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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.

Heywire engages rural youth in the national conversation, and selected regional youth converged on Canberra in February to meet with local Members, Senators and Federal Ministers, representatives from government departments, philanthropists, business and community leaders and youth mentors to develop practical solutions to improve the lives of young people.

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.

More grants available

In 2020, FRRR and our donor partners are again offering over $100,000 in funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the six innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects from September 2020. Typically, projects are completed within 12 months. However, within the current context of drought, floods, bushfires and COVID-19, FRRR encourages grant seekers to discuss potential projects with the team that may be delivered over a longer time frame.

Communities can choose from one the following six project ideas:
  • Green Book
    - How might we connect young people to their local natural environment in a changing climate?
  • L.E.D. [Let’s Embrace Diversity]
    - How might we create a social media campaign that highlights and celebrates diversity?
  • We Need Farmers
    - How might we educate and take our younger generations behind the scenes of farming?
  • Skillin’ It
    - How might we give regional communities the licence to skill?
  • Filling the Gap
    - How might we encourage teachers to find the hidden figures of history that will help fight racial prejudice and inspire younger generations?
  • Just Relax
    - How might we make public spaces more accessible to people with mobility issues?

What can be funded?

  • Funds will be available to implement or pilot one of the 2020 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 September 2020 to September 2021.
  • 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.

Who can apply?

  • All not-for-profit community based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • Please submit only one application per organisation.
  • We’d prefer to receive one application per community – so ask around and see if you can work with other local groups.
  • Councils are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the youth council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement, or that you work with a youth organisation to create one strong application from your community.
  • Schools are eligible to apply, although we would favour the application being led by / from the student council or having strong evidence of youth support and engagement.
  • All applicants must have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints.

What cannot 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.

Check with FRRR if you are unsure about your eligibility.


The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program is now closed.

Before applying, please read the 2020 Heywire Information Booklet, Guidelines and application questions via Grants Gateway carefully. You can contact the Program Manager on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification. You will need to log on to Grants Gateway and complete the application form, along with all the requested supporting documentation, by no later than 5pm AEST on Tuesday, 26 May 2020.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now button below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

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Further information

For further information or to support the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program, speak with the Program Manager on 1800 170 020.

To learn more about our program partners and where the ideas come from, visit ABC Heywire online at


“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

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