment.
Zoe Support AustraliaThe Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round
Improve access to educational and social programs for young mothers and their children by providing a reliable transport service via the purchase of a vehicle.
Mumbannar Recreation ReserveRenew the Loo Stage 4
Encourage greater access to a community gathering space by providing an all abilities bathroom and accessible entrance ramp.
Redbank Public Hall Reserve Committee of ManagementWater Storage for Township Bushfire Protection
Increase preparedness for future disaster events through the installation of a water tank.
Woods Farming & Heritage Museum Inc.Cooling and Heating for our Future
Boost the use and comfort of a community museum through the installation of a climate control system
Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Committee of Management IncTarwin Lower Hall Rejuvenation
Support connectivity and community engagement through the upgrade of weatherboards at a well utilised hall.
Tarwin Lower$25,000
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation RNTBCEducate, Regenerate and Inspire - Dalki Garringa Arboretum Biodiversity Program
Strengthen connection to local culture through the development of a First Nations educational project.
Small & Vital
Avenel ActiveDigital Literacy Skills Program for Seniors - Be Connected
Improve connections and skills in older people by providing a digital literacy hub and training.
Kooyoora Women's Network IncBridgewater Railway Station - Community Food Garden
Foster knowledge and improve access to healthy food by establishing a community garden precinct.
Bridgewater On Loddon$10,000
The Pebble Church Heritage Association IncRain Water Tank Project
Encourage the expanded use of a community venue through the installation of a water tank.
Health Futures Australia LtdS.H.I.F.T Healthy Lunch Kitchen
Enhance food security for school children via new kitchen equipment to produce healthy lunches.
Kooreh Soldiers Memorial Hall Committee
St Arnaud Community Resource Centre Inc
2021 Kooreh Soldiers Memorial Hall External Painting Upgrade
Expand the use of the community hall and preserve the facility by painting the hall exterior.
Maldon Museum and Archives Association IncDelivering our History
Increase volunteer capacity by investing in shared community equipment.
Gippsland Employment Skills Training IncDigital Literacy and Call Centre Customer Service Training Upgrade
Expand employment opportunities for job seekers by purchasing technology for digital literacy training.
Moorngag Public Hall and Recreation ReservePainting and Heating of Community Hall
Encourage people to come together by improving the comfort and amenity of a public hall.
The Scout Association of Australia Victorian BranchProjector and Screen
Support lifelong learning and skills in younger people through the purchase of audio-visual equipment for training and educational activities.
Rupanyup Public Hall CommitteeRupanyup Hall Curtain Replacement
Strengthen community connection and engagement through improvements to a well utilised public hall.
Sandy Point Community Power Purchase and Installation of Energy Storage Batteries at the Sandy Point Community Centre
Boost safety and disaster preparedness by installing a solar battery storage system at the local community centre.
Sandy Point$9,800
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre IncTrentham Youth Group - Creating Emerging Community Leaders
Encourage youth engagement and improve social wellbeing by establishing a youth group.
Larger Leverage
Environs KimberleyStrengthening the Kimberley Community Seedbank: a Sustainable Social Enterprise
Build Indigenous business skills and support a sustainable bushfoods industry through establishment of two seed collecting enterprises.
Kununurra Agricultural Society IncHeads Up and Smile, it's Showtime!
Build a healthy, connected community via children's activities and workshops that increase attendance and encourage more local involvement in the local Agricultural Show.
Small & Vital
Augusta & Districts Community Childcare Centre Inc.Improve the Educational Resources of our Community Childcare Centre for 0-12 year olds, with a Unique Focus on Intergenerational Activities and Nature Play
Grow enrichment opportunities for early childhood development by providing nature based play equipment at new and only long day care childcare service in Augusta.
Kununurra Toy & Puzzle LibraryToy Rejuvenation Project 2021
Support rejuvenation toy library's favourite toys, reducing landfill, with purchase of tools and equipment for toy fixing and repairs program.
Lake Grace CWARefurbishment of CWA Lake Grace
Expand the use of local facilities and improve ambience and comfort of CWA Hall with refurbishment of building.
Lake Grace$10,000
DismantleMeaningful Engagement for Youth in Remote Indigenous Communities
Build school engagement through delivery of interactive bicycle re-building program that helps students master technical prowess, engineering, mathematics and physical skills.
Yiyili, Mueller Ranges$5,000
* These grants align to specific donor preferences.

