Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)

FRRR and Charter Hall are pleased to announce the expansion of their partnership, signing a three-year agreement to drive further investment in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts across remote, rural and regional communities. The funding will be distributed through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities small grants program.

Two yellow aeroplanes
Friends of Tenterfield Aerodrome Inc received an SRC grant, funded by Charter Hall, for their Tenterfield Aerodrome Disaster Resilience Project

Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that with rural communities increasingly at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, it’s more important than ever that communities can access flexible funding to support preparedness efforts, especially in smaller remote, rural and regional communities.

“We’re grateful for this commitment from Charter Hall, as it means that there will be more funding to empower local communities to shape and lead their preparedness, disaster recovery and resilience building projects in a way that makes the most sense in their community.

“After decades of working alongside remote, rural and regional communities, we know that no two are the same. Our small grants program has proven a critical source of funding, as it’s always open and ready when the time is right. For some, it’s helped them purchase emergency equipment or upgrade the place of last refuge so it’s safe, accessible and fit for purpose; for others, it’s supported a whole of community planning process, while for others it’s enabled leadership and local capacity development.

“With Charter Hall’s support, we will be able to support more communities be better able to respond to whatever comes their way. We also look forward to sharing the importance of this kind of support among their networks and colleagues,” Ms Egleton said.

Natalie Devlin, Charter Hall’s Chief Experience Officer, commented on the importance of its partnership with FRRR in having an enduring impact on its communities.

“At Charter Hall we have always focused on actively partnering for mutual success. Our approach to community investment is no different, focusing on creating lasting change by partnering where we can make the most difference to individuals and communities. We are pleased to be expanding our partnership with FRRR, ensuring relief and recovery solutions are funded in the community to deliver the greatest community benefit.

“Through this partnership, we will enable local people and organisations to shape and lead their disaster relief, recovery and resilience building processes. Having worked with FRRR since 2020, we have seen first-hand the difference they can make through their local understanding, and connection to grassroots organisations that often can’t access support otherwise.”

The first grants to be made with Charter Hall’s support was announced 30 April 2024.

Rural community groups and not-for-profit organisations that want to apply to the Prepare & Recover stream can find out more on FRRR’s website.

The list of Charter Hall-funded grant recipients and their projects are below.

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
ADRA Wauchope Community Connect led by ADRA Wauchope Community Connect Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdADRA Wauchope Community Connect
Support bushfire recovery by purchasing a food trailer to continue delivering a food service to vulnerable local residents.
Wauchope, NSW$25,000
Courabyra Public Hall Land ManagerCourabyra Hall Storage Infrastructure
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and increase capacity to serve as a central resource hub by building new storage areas for food, perishables, and additional safety equipment.
Courabyra, NSW$20,237
Friends of Tenterfield Aerodrome IncTenterfield Aerodrome Disaster Resilience Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by constructing a shed to store aerodrome maintenance and firefighting equipment.
Tenterfield, NSW$10,000
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncVideo and Audio Conferencing System 
Enhance bushfire recovery and improve communication during emergencies with a new by video and audio conference system at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.
Narooma, NSW$1,500
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal CouncilWujal Wujal Prepare and Recover Project
Build preparedness for future climate related disasters in a community impacted by Cyclone Jasper by purchasing emergency generators, lighting, portable cooking equipment and swags.
Wujal Wujal, QLD$25,000
Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association IncPE-ER: Protective Equipment - Efficient Radio
Support community safety and enhance organisational capacity during emergencies by upgrading communication equipment and protective clothing.
Swansea, TAS$9,968
St Helens Marine Rescue Association IncorporatedMarine Rescue Capability Extension
Strengthen capability of an emergency service and support the work of volunteers through the upgrade of telecommunication equipment and safety jackets.
St Helens, TAS$7,260

Funding to meet the local needs and connect communities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unmet need continues in small communities

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

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

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

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

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

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 20 - April 2024
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Arthur Butler Aviation Museum ABAM Management Plan
Create a management plan for the aerodrome to develop future facilities, enhancing Tooraweenah's appeal as a destination and boosting tourism.
Tooraweenah$5,000
Colly Gamilaraay Indigenous CorporationCollarenebri Community Cultural Festival
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture from across the region through a one-day multi-arts and sporting festival addressing cultural isolation.
Collarenebri$9,500
Connecting With Bricks IncMobile LEGO® Brick Pits
Expand organisational capacity and provide equal access to educational and social enrichment tools with mobile Lego brick-building pits for hire by rural schools, libraries, and community groups.
Tintinhull$10,000
Parkes & District Historical Society IncWiradjuri Cultural Storage Facility and Workspace
Create an engaging space to learn about Parkes' historical and cultural stories by purchasing a shipping container to showcase the extensive Wiradjuri artefact collection.
Parkes$10,000
Southern Youth and Family Services LimitedLaptops for Learners - Cooma
Enable disadvantaged homeless high school students in the Cooma area to fully participate in their school education by providing laptops to complete their studies.
Cooma$10,000
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (NSW) Property TrustSalvos Community Connect - Engagement Space
Boost community connection by purchasing safe, accessible chairs for morning tea gatherings that engage isolated or lonely residents.
Goulburn$5,000
Warren Chamber Music Festival Incorporated

