FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants
FRRR and our donor partners collaborate with ABC Heywire to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the inaugural 2021 ABC Heywire Youth Ideas Lab was held in Broken Hill, NSW, where 27 young regional Australians developed five exciting ideas to champion positive change. The young people took part in a week of storytelling and leadership development to generate their ideas to make regional Australia an even better place to live.
In 2021, grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities to adopt, adapt and act on one of the five ideas.
FRRR first joined forces with the ABC in 2013 and the positive impact of the grants we’ve awarded so far is being felt in 160 rural and regional communities around Australia. This short video showcases how some of the ideas have been implemented to create real change.
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funding announced by early November 2021.
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To make sure this is the right grant for your community, please read the grant information below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.
What are the program objectives?
At the inaugural 2021 ABC Heywire Youth Ideas Lab in Broken Hill, NSW, 27 young regional Australians developed five exciting ideas to champion positive change. The young people took part in a week of storytelling and leadership development to generate their ideas to make regional Australia an even better place to live.
This program helps communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Grants up to $10,000 are available for communities to adopt, adapt and act on one of the following ideas (click to learn more):
Discover Your Future: How might we connect young people to their future pathways?
Discover Your Future will give young people a chance to explore and learn more about their future career options. They will connect with experts from different fields, who can share their own career journeys and link the young people with useful resources to help them take the first, or the next, step in the right direction. Learn more.
Open Field Fest: How might we create a fun and safe community event that includes all ages?
Open Field Fest is an innovative approach to bringing music, art and people together to help create a community-run festival. The program would focus on creating a fun, dynamic and safe environment, where people learn and hone skills to take part in a festival event that brings people together and celebrates their region. Learn more.
Support Squad: How might we create a youth-led peer support network?
Support Squad helps train young leaders to provide support, knowledge and companionship to their peers who may be struggling with a variety of challenges. It will help young people navigate being the ‘new person’ by supporting them to make friends, develop useful study skills, and link up with local groups in the community. Learn more.
The Story Link Project: How might we use stories to play our part in ending discrimination?
The Story Link Project aims to tackle discrimination through sharing diverse stories that encourage regional communities to practice empathy and inclusion. We hope to provide an environment where acceptance of diversity, knowledge of other cultures can be developed and celebrated. The Story Link Project is a safe and supportive program that opens the door for bigger discussions around how regional communities can combat discrimination. Learn more.
Contribute to the Change: How might we have conversations about our mental health that actually matter?
Contribute to the Change is a program aimed at helping young people improve their mental health knowledge and understanding so they are confident to seek the help they need. It also aims to connect young people to their local mental health support options and demystify the process of seeking help. By connecting and collaborating with healthcare professionals and their services, we hope to make these services less scary and unfamiliar to them. When needed, young people will know what services are available, where they are and what they are offering. Learn more.
Learn more about each of these projects on the ABC Heywire website.
Is this grant available in my area?
Projects must take place in regional Australia, as defined by ABC Heywire – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
How much funding is available? Are there priority areas?
In 2021, FRRR and our donor partners are offering $175,000 in funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the five innovative Heywire project ideas.
What can be funded?
Funds will be available to implement or pilot one of the 2021 Heywire ideas. The projects can be adapted for your community, but must also do one of the following:
a) Build community resilience;
b) Develop organisational resilience and capacity;
c) Enhance environmental sustainability;
d) Foster cultural vibrancy;
e) Encourage lifelong education & training;
f) Strengthen the local economy;
g) Improve community health & social wellbeing.
- Projects must be undertaken between November 2021 to December 2022.
- Projects must take place in regional Australia, as defined by ABC Heywire – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
- Projects must address a local issue.
What can’t be funded?
- Groups that have overdue final reports with FRRR are not eligible.
- Business-as-usual operating costs and administration will not be funded.
- Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate a charitable benefit to the wider community (e.g. that sport is only incidental to the wider purpose of the project).
- Projects that do not have any youth involvement.
- Projects that benefit a single individual, rather than a community.
- Projects that support private / commercial business (excepting not-for-profit social enterprise / local economic development projects, which are eligible).
- Federal, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility.
- Overseas travel and overseas projects.
Is my organisation eligible?
To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant organisations must be a not-for-profit organisation with either an Incorporation Certificate and/or an ABN. If you are unsure if your organisation is a registered not-for-profit (for example, if you are a Co-operative, Other Unincorporated Entity, Public Company or Trust), please contact FRRR;
- Project must offer clear public benefit (i.e. has a charitable purpose);
- Not-for-profit organisations with or without DGR-1 endorsement are eligible;
- Organisations can submit one application per grant round; and
- Projects must be in a remote, rural or regional area.
Please note, you will be considered ineligible if the:
- Application is submitted by individuals, sole traders, private or commercial businesses (as per the submitted ABN);
- Application is submitted by an organisation that is not a legal entity, without the written consent of the governing / partnering body who holds the ABN / Incorporation number;
- Application is submitted without required financial documentation (see additional information on the second tab);
- Final report/s from any FRRR grants awarded in the previous seven years have not been acquitted (delivery organisations should check with legal organisation to see if there are any outstanding final reports);
- Application is for a project or activity that has already occurred / is occurring prior to the announcement of funding;
- Application is incomplete. NOTE: Due to the volume of applications received, applications are assessed based on the documentation received at the time of application. FRRR is unlikely to follow up missing documentation after applications have been submitted.