Includes more than $640,000 to support 2019-20 bushfire recovery

FRRR has awarded $1,062,484 in grants for 85 projects that will help boost remote, rural and regional communities across Australia, through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Strengthening Rural Communities grants awarded

The grants awarded will go toward a broad array of inspiring initiatives that will strengthen and build the long-term viability and vitality of smaller remote, rural, and regional communities across Australia, including projects to support community healing and renewal following the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Grants range from $2,700 to help the South Australian Beachport community access lifesaving equipment, through to a $25,000 grant to improve the security and amenities at the Corryong Community Hall in Victoria.

The SRC program is collaboratively-funded and offers two streams of funding. Small & Vital awards grants up to $10,000 for locally-led initiatives that build resilience and enhance the vibrancy of rural Australia by addressing the needs identified by the community. This round of SRC has seen 49 projects sharing in a total of $420,003 in Small & Vital grants.

The second stream provides grants up to $25,000 for projects designed to help seed and strengthen the recovery of regions impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. Thirty-six bushfire recovery initiatives have been awarded a total of $642,481 in this round of SRC grants.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that over the past year rural people have demonstrated the true meaning of resilience and determination and continued to find ways of addressing the needs of their communities.

“The pandemic has highlighted that community groups need to be agile and able to adapt and respond to changing circumstances. To do this successfully, they need to be well resourced, with facilities, equipment and the right knowledge, skills and capabilities. The pandemic has also reinforced the importance of community-led initiatives that promote individual and community health and social wellbeing.”

“Several grassroots solutions designed to support these key initiatives and develop these vital skills have been awarded grants in this round of SRC, including the Oura Oura House – Interpretation Room project in Cygnet, Tasmania, which will strengthen connection to local Aboriginal culture, and in Biggenden, Queensland, the primary school is supporting student health and wellbeing through an amenities upgrade.

“Recovery in bushfire-affected regions has been hampered by COVID-19 restrictions, but local organisations are still seeking to do what they can to meet the local priorities in their community. This round we saw an increase in requests to fund projects that will provide access to services and activities as impacted communities begin to resume normal activities and reconnect one year on from the fires. This includes Tenterfield in NSW, where a series of creative workshops will support the social and mental health of locals.

“Improving and repairing infrastructure is also an important part of the recovery process for many of these communities. These meeting places, like Katanning’s central shopping precinct in Western Australia and the local Hall in Charleston, South Australia, played a vital role during the bushfires, providing the community with a safe place to gather during the fires, or as a space to gather in order to reconnect and seek support after the disaster,” Ms Egleton explained.

Some of the 85 projects awarded include:

  • Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd, NSW – 35th Anniversary Celebration – $9,443 – Celebrate WAMS’ 35 years of service in the community by holding a series of events throughout 2021.
  • Careflight Limited, NT – Obstetrics Training for CareFlight Flight Nurses – $8,800 – Improve safety and health outcomes for babies and mothers from remote communities with Midwifery Training for Careflight nurses.
  • Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Community Radio Association Inc, QLD – Stanthorpe Community Radio Transmission Equipment – $9,773 – Increase communication of local news, events and emergency information, by supporting the establishment of a community radio station.
  • Nipapanha Community Aboriginal Corporation, SA – Irish Well Hut Cultural Heritage Museum Development – $9,300 – Help people gain an awareness of local culture through the provision of display material for a museum.
  • East Coast Regional Development Organisation Inc, TAS – Raising the Roof on the Bread Oven – $5,332 – Encourage people to come together by redeveloping a community gathering space.
  • Corryong Neighbourhood House Inc, VIC – Giving Youth a Voice – $25,000 – Increase youth representation in community recovery and development, through employment of youth workers to support youth leadership in the Upper Murray.
  • Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc, WA – Dancing in the Dirt Gala Ball – A Community Event – $5,000 – Build community wellbeing and strengthen mental health by supporting ‘Dancing in the Dirt’ Gala for small, drought stricken community.  