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

Collie$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Mann River Men's Shed IncMann River Shed Electrical System
Support bushfire recovery by installing electricity in the workshop building to make it fit for purpose as a Men's Shed, a community meeting space and shelter for future disasters.
Diehard$25,000
Playability Incorporated Creating an Inclusive Children's Playground
Contribute to bushfire recovery by upgrading outdoor facilities to create an abilities and culturally inclusive children’s playground.
Eden$9,000
ADRA Wauchope Community Connect led by ADRA Wauchope Community Connect Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdADRA Wauchope Community Connect
Support bushfire recovery by purchasing a food trailer to continue delivering a food service to vulnerable local residents.
Wauchope$25,000
Courabyra Public Hall Land ManagerCourabyra Hall Storage Infrastructure
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and increase capacity to serve as a central resource hub by building new storage areas for food, perishables, and additional safety equipment.
Courabyra$20,237
Friends of Tenterfield Aerodrome IncTenterfield Aerodrome Disaster Resilience Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by constructing a shed to store aerodrome maintenance and firefighting equipment.
Tenterfield$10,000
Nambucca Valley Radio led by Nambucca Valley Radio Radio Nambucca IncTewinga Community Centre Disaster Preparedness Project
Enhance bushfire preparedness by purchasing essential disaster equipment and providing emergency training for volunteers and the community.
Tewinga$16,615
Narooma Oyster Festival LimitedFeasibility, Best Practice, Economic Impact Study and Business Case Proposal
Enhance organisational capacity in a bushfire-impacted community by engaging industry experts to research and advise on a sustainable self-funding business model for Farmgate and Shellor Door Oyster education and tasting centre.
Narooma$25,000
Narooma Surf Life Saving Club IncVideo and Audio Conferencing System 
Enhance bushfire recovery and improve communication during emergencies with a new by video and audio conference system at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club.
Narooma$1,500
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast IncorporatedSocial Justice Advocates Youth Convenor: A Dedicated Mission
Engage a young person to lead workshops and collaboration with diverse young people to build on the youth-focussed bushfire recovery work to address other local l social justice issues
Bega Valley$24,309
Southcoast Health and Sustainability AllianceHeatwave and Wood Smoke Haven Anglican Church Batemans Bay: Stage 2
Enhance bushfire preparedness by installing hybrid solar technology, ensuring continuous power during grid outages for the building to operate as a bushfire and extreme weather refuge.
Batemans Bay$24,952
Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch Incorporated4WD to Maximise Emergency and Disaster Response Capability
Contribute to bushfire preparedness and recovery by purchasing a 4WD vehicle for the Surf Life Saving Lower North Coast Branch to maximise emergency and disaster response capability.
Taree, Hallidays Point$25,000
Tabulam Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerLaptop and Printer Acquisition
Streamline evacuation centre operations during disasters with a new laptop and printer.
Tabulam$1,995
The Valley Centre for Environmental Education and Research IncorporatedHeart & Humility - Supporting the Creation of a Cultural Fire Hub
Facilitate two workshops to establish a community-driven cultural fire hub, promoting cultural burning, and emphasising knowledge transfer and leadership roles for Elders.
Singleton$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Backtrack Works LtdDisaster Recovery Response Crews
Boost flood recovery and preparedness by upskilling young people as a fast response resource in times of natural disaster.
Tenterfield$25,000
Ettrick Hall Committee IncorporatedThe Safe Hub
Boost flood preparedness by purchasing a generator for the Safe Hub.
Ettrick$1,810
Hillston Creative Arts Council IncorporatedRed Dust and Paddy Melons Community Gallery
Re-stumping and stabilisation project Support repairs to a community-owned heritage gallery and information centre damaged by severe weather and floods.
Hillston$25,000
Northern Rivers Community Healing HubHealing Hub : Wellness Wednesdays
Provide culturally informed, trauma-responsive community healing days for flood-affected individuals over seven months in a supportive environment.
Lismore$25,000
Proprietor Bundgeam Pre-School IncBundgeam Prepared and Safe
Enhance the existing community disaster safe space by purchasing a defibrillator, upgrading pumps for flood mitigation, and fireproofing the building.
Grevillia$15,000
The Colony Bees Association IncPollinate Country
Establish and maintain 30 new beehive nesting sites to restore pollination to native plants and crops affected by recent floods.
Lennox Head$8,800
Tyalgum District Community Association IncImproving Safety Through Communication
Improve communication for flood preparedness and recovery by installing a mobile repeater, linkage repeater and solar charge system.
Tyalgum$22,605
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Big Brothers - Big Sisters Australia LimitedBig Brothers Big Sisters Tumut
Address isolation, loneliness and disengagement of young people after the pandemic through training 10 new volunteer mentors for the Tumut Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Tumut$10,000
Community Resources LimitedHelping Hands – Community Outreach Project
Ameliorate post-pandemic isolation experienced by seniors by employing a short-term coordinator and two staff members to facilitate a welfare and education outreach program.
Forster$8,328
Coonamble Golf Club LtdLittle Links: A Playful Oasis at Coonamble Golf Club
Enhance social cohesion and provide a safe and family-friendly place to gather in a remote region post-COVID-19 through the construction of a playground at a community hub.
Coonamble$9,928
Edward River Art Society IncoporatedRiverbend Gallery
Encourage visitation and boost community engagement with visual arts and culture post-pandemic with marketing support for exhibitions and events at a community gallery.
Deniliquin$8,750
Eurobodalla Chamber OrchestraEnhancing Public Performance
Enhance the post-pandemic capacity of a chamber orchestra to perform at outdoor venues through the purchase of robust music stands and sheet music covers.
Batemans Bay$2,748
Fungi Feastival Association IncorporatedFungi Feastival 2024
Unite diverse sectors of the community, reduce social isolation, and encourage tourism post-pandemic through the hosting of the expanded Fungi Feastival with expert guest speakers.
Batemans Bay$8,000
Grafton Community Shed IncorporatedMachinery Upgrade
Increase organisational capacity, reduce social isolation and encourage new membership of a community shed by purchasing new woodworking and metalworking equipment.
Grafton$5,000
Hope Bathurst IncorporatedHopeCare Community Garden Expansion
Build organisational capacity of a community garden and improve access to fresh food post-COVID-19 through establishing new fruit trees and raised garden beds.
Bathurst$9,732
Lions Club of Boorowa IncNew Storage Shed - Stage 1
Support the operation of an increasingly busy, volunteer-run driver reviver van by laying a concrete slab for the van storage shed.
Boorowa$8,440
Molong Historical Society IncorporatedUpgrade of Artefacts Storage Facility
Encourage visitation post-pandemic through upgrading an artefact storage facility to effectively house museum exhibits and allow the acquisition of further items.
Molong$10,000
Moree Plains Shire CouncilFanny Lumsden's Country Hall's Tour
Enhance community morale and recovery post-pandemic and inspire local musicians by facilitating the visit of Fanny Lumsden’s Country Halls Tour to a small remote community.
Garah$3,000
Nimbin Health & Welfare Assoc IncNimbin Mental Wealth Expo '24
Increase awareness of mental health services and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic through hosting an inclusive interagency Mental Wealth Expo.
Nimbin$7,200
RiverSmart Australia LimitedA Better Path to WOW Relaunch
Increase tourism and the safety of post-pandemic visitors by building a concrete coach-disembarking point and accessible pathway.
Warren$10,000
Skillset LimitedCareer Connections
Pilot a workplace learning program by connecting year 10 students with businesses for work placement opportunities addressing barriers faced by disadvantaged students post-pandemic.
Bathurst$9,992
Tamworth Regional Craft Centre IncorporationTamworth Regional Craft Centre Incorporation (TRCCI)
Accessibility ramp to club house Build an accessible and compliant ramp to encourage increased participation in activities at a community arts centre.
Tamworth$9,000
The Rotary Club of Uralla IncorporatedBundarra Garden Festival
Enhance community reconnection, tourism, and economic recovery post-pandemic through promoting and creating signage for a garden festival.
Bundarra$4,000
Tumbarumba Men's Shed IncSpindle Moulder
Purchase  install and commission fit-for-purpose woodworking equipment to enhance a the Men’s Shed ability to safely recycle bushfire-recovered and salvaged timber for use in community projects after COVID-19.
Tumbarumba$3,446
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Marrakai Volunteer Bushfire Brigade IncorporatedEnhancing Prescribed Burn Capabilities: ATV Buggy Acquisition Project
Purchase a specialised all-terrain vehicle to support volunteers to increase the number and safety of prescribed burns to protect the community.
Marrakai$10,000
The Trustee for Karrkad-Kanjdji TrustWarddeken and Walaaybaa Ranger Exchange
Enhance community capacity for cultural and environmental preservation by sharing knowledge across Indigenous Ranger groups through a ranger exchange.
Mamardawerre$40,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Enterprise Learning ProjectsImpact North Cowork Upgrades for Community Events
Support remote Indigenous entrepreneurs and organisations to connect and learn post-pandemic by purchasing outdoor furniture, equipment, and signage to establish a culturally appropriate events and meeting space.
Darwin$9,693
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Burdekin Woodcrafts Association IncorporatedProvide Additional Storage Area for Burdekin Woodcrafters
Support the purchase and fit out of a storage facility for donated wood, increasing the groups’ capacity to support community initiatives and reducing environmental waste.
Ayr$9,450
Clermont Kindergarten Day Care Centre Association IncorporatedKindy Gym / Obstacle Course Project
Provide outdoor play facilities for preschool children, supporting the development of physical skills, coordination, and balance.
Clermont$10,000
Etheridge Cares IncMowers to Maintain Yards for Seniors
Purchase mowing equipment to provide at-home mowing services for elderly residents, supporting them to live independently in the community.
Georgetown$9,426
Isisford Primary P&C AssociationDancing Lessons in the Dirt and Dust
Foster community connection by providing after-school dance lessons for children in an isolated community, culminating in a public performance.
Isisford$6,000
Millmerran Academy of Performing Arts IncWhat's the MAPA
Support a series of creative arts workshops and events to foster youth engagement with the arts, improving social outcomes and youth resilience.
Millmerran$10,000
Peak Crossing Public Hall Association IncorporatedPerimeter Fence Around Peak Crossing Public Hall
Install a perimeter fence around a public hall to create a safe and welcoming space that will facilitate increased community use.
Peak Crossing$10,000
QCWA Branch JacksonBack Yard Blitz
Undertake landscaping works to improve safety and amenity of a local CWA hall, ensuring the community has access to a comfortable and safe gathering space.
Jackson$9,900
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Gin Gin Sub-Branch IncNew Fridge for Gin Gin RSL Sub Branch
Replace worn out and inefficient fridge at the local RSL to ensure the safe storage of food for social events and activities that connect elderly residents.
Gin Gin$2,750
Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Wondai Sub-Branch IncMaintaining Wondai RSL Sub Branch Memorial Park
Purchase a ride-on mower to enable older volunteers to maintain a local memorial park that Council has handed over to the group to manage for community use.
Wondai$9,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Wujal Wujal Aboriginal CouncilWujal Wujal Prepare and Recover Project
Build preparedness for future climate related disasters in a community impacted by Cyclone Jasper by purchasing emergency generators, lighting, portable cooking equipment and swags.
Wujal Wujal$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Artworks Granite Belt IncUpgrade of Facility
Boost the capacity of a volunteer-run community cafe to provide training and employment opportunities post-pandemic by upgrading commercial kitchen equipment.
Stanthorpe$8,437
Babinda Community Kindergarten IncMeeting Place
Reduce social isolation post COVID-19 by creating an inclusive outdoor community meeting space protected from the elements by a gazebo.
Babinda$10,000
Mt Perry Show Society IncMt Perry Showgrounds Maintenance and Upkeep
Support the post COVID-19 development of a site for community events and a new caravan park by purchasing a ride-on lawn mower.
Mount Perry$10,000
Noorama Sports and Recreation Centre IncKitchen Renovations
Reduce social isolation in a very remote community post-COVID 19 by upgrading kitchen facilities at their only community hub.
Noorama$10,000
Rathdowney and District Memorial Grounds Association IncorporatedTelehealth Room
Provide discreet access to vital healthcare and social-support services post-pandemic by creating a private, dedicated telehealth room at a community hub in an isolated regional area.
Rathdowney$10,000
Ravenshoe Community Centre IncRavenshoe Community Garden
Strengthen social connection, provide access to fresh food, and sustain the work of volunteers at a community garden after the pandemic through the purchase of a trailer and improved garden soil.
Ravenshoe$6,000
Stella CommunityBowen Community Garden
Support the creation of a new inclusive community garden to provide access to fresh food and encourage social cohesion post-pandemic through the purchase of raised garden beds, soil, and garden equipment.
Bowen$8,000
The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre IncorporatedCommunity Skills Boost
Facilitate a low-cost leadership program to support members of community organisations in the social service sector to build skills and capability to address local challenges post-pandemic.
Hervey Bay$7,850
Theodore Early Childhood Centre Association IncTECCA Bonanza Project
Support community reconnection, economic recovery, and organisational sustainability post-pandemic by holding a family-friendly rodeo event.
Theodore$9,988
Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct led by Tully Arts and Cultural Precinct Tully Support Centre IncTully Arts and Cultural Precinct - Community Consultation and Planning (TACP-CCP)
Support the creation of an arts and cultural precinct in a remote community post-COVID-19 by engaging the community in developing a strategic plan.
Tully$10,000
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre IncCummins and District War Memorial Swimming Pool Redevelopment
Support community wellbeing and water safety with upgrades at a remote community pool that offers vital learn-to-swim programs.
Cummins$10,000
Inman Valley Community & Memorial Hall Association IncorporatedKeep Us Cool at the Inman Valley Memorial Hall
Increase hall usage by installing a split system to provide a comfortable, safe, and welcoming community meeting space.
Inman Valley$10,000
Mintaro Progress Association IncMintaro Seniors a Connected Community
Foster social connections and increase community wellbeing and resilience by providing a series of activities and workshops for older people.
Mintaro$4,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Balaklava Town Hall Management Committee IncorporatedSound Upgrade Stage 2
Bolster post-pandemic organisational recovery and improve community access to the arts by upgrading audio equipment to provide quality sound at a community theatre and concert venue.
Balaklava$10,000
Carrackalinga Board of ManagementImproving Functional Use of Carrickalinga House Senior Citizens Facility
Encourage greater use of a community facility and increase safety, hygiene, and accessibility post-pandemic through floor resurfacing and installing a commercial-grade benchtop dishwasher.
Victor Harbor$10,000
Milang and District Community Association IncorporatedLakeside Butter Factory Cafe & Catering Social Enterprise
Boost the capacity of a new social enterprise cafe to provide training and employment opportunities in the community post-pandemic through the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment.
Milang$9,778
Riding for the Disabled Association SA IncRevival of Riding for The Disabled on the Yorke Peninsula
Support the re-establishment of a Riding for the Disabled group closed due to lack of volunteers post-pandemic through fortnightly transport of horses to provide social and therapeutic activities for those living with disability.
Kadina$10,000
Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub IncorporatedSupporting our SYP Community
Foster life-long learning, community resilience and cohesion post-COVID-19, through a series of digital literacy workshops and technical assistance for disadvantaged community members.
Yorketown$10,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Brighton Community Food HubExpansion Project - Food to Families
Enhance the capacity of a growing emergency food relief program by upgrading equipment and covering volunteer travel costs to aid vulnerable residents.
Brighton$10,000
Dignity Supported Community Gardening IncDIGnity Gardening Sessions
Improve health and wellbeing outcomes through a therapeutic gardening program supporting vulnerable, marginalised and socially isolated community members.
Dodges Ferry$9,240
Freycinet Volunteer Marine Rescue Association IncPE-ER: Protective Equipment - Efficient Radio
Support community safety and enhance organisational capacity during emergencies by upgrading communication equipment and protective clothing.
Swansea$9,968
Huon Valley Police & Community Youth Club IncCommunity Café
Skill development for disengaged and at-risk young people through the establishment of a youth led café at local community centre.
Huonville$10,000
St Helens Marine Rescue Association IncorporatedMarine Rescue Capability Extension
Strengthen capability of an emergency service and support the work of volunteers through the upgrade of telecommunication equipment and safety jackets.
St Helens$7,260
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Folk Federation of Tasmania Incorporated led by Mount Roland Folk FederationMount Roland Folk Festival 2024
Increase community engagement post-pandemic by collaborating with the local school, and by offering free and discounted concerts featuring local and emerging artists.
Sheffield$5,000
Mount Roland Land Care IncReconnecting Kentish: Building Organisational Capacity
Develop organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic via the delivery of first aid, traffic management and mental health training and the purchase of appropriate PPE and tools.
Sheffield$8,097
The Derwent Catchment Project IncHamilton Resource Centre Upgrade
Enhance connectivity, boost organisational capacity, and improve a collaborative space post-COVID-19 by installing video conferencing equipment in a community resource centre.
Hamilton$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Strzelecki Public Hall Incorporated Heating for Our Hall
Increase the use of the community hall by installing a climate control split system to make the meeting space more comfortable, safe, and welcoming.
Strzelecki$10,000
Ararat Men's Shed IncMetal Lathe
Improve older men's mental health by purchasing equipment to encourage new members, enhance shed skills and provide a greater community service.
Ararat$7,800
Benalla HealthBenalla Grow Your Own
Establish a network of community worm farms to provide compost for a sustainable community food garden supporting vulnerable residents.
Benalla$10,000
Birchip Neighbourhood House IncConnecting and Learning: Food, Fun and Fellowship
Enhance senior citizens' health and social wellbeing and foster intergenerational connections by hosting 10 monthly community lunches in Birchip.
Birchip$6,400
Friends of Morwell National Park IncFeeling Chirpy: A Bird Book for Morwell National Park
Enhance community connections, social wellbeing and understanding of local biodiversity by creating a citizen-led, plain-English, local bird guidebook.
Jeeralang Junction$5,000
Maffra Golf ClubClubroom Renovation
Boost opportunities for social connection in a community meeting space by upgrading furniture and re-painting a function room hired for training activities, functions, and events.
Maffra$10,000
Numurkah Community Learning Centre IncGrowing Community
Improve the viability of the community hub’s food garden with new equipment and greenhouse, ensuring year-round produce to provide local access to nutritious food via a food relief pantry.
Numurkah$8,342
Tatura Civic Halls Committee IncorporatedKeep the Power Safe and On
Create a safe and compliant space for meetings and activities by upgrading the electrical system at the community owned Tatura Civic Hall Complex.
Tatura$7,000
Tyntyndyer Homestead IncorporatedRide-on Mower
Enhance tourism and cultural awareness of Watti Watti First Nations and colonial history by purchasing a mower to assist volunteers to maintain the visitor precinct grounds.
Beverford$7,699
U3A Colac Otway IncorporatedFilipino Cultural Event
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and enhance older people’s social wellbeing through a Victorian Seniors Festival community meal event in Colac.
Colac$2,500
Yarrawonga Mulwala Men's ShedFuture Building
Enhance a volunteer program for men's physical and social health by purchasing machinery for workshop expansion and new chairs for meetings and activities.
Yarrawonga$5,073
Yea Agricultural Pastoral and Horticultural SocietyNew Water Supply
Improve access to water for users of the reserve by installing new water outlets, supporting tourism, social connection, and community safety.
Yea$5,698
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Cabbage Tree Public HallEmergency Equipment Shed: Construction and Completion
Boost disaster preparedness and bushfire recovery capacity by installing a storage shed for emergency equipment at a public reserve.
Cabbage Tree Creek$22,694
Duduroa Dhargal Aboriginal CorporationRyans Lagoon Wetlands – Caring and Reviving Culture and Country Hub
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and improve safety by purchasing a ride on mower to maintain scrub and grassland on nationally significant wetlands.
Bonegilla$25,000
Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMaintenance of the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve
Enhance disaster readiness and volunteer support in a bushfire-affected shire by purchasing a ride-on mower to maintain a reserve and safeguard a community space.
Swifts Creek$25,000
Warrigunya Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CorporationMaintaining Warrigunya Against Potential Fire Threats
Improve disaster preparedness in a bushfire impacted region and support skill development by purchasing a tractor and slasher to maintain grassland.
Darriman$24,700
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
RFDS Community Transport, Rochester led by RFDS Community Transport, Rochester Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Victorian Section)Volunteer Engagement and Community Recovery
Enhance volunteer support and health outcomes for flood-impacted residents by engaging a program support worker to coordinate medical appointments via the RFDS transport program.
Rochester$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Threatened Species Conservancy IncEnhancing Mallee Emu-Wren and Mallee Bird Conservation
Support community reconnection post-pandemic, by delivering interactive community information sessions on conserving habitats for the Mallee Emu-Wren and other threatened Mallee birds.
Mildura$10,000
Avenel ActiveAvenel 'Get Me to the Shops' Community Transport Project
Reduce social isolation, increase independence, and enhance wellbeing post-pandemic by providing weekly volunteer-assisted bus shopping trips for residents who are elderly, frail or with restricted mobility.
Avenel$4,200
Beaufort Agricultural Society IncEnhance Storage for the Beaufort Show
Sustain community events post-COVID-19 and improve participant and volunteer safety by installing roller doors on a storage area and agricultural show livestock shed.
Beaufort$10,000
Bella A'Capella led by Bella A'Capella Echuca-Moama Arts InitiativeSpring Sing Workshop
Support post-pandemic creative recovery of Northern Victoria's community choirs, enhancing greater group connection, by facilitating a singing workshop in Echuca.
Echuca$2,253
Gargarro Botanic Garden LtdMower for Gargarro Botanic Garden
Improve safety and workload of volunteers’ post-pandemic by purchasing a reliable ride-on mower to maintain grounds and boost visitation of a garden complex in Girgarre.
Girgarre$10,000
Gnarly NeighboursSocial Enterprise Fit-Out
Increase opportunities for disadvantaged young people to build skills, knowledge, and connection post-pandemic through a fit-out at a social enterprise to create a skate store, coffee area and chill space.
Seymour$10,000
Hindmarsh Shire CouncilReconnecting Small Communities through Films and Music
Enhance reconnection opportunities post-pandemic for seniors with limited capacity for travel through a series of film screenings and concerts being held in their own community.
Dimboola$10,000
Kiewa Valley Community Garden led by Kiewa Valley Community Garden Lions Club of Upper Kiewa Valley IncKiewa Valley Community Garden Inclusive Seating Project
Increase opportunities for projects, activities, and social connection post-pandemic by providing durable seating and tables at a community garden hub.
Tangambalanga$9,754
Melville Forest Community Centre IncMelville Forest Hall Restoration & Refresh
Enhance a community hub through paint, flooring, and air-conditioning upgrades to create a welcoming and financially sustainable venue for events and activities that encourage post-pandemic reconnection.
Melville Forest$10,000
Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee led by Murtoa’s Big Weekend Event Committee Murtoa Events IncorporatedMurtoa - A Land of Wonder
Foster social connection tourism and creative COVID-19 recovery by enabling local artists to collaborate with the community to create a lakeside lighting installation for Murtoa’s Big Weekend event.
Murtoa$10,000
RDA - Swan Hill led by RDA - Swan Hill Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria IncFencing Upgrade Project
Boost the capacity of the organisation to provide safe therapeutic equestrian activities post-pandemic through essential fencing upgrades at their site located next to a busy highway.
Swan Hill$9,304
St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association led by St Mary's Primary School Parents and Friends Association Sea LakeSt Mary's Sea Lake Gala Day
Encourage community connection and address social and geographical isolation post-pandemic by reviving an inclusive Gala Day, providing entertainment and activities for all ages.
Sea Lake$7,000
Trafalgar Holden Museum IncHolden Heritage Centre Display Cabinets
Sustain the Holden Heritage Centre and their work post-pandemic, encouraging greater visitation to the area by installing display cabinets to securely exhibit and preserve artefacts.
Trafalgar$10,000
Wangaratta Symphony Orchestra IncorporatedWangaratta Sounds Under Light - Shining a Light on Regional Music!
Promote social connection and support creative recovery post-pandemic by facilitating a unique concert and light show at an iconic local cathedral during the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.
Wangaratta$10,000
Wollangarra IncA Strong and Trained Volunteer Team
Reignite a program at a youth education centre post-COVID-19, boosting organisational capacity through training activities to increase volunteers’ knowledge and skills.
Licola$10,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Collie Men's Shed IncLean-to and Wood Storage Area
Build an all-weather working and wood storage area to enable members to work safely on outdoor projects.
Collie$10,000
Dandaragan Community Centre ManagementCommittee IncorporatedStorage Cupboards for Change Rooms
Install storage at local community centre to increase community use and flexibility of the space.
Dandaragan$10,000
Friends of Bibbawarra Bore Aboriginal CorporationBibbawarra Bore Reconciliation and Land Care Project
Support development of an ecotourism business case for locally led restoration of historic hot springs.
Carnarvon$10,000
Lower Coastal Community Association IncLower Coastal Community Bus
Establish an accessible and affordable community bus service in an area without existing public transport.
Guilderton$5,000
Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals led by Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals Environs KimberleyHome for SKIPA
Support the development of an indigenous plant nursery, enhancing volunteer capacity to rehabilitate local environments.
Broome$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022/2023 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal CorporationPreparing and Protecting Fitzroy Crossing
Enhance disaster preparedness with back-up emergency food supplies for remote communities in a region severely impacted by Cyclone Ellie.
Fitzroy Crossing$24,500
Prepare & Recover - 2021 Cyclone & Flooding Recovery
Kalbarri Men's Shed IncConstructing a Community Garden
Establish a community garden as part of a new multi-use facility, fostering social connections and community resilience in the recovery from Cyclone Seroja.
Kalbarri$9,800
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bridgetown's Grumpy Old Men IncUpgrade Dust Extraction System
Strengthen organisational capacity to provide safe working conditions and attract new men’s shed members post-pandemic, by purchasing mobile dust extractors for use with woodworking equipment.
Bridgetown$5,096
Great Southern Community Legal ServicesGreat Southern Community Legal Service Digital Enhancement Project
Improve the post-pandemic capacity of a community legal service to provide video-based legal consultations by furnishing three hybrid meeting spaces.
Albany$8,160
Leeman Green Head Community Resource Centre IncorporatedResilient Roof Restoration: Safeguarding Community Resources
Sustain the work of a community resource centre experiencing increased demand for its services post-COVID 19 by undertaking essential roof repairs.
Leeman$10,000
Pemberton Youth Emergency Service CadetsPemberton Youth Emergency Services Development Project
Boost organisational and volunteer capacity post-pandemic by equipping the Youth Emergency Services cadet program with appropriate PPE and storage equipment.
Manjimup$10,000
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show IncCelebrating Together - Finding Out More
Support community reconnection and upskill volunteers post-pandemic by facilitating a native wildflower show opening and holding a series of free community flora identification workshops led by a botanist.
Ravensthorpe$5,000
Shire of DalwallinuDalwallinu Community Celebration
Enhance post-pandemic economic and social recovery in a remote community by hosting a community celebration at the culmination of Wattle Week to boost overnight stays and social connections.
Dalwallinu$9,659
Shire of KondininHyden Railway Barrack Restoration
Enhance community spirit and tourism post-COVID-19 by providing interpretive signage to complete the restoration of the town's oldest intact building which has been relocated to a prominent new site.
Hyden$5,100

