Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funding to support COVID-19 recovery

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

Black Summer grants

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

Small & Vital stream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some more of the 130 projects funded include:

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

A full list of grant recipients can be found below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In many aged care facilities social isolation among elderly residents has been an ongoing battle, especially during COVID, as restrictions and lockdowns prevented family and friends visiting loved ones for almost two years. Luckily for the residents of Eventide Lutheran Homes (ELH) in Hamilton, Victoria, the future is now looking decidedly more social.  

HEADING: New wheels for Eventide residents.

Thanks to a $10,000 Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grant supported by Ian Rollo Currie Foundation, ELH was able to purchase a golf buggy that has been assisting with the transport of residents with mobility and sight issues around the facility. This has been especially useful for building social connection among residents who previously may not have engaged with organised activities due to the difficulty of getting around.

The golf buggy has three seats available to move the residents around in a comfortable and protected way across the facility, including the gardens, the golf course, and any other location the residents wish to visit.

The purchase of the buggy has been an absolute success for not only the residents, but for the staff and volunteers as well. After 18 months of almost constant lockdowns, the volunteers and social activities staff have been very excited to see more activities in the facility and to see the enjoyment of the residents. Staff members have also been seen taking more ownership over projects and events within the facility.

In one instance, a resident was taken for a drive around a nearby golf course where he had previously played golf with a handicap of four for 50 years. He was visibly moved by the experience of visiting the golf course once again.

The buggy arrived at Eventide on the 8 November 2021 and was christened with a celebration morning tea and rides for residents outside. Unfortunately, the weather was not so kind, and the rides had to be cut short. But since then, the buggy has been moving people around the grounds with no issues.

“Apart from the obvious enjoyment of the residents it was exciting to see different staff members taking ownership and being part of the project. After 18 months of almost constant lockdown, none or very few volunteers and few social activities staff were very excited to have social activities in the facility and see the enjoyment of the residents. This had a positive effect on staff and they are busy planning events for the buggy.
Visitors who have been prevented from freely seeing their loved ones for almost 2 years have been excited and engaged in the project and will be able to take their loved ones for rides outside.”

Palm Island (Bwgcolman) lies north of Townsville, off the east coast of Northern Queensland. The mostly First Nations community experiences chronic social and economic disadvantage, the ongoing impact of historical factors and events, discrimination and lack of support in the justice system and lack of access to (or ineffective) diversionary programs.

The Palm Island Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) was established in 2004, and works closely with the Indigenous Programs Development Unit, government agencies, community organisations and members to provide a range of programs that respond to issues faced by the community. The PCYC is well placed to partner with sporting and other local organisations to provide access to sporting and recreational opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as they are one of the only positive and neutral organisations where people can safely engage in positive and healthy ways.

Following extensive interactions and consultations within the community, PCYC Palm Island, in partnership with Indigenous Basketball Australia (IBA), delivered a 3×3 Street Hustle basketball tournament within the Palm Island community. The aim was to support physical and mental health, encourage community connection, achievement, pride and wellbeing in one of the most vulnerable communities of Australia. The tournament provided a platform for people of all ages, particularly young people, to participate in an organised and nationally endorsed tournament. It also contributed towards closing the gap for people on the remote Palm Island. Participants received online player profiles and rankings, providing them with the foundation to move on to additional tournaments.

In addition, PCYC Palm Island partnered with IBA to deliver school-based basketball development clinics with the two schools on Palm Island. This allowed young people to experience invaluable mentoring interactions with Joel Khalu (Basketball Queensland, IBA, and NBL Mackay Meteors coach) and Australian Olympian Annie Le Fleur (FIBA, WNBL, WNBA, Australian Women’s Team and Olympian). In total 441 students (231 girls, 210 boys) participated in the three coaching clinics, and 96 children and 48 adults competed in the Community 3×3 Basketball Street Hustle competition.

Despite experiencing a series of delays due to COVID and staffing issues, Phil Schulz, CEO of PCYC Palm Island, said that the program provided a foundation from which young people can build as they move on to greater challenges in sport and in life. It also provided community members with much needed social connection opportunities and the ability to participate in an activity that supports physical as well as mental wellbeing. This was all made possible thanks to a $10,000 Small & Vital grant from FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

“It was fantastic to get such quality mentors to deliver our program, and the kids were extremely engaged and excited to be involved to learn new skills. The competitions held were excellent in bringing the community together.

