Latest Grants in Action

A key part of FRRR's role is sharing stories about connecting communities, showing local leaders how others have solved a particular issue, and highlighting the needs and gaps in rural and regional Australia. This page features some of those case studies and grants in action.

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Date Story heading Story summary
23 Jul 2020 Country Music Club no place for vintage computers

The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook (CMCBB) in WA received a 2019 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant in the form of three Lenovo Thinkpads to plan and implement its annual arts activities. The new IT equipment not only supports the event's future operations, but has also increased the productivity and skill development.

23 Jul 2020 Greening the Sunset Strip Village

Sunset Strip Village's community centre precinct has been transformed into a green oasis, thanks to a $19,070 TTTT grant funded by the Australian Government. The drought stricken community's local Progress Association purchased important items including a submersible pump.

23 Jul 2020 Improvements to Thallon's War Memorial

A $5,000 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants, funded by the Monsanto Fund, enabled the TPA to embark on another stage of the project, bringing them closer to completing this special memorial that will ensure those from the Thallon district who served in battle will never be forgotten.

23 Jul 2020 Community tree planting in Peppimenarti and Nganmarriyanga

An SRC grant for $4,946, funded with the support of the John T Reid Charitable Trusts, helped address long-term food security, as well as create more inviting, welcoming and cool streets in the remote Indigenous homelands of Peppimenarti and Nganmarriyanga in the Northern Territory.

24 Jun 2020 Ripples of resilience on Eyre Peninsula

A $20,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant has made a significant difference to the lives of more than 50 year 10 students - and their families - on the Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia. The grant, funded by the Australian Government, went toward the salaries and operational costs of delivering the Youth Opportunities program.

24 Jun 2020 St George's safe haven for those in need

A disused unit attached to the meeting rooms of the St George branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association is now a haven for families in need. An Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant for $5,000 helped to renovate and being furnishing the facility, which is now a safe place for victims of domestic violence, or rural families needing somewhere comfortable to stay when in town.

24 Jun 2020 Governance workshops for not-for-profit aged care services

A small grant for rural communities helped to make governance training accessible in regional WA. The training was tailored to community-based not-for-profit aged care services, and covered duties and responsibilities of directors, their roles and

5 Jun 2020 Mental Health with celebrity Osher Gunsberg a hit in Robinvale

Through FRRR's In a Good Place program, funded by CCI Giving, Robinvale Network House secured funds to have celebrity Osher Gunsberg speak about his struggle with mental illness. The aim was to encourage the community to speak up and be part of the conversation surrounding mental health and AOD issues.

27 May 2020 Good times and opportunities for Eden youth

Youth unemployment and disengagement is a big problem in Eden. The Eden Game Development Centre received a $9,692 ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to deliver their version of the Heywire Step Up initiative to inspire disengaged young people to take the first step on their journey to success.The 'Opportunity Youth Festival' showcased opportunities available for local young people in a fun and engaging manner to allow them to investigate options available to them.

27 May 2020 Shade for kids at Coleraine Kinder

The Coleraine&District Kindergarten runs separate programs for both 3 and 4 year olds. It received $7,000 from the Grants for Resilience&Wellness program, funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, to purchase and install a shade sail over a popular water feature and retain it's sun-smart status. The shade not only provides protection from the sun, but allows greater use of the area.

27 May 2020 Community garden for Nabiac

Karuah and Great Lakes Landcare received a $3,218 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by John T Reid Charitable Trusts. The grant funds covered the cash costs of rapidly setting up a functioning community garden–prefabricated raised beds, high quality garden soil, hardware and a place to store it, some basic composting equipment, and dwarf fruit trees to suit the space limitations of the site.

27 May 2020 Chill'n'Grill - BBQing for Boulia

The Council receieved a $26,000 grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, funded by Tim and Gina Fairfax, to purchase their new Chill'n'Grill BBQ trailer. The trailer included a fridge and safety equipment, which would allow community groups to transport and operate it safely.