Morawa, a small town in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, lacks recreational and social opportunities for families with young children. With no cafes, the Morawa Playgroup, run for the last 40+ years, by mums (and the odd dad) serves as the primary gathering space for parents and caregivers seeking connection and support. However, Morawa Playgroup’s outdoor area was uninspiring, with a dying lawn and hard claypan soil.

Recognising the need for a vibrant outdoor space, the mums of Morawa Playgroup embarked on a project to transform their drab outdoor area into a nature playground. Collaborating with a local landscape designer, they developed a comprehensive plan to:

  • Remove the old, inefficient irrigation system and replace it with a waterwise garden;
  • Create a nature play space featuring sensory boxes, timber bridges, and a creek bed;
  • Install shade sails to provide relief from the scorching sun and enhance the usability of the outdoor area;
  • Establish seating areas for parents to connect and support each other while their children play.

The project unfolded over three years and received a boost from an FRRR grant of $9737, funded by Raine & Horne Foundation.

The completion of the project in September 2023 marked a significant milestone for Morawa Playgroup and the broader community. It’s now the only nature play space in the Shire, which spans 190km2, offering children and parents a welcoming and engaging environment. The shaded, waterwise garden has transformed the outdoor area, allowing children to play outdoors year-round and fostering a sense of connection among families.

Beyond the immediate benefits to the playgroup, the project’s impact extended to Morawa District High School, where reduced water bills freed up funds for educational resources. The positive effects of green spaces on mental wellbeing were evident at the opening of the new play space, signalling a brighter future for the community.

Despite the challenges of being a small, low socio-economic town, the project demonstrates the power of grassroots initiatives to improve quality of life. Morawa Playgroup’s success serves as a testament to the community’s resilience and determination to create a better future for its children and families.

Youngman Creek rehabilitation volunteer wellbeing program

The Namabunda property, situated in what was once the Big-Scrub subtropical rainforest covering over 75,000 Ha of the Northern Rivers, has degraded over the past 30 years – since its days as a lychee farm due to a lack of maintenance.

Bundjalung Tribal Society (BTS) is primarily a housing organisation providing social housing for the Aboriginal community in and around Lismore in northern NSW. They inherited the property and have spent many years, with volunteer support, trying to rehabilitate it to use for cultural activities and ecological preservation, planting bush tucker and medicines, running training and capacity building programs. Despite their efforts, setbacks like bushfires and the COVID pandemic have hindered progress. Community engagement, vital for sustaining the project, has waned due to volunteer fatigue and lockdown restrictions. BTS see the degradation of the Youngman Creek on the property as symbolic of the broader environmental and social challenges facing the community.

The group sought funding to help mobilise the community and resource them with support and infrastructure, expert training and capacity building to rehabilitate the Creek.

“By rehabilitating the creek, we rehabilitate ourselves and our community.”

With a grant of $9,997, supported by GlobalGiving, the group hosted a series of events at Namabunda which attracted significant community participation, including:

  1. Build community cohesion through shared activities and cultural workshops.
  2. Provide training in bush regeneration and ecosystem management for volunteers, especially in photographic monitoring of weed removal and tree planting;
  3. Offer wellbeing support and workshops led by qualified counselors to address the emotional toll of recent challenges.
  4. Deliver Bundjalung cultural and ecological knowledge workshops, installing didactic signs about the work to increase awareness and use of Bundjalung ecological knowledge and language, and explaining and demonstrating the value of a healthy waterway ecosystem to neighbouring landowners.

These events will integrate practical activities, such as weeding and planting, with educational sessions on assisted native regeneration techniques. A focus on the Youngman Creek watershed aligns with the project’s theme of “renewal” and underscores the interconnectedness of environmental and community resilience.

Moving forward, Namabunda serves as a model for holistic, community-driven land management that nurtures both people and the environment.

“The thing we are most proud of is the sense of belonging and identity that we have generated through this project in response to the fires, pandemic and then the floods. The thing that was most successful is the deeper engagement between Bundjalung people and non-Indigenous people. The connections that we have built up over the last 18 months is really beautiful to see”.

Audiologist conducting a hearing test.

Thanks to a $8,904 SRC grant supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, Telethon Speech & Hearing Inc was able purchase cutting edge screening technology to streamline its early detection and surveillance of hearing loss at early childhood centres and primary schools across the Pilbara, Kimberley and Wheatbelt regions of WA. Many children in these regions are at risk of developing chronic ear health conditions, which impact all facets of their life including social, behavioural and academic performance, if not addressed early.

The HearX apps and four digital devices have enabled screening and clinical hearing tests to be undertaken in a faster, more reliable way. The software supersedes traditional devices, so that ear screenings can be conducted with a tablet. This was particularly important for Telethon when its regular ear health clinics had to be cancelled due to COVID and a major flood in Onslow. Fortunately, Telethon’s locally based team was able to upskill early years educators, teachers and nurses to undertake the screenings and Telethon’s audiologists could then analyse data and generate reports remotely.

“We have since integrated a tele-health component into our audiology service offerings, allowing our locally based teams to screen children and liaise with our Perth audiology team in real time. This has allowed us to diversify our service delivery modalities, ensuring more frequent hearing supports than would otherwise be on offer pre-COVID.”

The beautiful Mid-North Coast of NSW is Gumbaynngirr country, with 15,000 Aboriginals living across the region. COVID had significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of local Gumbaynngirr women in particular: local services found it difficult to meet the needs of community, while research conducted with Gumbaynnggirr people on the ramifications of COVID reported that the restrictions on social connection had serious negative impacts on social and emotional wellbeing and overall health.

Based in Toormina at the southern end of Coffs Harbour, Happy Boxes Project Ltd aims to alleviate barriers to accessing self-care items for Aboriginal women in remote communities by providing packages of self-care products such as soap, deodorant, and shampoo – otherwise known as ‘Happy Boxes’). Recognising the impacts that COVID-19, Happy Boxes capitalised on their connections to the local community to significantly scale up services and programs at their new community hub: Nyami Gawbarri (Women Gathering).

