Give to FRRR
Your support puts communities in control
FRRR is inspired and driven by the needs and abilities of remote, rural and regional communities. Our programs are designed to provide support for what each community tells us they need. After all, community-led organisations are the ones on the ground, and they are best placed to know what will really make a difference.
That’s why we ask our supporters to consider supporting one of our core grant programs:
Thank you for supporting our project with your generous grant. There is no organisation like FRRR that exists specifically to support rural and remote projects. We are so grateful for the important and unique work of FRRR. We would not have been able to have such a successful year without your contribution. We are excited to keep growing and reaching our goals, and maintain a lasting reciprocal partnership with FRRR that goes beyond just a grant cycle.
Vanessa and the Team – Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (The Pertame School): “Ngketya Nwernaka Ilkerta Mparetyeka” Making Our Language Strong, Pertame Master-Apprentice Project
Ways to Give
Click on the tabs below to explore your options for partnering with FRRR.
Strengthen Rural Communities
The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital grants program gives thousands of small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia access to funding for a broad range of community needs.
Grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Many of the small community organisations that apply find it difficult to secure grants for their projects or, in fact, are ineligible for some types of funding, so the Small & Vital grants stream plays an important role in sustaining and revitalising communities.
SRC grants can be used to support a range of community-led initiatives such as:
In essence, SRC grants allow communities to apply for funding for whatever they need – as long as it is has a broad charitable community benefit.
Importantly, the SRC grants program provides much more than funding. The knowledge, reach and flexibility of FRRR’s SRC team means we understand the unique needs of rural and remote communities. We support communities’ volunteer capacity and seek to assist them to attract additional funding. SRC grants provide a mechanism for future vibrancy and vitality. Significant donations to SRC can be tracked, with outcomes and impact reported back to donors.
Help communities prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters
In recent years, Australia has suffered a string of natural disasters that have adversely impacted remote, rural and regional communities. For this reason, FRRR has a ‘Prepare & Recover’ stream within our flagship Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grants program.
Prepare & Recover grants up to $25,000 each support communities to implement initiatives that prevent and prepare for future climate related impacts or recover from existing disasters over the medium to long term, long after immediate relief has ceased.
Donations can be made to this stream at any time, with a donor able to nominate which disaster they are responding to – if they have a preference.
Get children back to school, ready to learn
Established in 2005, Back To School is a national program that focuses on rural and regional children and families in need. Gift vouchers valued at $50 are redeemable either online through major retailers or at select local stores for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery.
For nearly 20 years, FRRR has been supporting families with these vouchers so their children can commence the school year with much-needed confidence and a sense of belonging, making them better placed to learn and thrive.
Heywire Youth Innovation Grants
The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants play a vital role in bringing the voice and ideas of young people to life. In collaboration with the ABC, FRRR provides grants to enable communities to take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
Through FRRR’s grants, our mentoring, experience and networks, these projects can make a huge difference in the lives of young people in remote, rural and regional Australia. FRRR ensures the voice and lived-experience of young people is present across the grantmaking process, involving Heywire alumni in the assessment of grant applications and proviing an internship experience with FRRR.
Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund
As Australia faces an increasing number of natural disasters – bushfires, floods, cyclones and extended droughts – it is increasingly important to have the resources and funds ready to support communities affected and to help them prepare for future disaster events.
FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund (DRRF) was created in 2019 to reach grassroots community organisations across remote, rural and regional Australia, who collectively make up the social fabric of affected communities – but often miss out on receiving funds donated for disaster recovery.
This Fund ensures that FRRR can support community recovery, long after the headlines have faded. It also funds preparedness initiatives so that communities are in a better position to recover from a disaster event.
Small Grants Fund
Since 2000, FRRR has supported remote, rural and regional communities in many ways to ensure they receive funding for the initiatives they identify as important for them. Many of the grantees that FRRR supports are small grassroots organisations in communities with small populations – most of which cannot easily access philanthropic support. Every year, FRRR relies on the generosity of individuals, philanthropy, business and government to be able to offer grants and other capacity building opportunities.
To provide a level of reliability and security in the future for our national core funding programs like Strengthening Rural Communities and Back to School, FRRR invites donors to give for the long-term by giving to our Small Grants Fund. Over time, FRRR will build up an endowment to ensure there will always be funding available for small flexible grants for remote, rural and regional communities that need support.
Within the Small Grants Fund, it is possible to give specifically for small grants to support the Central Victorian region. This geographically-oriented approach was made possible after the the Community Foundation of Central Victoria (CFCV) wound-up in 2020 and gave its corpus of around $580,000 to FRRR as the founding donor of this new fund. If other regions or towns would like to establish a grants fund specific to their area, please get in touch with the Partnerships Team.
FRRR is proud to continue the impact of the CFCV which gave hundreds of grants to local community organisations and administered scholarships and sub-funds. Individuals and businesses can continue support community groups in Central Victoria by donating to the Central Victorian Regional Grants Fund which initially will offer grants through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program.
There are several ways that you can structure a bequest:
Get in touch with FRRR’s Partnerships Team for more information or to discuss how you could leave a legacy gift to support the sustainability and vibrant future of remote, rural and regional communities in Australia.
Even the smallest donation from each pay can make a difference
Just $5 a week (that’s one coffee a week, which adds up to $260 a year) can have a big impact – for example it could:
Matched giving makes an even bigger difference!
By employers matching their employees’ donations to FRRR, dollar for dollar, they can demonstrate their commitment to rural communities. It sends a powerful message, at the same time helping to build stronger, more vibrant rural, regional and remote communities.
Workplace Giving is usually managed through an employer’s payroll system. Companies may use their own system or integrate with an existing platform such as Shout For Good, Good2Give, Give Now and Good Company – FRRR is registered with all of these platforms.
Contact us to find out more about establishing your own Workplace Giving program or adding FRRR to an existing platform.
Workplace Giving is one of the rare opportunities employers have to connect with their people on a very personal level. Saying, “We’ll help you support the things you care most about,” is a very compelling proposition and sounds like a company I want to work for!
I have always given to charity and through Workplace Giving, I was able to double my impact as my organisation matches any donation I make. I can make a bigger difference this way. Seemed like a no-brainer to be honest.
Emma Barton – Origin Energy
Five reasons to donate to FRRR
- We are locally driven – so funds go to where communities most need them.
- We reach community groups that often can’t access tax deductible donations.
- We diligently assess the organisations and projects that receive grants, so you can be confident that your money is going to make a difference.
- Funds can go to things that matter to you. It could be to a particular cause such as education, disaster recovery, aged care, environmental initiatives or culture and arts projects, or to a particular location.
- We are the only national foundation focussed on investing in remote, rural and regional communities so we are able to observe, identify, understand and respond with funding to the challenges and needs of these communities.