News

Thanks for popping by. In this area of the site, we share news of the grants we have awarded, our new partnerships and share stories about our organisation. From time to time, you’ll also find articles and our thoughts on key issues facing remote, rural and regional communities.

You can use the categories to the right to explore particular topics, including how FRRR is supporting communities affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires.

You’ll also find inspiring stories about some of the wonderful things community groups do with that funding. We also share a selection of media stories, where FRRR or a member of our staff has been featured. 

For any media enquiries, email Julie Weldon or call 0423 110 802.

Rural communities strengthened with more than $1.1M in grants

Media releases: 19 January 2021

One hundred and one projects set to strengthen remote, rural and regional Australia have been given an encouraging boost, with 96 communities sharing in $1,112,492 in grants, thanks to the FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities program.

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More than $580,000 in grants to strengthen bushfire recovery

Bushfire recovery: 19 January 2021

Thirty-four projects set to seed and strengthen the recovery of communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires are sharing in $589,945 in grants, thanks to aa special stream of bushfire recovery funding via FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities program.

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Support for bushfire recovery on offer

Bushfire recovery Media releases: 13 January 2021

FRRR is encouraging community groups in regions affected by the 2019-20 bushfires to apply for recovery funding, with more than $380,000 in grants available through the News Corp Bushfire Fund.

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Learning the love of literacy

Community stories: 11 January 2021

Daylesford is around 105 km north west of Melbourne. Like any small town, some children struggle with certain aspects of their learning, which can have a significant impact on their mental health and...

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Mobile skate park launches in Coolamon Shire

Community stories: 11 January 2021

A mobile skate park was the creative solution the communities of Matong and Ganmain came up with to provide a sense of place and belonging for the younger people in their communities. The Coolamon Shire Council received a $25,000 Tailored Grant, funded by The Berrembed Trust, to purchase and install the necessary infrastructure, which is shared between the communities on a rotational basis.

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Inspiring a new generation of hope for rural and regional Victoria

Community stories: 11 January 2021

The Rotary Club of Beaufort in Rotary District 9780 received a $6,000 Tailored Grant from FRRR, funded with the support of the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, to run a three-day vocational experience. The grant saw 29 students from small farming communities, isolated properties and larger towns serviced by surrounding agricultural enterprises, develop their self-confidence and ability to present their agricultural business aspirations.

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Children from Arthur's Creek Primary School wearing CFA helmets

Grants awarded to help communities rebuild and reconnect

Media releases: 22 December 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal has awarded nearly $725,000 in grants to support 31 projects that will help communities impacted by the February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires continue to rebuild, reconnect and recover.

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Students in a classroom with their teacher learning about science.

Science fun for the Central Highlands

Community stories: 22 December 2020

The regional town of Emerald, situated in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, is having a tough time. The area is experiencing a severe drought, which is having a significant impact on the town’s...

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Young lives matter – technology can help

Community stories: 22 December 2020

When faced with the heartbreaking reality of rising deaths among young people, the team at Byron Youth Service (BYS) stepped in to remind their community that young lives matter, and that everyone deserves...

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The town with a big heart – playground upgrade

Community stories: 22 December 2020

Saddleworth in South Australia is a small rural town with a big heart. With less than 500 people, it’s a tight-knit community where the residents easily walk from one end of town to the next in 20 minutes.  The...

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