Nyami Gawbarri was able to support local community members to volunteer their time in the space to pack Happy Boxes for remote communities. Together they were able to pack and distribute 689 Happy Boxes to 22 remote communities throughout Australia. This meant that at least 689 women didn’t have to go without essential hygiene products.

In addition, the Happy Boxes team hired a number of local Aboriginal women to provide programs for hub users and consequently the hub went from being open one day per week to five days, offering programs on topics ranging from cultural meditation, Aboriginal art and cooking, to a five-week program called ‘Mob Radio’ – teaching local teenagers how to be radio presenters.

Critical health services that have traditionally had social barriers to access, such as cervical screening programs, also ran out of the hub. Another outcome of being open five days per week was the creation of an Intensive Support Reintegration Program for teenagers consistently being suspended and disengaged from school. Local schools are now referring their students to Nyami Gawbarri as the organisation can provide a culturally-safe space to spend their suspension, giving back to the local and national communities.

The impact that the project had was described by a local participant:

“The programs for these young women will positively change lives. Providing opportunities for connection and supporting our young women to develop their identity and sense of belonging will have such a huge life lasting impact for them, their families and our Community. Nyami Gawbarri is supporting the development of proud, determined and connected young Jindas.” ~ Anonymous

The level of need for Nyami Gawbarri, and the positive impact that the program of activities over the last twelve months has had for the hub has meant that Nyami Gawbarri is now evolving to become a separate entity and permanent community hub for Gumbaynnggirr women. Critically, throughout this period the project coordinator was able to secure government funding for their role, and hence will be able to continue Nyami Gawbarri’s commitment to provide a culturally-safe space and a plethora of programs beyond the completion of the FRRR-funded project.

Emma Sullings, Chief Executive Officer of Happy Boxes Project Ltd, explains the impact that this grant has had for the hub and the community:

“We are extremely proud of the establishment and succession of a community hub. Nyami Gawbarri stands as a testament to the significance of creating dedicated spaces for women to access a range of services and programs tailored to their unique needs. It is a symbol of community strength, unity and empowerment.”

This inspiring hub has capitalised on opportunity and scaled for the community good – and in the process, showcased how support for locally designed and led initiatives can have long-running positive outcomes. These impressive efforts were supported by a $50,000 grant from FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Regional Communities program, funded by the Australian Government.

Funding to strengthen infrastructure, resilience and communication networks

More than $1.5 million in grants has today been announced for 110 community groups across remote, rural and regional Australia through FRRR’s flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

Group of people standing under a marquee behind a table full of handcrafted wares.
Community groups value the flexibility of the SRC grants, which allow them to come together and respond to local needs, such as this group, which ran creative workshops to support recovery and social wellbeing in their flood-impacted community. 

Awarded via three streams of funding – small and vital projects, COVID recovery and disaster preparedness or recovery – the grants will go toward initiatives that address a variety of diverse needs and local priorities, including infrastructure upgrades, strengthening resilience, addressing service gaps and growing networks.

The projects range from a winter-care program that will see support packs delivered to elderly residents of St Arnaud, VIC and a series of emergency bushfire preparedness workshops for the community of Batlow in NSW, to helping install silo art in Lameroo, SA as a way to reinvigorate tourism and enhance local sense of identity following the pandemic.

Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, says that the diversity of requests once again highlights the importance of having a small grants program like SRC.

“The needs of remote, rural and regional communities differ, so it’s critical to be able to offer flexible funding like we do through this small grants program. It means that local groups can respond to local priorities in their communities.

“This round, projects ranged from domestic violence support and mentoring programs, to food security and tourism initiatives to help rebuild the local economy. There was really strong demand for support to enhance community infrastructure, particularly maintaining meeting places so people can come together and strengthen local connections, but we also saw a significant number of requests relating to increasing the reach and emergency communications capability of groups like community radio stations.

“We also saw a focus on infrastructure in the COVID recovery grants, with groups aiming to enhance community resilience in the face of disruptions, whether they be environmental or health related. Interestingly, we’re also supporting quite a few projects that help to rebuild connections within communities post COVID – especially in places that lots of people moved to during the pandemic. Alongside this, it’s wonderful to see more projects that are engaging Indigenous Australians.

“From a disaster perspective, it’s pleasing to be able to help organisations be proactive about their safety, strengthening communications and adding to the equipment available locally, so they’re not as reliant on SES or Government in the event of a crisis.

“These are the projects that create a sense of place and identity, and the people and organisations that make these inspiring projects happen need our support. To continue to do that, we need funds, so we invite all those who want to see a thriving remote, rural and regional Australia to join us to support local initiatives. They really do make a difference,” Ms Karena said.

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

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

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

OrganisationProjectLocationGrant
SRC Round 19 - February 2024
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Camden Haven Historical Society IncCamden Haven Museum Lighting Upgrade
Upgrade museum lighting to enhance visitor experience with improved historical displays, lower energy costs and boost financial sustainability.
Camden Haven$6,903
Caragabal Public School P&C AssociationPurchase of Vermin-Proof Shipping Container to Store Essential School and Community Supplies
Foster community wellbeing and reduce economic losses by purchasing a vermin-proof shipping container to protect stored school and community supplies from damage.
Caragabal$10,000
Coursing Park Tennis and Community CentreKitchen for the Coursing Park Tennis & Community Centre
Install a kitchen for food preparation and storage to support a wider range of community events at the Centre.
Coursing Park$10,000
Deniliquin Community Hub IncDeniliquin Community Hub Project
Alleviate food insecurity by developing a food bank program with food storage, insurance, food stocks and volunteer training.
Deniliquin $7,792
Glen Innes & District Historical SocietyUpgrade of Community Facilities
Install TV monitor, mobile stand and roller-blinds as part of an IT and infrastructure plan to enhance community use of the Potter Memorial building.
Glen Innes$5,179
Home-Start National IncBreathe and Rebuild Project
Provide practical parenting support and family case management by expanding coordinator hours to train additional volunteers, alleviating social isolation and addressing the needs of individuals and families through increased support.
Goulburn$48,076
Moree Cultural Art Foundation LtdCreative Minds Happy Hearts
Encourage new relaxation techniques and art participation by providing free art classes for individuals living with a disability or mental illness.
Moree$10,000
Murrurundi Matters IncProvision of Speech Therapy to Murrurundi Primary School and Preschool Students
Improve preschool and primary school children's speech development with 12 months of essential, otherwise inaccessible speech pathology services.
Murrurundi$9,043
Naradhan Reserves Land ManagerNaradhan Public Hall Upgrade
Improve hall maintenance and usability by sealing the eaves to exclude dust from the building.
Naradhan$6,820
Red Rock Multi Use Centre IncSupply and Installation of External Shade Awnings
Enhance the Centre's usability by installing adjustable exterior shade systems to three rooms on the western side of the building, creating several versatile spaces available for year-round hire.
Red Rock$4,530
Stonewave Taiko IncOkina Mura: Big Village
Develop and stage a musical show as a collaboration of local cultural groups with five free public performances across the Bega Valley.
Bega$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Brunswick Valley Landcare IncJunior Landcare in the Northern Rivers: Rejuvenation, Regeneration, Restoration
Contribute to bushfire recovery by holding a networking event and eight Junior Landcare workshops for schools, fostering ongoing relationships with local Landcare groups.
Mullumbimby$24,713
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast Inc on behalf of Sapphire Coast Mens Circle Sapphire Coast Men's Circle
Strengthen bushfire recovery and men's mental health by conducting a weekly men's circle program to build healthy resilient relationships between men of all backgrounds.
Candelo$7,800
Snowy Valleys Resilience Hub IncUsing a BIG MAP to Assist Disaster Preparedness in Towns at Risk – Snowy Valleys Pilot
Enhance bushfire preparedness with six interactive workshops, addressing neighbourhood safe places and emergency evacuation routes to support community-centred disaster preparedness.
Batlow$25,000
UCA - Lifeline North Coast (NSW)BBQ Trailer Project
Boost recovery and preparedness in the bushfire-impacted North Coast region by purchasing a BBQ trailer to act as a mobile support unit and enhance annual community mental health engagement events.
Coffs Harbour$25,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Anglican Community ServicesPreparedness Pack Project
Build disaster preparedness capacity and strengthen the resilience of Moree Plains communities through an awareness campaign distributing waterproof preparedness packs at workshops and recovery events across the Shire throughout 2024.
Moree$24,940
Byron Shire Council on behalf of Richmond Tweed Regional Library - Byron Bay LibraryYoung and Connected
Develop the confidence and skills of flood-affected young people and build their leadership capacity by delivering youth led creative art workshops.
Byron Bay$10,000
Container of Dreams LtdCommunity Kitchen, Food Pantry and Wellness Lunch Club Project
Enhance disaster preparedness and bushfire recovery by upgrading kitchen facilities and building a storeroom and an all-weather eating area to support the growth of the Food Pantry and Wellness Lunch Club.
Drake$25,000
Harrington Resilience Association IncHarrington Crowdy Head Neighbours Helping Neighbours
Enhance community resilience and flood preparedness by establishing a network of neighbourhood groups using the Red Cross model for Community-led Resilience Teams.
Harrington $10,000
Lismore City Council on behalf of The Lismore QuadrangleOur Place, Our Species
Enhance flood recovery through a First Nations-led wellbeing program featuring storytelling, education activities and tools for caring for the country during NAIDOC week to engage the community.
Lismore$25,000
Minnie Water Progress AssociationRenovation of Minnie Water Hall Kitchen
Enhance flood recovery and preparedness by upgrading the kitchen of a hall used as a refuge during emergencies and a venue for community functions.
Minnie Water$10,000
Rock Valley Hall IncCommunity Preparedness with Solar Power
Enhance flood preparedness by installing rooftop solar panels and a lithium storage battery in the hall, enabling access to essential power and communication services during an emergency.
Rock Valley$23,726
Stokers Siding / Dunbible Memorial Hall Inc on behalf of Stokers Siding Community Resilience Team (SSCRT)SSCRT Community Connection
Enhance local disaster response during floods and emergencies by purchasing a UHF Repeater station, 10 UHF Portable radios and a backup generator.
Stokers Siding$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Murrah Hall Preservation Association IncMurrah Metamorphosis Outdoors: Stage 1 – Mini Amphitheatre
Sustain the operations of the Murrah Hall and encourage community and cultural connection, and economic revitalisation post-pandemic with the construction of a mini amphitheatre.
Murrah$49,372
Our Plan C IncEstablishing a Network of Young Community Carers and Responders
Reduce social isolation and support the wellbeing of young people impacted by COVID-19 by establishing a network of young community carers and responders in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Lismore$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bellingen Youth Orchestra IncBellingen Youth Orchestra Post-COVID Junior Wind Ensemble
Develop skills and support the post-pandemic creative recovery of young people in a woodwind music program by supporting the employment of a skilled ensemble leader.
Bellingen$10,000
Bowraville Communication Technology Centre IncSecurity for Volunteers and Increased Community Safety
Sustain volunteer capacity and safety post-pandemic by installing a modern security camera system with recording capability at a community technology centre.
Bowraville$5,168
Cooma Pastoral and Agricultural Association IncSecuring the Future of Cooma P&A Association Project
Increase the sustainability of a Show society post-COVID-19 through the purchase of kitchen equipment for events and for hire by other groups.
Cooma$2,500
Equine AngelsHorses 4 Healing Youth Project
Improve self-esteem and social engagement in young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability post-COVID-19 through an award-winning Equine Assisted Learning program.
Byron Bay$9,830
Fling Physical Theatre IncRegional Tour of My Black Dog – Supporting the Mental Health of Regional Youth
Support youth mental health in regional NSW post-pandemic through the delivery of a performance, film and workshop program encouraging constructive discussions about mental and emotional wellbeing.
Bega$10,000
Great Lakes Womens Shelter IncDomestic and Family Violence Outreach Worker
Address an identified community need and support the work of a women's shelter post-pandemic by employing a skilled domestic and family violence outreach worker.
Forster-Tuncurry$10,000
Lions Club of Werris Creek IncRefurbish and Revitalise a Community Street Stall / Kiosk
Enhance recovery from the pandemic and encourage reconnection by refurbishing a popular street stall where residents and community groups can display, sell or donate home-grown produce to locals and tourists.
Werris Creek$4,500
Murwillumbah Community Centre IncMurbah Youth Fest 2024
Foster connections and participation and reduce social isolation in young people after COVID-19 through an inclusive community-led festival to be held in Youth Week.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Namatjira Haven LtdNamatjira Healing and Reinvigoration Day 2024
Encourage healing, boost community connection and celebrate First Nations' culture post-pandemic through an inclusive open day and festival.
Alstonville$10,000
New England Conservatorium of Music LtdNECOM Music Outreach Program
Enhance the COVID-19 recovery of young people attending remote and regional schools through music education and cultural experiences presented by professional musicians.
Armidale$10,000
Riverina Readers Festival IncRiverina Readers Festival
Encourage social connection and reinvigorate cultural interests post-COVID-19 by hosting the inaugural Riverina Readers Festival.
Wagga Wagga$10,000
The Hayland GatheringThe Hayland Gathering
Support community reconnection and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding a community Scottish Highland-themed festival.
Hay$10,000
Wollombi Valley Progress Association Inc on behalf of Greater Wollombi Valley Community Resilience NetworkGWVCRN – Building Community Resilience
Increase resilience and reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through a series of community connection events encouraging community networks, volunteering and capability development.
Wollombi$9,916
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Middle Point SchoolMindfulness Project – Kitchen & Sensory Garden
Expand hands-on learning and enrichment opportunities for students experiencing educational disparity by building a garden for use as a teaching space.
Middle Point$10,000
MJD Foundation LtdInstallation of Ramp at 'The Bush Shop'
Support dignified independent living for residents with minimal mobility by providing all abilities access to a local supermarket.
Angurugu$10,000
Tarntipi Homelands Aboriginal CorporationFire Management for Tarntipi Bush Camp, Tiwi Islands
Build preparedness of a local social enterprise, improving safety of people and country with the purchase of portable fire-fighting equipment.
Wurrumiyanga$9,715
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Gupulul Marayuwu Aboriginal CorporationGupulul Marayuwu Homeland Commercial Kitchen Facility Project
Set up a commercial kitchen in a remote First Nations community to enhance post-pandemic recovery, improve employment opportunities and provide meals and social connection to vulnerable community members.
Ramingining$50,000
Yuendumu Women's Centre Aboriginal CorporationActive Women's Centre
Increase the capacity of the Women's Centre to service the community post-pandemic through the employment of a short-term project officer to facilitate the organisation's healthy eating program, community laundry and culture and language activities.
Yuendumu$10,000
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group IncRestoring and Expanding: Creating Safe Keeping
Promote truth telling and educate visitors by renovating the Boy’s Dormitory for use as a storage space, preserving the heritage building and creating capacity for the museum to rotate displays.
Cherbourg$10,000
Hughenden Show Society Inc2024 Hughenden Show
Improve amenities and volunteer operating conditions at the showground by upgrading cold storage equipment from eskies to a fridge.
Hughenden$5,066
Ironpot Hall Association IncUpgrade of the Ironpot Hall Kitchen and Supper Room
Improve community safety and compliance with food handling regulations by replacing the Hall’s worn vinyl flooring.
Ironpot$10,000
QCWA Branch KillarneyRestoration of the Kitchen
Increase hall use and ease volunteer working conditions with the installation of dishwasher and new oven.
Killarney$2,900
Torres Strait Kaziw Meta IncBright Futures Tutoring Initiative: Empowering Torres Strait Islander Youth
Enhance educational outcomes and promote positive role modeling by piloting an after-hours mentoring / tutoring program for boarding school students.
Thursday Island$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Baffle Creek Mens Shed IncBaffle Creek Men's Shed Water Assist
Build an off-grid community’s preparedness to fight fires with the purchase of a trailer and pump to transport water.
Baffle Creek$8,849
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Mary Valley Rail Trail Association IncPurchase of Electric Cargo Trike
Improve volunteers and visitors’ safety by purchasing a trike to transport equipment to undertake flood repairs and mitigation works on the trail.
Imbil$7,520
Tagalaka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBCTagalaka Food Resilience Project
Ensure food security for residents during flood-related isolation by purchasing a trailer-mounted chiller to access more affordable and healthier bulk buying options.
Croydon$16,853
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Grow Glenmorgan IncGlenmorgan Shop Shaded Alfresco Area With Solar
Foster community connection post-pandemic through the construction of outdoor shaded meeting space at the community owned store, along with installing a solar system to reduce costs and sustain its operations.
Glenmorgan$46,432
Hungerford Sports Association IncCampground Amenities at Ross Wallace Sports Ground
Enhance post-pandemic recovery in a remote community by installing tailored amenities at the campground to boost overnight stays, social connections, and tourism
Hungerford$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Biggenden and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncUp In Lights
Enhance communication and recovery post-pandemic by installing an interactive sign and noticeboard at the showground to promote local information and events.
Biggenden$9,000
Broxburn Music ClubProfessional Sound and Lighting for the Broxburn Talent Quest
Promote social connection and support creative recovery post-pandemic by providing professional standard sound and lighting at a local talent quest.
Broxburn$5,990
Community Support Centre Innisfail IncCommunity Champions
Reignite a volunteer program post-COVID-19 through a series of events, activities, and training sessions to boost participation and build capacity and skills.
Innisfail$8,000
Creative Connections Whitsunday IncProserpine Hinterland Festival
Support community connection and wellbeing post-pandemic by delivering interactive festival activities raising awareness of the iconic and endangered local rock wallaby.
Proserpine$8,257
Goombungee Public Hall IncGoombungee Animals
Foster social connection, reinvigorate a meeting space and aid creative recovery after the pandemic by hosting community art and music workshops to create public art pieces for the venue.
Goombungee$10,000
Herberton Mining Museum History Association IncReviving Heritage, Building Resilience: The Herberton Mining Museum Expo 2024
Revitalise tourism and sustain the museum’s work post-pandemic by obtaining equipment and promotional material to host an immersive local mining era expo.
Herberton$6,800
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Blinman Progress Association IncStorage, Conservation, Supply: Hall Rainwater
Create a functional and welcoming space for the community by installing a new rainwater tank system at Blinman Hall.
Blinman$9,450
Lucindale Community Economic Development Board IncLucindale Community Hub Air Conditioning and Insulation
Support community wellbeing through the installation of air conditioning and ceiling insulation in a new community hub.
Lucindale$9,700
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Edithburgh Football Club and Sports AssociationChair Replacement
Enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire preparedness by providing stackable chairs at an emergency refuge facility.
Edithburgh$25,000
Prospect Hill Community Association IncProspect Hill Assist: Disaster Readiness Communications Project
Support emergency preparedness by purchasing communications and safety equipment to enable outside contact and community information sharing during disaster events.
Prospect Hill$9,195
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Community House Port Lincoln IncShelter from the Storm
Sustain the work of a community house facing increased demand for support from people affected by homelessness post-pandemic by undertaking essential roof repairs on a transitional house.
Port Lincoln$20,000
Lameroo Forward IncEnliven Lameroo – The Lameroo Silo Art Project
Reinvigorate tourism and enhance local sense of identity following the pandemic by installing silo art to create a permanent cultural tourism asset in the heart of town.
Lameroo$50,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Keith Golf Club IncNew Tables and Chairs for Keith Golf Club Community Function Centre
Revitalise opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by providing new seating and tables at a community hub.
Keith$10,000
Paint the Town REaD LtdBooks for Bedtime
Improve language and literacy skills in young children and reinstitute family reading routines post-COVID-19 through a supported Books for Bedtime program.
Murray Bridge$10,000
Riverland Youth TheatreThe Alternative Club
Foster reconnection opportunities for socially isolated young people post-pandemic through the creation of a facilitated safe creative space at a local theatre.
Renmark$10,000
William Creek Gymkhana Committee IncorporatedWilliam Creek Gymkhana Committee Audio Project
Improve safety and reduce the workload of showground volunteers post-pandemic by purchasing a reliable, robust and compact audio system.
William Creek$9,963
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Turrakana Tasman Arts Inc