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors, which are listed here –

The next round of SRC applications is currently being assessed and will be announced by June 2021. The current round is accepting applications until 25 May 2021, with funds to be awarded in September.

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

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Bushfire Recovery Projects
Bega Valley Meals on Wheels Co-operative LtdBega Valley Mobile Community Freezer
Increase food security, including for future disasters, through the purchase of a mobile freezer.
Bermagui Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism IncKeeping Bermagui Connected & Safe
Boost communication capacity during and before natural disasters through the purchase of wireless computer and printer equipment, and re-establishing signage for the 17 km Heritage Trail.
Bermagui Pre School Co-operative Society LimitedThe Cobargo / Bermagui Growing-Growers Project 2021 with Costa Georgiadis & Paul West
Increase social connectedness and local food security in fire-affected community, through delivery of collaborative preschool garden activities and Costa Georgiadis events.
Burragate Rural Fire ServiceOffice Equipment for the Burragate Fire Shed
Boost the community's ability to prepare for future disasters by purchasing computer and office supplies to support Burragate Rural Fire Service.
Delegate Progress Association IncRecovery BBQ
Support community connection and recovery by installing an electric barbeque at Memorial Park to host community barbeques and debrief events for the bushfire-affected community.
Eden Mountain Bike Club Inc - Eden Community Access Centre IncorporatedEden Mountain Bike Trails
Design a community-driven mountain bike trail in the Eden region to support economic recovery, through development of Environmental Impact Study and Concept Plans.
Eungai Hall Section 355 Committee of ManagemenNambucca Valley CouncilKitchen Upgrade for Community Use and Resilience
Expand the use of the Community Hall by upgrading the kitchen facilities to allow for more community events and activities to occur.
Eungai Creek$12,441
Ewingar Theatricks - Clarence Valley CouncilTheatrical Production
Support the community's recovery by bringing people together to deliver a locally-set play.
Glen Innes Severn CouncilWytaliba Rises - Sustainable Community Music Events
Encourage people to come together and support recovery by providing equipment for music events.
Diehard, Wytaliba$9,267
Glenrac IncorporatedProviding Homes for our Hollow Nesting Species
Encourage local species back to their habitat following the bushfires, through the creation of nesting boxes at facilitated workshops.
Glen Innes$19,756
Granite Borders Landcare Committee IncorporatedReconnecting Communities - Workshops Focusing on Health and Wellbeing for Fire-Affected Villages in the Tenterfield LGA
Reduce social isolation and support community recovery, through the delivery of workshops in remote towns across the Tenterfield Shire.
Lawrence Historical Society IncorporatedWorkshop for Sharing, Supporting and Skills
Support community recovery and increase volunteer engagement at Lawrence Historical Society by building a new workshop shed.
Make a Difference PMQ IncorporatedM.A.D. Mobile Food Van
Increase capacity to support outreach to homeless and vulnerable populations in fire-affected communities, through fit-out of a mobile food van and construction of an event stage.
Port Macquarie$25,000
Make It Tenterfield IncorporatedCreativity Abound Workshops
Support social and mental health recovery through the delivery of creative and supportive community-based workshops.
Marlee Rural Fire BrigadeMarlee Safer Place Upgrade
Increase preparedness for future disasters, through upgrade to central meeting space to create a Neighbourhood Safer Place for the community.
Mingoola Hall Management CommitteeBringing Mingoola Community Together to Celebrate our Uniquely Beautiful Environment
Strengthen community connection and recovery in Mingoola via the delivery of the inaugural Mingoola Big River Picnic event.
Monaro Early Intervention Service IncorporatedWheelchair Access to Sensory Garden
Improved access to sensory garden to support wellbeing of children affected by fires, through construction of a ramp at early intervention service.
Nowendoc Ladies AuxileryKeep Us Fit and Healthy
Increase health, wellbeing and individual recovery, through delivery of weekly exercise sessions for ageing community members in Nowendoc.
Nowendoc Memorial Hall Land ManagerSave Us From Frosty Toes and Nose!
Increase comfort and amenity at the Nowendoc Memorial Hall to support community recovery, through the installation of air conditioning.