27 May 2020 The Next Economy

In August 2018, TNE partnered with FRRR to establish a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account to support the educational component of TNE's activities, as well as their capacity to enable the educational programs to be delivered for the benefit of regional Australians.

30 Apr 2020 Ready, Set, Go in Numurkah

With a $4,970 grant from FRRR's Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by The William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), the Numurkah Community Learning Centre was able to run a series of four short courses to support disengaged secondary students.

30 Apr 2020 Improving remote veterinary surgery safety

A small grant from FRRR has enabled a vet practice that supports remote Indigenous communities to purchase essential equipment to help with the coordination of de-sexing and anti-parasite treatment of animals within these communities.

30 Apr 2020 Colourful response to the drought

Longreach State High School used an FRRR TTTT grant to engage a well-known mural artist and youthworker. In all, around 60 students and communitymembers painted nearly 165m2 of large-scale murals around Longreach.

30 Apr 2020 Gippsland's Healthy CHAT project

Latrobe Community Health Services were awarded a $125,200 Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant to develop and evaluate a training package for primary health staff in rural settings, in the delivery of Very Brief Advice (VBA) to clients related to smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity.

30 Apr 2020 Donor partner profile: Wilson Asset Management

Wilson Asset Management (WAM) partnered with FRRR for the first time in September 2019, after seeing the extent of the impact of the prolonged drought and bushfires on rural, regional and remote communities. WAM agreed to match donations from their network, up to $500,000 - resulting in more than $1M being donated to FRRR's Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund. CEO Kate Thorley shared what motivated the business to donate, and how the partnership evolved.

30 Apr 2020 Guyra Showgrounds' upgrade comes just in time

Last July, the Guyra Show Society was awarded a $57,260 grant through the Tackling Tough Times Together program for drought-affected communities thanks to the generosity of ANZ and private donors.The funding allowed for a much-needed upgrade of the Guyra Showgrounds' barbeque and bar pavilion. While stage two of the renovations are still to get underway, there have been many positives from work completed to date.

31 Mar 2020 Tackling tough times in the Tablelands

The Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG) have worked together to deliver a range of drought relief projects that contributed to connectedness, social wellbeing and increased access and awareness to support services. A $15,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, enabled TRC to consult and engage gardening experts to design and deliver the workshops. The funding also covered ancillary costs such as the promotion of the events, catering and workshop materials.

28 Mar 2020 Making MediFriends in Whyalla

Country&Outback Health is a not for profit organisation that provides a range of mental health and general health support services to South Australians living in rural and regional areas. They auspiced an application from headspace Whyalla for funding to support an FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants initiative called MediFriends.

28 Mar 2020 Coonabarabran's Feast of Words

Coonabarabran High School's P&C received a Small Grants for Rural Communities grant of $4,500, funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, to host an eclectic group of writers to their 2018 Writers festival.The group included some familiar with Coonabarabran and the local area, and others who were not.

28 Feb 2020 Camperdown community garden flourishes

A refreshed community garden meant that the Camperdown community could enjoy a more inclusive space at a time when they needed it most.

28 Feb 2020 Upskilling early childhood educators

Eidsvold Kindergarten hosted a professional development day for early childhood educators from the North Burnett and beyond to improve their professional knowledge and skills, ultimately benefiting children across the region.

28 Feb 2020 Mullum Library provides tools for recovery

With the help of a $12,000 Repair Restore Renew grant, the Mullum Library of Stuff was able to provide affordable access to quality tools and equipment for the Byron Shire community including individuals, families, schools, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

28 Feb 2020 Canberra camp made possible again

An $11,000 Tackling Times Together grant, helped fund the Cowell Area School Middle School Camp to Canberra without which teh camp would not be able to run.While in Canberra students furthered their understanding and interest in Australia's history, civics and governance through visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the High Court, the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), the Electoral Education Centre and the National Museum of Australia.

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 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.

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