Turrakana Stories
Enhance community connection through collecting and illustrating local stories, transforming them into digital animations with the help of local artists for future generations.

Nubeena$10,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
ACTS Community Care Network Ltd on behalf of Copping Community CareThe Haven Project – Stage 1 Storage & Distribution Shed
Support the construction of a distribution and storage shed for bulk food handling to sustain the work of an organisation facing a 625% increase in demand on their food relief services since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Copping$49,540
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Derwent Valley and Central Highlands Tourism Association IncTasmanian Autumn Festival
Support community reconnection, tourism and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding an Autumn festival.
New Norfolk$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Ballan & District Community House & Adult Education Centre IncBallan Sustainable Food Hub
Enhance organisational capacity to provide food relief to elderly residents through purchasing kitchen equipment and groceries for a community pantry.
Ballan$10,000
Committee for MaryboroughGoldfields Community Festival 2024
Encourage awareness of available support and boost connections between under-served community members and social service providers in an isolated township by supporting a community festival in Maryborough.
Maryborough$5,000
Euroa Historical & Genealogical Society IncPurchase Computers, Monitor and Uninterrupted Power Supply for Euroa Farmers Arm Museum
Support the work of older volunteers by updating the IT equipment in a community museum.
Euroa$2,461
Inglewood Community Neighbourhood House IncComputer Cafe Upgrade of Six Computers
Strengthen operational capacity while supporting community members' education and employment opportunities by updating IT equipment for a community library.
Inglewood$8,482
NCN HealthSocial Prescribing Project Pilot
Support mental and physical wellbeing by engaging a coordinator to establish a social prescribing pilot program, complementing clinical health activities though encouraging participation in a range of community sport and social activities.
Numurkah$10,000
North East Multicultural Association IncConnecting Cultures
Enhance wellbeing of CALD community members in Benalla by engaging a facilitator to link people to health services and social programs.
Benalla$9,902
St Arnaud Neighbourhood House IncWinter Warmers Essentials Parcels
Provide connection to service providers, cost of living relief and protection from a cold climate by delivering support packs to elderly residents through a winter-care initiative.
St Arnaud$7,000
Prepare & Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Blue Light Victoria IncDASH (Dynamic, Active, Safe and Healthy) Program for Remote Gippsland Schools and Community
Support community recovery from bushfires and connect students to emergency support services through a school-based learning program focusing on community participation.
Tambo Upper$24,485
Cassilis Recreation Reserve Committee of ManagementMaintaining the Cassilis Recreation Reserve and Cassilis Cemetery
Boost volunteer capacity and strengthen bushfire preparedness by purchasing a tractor to maintain a large recreation and memorial reserve.
Cassilis$25,000
Longwood East Landcare Group IncBuild Resilience, Support Volunteers with Safe Operating Equipment
Enhance volunteer capacity to support bushfire preparedness by purchasing a ride on mower to maintain grassland.
Longwood East$7,400
Towong Soldiers Memorial Hall Reserve Committee on behalf of Towong Community Recovery CommitteeThe Towong Wetlands Improvement Project
Strengthen community connection to the environment and enhance bushfire recovery efforts through a weed eradication and earthworks project.
Towong$9,000
Wodonga Institute of TAFECommunity Garden
Boost health outcomes of a community recovering from bushfires and enhance student education in growing and cooking nutritious food through developing a community garden.
Wodonga$13,475
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Flood Recovery
Castlemaine District Radio IncMainFM Community Resilience Project
Strengthen community engagement and improve disaster preparedness through emergency media training and external broadcast programs.
Castlemaine$21,220
Echuca Moama Broadcast Service IncMove Radio Antenna to EMFM 104.7
Enhance flood preparedness and strengthen emergency communication capacity by relocating a community radio station transmitter to the new station premises.
Echuca$15,000
Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad IncComputer Equipment Upgrade - Training Room & Divisional Command Point
Enhance disaster readiness in a flood-affected shire and improve volunteer support by upgrading IT and communications equipment for the disaster operations unit.
Shepparton$10,500
Wangaratta Landcare and Sustainability IncMaintaining Mullinmur Billabongs and the Education Hub
Purchase tools and equipment to sustain a school education program and aid volunteers in restoring a flood-damaged wetland.
Wangaratta$5,900
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Large
Ensay Mechanics Institute Reserve IncEnsay Hall – Community Cafe Bathroom Upgrade
Upgrade the bathroom facilities at a community hub to develop a welcoming, accessible and financially sustainable venue for events and activities and encourage post-pandemic reconnection.
Ensay$49,750
Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies IncJamieson Autumn Festival Revitalisation
Expand a community Autumn festival to include evening events to encourage longer visitor stays, benefit local businesses and enhance post-pandemic economic growth and recovery.
Jamieson$30,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Autistic-led Regional Culture Arts Neurodiversity Education and Employment IncNeurokin Tour: Silent Disco & Access Mapping
Reduce social isolation of people living with autism and neurodivergence that was heightened by the pandemic through a series of silent disco events across nine regional locations.
Yea$10,000
Boolarra Folk Festival CommitteeOld Boolarra Post Office Restoration Project
Enhance post-pandemic organisational recovery and improve community access to the arts by upgrading and reconnecting electrical services in a restored community music venue.
Boolarra$9,900
Forrest Primary SchoolForrest Kitchen Garden Project
Build community connections and improve resilience post-COVID-19 through establishing an inclusive kitchen facility and cooking program to complement an existing community garden.
Forrest$5,046
G.R.A.I.N. IncThe Things We Do For Love
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and access to the arts by creating an interactive art-trail through Nathalia, culminating with an exhibition and community celebration event.
Nathalia$10,000
Girgarre Development Group IncRhythmic Resurgence: Girgarre Junkestra's Encore Performance
Reconnect the community post-COVID-19 by revitalising the Girgarre Junkestra through a collaboration between renowned musician Graeme Leak and community members, culminating in a performance using ‘upcycled’ instruments created with local artisans.
Girgarre$10,000
Hamilton-Coleraine Rail Reserve Committee IncMove, Saw and Wayfind – Improving Access, Maintenence and Safety on the Redgum Track
Improve the productivity, safety and experience of reserve volunteers post-pandemic by purchasing a trailer, battery-powered chainsaw and signage for maintenance activities.
Hamilton$8,066
Healesville Community Garden IncInfrastructure Improvements
Build social connections and increase opportunities for engagement after COVID-19 by improving facilities at a community garden to increase amenity and accessibility.
Healesville$10,000
Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups IncKiewa-Duduroa Dhargal Connection Through Traditional Practices Project
Promote social connection, enhance community recovery and support cultural engagement after the pandemic by holding traditional practices workshops led by local First Nations Elders.
Mount Beauty$10,000
Paynesville Business and Tourism Association IncFIRE and WATER – Our Place in the East Gippsland Winter Festival
Boost economic and cultural recovery after COVID-19 by holding a winter festival showcasing lighting installations along the waterfront and community-made decorative lanterns.
Paynesville$6,070
Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre IncCaring and Connected Communities: A Whole Community Approach
Foster community resilience and cohesion through social support and a series of community connection activities including a sustainable cooking program and waste reduction workshops.
Paynesville$9,003
Rosehaven Hospice LtdRosehaven Hospice Volunteer Training
Sustain the organisation’s capacity to provide palliative care support post-COVID-19 by upskilling volunteers through accredited training courses.
Mansfield$8,825
Stuart Mill Progress AssociationBlinds to Complete Hall Renovations
Encourage community reconnection post-COVID-19 by installing new blinds at a local hall to improve user comfort and encourage more community events.
Stuart Mill$1,540
Swan Hill Woodworkers Club IncSwan Hill Woodworkers Club Equipment Purchase
Strengthen volunteer capacity and expand opportunities for social connection post-pandemic with a new laser cutting machine to bolster activities at a woodworkers’ club.
Swan Hill$8,580
Yea & District Memorial HospitalPhysical Footpaths
Foster opportunities for community connection post-pandemic and enhance health and wellbeing by placing inspirational exercise signage with interpretive QR codes on pathways in Yea and Alexandra.
Yea$9,214
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Lake Grace Community Men's Shed Youth Mentoring
Promote positive role modelling and intergenerational connections for disengaged youth via welding classes, while building a local employment pathway.
Lake Grace$6,500
Napier Progress Association IncRepairs to Napier Hall Roof
Help locals stay connected by restoring the community hall’s roof.
Napier$6,259
The Moore Catchment Council IncImproving the Capacity to Deliver Natural Resource Management Projects
Improve the council’s ability to support citizen science projects and services for the community through the purchase of new laptops.
Moora & Moore River Catchment (eight shires)$9,700
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Boyup Brook Community Mental Health Action Team IncRural Men's Resilience Project
Engage and support rural men and teenage boys’ recovery post-pandemic through a series of mental health events to build resilience, connection and capacity.
Boyup Brook$10,000
CWA WalkawayRenovation Stage 5 – Patio & Paving
Create additional activity space to promote social connection and sustain the work of volunteers post-pandemic by rebuilding the patio at a community venue.
Walkaway$10,000
Yawuru Jarndu Aboriginal CorporationNagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) Couture Wedding Collection
Enhance the recovery of First Nations women from COVID-19 by strengthening garment making skills and creating a wedding collection for unveiling at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair’s Country to Couture showcase.
Broome$10,000

