Latest Grants in Action

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Date Story heading Story summary
31 Jan 2020 Fundraising Account: Child Writes Fund

Child Writes Fund is a charity that 'empowers children to navigate their future through story'. The Child Writes program gives primary school-aged children a voice by offering them the opportunity to write and illustrate their own children's picture books.The Fund partnered with FRRR in March 2019 to create a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account to support its endeavours, and the funds raised contributing to delivering more programs in rural and regional areas where children are in crisis and making the library of books widely available via an app.

31 Jan 2020 First aid course breathes new life into Berry Springs emergency response

While it's only around an hour's drive to central Darwin, the small community of Berry Springs is relatively isolated when it comes to accessing emergency medical care. It can take up to 45 minutes for an ambulance to reach them. Rather than lament and complain about the situation, the Seniors Group decided to get proactive. They secured a $1,440 Small Grant for Rural Communities, funded by the John T Reid Charitable Trusts to undertake some first-aid training.

31 Jan 2020 Building Burnie's community connections

Ten Days on the Island, in collaboration with Urban Theatre Projects, sought to 'update the file' with the broader Burnie community on Shorewell Park - to demonstrate that old perceptions were outdated, and to encourage all of Burnie towards a more inclusive conversation. Thanks to the Bertalli Family Foundation the group received $5,000 from the Small Grants for Rural Communities Program, a contribution towards the cost of developing and staging a community-strengthening event.

31 Jan 2020 Capel Maker's Trail hoists the flag for arts in the region

The inaugural Capel Makers' Trail was held in April 2019 to promote local makers and artisans and celebrate their arts, culture and cultural diversity in the community. Auspiced by the Capel Chamber of Commerce, Capel Makers' Trail received a $4,810 grant from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by a private donor.

31 Jan 2020 Growing together with Grow Lightly

With a Gardiner Working in Dairy Communities program grant, Grow Lightly were able to fund a consultant to undertake market research and the development of a business plan for the expansion of their food hub and network of local consumers and producers.

17 Dec 2019 JUTE keeps Indigenous storytelling alive

With the support of a $15,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant, JUTE was able to take its 2019 show, The Longest Minute to ten North Queensland schools in very remote locations with significant numbers of Indigenous students.

17 Dec 2019 Raising drug awareness in Lake Grace

In Lake Grace, a town in Western Australia's Eastern Wheatbelt, Lake Grace Community Resource Centre (CRC) tackled the health crisis they were facing from drug and alcohol use in the community by facilitating several drug awareness and information sessions and helping to set up a Local Drug Action Group.

17 Dec 2019 Cowell Silo art project

The Franklin Harbour Community Development Group sought to expand their local tourism market in a bid to stimulate the local economy, which has been adversely affected by the flow on effects from a community in drought.

25 Nov 2019 Pottering on in Benalla

The Broken River Potters Group in Benalla were granted $2,423 from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The Ross Trust, to purchase the required kiln furniture and spare elements to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of their new kiln.

25 Nov 2019 Managing bushfire risk at Dolphin Sands

The Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association received a $9,900 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by Westpac Group, to engage a commercial mulcher and its crew, to process around 150 tonnes of vegetation in an effort to get the community bushfire-ready.

25 Nov 2019 Drilling home the importance of Men's Sheds

The Yankalilla Men's Shed received a $1,438 grant from the Small Grants program, funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, which they used to purchase a new drill press and table.

25 Nov 2019 Catch a Lenovo in the desert

The Desert Uplands Committee (DUC) in central western Queensland received three Lenovo laptops valued at $4,047 via an ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. Identification and eradication of weed infestations is a major part of the DUC's landcare work.These computers have enhanced the capacities of the landholders in managing their properties and resources, with multi-property data being easily collected, collated, analysed and then fed back to the land managers. The IT upgrade has modernised the operations of the Committee, enabling them to have near-paperless meetings, and activating processes in near-real time.

22 Oct 2019 Grants help communities rally against drought pressures

Thirty-seven drought-affected communities across Australia are sharing in $1,221,170 in grant funding as part of the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

11 Jul 2019 Young Doctors provide early primary healthcare interventions on Dunghutti Country

A $20,000 grant from FRRR's Innovation for Community Impact program assisted The Malpa Institute to deliver the Young Doctors program - known as Dhalayi Doctors in the local Dunghutti Country language - to students at six Kempsey primary schools.

27 Jun 2017 Community Foundation Account partnership in practice

The Tumut Community Foundation reports that their partnership with Visy and FRRR has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups.

24 Mar 2014 Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal: Use us

This article with the Generosity Magazine explores FRRR's role as a 'philanthropic toothbrush': designed to get to those hard-to-reach places.-Increasingly, philanthropists and PAFs are coming to understand what we can offer, but our message is always going to be Use Us,- Gartmann says. -Partner with us, use us as we were intended┬ľas a conduit for philanthropic and other funding to get to regional, rural, and remote communities.-

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