Equitable Access to Opportunities

People in rural, regional and remote locations deserve access to quality services and opportunities, such as health, education and transport. But this is often not the case. Our grants help local community groups enhance what already exists, or fill the gaps.

Programs in Action: Wellness forum brings locals together

Forum participants gained new knowledge and support networks.

“The prolonged drought in central western Queensland has impacted upon both the physical and mental health of many members of the community. The people in the area are suffering extreme financial, physical and emotional hardship,” explained Jenny Lindsay from the Stonehenge Action Group Inc.

To alleviate some of the stressors, the inaugural Stonehenge Wellness Forum was held last year, supported by a $3,000 grant through the Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program, thanks to the Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation.

The Forum’s aim was to enhance people’s social and emotional well-being. Preventative health assessments were offered for people living within three hour’s drive of Stonehenge, which has a population of just over 100 people.

“With this grant we were able to showcase an array of exciting guest speakers and fabulous trade displays,” Jenny said. Sessions ranged from fitness to business strategies, personal values to health and nutrition, as well as art. A beautician and masseuse were also on site to pamper guests.

The forum was open to all community members - drought affects the physical and mental health of everyone, no matter the age, gender or size of community.

Cam Lindsay of 'Yuruga', a property south-west of Longreach, was among the attendees. “Sometimes the perception is that this kind of event is only for women. But men who attend with their partners can really benefit. It gives you the opportunity to develop new approaches and map out your goals together. By both partners attending, you are on the same page and can go home and work better as a team,” Cam explained.

  • Hover over the panels below to read four Grants in Brief.

shoes for

Through the BTS program, children and families in need receive $50 vouchers to purchase school essentials. Wearing a uniform that fits, shoes without holes or having new stationery makes a difference. All students are equal to their peers and can just focus on learning.



The Lifeskills Plus Transition to Work program, assists school leavers with disabilities, in Mudgee, NSW, to obtain employment. Through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program they received five Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets, valued at $4,245, for driver training to help participants get their driving license.


violence has no divide

The Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre Ltd received $15,000 from FRRR’s I4CI program, thanks to the NSW Department of Families & Community Services and the Flannery Family Foundation. They developed a series of vignettes to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who may be experiencing domestic violence.


for all


Tennant Creek Transport sought to provide improved transport services in this NT community. Utilising $5,000 from the SGRC program to augment other funding, they were able to purchase a brand new wheelchair-accessible bus and provide access to services for all residents.



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