In this quarter’s update for FRRR’s partners and supporters, we’ve featured an East Gippsland project that provides a clever resource for community recovery, and you’ll find an interesting conversation with a new supporter in the climate solutions space, Hand Heart Pocket – which is the charitable arm of the Queensland Freemasons.

Also in this edition:

  • Insights from FRRR’s team as we network, travel and deliver programs
  • Our Progress – Q1 FY 2023/24
  • Learn about Fundraising Accounts from OurSchool’s Caroline Milburn
  • Details of all our latest reports and thought pieces.
Read our December 2023
Donor News

Continued demand for small grants to support local initiatives

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

Inglewood District Health Service Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRRR always accepts applications to this program, which awards funds four times a year. Local NFPs and community groups are encouraged to review the program guidelines and apply. More information about the SRC program is available at 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
SRC Round 18 - November 2023
NEW SOUTH WALES
Small & Vital
Age of Fishes Museum IncorporatedPlayground Equipment for the Age of Fishes Museum
Purchase 'Big Blue' engineering blocks as playground equipment for the museum to enhance hands-on STEM education for children and visitors.
Canowindra$9,000
Arts-Upper HunterFirst Stories - First Nations Tales from the Hunter
Document and present two local Indigenous connection to country stories through live performance and video shared on the Upper Hunter Arts & Cultural Trail website.
Dungog$10,000
Boggabri Women's Shed Sewing Room
Build connections, skills and confidence for isolated local women by investing in sewing machines and equipment for group activities and skill building.
Boggabri$1,900
Lansdowne Public Hall Reserve Land ManagerAir Conditioners for the Lansdowne Community Hall
Boost organisational capacity to support arts and cultural events at the Lansdowne Hall by installing two air-conditioners to improve comfort for volunteers and hall users.
Lansdowne$6,600
Leaderlife LimitedLeaderLife Cooking Outdoors: Let's Grow
Purchase an outdoor BBQ and meat smoker to support healthy eating and cooking education for at-risk young people using local produce.
Dubbo$10,000
Old Bar Soldiers' Memorial Hall IncHistory Preservation at Old Bar Soldiers Memorial Hall
Preserve the history of the Taree region with cenotaph restoration, a new flagpole, time capsule repair, cabinetry for memorabilia, and creation of a red poppy garden with reflection benches.
Old Bar$10,000
The Youth Impact Foundation Ltd on behalf of The Catalytic Impact InstituteYouth Accountability Project - Moree Stories
Support engagement with young people by young people on the Young Accountability Project's Impact Board to define 'what good looks like' in their communities and how young people engage in community life.
Moree$10,000
Valmar Support Services LimitedBe Bus Aware
Modify the steps, handrails and interior of the community bus to improve the ability for aged care clients to access services.
Griffith$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Arts North West IncWalcha Creative Wayfinding
Build a bushfire-impacted community’s sense of place and cultural tourism by enhancing the 'Open Air Gallery' with plaques to honour the artists and their local stories.
Walcha$10,000
Bega District Volunteer Rescue Group IncorporatedUpdate Vertical Rescue Gear
Enhance disaster preparedness and safety of rescue volunteers by purchasing equipment for vertical rescues.
Bega$2,070
Country Womens Association of NSW on behalf of Eden Branch