“Having such terrific mentors as Joel Khalu and Annie Le Fleur delivering this program with an extraordinary high level of passion and enthusiasm [was amazing]. They took the time to make sure all the kids got involved to realise levels of potential they possessed. Feedback from both schools was excellent with both requesting this become a yearly interaction.

”Importantly, the program also enhanced Palm Island PCYC’s relationships within the community and its ability to provide support and programming for young people, improve community partnerships and enhance the capacity of young people to participate in and lead future programs.

Take a look at the kids in action and listen to how the Basketball Queensland Indigenous Pathways Program (BQIPP) is making a positive impact on the local community!

More than half of the funding to go towards bushfire recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the 67 projects funded include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ngketya Nwernaka Ilkerta Mparetyeka: an innovative grassroots language revival program in Central Australia
  • Progress Report
  • Insights from the bush
  • Donor spotlight: The Macdoch Foundation
  • Community Partner Spotlight: Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE)
  • Partnering opportunities: Private Ancillary Funds

The FRRR team recently received some lovely feedback from the Management Committee of The Lakes Entrance Mechanics Community Hall. In 2021, they applied for a Strengthening Rural Communities grant to make upgrades to the community hall. Here’s what they had to say…

The Lakes Entrance Mechanics Hall Management Committee is delighted to announce that the new chairs, purchased with the support of a grant from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), have arrived and are ready to use.

The Lakes Entrance Mechanics Institute Hall is the hub of community events. Ceremonies, celebrations, meetings, community clubs, federal and state elections, breakfasts, parties, dances, concerts and bingo all take place within its four walls.

Our old chairs were dilapidated, heavy, hard to stack, hard to move, and took up half of our storage space. Committee spokesperson Pennie Anderson is delighted. “I love these chairs’, she said.

“They are lightweight, ergonomic and stack easily on specially designed trolleys, so a whole stack of 20 can be moved by an average sized person. They take up half the space of the old ones in the storeroom”.

Purchased locally from Workplace Systems in Bairnsdale, the chairs have been met with approval from the regular hall users. Below are some of the comments from community members:

“They are awesome– very easy to move and set up for our productions” – Di Dixon, President, Lakes Entrance Amateur Dramatic Society

“We found the handling of the chairs a much easier exercise all round. Also, when chairs were moved around during the meeting there was not the annoying scraping noise on the floor” – Stan Barker, President, Lakes Entrance Garden Club

“They look very smart and are much quieter on the floor” – Bingo, Lions Club

Since 2006, the Tablelands community in Far North Queensland has experienced three cyclones, floods in 2015, bushfires in 2018 and higher than average monsoonal rains – and the impacts of climate change will likely increase the frequency, duration and severity of these weather patterns and natural disasters over time. With such a small population, this community must be largely self-reliant when it comes to initial disaster responses. So, they need to ensure they are ready when the next disaster strikes.

Thanks to the support of a private donor, the Tablelands Regional Council was awarded a $25,000 grant through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program to run a series of free workshops across the shire. Presented in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, these programs were designed to better prepare residents before and during disasters and build resilience for the recovery process.

Seven different workshops were delivered, including First Aid training, Psychological First Aid training, Leadership in Disasters Workshops, Exercise Ready2Respond and Queensland Disaster Management Arrangements (QDMA) training. The workshops aimed to support inclusive and resilient communities, build community capacity and cultivate integrated health and wellbeing. They also helped prepare the community for the impacts of climate change, including more intense weather events in future years.

The funding made it possible for 270 people across the region to participate in the training. In particular, the realistic, scenario-based Community Disaster Team exercise helped the community prepare for the upcoming disaster season. The workshops provided valuable ideas to help families, homes and businesses recover from adversity and many community members provided positive feedback.

Officer in Charge of the Atherton Queensland Ambulance Service, Terry Cumming, felt the training had not only better informed the Atherton community but also alleviated the pressures on Emergency Services during a disaster.

“The effort of getting our community involved in training, and capacity building can only strengthen community resilience and help all emergency services in times of need.”