Nymboida P&C AssociationEstablish a Nymboida Community Kitchen by Upgrading the Nymboida P&C Kitchen Facilities to Complement the Nymboida PS Community Vegetable Garden
Increase capacity to cater for school and community recovery and preparedness activities, through the upgrade of the school kitchen / canteen area at Nymboida School.
Rotary Club of Guyra - Guyra Garden ClubThe Guyra Spring Flower Festival 2021 incorporating a Memorial Avenue and a Mandala Garden
Deliver the inaugural annual 'Guyra Spring Flower Festival' in 2021 and plant a Memorial Avenue and Mandala Garden to honour service people.
Wilsons Creek Community Hall IncPrepare, Respond and Recover - Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook, & Wanganui
Increase preparedness for future disasters through resourcing and upgrading the local hall as a local evacuation centre.
Wilsons Creek$23,078
Wingham Showground Land ManagerAcknowledging Our Heritage, Respecting our Future
Strengthen sense of place and connectedness during recovery by erecting four Billboards displaying historically significant photographs of the Showgrounds.
Small & Vital Projects
Burringbar Community Association IncorporatedBurringbar Village Community Plan - Priority Projects
Build community capacity through the collective development of a Community Plan.
Jiggi School of Arts IncorporatedStrengthen and Increase Community Participation by Upgrading Community Facilities
Increase community participation via a kitchen upgrade to the Jiggi Hall.
Jiggi, Georgica, Mountain Top$9,012
Carinda Hall Committee - Let's Dance Carinda Tribute Committee IncorporatedCooling our Hall
Increase the comfort and use of the Carinda Diggers Hall by installing six new fans.
Central West Leadership Academy LimitedProject Perseverance
Enhance knowledge and capacity in STEM learning through free Space Science workshops to primary school students.
Goolgowie CWACountry Womens Association of NSWCWA Room Improvement
Build community capacity through the refurbishment of the Goolgowi CWA hall.
Henty Public School Parents & Citizens AssociationHenty Community Garden
Empower the local school community through the development of a Community Garden.
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Ltd35th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate WAMS' 35 years of services in the community by holding a series of events throughout 2021.
Small & Vital Projects
NTSV - Careflight LimitedObstetrics Training for CareFlight Flight Nurses
Improve safety and health outcomes for babies and mothers from remote communities with Midwifery Training for Careflight nurses.
Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal CorporationHermannsburg Potters Men's Development Project
Develop income earning and self-employment opportunities in very remote community through provision of Men's Group Ceramics Workshops.
Nhulunbuy Corporation LimitedInspire Week: Health Services Career Pathways Festival for Young People in Nhulunbuy
Upskill young people with first aid training and encourage youth to pursue employment opportunities in the medical sector with a Health Careers Expo for High School students.
The Castle IncorporatedDrovers Memorial Park Restoration
Provide opportunities for remote community to gather through watering system for Drovers Memorial Park.
Newcastle Waters$10,000
Wagait Arts Group IncMay Art Month (Part of Wagait Arts Festival)
Provide opportunity to participate in the arts through nine community arts workshops in the lead up to the Wagait Arts Festival.
Wagait Beach$4,500
Bushfire Recovery Projects
Atherton Men's Shed IncorporatedEnlarging Atherton Men's Shed Space
Support local men, and projects benefiting the wider community, through expansion of Atherton Men's Shed workspace.
Charters Towers Rural Fire BrigadeInteractive Screen for Training
Increased rural fire brigade's ability to deliver training and presentations, through the purchase of an interactive screen.
Charters Towers$6,435
Creative Recovery NetworkDisaster Ready Regions - CQRASN 'Shine Bright' Creative Recovery Training
Boost community's ability to recover from disasters through creative recovery training for practitioners and community leaders.
Friends of Amamoor IncAmamoor Rest Room Upgrade
Increase capacity to deliver community events and support local recovery via tourism, through upgrade of public toilets.
Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Community Radio Association IncStanthorpe Community Radio Transmission Equipment
Increase communication of local news, events and emergency information, by supporting the establishment of a community radio station.
Small & Vital Projects
Act for Kids LimitedSpecialist Abecedarian Playgroups