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

Eden$10,000
Eden Tourism IncorporatedLake Curalo Interpretative Bird Signage
Enhance a locally significant environmental site and tourism icon impacted by the 2020 bushfires by installing interpretative signage.
Eden$3,500
Edgy Art IncorporatedBeauty from the Ashes - Transformation Through Fire!
Foster community cohesion and healing after the 2019/20 bushfires and revitalise the local creative sector through a series of community bronze casting workshops using fire to create lasting, beautiful objects.
Tanja$23,700
Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic GardenEurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Wellness Walk
Increase wellbeing in a bushfire-impacted community by enhancing connection with nature through creating a NatureFix trail with local cultural information in the botanic gardens and an app with guided audio wellbeing activities.
Batemans Bay$14,950
Greater Hume Shire Council on behalf of Holbrook Community GardensHolbrook Community Gardens
Contribute to bushfire recovery by hosting workshops, outings and events for the broader community to connect with gardening groups and local community gardens.
Holbrook$9,760
Kandos Rylstone Men's Shed IncTest n Tagging
Support bushfire recovery and organisational sustainability by training two Kandos Men's Shed members to test and tag electrical donated items for the community charity shop.
Kandos$2,607
Mountains Youth Services Team IncBlue Mountains Water Tank Murals
Empower young people to contribute to bushfire recovery and a culturally vibrant community through designing and painting two murals on Rural Fire Service water tanks, alongside local artists to celebrate the landscape and local Indigenous culture.
Mount Tomah$22,150
Nambucca Valley Phoenix LimitedCafé Upgrade - Creating a Safe and Inclusive Workplace
Enhance bushfire recovery, economic strength and job opportunities for people with disabilities in Bowraville, by investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades at the Phoenix Café to improve workplace safety and inclusivity.
Bowraville$25,000
Narooma Men's Shed IncFurniture for Place of Last Resort
Enhance organisational capacity to support bushfire recovery by purchasing stackable chairs to optimise functionality of the Narooma Men's Shed refuge facility.
Narooma$7,102
Naughty Noodle Fun Haus IncorporatedCRM - Connecting Young People, Families, Facilitators, Volunteers and Donations
Boost organisational capacity to meet the post-bushfire exponential growth of a development and social connections program for young people in and around Gosford and improve participant and volunteer experience and security by implementing a Customer Relationship Management program.
Gosford$14,700
Taree Rural Fire BrigadeThermal Imaging Camera for Taree Rural Fire Brigade
Enhance firefighting preparedness, rescue operations and first responder’s safety with a thermal imaging camera for use during bushfires, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and ground / land search.
Taree$10,934
Tenterfield Autumn Festival IncorporatedTenterfield Autumn Festival & Eat Street
Create economic and social benefits in a bushfire-impacted community by supporting family focused events at the Tenterfield Autumn Festival.
Tenterfield$25,000
The Men's Table LimitedRipple Effect - Regional Communities of Connected and Contributing Men
Strengthen men's capacity for mutual support and community service in a bushfire-affected area by co-designing a series of workshops with local Men's Tables.
Batemans Bay$10,000
Upper Lachlan Landcare IncorporatedMoving Better Grazing Practices into the Spotlight
Enhance the area’s bushfire resilience by creating opportunities for local farmers with expertise in resilient grazing practices to inspire other landholders to adopt best practice pasture management.
Crookwell$9,780
Wards River Rural Fire Brigade Improved Team Connectivity and Insight into Fire Behaviour
Enhance responder safety, wellbeing and understanding of fire behaviour by purchasing a thermal imaging camera and fitting fire vehicles with Cel-Fi signal boosters.
Wards River$9,615
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bundjalung Tribal Society LtdConnect Culture Through Art
Rebuild the Lismore Aboriginal community post-floods through Aboriginal-led art and cultural workshops that have healing weaved through the programming.
Lismore$24,055
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia LimitedSustaining Community Radio Stations in Rural Australia
Survey 350 rural community radio stations to assess needs, resilience and support required to increase their sustainability after the floods and for future disasters.
Balranald$10,000
Federal Community Centre IncorporatedEmergency Radio Support System
Boost emergency communication capabilities and enhance flood preparedness by purchasing and installing UHF radios and aerials and delivering radio communication equipment training to volunteers and community members of the Federal, Goonengerry and Eureka Community Resilience Team.
Federal$10,000
Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre IncCar for a Cause
Address the increased demand post-flood for transport services to enable vulnerable residents to access services by purchasing a vehicle.
Gundagai$25,000
Isolated Children's Parents Association of NSW Incorporated on behalf of Isolated Children's Parents Association - Walgett BranchGarden Day ICPA 2024
Enhance flood recovery and future disaster preparation through events and speakers at Isolated Children’s Parents Association Garden Day, enhancing climate-related knowledge and strengthening social connections and mental wellbeing.
Walgett$20,000
Mingoola Hall Management CommitteeSupply and Installation of a Solar Powered UHF CB Repeater
Resourcing the Mingoola community to respond to and recover from natural disasters by purchasing a solar-powered UHF CB repeater to maintain communication during floods and other emergencies when internet and phone lines are down.
Dumaresq Valley$25,000
Shedding Community Workshop IncShedding Community Workshop
Enhance organisational capacity to expand trauma-informed community counselling, services and facilities to meet the increasing and evolving community needs post 2022 floods.
Mullumbimby$25,000
The Heartland Foundation LtdSelf-watering Community Wicking Gardens
Enhance organisational capacity to support flood recovery by constructing 50 wicking gardens to grow fresh vegetables for the Heartland Foundation's mobile community food pantries, benefiting 1,120 families weekly.
Freemans Waterhole$10,000
Tweed Shire CouncilCulture Dose for Kids
Support flood recovery with an 8-week arts program for 9-12-year-olds with mild anxiety, while parents join parallel sessions to build social connections and boost self-confidence.
Murwillumbah$10,000
Volunteer Marine Rescue NSWPersonal Locator Beacons
Strengthen flood recovery and preparedness and enhance safety for Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba Rescue Vessel crew members by purchasing Personal Locator Beacons.
Yamba$11,985
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Bundarra P&A and Rodeo Society Inc 2024 Bundarra Show
Sustain the Bundarra Show Society and enable delivery of the Show 2024 post-pandemic by supporting core event costs.
Bundarra$10,000
Bowning Public School and Citizens' AssociationCelebration of 175 Years of Bowning Public School
Boost post-COVID-19 tourism and community connection through the Back to Bowning Weekend, celebrating 175 years of the local public school.
Bowning$10,000
Glenreagh Timber Festival IncorporatedFestival Coordinator
Sustain a community-run festival and enhance community engagement post-COVID-19 through recruiting a festival coordinator.
Glenreagh$10,000
Karuah Progress Association IncKaruah Community Website
Enhance recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a town promotion and community information website.
Karuah$9,500
Kyogle Together IncorporatedKyogle Repair Cafe
Enhance post-pandemic community connections through increasing space in the Repair Cafe for social interaction.
Kyogle$10,000
Numeralla & District Activities IncorpAir Conditioning at the Numeralla Hall
Improve volunteer and hall users’ comfort post-COVID 19 by installing reverse-cycle air conditioning.
Numeralla$9,673
River Tribe IncWytaliba Rising - HeartBeat
Restore the town's cultural life and tourism after COVID-19 by purchasing industry standard drum kits for live concerts.
Diehard$10,000
The Returning Indigenous CorporationBundjalung Postpartum Care Program
Enhance COVID-19 recovery for Indigenous families on Bundjalung Country through a culturally appropriate 6-week postpartum care program.
Lismore$10,000
Towns With Heart IncorporatedKurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Enhance COVID-19 recovery and encourage social connection with an inclusive community Rock N Roll nostalgia festival.
Kurri Kurri$10,000
Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation LimitedMiima Warabinya - Skyfest 2024
Celebrate Wiradjuri cultural sky lore, reduce social isolation after COVID-19 through the Miima Warribinya Skyfest astronomy festival.
Condobolin$9,922
NORTHERN TERRITORY
Small & Vital
Mataranka Primary SchoolNinja Obstacle Course Playground
Encourage students' learning and development with outdoor play equipment that stimulates and challenges older children.
Mataranka$10,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Victoria Daly Regional CouncilHoops4Health - Re-empowering Young People in Kalkarindji
Build the flood-affected community’s ability to provide trauma-informed youth support through basketball activities for mental health and leadership growth.
Kalkarindji$9,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Camp Quality LimitedCancer Education Program Regional Tour
Sustain the work of the organisation post-pandemic to enhance the wellbeing of children affected by cancer by delivering educational puppet shows in remote schools.
Katherine$10,000
QUEENSLAND
Small & Vital
Central Highlands Water Sports ClubEducation and IT Training to Improve Volunteer Capabilities
Improve the club’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of a new computer.
Emerald$4,874
Childcare Leadership Alliance IncorporatedCare to Lead
Cultivate local leadership and retain skilled early childhood educators in the Isaac region with a place-based professional development program.
Moranbah$10,000
Eacham Community Help Organization IncGenerator for Emergency Use
Boost the community's ability to respond to future disasters by purchasing a generator for publicly-accessible back-up power.
Malanda$7,020
Mission Beach Historical Society IncImproving the Digital Capabilities and Social Capital of the Society
Enhance organisational capacity and community awareness of Mission Beach's First Nations culture and colonial history by upgrading IT equipment and creating a virtual museum website.
Mission Beach$5,882
Mornington Shire CouncilMornington Community Library Books
Support community education and development by providing books for the newly built library.
Gununa, Mornington Island$9,886
Proston Men’s Shed IncAir Conditioning for the Proston Men's Shed
Expand the use of the shed by installing a split system to make the community meeting space more comfortable and welcoming.
Proston$9,311
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Alexandra Bay GroupConstruct Road Crash Rescue Training Pad
Reduce need for frequent excessive travel by volunteers to regional training facilities by building a local training site for skills development and regular practice.
Diwan$9,790
Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare AssociationModelling Wellbeing via Basketball
Support young people’s learning and development through play by training local referees and hosting the first tournament.
Aurukun$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Baptist Church WarwickInterior Painting of Community Hall
Revitalise a bushfire-impacted community meeting space by re-painting the 112-year-old hall.
Warwick$7,980
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on behalf of State Emergency Service - Crows Nest GroupWorking Safely at Heights
Develop volunteers’ ability to support the community in emergencies by purchasing a training mannequin and a stand area light for night activities.
Crows Nest$2,371
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Macintyre Ag Alliance IncUniting Goondiwindi Region for Social and Mental Wellbeing
Enhance the flood-affected region’s wellbeing by integrating specialists within the local agribusiness conference.
Goondiwindi$5,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cape York Health Pty LtdWellbeing and Resilience: Safeguarding Vulnerable Communities
Support the organisation's efforts post-pandemic to improve student immunisation access and health equity by procuring mobile refrigeration units for vaccine transport to remote communities.
Coen$9,449
Charleville & District Cultural Association IncStitching Together the Threads of Time
Encourage post-COVID-19 community connection through creative activities by purchasing a quilting machine.
Charleville$10,000
Goondiwindi Pastoral and Agricultural SocietyWired for Success
Sustain the work of showground volunteers post-pandemic by installing permanent underground power for safety and to lighten volunteer workload.
Goondiwindi$5,084
Injune Arts Inc on behalf of Remapping Mitchell Arts CollectiveRemapping Mitchell Arts Collective Project
Enhance post pandemic-recovery and access to the arts by creating an interdisciplinary collaboration of regional artists, exhibited both virtually and across the community.
Injune$9,953
Pomona and District Kindergarten Association IncorporatedNew Playground
Encourage children’s learning and development through play following COVID-19 by upgrading the local kindergarten’s playground equipment.
Pomona$10,000
Wallumbilla Agricultural & Pastoral Association IncCatering for Connection in Wallumbilla
Enhance post-pandemic community connections by upgrading showground kitchen equipment.
Wallumbilla$10,000
Wonga Beach Primary P&C AssociationWonga Beach Community Hub
Promote post-pandemic social connection by equipping the school as a community hub with a defibrillator and outdoor entertaining equipment.
Wonga Beach$9,658
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
The Trustee for The Salvation Army (SA) Property Trust on behalf of Port Augusta CorpsClean Hands and Hygiene in The Salvos Hub
Improve participant safety and enhance organisational capacity at a community drop-in centre by upgrading the kitchenette facilities.
Port Augusta$8,085
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Australian Ocean Laboratory LimitedTechnology and Ecology: Student and Community-led Oyster Reef Restoration
Enhance connection to the environment and deepen understanding of biodiversity by implementing a student-led citizen marine science program.
Kingscote $10,000
Brukunga Community Association IncorporatedPreserving Heritage and Enhancing Community Spaces: Transforming Brukunga
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading a community hall and garden.
Brukunga$24,487
Mount Torrens Soldiers Memorial Hall IncorporatedCommunity Hall Comfort for Connectedness and Recovery
Increase opportunities for community connection and enhance the process of recovery after bushfires by installing heating and cooling at a community hub.
Mount Torrens$22,380
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Berri Regional Secondary CollegeReconciliation Cultural Garden
Support community recovery and foster connection to First Nations culture in a flood-impacted region by constructing a community cultural garden at a regional school.
Berri$24,746
Lower Murray Vintage Engine & Machinery Club Inc2024 Lower Murray Heritage Rally & Tractor Pull
Foster community connection and economic recovery in a flood-affected region by improving facilities for a historic tractor festival attracting statewide visitors.
Murray Bridge$14,364
Mannum Progress AssociationRestoration of Lighting in Mary Ann Reserve - Mannum
Enhance opportunities for recovery and social connection in a flood-impacted town through installing solar lighting at a community reserve.
Mannum$22,500
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Blyth Community Hall IncorporatedLights for Kitchen & Supper: Remove Obsolete Heaters and Fans
Enhance safety and functionality of a community gathering place to support recovery from the pandemic by upgrading lighting, and heating and cooling.
Blyth$800
Franklin Harbour Community Development Group IncCowell Silo Art Viewing Area
Reinvigorate tourism and boost the local economy following the pandemic through installing paths and signage at the silo mural viewing area.
Cowell$8,381
Goyder Plains Carriage Driving Association Incorporated on behalf of Peterborough Rodeo ClubThe 2024 National Carriage Driving Championships
Boost economic recovery after the pandemic by upgrading the amenities block for the National Carriage Driving Championship and other community events.
Peterborough$8,500
Open Space Contemporary Arts IncKingston Weaving
Promote social connection and support creative recovery after the pandemic by holding weaving workshops led by local First Nations artists and creating a public artwork.
Kingston$10,000
Orroroo Swimming Club IncorporatedSolar Heating for Community Wading Pool
Foster opportunities for community connection post-pandemic and enhance water safety by installing solar heating at a community pool.
Orroroo$6,110
Port Vincent Progress Association IncReplacement of Curtains at Institute Hall
Revitalise a community gathering place to enhance COVID-19 recovery by installing stage curtains and block out curtains at a local hall.
Port Vincent$4,280
Quorn Men's ShedThicknesser-Planer for the Quorn Men's Shed
Strengthen volunteer capacity and expand opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by acquiring equipment to bolster activities at a remote men’s shed.
Quorn$4,852
The National Trust of South Australia on behalf of Kingston SE BranchTelling the Whole Story
Enhance cultural connections post-pandemic through installing seating and display lighting at an historic site.
Kingston$8,971
The Laura Fair IncAcquisition of Outdoor Seating
Support community connection after the pandemic by purchasing outdoor seating for local events and activities.
Laura$4,590
The Port Germein Village Project Association IncPort Germein Village Project Revamp - Landscaping Stage 1
Support community connection post-pandemic by installing fencing and landscaping at a community gathering space.
Port Germein$9,750
West Coast Youth and Community Support IncorporatedStride Together Eyre Peninsula - Community Wellbeing Baton Relay
Foster social connection and promote mental health and wellbeing post-pandemic by holding a community baton relay event.
Port Lincoln$10,000
Yankalilla Youth Arts IncorporatedMini Mag - Kid's Magazine
Develop skills and support the creative recovery of young people from the pandemic by providing writing workshops and publishing magazines.
Yankalilla$10,000
TASMANIA
Small & Vital
Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre IncThe Hub
Enhance young people's mental health and wellbeing by providing equipment for indoor and outdoor activities at a new youth hub.
Clarendon Vale$6,027
Cygnet Community Children’s Centre IncOld Schoolhouse Upgrades
Support early learning, out-of-school programs and create a comfortable community space by replacing worn weatherboards, and installing blinds and an air conditioner.
Cygnet$8,262
Mt Black Men Shed IncorporatedSafety First @ Mount Black Men Shed
Boost volunteer membership and provide a safe workshop for participants by upgrading the shed’s electrical system.
Rosebery$9,614
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Mole Creek Swimming Centre Assoc IncAmenity Block Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery in a flood-impacted region through upgrading facilities at a community pool.
Mole Creek$4,872
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Cygnet Living History Museum IncMuseum Refresh
Celebrate and enhance connection to local history through purchasing archival safe cabinets for the display of cultural artefacts.
Cygnet$10,000
Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Association IncGet Back Together and Back on Track
Rebuild community connections and boost the local economy post-pandemic by hosting a community festival.
Westbury$10,000
VICTORIA
Small & Vital
Boolarra and District Historical Society IncRestoration of Cupboards - Boolarra Old School Museum
Boost visitation and expand opportunities for learning and connection to local history by restoring damaged storage units at a community museum.
Boolarra$3,465
Boort Resource and Information CentreGym Equipment Upgrade
Enhance an exercise program for older people to boost health and social wellbeing by updating a worn gym station with new fit-for-purpose equipment.
Boort$10,000
Castlemaine State Festival LtdWorking Towards a More Reconciled Future: Castlemaine State Festival's RAP Journey
Promote community understanding and engagement with the local First Nations culture through a Dja Dja Wurrung artist residency and the creation of public artwork.
Castlemaine$9,800
Committee 4 Rochester IncMural Park Enhancement
Boost the local economy and enhance community pride by installing two mural stands as part of Rochester’s Mural Festival.
Rochester$7,996
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Warrenbayne CFA (Country Fire Authority)Warrenbayne Spring Boost
Enhance volunteer capacity and community safety by providing phone and IT equipment at a community hub to improve communications in a black spot area.
Warrenbayne$5,381
Energy Innovation Co-operative LtdEnergy Solutions for the Elderly - Korumburra
Improve the wellbeing and resilience of an underserved community by providing an energy efficiency education program designed for elderly residents.
Korumburra$9,900
Hamilton Community House IncStepping Stones to Leaps and Bounds!
Promote community connections and development of life skills through the delivery of a financial literacy program in Hamilton.
Hamilton$10,000
Inglewood & Districts Health ServiceNew Gym Equipment
Promote physical and mental wellbeing in an underserved community by purchasing gym equipment for an allied health program.
Inglewood$9,966
Kilmore District Men's Shed IncNew Tools
Enhance the capacity of volunteers and boost mental health of older men by purchasing equipment for a men’s shed program.
Kilmore$1,482
Lake Bolac Bush Nursing Centre IncCommunity Engagement Program
Boost wellbeing and foster social connection by delivering an intergenerational program that brings together older community members and kindergarten students.
Lake Bolac$10,000
Neighbourhood House Murchison (VIC) IncorporatedEstablishing a Second Program Room for the Community
Expand access to programs and services through the renovation of an unused space within a neighbourhood house to create a second program room.
Murchison$10,000
Newborough Men's ShedDust Extraction for New Premises
Support social wellbeing and provide a healthy environment for older people by installing safety equipment in a workshop.
Yallourn$3,038
North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre IncBeyond Identity in Shepparton
Expand opportunities for social connection for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members by providing creative workshops and an exhibition.
Shepparton$10,000
Raillery Hub IncRaillery Hub Art Gallery Information Technology Network Upgrade
Strengthen organisational capacity and volunteer skills by upgrading IT equipment for a community gallery and meeting space.
St Arnaud$5,000
Talbot Arts and Historical Museum IncPreserving and Increasing Safe Access to Our Heritage
Promote tourism in an underserved region and enhance access to an historic precinct by installing signage and an all-abilities ramp and paths.
Talbot$10,000
Treble F Singers IncorporatedPurchase Portable Electric Piano: Bag, Stand and Stool
Enhance community connection and social wellbeing for older people by providing musical equipment for a community choir.
Leongatha$998
Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) LimitedEast Bairnsdale Community Hub Food Pantry
Enhance skills and address food insecurity in an underserved region by providing emergency food relief and supplying ingredients for cooking classes.
Bairnsdale$10,000
Prepare and Recover - 2019/2020 Bushfire Recovery
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodshareStrengthening Preparedness through Community Connection
Enhance organisation capacity and support bushfire recovery through website upgrades to improve information and resource sharing.
Wodonga$25,000
Bendoc Progress Association IncCommunity Meeting Place Upgrade
Enhance opportunities for connection and recovery in a remote bushfire-impacted region through upgrading furniture at a neighbourhood house.
Bendoc$5,000
Bright Food Co-op LtdManage and Grow the Bright Food Co-op
Enhance organisational and volunteer capacity to provide affordable healthy food in a bushfire impacted region by installing an integrated and automated online ordering software platform.
Bright$5,379
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Crowlands Fire BrigadeTV Connectivity Project
Enhance volunteer capability and community bushfire preparedness by providing IT equipment for training and educational activities.
Crowlands$2,570
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Landsborough Fire BrigadeLandsborough Fire Brigade Lawn Mower Project
Strengthen bushfire preparedness and support volunteer capacity by purchasing a mower to maintain station grounds.
Landsborough$750
Country Fire Authority on behalf of Mossi-Tambo Fire BrigadeMossi-Tambo Fire Brigade Educational Garden
Enhance a community hub and develop an educational resource in a fire-affected region by establishing a garden featuring fire-resistant plants at the Mossiface fire station.
Mossiface$5,000
Goongerah Landcare GroupSafety Equipment and Tools for Goongerah Landcare
Foster volunteer capacity and support environmental recovery post-bushfires through purchasing new tools and equipment for a weed eradication project along the Brodribb River.
Goongerah$4,525
Indigo North Health Inc on behalf of Chiltern Neighbourhood HouseRe-surfacing of Communal Area
Enhance safety, access and recovery in a bushfire-affected area by constructing an all-ability path at a neighbourhood house and men’s shed.
Chiltern$8,923
Merton Recreation and Memorial Hall Reserves IncorporatedMerton Community Skate Park
Cultivate opportunities for social connection and wellbeing for young people in a region recovering from bushfire by constructing a skate park.
Merton$10,000
Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre IncRestore, Repair and Paint Walls in Treatment Rooms
Provide a safe and comfortable facility for delivering community health services in a bushfire-impacted region by upgrading treatment rooms.
Swifts Creek$10,000
Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedUpgrade of the Old Ablutions Block
Provide a safe community gathering place and prepare for future emergency bushfire events by upgrading bathroom facilities at the Tallangatta showgrounds.
Tallangatta$25,000
Prepare & Recover - 2022 Floods
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd on behalf of Aunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's GroupAunty Gals - Aboriginal Women's Group
Support recovery of First Nations women and children impacted by floods through skills and wellbeing activities.
Echuca$25,000
Gannawarra Shire CouncilThe Fire Garden Theatre Production - Gannawarra
Enhance community recovery and cultural connection in a flood-impacted region through a First Nations theatre production.
Kerang$25,000
Get Started Disability Support Australia LtdGet Started Emergency Preparedness: Empowering People with Disabilities
Foster community empowerment and inclusive disaster resilience in a flood-impacted region by delivering disaster preparedness educational programs, training and peer support for disabled people.
Broadford$25,000
Kerang and District Agricultural Society IncorporatedReplacing of Pavilion No 2 Roof
Enhance opportunities for community connection and recovery from flood impacts by replacing the pavilion roof at the Kerang Showgrounds.
Kerang$25,000
Kyabram Community & Learning Centre IncKCLC Community Kitchen Appliance Upgrade
Foster volunteer capacity and expand food relief in a flood-impacted region by upgrading kitchen appliances at a neighbourhood house.
Kyabram$10,000
Murrabit Advancement Association IncCreating a Family Hub at Murrabit
Strengthen social connections and provide a safe gathering space following flood events by upgrading a community-owned building.
Murrabit $25,000
Shepparton Foodshare IncorporatedShepparton Foodshare Food Rescue Truck
Boost organisational capacity to provide food relief in a flood-impacted region through the purchase of a refrigerated delivery truck.
Shepparton$25,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beechworth Biennale IncorporatedBeechworth Biennale
Boost economic and cultural recovery after COVID-19 by holding a festival showcasing public art installations at 15 key locations throughout Beechworth.
Beechworth$10,000
Buninyong Community Facility Management Committee IncChair Replacement
Revitalise opportunities for social connection post-pandemic by providing new seating at a community hub.
Buninyong $9,600
Edenhope Men's ShedA New Wood Lathe for Edenhope Men's Shed
Build social connections and increase opportunities for engagement after COVID-19 by purchasing equipment for a community men’s shed.
Edenhope$8,013
Gippy Rocks IncorporatedGippy Rocks Festival
Support community reconnection and economic recovery post-pandemic by holding a community festival.
Sale$6,000
Goulburn Valley Woodworkers IncorporatedClubroom Recovery Renovations
Strengthen social connection and volunteer capacity after the pandemic through upgrading flooring at a community shed.
Shepparton$10,000
Highlands Community Hall Committee IncMain Hall Acoustic Panel & Insulation
Encourage more community events to boost social connection post-pandemic by improving acoustics and ambience at a community hub.
Highlands$10,000
Horses For Hope LimitedHelping Horses for Hope Reach the Communities in Need
Sustain an organisation’s capacity to provide mental health support post-COVID-19 by enhancing a horse float to operate as a mobile counselling space.
Mooroopna$10,000
Jamieson Community Group and Associated Bodies IncorporatedJamieson Community Hub Landscape Design Plan – Community Garden and Arts Precinct
Build community resilience and support opportunities for social connection after COVID-19 by developing plans for a community garden and arts precinct.
Jamieson$8,060
Kaniva Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncorporatedArt and Photography
Enhance volunteer capacity and promote connection to culture post-COVID-19 by purchasing display boards for art and photography.
Kaniva$7,500
Lake Goldsmith Hall CommitteeBack to Lake Goldsmith and Stockyard Hill - Celebrating 160 Years
Rebuild social connections post-COVID-19 with whole-of-community events celebrating the district’s 160th anniversary.
Lake Goldsmith$8,450
Lockington Bowls Club IncorporatedClub Room Upgrades for Energy Efficiency
Foster opportunities for social connection and support the work of volunteers after COVID-19 through upgrades to heating and cooling at a vital community hub and meeting space.
Lockington$9,091
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre IncChildren's Playground Equipment
Boost social connection and wellbeing of young children and their families post-COVID-19 by purchasing playground equipment for a neighbourhood centre.
Maldon$3,000
Mount Wallace Hall and Reserve IncorporatedMt Wallace Community Hall Improvement Project
Strengthen opportunities for community connection after the pandemic through roof and ceiling repairs and installing a shade structure at a community hall.
Mount Wallace$7,290
Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society IncNatimuk Showground Community Recreation Reserve Master Plan
Build organisational capacity and resilience post-COVID-19 by engaging a consultant to prepare a site master plan to address future needs of the facility for community events and activities.
Natimuk$10,000
Newstead 2021 Inc on behalf of Newstead Community GardenGarden Rehabilitation and Reinvigoration
Sustain volunteer capacity and safety post-pandemic by upgrading garden equipment and pathways.
Newstead$9,503
Purnim Recreation ReserveUpgrade Pavilion / Kitchen Items
Strengthen social connection and sustain the work of volunteers after the pandemic through upgrading equipment and kitchen whitegoods at a community reserve.
Purnim$4,000
Red Gum Festival Development Group IncorporatedWorkshops Marquee
Reduce social isolation and foster a stronger, more resilient community post-COVID-19 through the facilitation of community workshops and purchase of equipment for a biennial festival.
Cavendish$10,000
Regional Victorians of Colour IncRebuilding Strength and Community Through Shared Tables
Foster opportunities for cross-cultural connection and capacity building post-pandemic through multicultural community meal events and workshops in three towns.
Kyabram$10,000
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Small & Vital
Enterprise Partnerships WA LimitedPiriwa Placemaking Project Part 4
Enhance the Piriwa Hub's community support capabilities by adding an extra shipping container for improved storage and service capacity.
Balgo$10,000
Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum IncMagic of Mosaic
Improve volunteer management of historic collections by digitising materials onto an online platform.
Nungarin$3,000
Rebuilding Regional Communities - Micro
Beacon Progress AssociationBeacon Barracks are GO!
Improve access to social and creative activities post-pandemic by removing asbestos from a repurposed community arts space.
Beacon$10,000
John's Vision IncMobile Eyecare Service
Support COVID-19 recovery and resilience with a mobile optometry service offering affordable eyewear to vulnerable and homeless people.
Bunbury$10,000
Mullewa Community Resource Centre IncMelodies, Mates & Mental Health 2024
Boost reconnection of the community after COVID-19 through monthly concerts that also connect people with mental health services.
Mullewa$5,870
Share & Care Community Services Group IncorporatedMobile Financial Counselling Service
Help vulnerable residents reduce post-pandemic debt by expanding intensive financial counselling to additional Wheatbelt communities.
Dalwallinu$10,000
Tom Price Community Garden IncUser-Friendly Garden Beds
Enhance post-pandemic recovery and all-abilities social connection through community gardening by raising garden bed heights.
Tom Price$4,998

