Partner with us
FRRR was established to harness and connect the collective resources and investments of philanthropy, business, government and individuals and direct this support to communities beyond our big cities.
The generous support of our 1,150+ donor partners is fundamental to what we do. Some of our donors and partners are listed below, but there are many, many more. We particularly acknowledge our founding members: the Australian Government, and the Sidney Myer Fund.
In addition to receiving donations into our core programs, FRRR works with donors and partners in many different ways – from running a program on their behalf, to collaborating on programs addressing a specific issue, or simply sharing our expertise and networks.
Click on the tabs below to explore the different ways that we partner with those who want to support remote, rural and regional communities.
Over many years FRRR has partnered with numerous established philanthropic trusts and foundations, who have trust and faith in FRRR to deliver funding where it is most needed.
Some partnerships centre around giving large donations to an existing FRRR grants program, like Strengthening Rural Communities or Back to School. Other philanthropic foundations have asked FRRR to develop a granting program that targets a specific geographic location or centres funding to support specific issues.
Donor Advised Programs
Philanthropic foundations can partner with FRRR to create a tailored grants program that responds to a particular geography or need. For example, the Yulgilbar Foundation Fund supports communities in the Clarence Valley and surrounding regions who have a desire and need to strengthen their capacity and resilience in response to 2019/20 bushfires, floods and continued challenges across the region.
The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund supports communities in the Clarence Valley and surrounding regions who have a desire and need to strengthen their capacity and resilience in response to 2019/20 bushfires, drought and continued challenges across the region.
Sally Foundation supports programs that empower young people in rural and regional Australia, build leadership skills, increase social participation and learning opportunities and encourage youth voices to be heard. The annual Sally Foundation Trailblazers Development Fund offers grants to support young people to make a difference in their local community.
The Bushfire Recovery Fund is a joint granting initiative of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Sidney Myer Fund that aims to build the capacity of local organisations playing a central, coordinating or networking role in the recovery of the Victorian communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfires. Grants are multi-year and applications are by invitation only.
Philanthropic foundations can also choose to partner with FRRR on a long-term collaborative funding program. For instance, the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, which aims to build and support the capacity of grassroots community organisations in eight communities, is supported by several funders. It aims to strengthen local not-for-profits, ultimately enabling them to thrive, which in turn will have a positive impact on community wellbeing.
Get in touch with the FRRR Partnerships team if you’d like to discuss ways that your foundation can support remote, rural and regional communities.
Large corporates and businesses across Australia partner with FRRR to ensure their charitable giving has deep impact and is delivered by experts.
Give to FRRR programs
Many corporates and businesses partner with FRRR because they recognise our expertise in getting funding to where it is most needed in remote, rural and regional Australia.
For example, the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation’s mission is to help solve food insecurity in regional and rural areas, so FRRR was a great fit. The Foundation started a three-year partnership with FRRR in 2021 and its donations contribute to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grants program.
Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation chose to partner with FRRR because of SRC’s collaborative granting approach and its ability to be flexible and focused to respond to communities’ needs.
Support your staff to give
Many businesses offer employees a simple and effective way to support charities through a workplace giving program. This helps businesses demonstrate good corporate citizenship and their support for staff, leading to positive social impact. A workplace giving program helps to build a company’s culture, strengthens employee engagement, and enhances its brand in the eyes of customers.
For example, the Findex Community Fund (FCF) has matched charitable donations of Findex staff through their Workplace Giving Program since 2018, giving their people the opportunity to control their own donations, while maximising their contribution.
FCF’s internal giving campaigns have invited Findex staff to donate to FRRR, one of their charity partners, as an organisation which supports a huge number of remote, rural and regional communities. For Findex, who have people and offices geographically spread throughout Australia, supporting an FRRR program such as Strengthening Rural Communities is a way that they can give back to the communities they are connected to.
Danielle Maxwell, Head of Philanthropy and Sustainability, Findex, says, “Findex operates in rural and regional communities throughout Australia, and our people understand the impact of isolation. Connecting and giving back to our communities is part of our giving culture and our DNA and we are proud to support FRRR who not only provide a platform to provide first response to those impacted by natural disasters but also on ongoing development and community wellbeing to support remote rural and regional Australia.“
By employers matching their employee’s donations to FRRR, dollar for dollar, they can demonstrate their commitment to rural communities. It sends a powerful message, at the same time to build stronger, more vibrant remote, rural and regional communities.
Establish a corporate named grants program
FRRR is recognised as having deep connections and networks within remote, rural and regional Australia and is a great partner for corporates or businesses wanting experts to deliver funding programs on their behalf.
For example, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal small grants program celebrated its 20th year in 2022 and has given more than $5 million over that time to help build and sustain rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.
In 2021, Nutrien Ag Solutions partnered with FRRR to invest in meaningful community projects across Australia through grants of up to $5,000 for projects across rural and regional Australia. Nutrien committed a further $250,000 in 2022 to support local grassroots organisations with funding for projects that are meaningful for their communities.
The Seeds of Renewal program focuses on ANZ’s core giving objectives.
The Working in Dairy Communities program supports Victorian dairy communities.
Grants to help communities strengthen their resilience through long-term recovery from a significant natural disaster by undertaking community-identified and led long-term recovery activities for public benefit.
The Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants contributes to the success, vibrancy and wellbeing of remote, rural and regional communities nationwide.
The Australian Government was one of the two organisations that founded FRRR in 1999 and it continues to be an important partner of FRRR.
The partnership currently includes the Future Drought Fund’s Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative, which provides funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan and follows on from their $15 million Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grants program that helped communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. The Australian Government joined the program as a funder, following its establishing with other philanthropic partners, having seen the success of the program.
This is similar to the Strengthening Rural Communities program, where funding is now being rolled out through the Australian Government’s Rebuilding Regional Communities stream to support COVID recovery in regional communities.
State Governments too have partnered with FRRR. One of the first was the Victorian Government, which oversaw the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. FRRR managed and delivered a series of grants programs focused on the long-term recovery of affected communities, which evolved as needs changed in the ensuing years. The final program – Grants for Resilience & Wellness – had a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects. Started in 2012, the program recently finished and over that time gave nearly $3 million for resilience building projects that strengthen the many bushfire affected communities. The NSW Government has partnered with FRRR more recently to support COVID recovery.
Get in touch with the FRRR Partnerships team if you’d like to discuss ways that FRRR could deliver a grants program on your behalf to support remote, rural and regional communities.
Nothing we do could be achieved without the support of our donors and partners.
Your generosity, support and trust is greatly appreciated.
These are just some of those who have partnered with us.
We thank every one for their support.
“This opportunity will give our community such a boost in reimagining our identity and bringing together the arts community. A creative thinking community will solve their own problems and pave a future that is tailored to their needs – this is what FRRR has enabled Monto to do. We are incredibly grateful to you and your team for your dedication and commitment to distributing funds and empowering communities. We are also deeply moved by the generous philanthropists and donors, the far reaching impact of their financial contribution to rural Australian communities is dynamic and life changing for many.”
Carly Baker-Burnham – The Rex Monto