Foster love of learning and prepare young children for school and beyond with specialist playgroups and parent support in Roma region.
Augathella and District Progress Association IncorporatedStories From the Grave: Reconnecting With Our Heritage to Develop a Sense of Place In Our Communities
Increase community pride and resilience through local history project, mapping graves in the Augathella area.
Biggenden Primary P&C AssociationStudent Retreat for Everyday Living, Social and Emotional Support
Support student health and wellbeing with refurbished school bathroom and upgraded kitchen appliances for school breakfast program.
Central & Upper Burnett District Home for the AgedGunther Village Curtain Project
Enhance environment and improve comfort in Gunther Aged Care Home with installation of new curtains.
Central Highlands Science Centre IncorporatedFilling the Discovery Space Void
Inspire students to engage with science and become the budding scientists and inventors of the future with new, educational science exhibit.
Chrrup LimitedPodcast Series: Community Driven
Promote volunteering and community leadership through podcast series with local community champions.
Gympie Medical Transport IncVolunteer Services & Training Desk and Fleet Management Desk
Support volunteers to provide seniors transport to medical services.
Longreach Regional Enterprise IncorporatedLongreach, 4730: Live, Work and Play
Promote liveability and lifestyle opportunities in Longreach to attract new residents, via three promotional videos.
Mundubbera Baptist ChurchUpgrade to Toilets
Increase attendance at monthly market and other community events with upgrade of bathroom facilities to all abilities access.
National Trust of Australia (Queensland) LimitedJames Cook Museum - Bama Dreaming
Support a unique cultural and historical tourism experience, The Gaamay Dreaming Track, through interpretative signage at James Cook Museum.
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare AssociationHealthy Body, Mind and Life - Small Schools
Provide educational opportunities to rural youth and support a smoother transition to High School for remote students with Life Skills program.
Mount Murchison$10,000
Rattler Railway Company LtdSustainable Stations Project
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operational overheads of not-for-profit tourism venture, the Red Rattler Railway, providing social and economic benefits for the region.
Bushfire Recovery Projects
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation - Flinders FoundationMental Health First Aid Training - Kangaroo Island & Adelaide Hills
Increase access to support for community members through the delivery of Mental Health First Aid Training to five bushfire-impacted communities.
Charleston Community Centre IncEstablishing a Charleston Community Hub
Increase use and amenity at the Charleston Hall to support recovery, through installation of air conditioning and upgrade to power supply.
Penneshaw Progress Association IncPenneshaw Town Hall Evacuation Centre Catering Facilities
Increase preparedness for future disaster events by upgrading the kitchen at the Penneshaw Town Hall.
Rotary Club of Onkaparinga IncOnkaparinga Rotary Fencing Project
Enable volunteers to support community recovery through the purchase of tools, materials, and equipment.
Small & Vital Projects
Arno Bay District Bowling Club IncBarbeque Roof
Expand the use of a community facility by installing a covered area in an outdoor space to make it more comfortable and welcoming.
Arno Bay$9,526
Beachport Surf Life Saving Club IncDefibrillator at Council Toilet Block
Help the community access lifesaving equipment through the purchase of a defibrillator.
Morgan Volunteer Support Group IncMeals on Wheels Support Vehicle
Improve community health by supporting a volunteer meal service, through the purchase of a new vehicle.
Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association IncKeeping it Safe in the Kitchen
Improve the Association's ability to support and service the community, through a kitchen upgrade.
Nipapanha Community Aboriginal CorporationIrish Well Hut Cultural Heritage Museum Development
Help people gain an awareness of local culture through the provision of display material for a museum.
Small & Vital Projects
Derwent Valley Arts IncTravelling Arts in the Derwent Valley
Encourage people in the community to access arts events by purchasing a portable all-abilities toilet.
New Norfolk$10,000
East Coast Regional Development Organisation IncRaising the Roof on the Bread Oven
Encourage people to come together by redeveloping a community gathering space.
South East Tasmanian Aboriginal CorpOura Oura House - Interpretation Room