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Gather information to support your grant application
Please read the information below to plan and prepare your project. The information below sets out what you MUST include for your project to be considered. There are plenty of helpful resources to support you along the way.
Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.
Your grant application MUST include:
Clear project information
Why is this important?
FRRR needs to clearly understand your project to assess its merits. Applicants should focus on addressing the what, when, where, who, why and how of the project, as this is the best formula to clearly communicate the details of the project.
A ready community is best placed to achieve the aims of your project, so during assessment, our staff look for
information that tells us that good leadership, skills and awareness exist in your community to support the project now and in the future.
A clear description of exactly what the grant funds will be used for, when and where the project will happen, who will benefit and who will be involved in delivering the project, why the project and grant funds are needed, how funds will be spent and how the activities and success of the project will be recorded, evaluated and shared.
Where possible, also indicate that your community is ready to deliver the project and if required, can support the initiative ongoing – i.e. awareness of need is widespread, appropriate leadership, resources, skills and knowledge exist in the community.
Why is this important?
FRRR uses this information to understand your organisation’s ability to manage the grant funds and its financial viability.
Applications received without the requested financial information are ineligible. Providing incorrect information on financials is currently the most frequent reason why applications are not considered.
- For organisations that have audited financials: Attach the most recent annual audited statements;
- For organisations that do not have audited financials: Attach the most recent 12 months Income and Expenditure Statement. If you have a Balance Sheet, please also submit;
- For organisations less than one year old: Provide Bank Statements for the period you have been operating.
- If financial documents are more than 18 months old, please provide an explanation as to why the organisation does not have more recent documents;
- Bank Statements are only acceptable as financial documentation if your organisation has been operating for less than one year;
- Explain any deficits and steps to sustain the organisation financially;
- Provide a brief explanation of any large financial surplus or current assets and reasons why FRRR funds are still required;
- Income and Expenditure statements must cover a full 12-month period.
- Please contact us if you cannot provide required financials or you are unsure about what to provide.
- Why is this important?
- FRRR uses this information to understand your organisation’s ability to manage the grant funds and its financial
Why is this important?
A clear budget helps FRRR to understand the size of your project, exactly how FRRR funds will be spent and helps demonstrate community support for your project through in-kind contributions either from your organisation or partners / community members.
You must include a project budget that clearly shows the items that FRRR grant funds will be used for and shows all income and expenses related to your project.
Budgets should be realistic and must add up – i.e. total expenditure must match total income.
Applicant contributions in cash or in-kind are highly regarded. Quotes or detailed rationale for items over $1,000 are
required, where possible. Note: FRRR suggests costing unskilled volunteer labour at $41.00 per hour.
Eligible legal entities
Why is this important?
The Strengthening Rural Communities program is only able to distribute funds to not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation number, and FRRR needs to know that the organisation with that ABN / Incorporation number understands and agrees to carry out their responsibilities in relation to your project, if successful.
Every application needs to include an organisation that holds either an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. If your organisation doesn’t have that, FRRR could still fund the project (with your organisation as the delivery organisation) but you need another organisation’s support, which we refer to as the ‘legal organisation’.
Even though your organisation may complete the application (and will be doing the work), it’s the overarching organisation’s legal and financial information that needs to be provided. They also need to provide a letter of support, confirming they are willing to play this role.
This situation often occurs often when the organisation delivering the activity or project is a branch of an overarching organisation – such as a local CWA or YMCA branch.
Why is this important?
FRRR seeks to fund projects that are well-supported by the broader local community, are locally led and delivered, show good partnerships and benefit multiple parts of the community. As FRRR is not always familiar with your community, our staff consider support material as evidence toward understanding level of community need, benefit and support.
FRRR strongly recommends that you provide supporting materials such as letters of support, community plans, survey results, photographs, media clips and research reports that can show the wider community support and partnerships involved in the project.
Large documents should be referenced and explained in the application.
We have grouped the kinds of projects communities commonly ask us to help fund into seven areas, which we call the Activity Tree:
1. Building community resilience
2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability
4. Fostering cultural vibrancy
5. Lifelong learning and education
6. Economic strength
7. Improving community health and social wellbeing
We ask you to nominate one of those seven areas when you apply. So, before you lodge your application, download the Activity Tree to help you identify your focus area.
Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway
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Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:
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“I’d like to convey the great thanks of Barossa YAC and of our community for the FRRR ABC Heywire program support which was fundamental in organising RACE – a Racial and Cultural Event. Our day began with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the message was one of unity and that today, this land is one that is open to all cultures. It was a very special moment.
“This atmosphere of openness continued throughout the day with a broad cross section of our community participating in workshops and cultural challenges, as well as creating an anti-racism mural.
“Our YAC cannot thank you enough for your support. Being a part of an event like this was an experience none of our committee will forget anytime soon. The opportunities for personal development and the planning of a long-term project were plentiful. Thank you for your support and for helping us make the Barossa a better place.”
Nathalie Johnstone – Barossa Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) – Heywire 2015
Inspiration – Past projects
Explore some of the projects we’ve previously funded to see how other organisations have helped their community thrive.
Good times and opportunities for Eden youth
The Eden Game Development Centre used their grant to deliver a version of the Heywire Step Up initiative, to inspire disengaged young people to take the first step on their journey to success.
Mirror Mirror… youth reflect impact of drugs & alcohol
The Roper Gulf Regional Council worked in partnership with the Indigenous Community Volunteer organisation to increase awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse within families.