It’s not often that a toilet block is a tourism drawcard for a community, but that’s just what this project has achieved.

The Snowtown Centenary Park Inc oversees the grounds at North Terrace, Snowtown, 145 km north of Adelaide in SA. They’ve been on a mission to improve the facilities and, over the past 10 years, have extended the football change rooms, built a skate park and recently renovated the interior of the toilet block.

The outside of the toilet block however, still left a lot to be desired – a dull and dirty bessa block structure, with no visual appeal. It was truly a ‘blank canvas’.

An SRC grant for $10,000, funded by a private donor, enabled the Park Committee to engage a professional artist to paint a mural on all four walls, to brighten the centrally located facilities.

The mural has transformed the dull façade of the Centenary Park amenities block with vibrant images of bird and animal life. It is now regularly admired by locals and visitors to Centenary Park. With animals and objects of every letter of the alphabet to find and discover, it’s great for people of all ages, from young children looking for animals, teenagers posing for photos and adults enjoying the beautiful artwork. This mural is bright and colourful and a wonderful sight for tourists calling in off the highway and visitors to the region.

“So many people have stopped to admire the artwork and we have had an increase in caravan visitors to the park … the mural has had a positive impact on the image of the whole town. The toilet block looks amazing. Before it was dull and boring, now it is bright, vibrant and interesting.”

Project Manager and Committee member Bernie Altmann.