Strengthen connection to local culture through the development of an Aboriginal history and philosophy program.
Bushfire Recovery Projects
Corryong and District Community Youthclub IncRefurbishment of the Corryong Youth Hall to Better Support the Community
Increase amenity and security at Corryong community hall to support community recovery activities, through upgrade to meeting area and storage space.
Corryong - Upper Murray$25,000
Corryong Neighbourhood House IncGiving Youth a Voice
Increase youth representation in community recovery and development, through employment of youth workers to support youth leadership in the Upper Murray.
Upper Murray Innovation FoundationPower to the People
Boost and strengthen economic recovery and promote climate friendly travel, through installation of Electric Vehicle charger at Walwa.
Small & Vital Projects
Glenelg & Southern Grampians Local Learning & Employment NetworkSupport, Encourage and Inspire (Standing Tall, Future Leaders, Young Leaders)
Grow ways to support the educational outcomes of disadvantaged and disengaged students by providing train-the-trainer workshops to teachers and mentors in the community.
Anam Cara House Colac IncPalliative Volunteer Support and Co-ordination
Support volunteer engagement and skill through conducting online palliative care training via a community hospice.
Derrinallum Park IncPicnic Tables
Boost the use of a community reserve through the upgrade of worn-out seating, making the space comfortable and welcoming.
Drop In Centre - WycheproofBuloke Bright Sparks
Help children have better access to social and educational opportunities by providing equipment for use in a program designed specifically to support them.
Indigo Valley Landcare Group IncNature in the Neighbourhood Workshop Series
Encourage community to be active and involved in local conservation through the delivery of a series of Landcare workshops.
Indigo Valley$3,950
Inglewood & Districts Health ServiceEnhancing the IDHS Residential Aged Care Outdoor Environment
Improve health and wellbeing for residents of the local aged care hostel by providing an outdoor area that caters for people with specialised needs.
Murray Human Services IncKyabram Supported Employment Program
Improve employment prospects for people living with a disability in Kyabram, by delivering a program that engages local representatives.
Nagambie Healthcare IncCreating Moments that Matter - Connectedness in Regional Aged Care
Improve the health and wellbeing of people in residential care through the development of an outdoor gathering space.
Rushworth Community House IncUpgrade of Rushworth Community Garden
Expand the use of a community garden by re-landscaping the area to allow people with mobility issues to gain access to plots.
St Kilda MumsEureka Mums - Time to Grow Project
Improve the organisation's ability to support and service the community through equipping a warehouse space that is used for material aid support.
Central Highlands Region (incl Ballarat)$9,951
Stanhope Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementStanhope Community Recreation Precinct Project
Strengthen connectivity and engagement through the development of a recreation reserve, a well-utilised gathering space in the town's precinct.
Taggerty Community Progress Group IncEasy Access for All
Improve Taggerty Hub's ability to support and service the community through the installation of an all-abilities entrance.
Bushfire Recovery Projects
Shire of KatanningVibrant Katanning
Support economic and social recovery through upgrading Katanning's central shopping precinct.
Small & Vital Projects
Bulyee Hall CommitteeStaying Together Going Forward
Improve amenities and strengthen social connection with kitchen refurbishment at Bulyee Hall.
Director of National Parks - The Trustee for National Parks Conservation TrustChristmas Island District School - Crab Cadets and Student Rangers Program
Grow appreciation and interest in the local environment among young Christmas lslanders through innovative citizen science education program.
Christmas Island$10,000
Fitzgerald Biosphere Group IncDancing in the Dirt Gala Ball - A Community Event
Build community wellbeing and strengthen mental health by supporting 'Dancing in the Dirt' Gala for small, drought-stricken community.
North Midlands Project IncorporatedCooling The Exchange!
Increase use of 'The Exchange' community hub through installation of air conditioners to combat extreme heat conditions.
Yungngora Association IncRefurbishment of Yungngora Community Tele-Centre
Enable access to the internet for education, online banking and emailing and through provision of computers for very remote community.
Yungngora Indigenous Community$10,000