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. 

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Local NFP partners needed for drought preparedness program in Central West NSW & WA Great Southern regions

Media releases: 22 May 2023

FRRR and ARLF are looking for local NFP partners across Central West NSW and Great Southern WA as part of the drought preparedness Community Impact Program.

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Re-imagining youth volunteering in rural, regional and remote Australia

Insights Thought leadership: 22 May 2023

People Portfolio Lead, Deb Samuels, considers how volunteer-run groups can usher in the next generation of volunteers by working with local young people.

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Young people take over Mildura in May

Media releases: 19 May 2023

More than 30 school-aged students will ‘takeover’ Mildura from 22 May to 26 May to share their stories as part of the ABC’s Takeover Youth Summit.

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Grants to boost community spirit

Media releases: 15 May 2023

In partnership with The Yulgilbar Foundation, FRRR has awarded $785,794 in grants to 23 local groups for community projects designed to strengthen community capacity and resilience in the Clarence Valley and surrounding region.

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Funds begin to flow to rural communities to prepare for drought

Media releases: 9 May 2023

FRRR and ARLF are pleased to announce the first 15 organisations to receive funding through the Future Drought Fund’s Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative.

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I’m not afraid to talk!

Community stories: 26 April 2023

The community group I’m Not Afraid To Talk (INATT) partnered with the University of South Australia (UniSA) to deliver a mental wellbeing program through Greater Flinders and Eastern Eyre football leagues / clubs to help adolescent and adult men in rural communities to improve their mental health and reduce the risk of suicide.

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Community gathering place set in stone on Susan Island

Community stories: 26 April 2023

A modest $4,700 grant from The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund program has helped a community group transport a 215 kg ceremonial stone to Susan Island in October 2021 by a local builder who contracted a truck, forklift, excavator and barge.

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Grey Panthers’ dancing their way to health and vitality through celebrating Aboriginal culture

Community stories: 26 April 2023

Tracks Dance Company in Darwin and Miku Performing Arts in Yirrkala on the Gove Peninsular are providing artistic leaders for the Grey Panthers dancers’ three-year Dhiyala Walu – In the Now project.

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Historical photographic exhibition in Mission Beach – Echo of the past

Community stories: 24 April 2023

Mission Beach Historical Society developed a photographic exhibition ‘Echo of the Past - Historical photographs from Mission Beach, 1890s - 1950s’.

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Empowering and addressing issues that matter to rural youth

Media releases: 17 April 2023

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available to fund community-led projects, developed by young people, to respond to the six issues identified at this year’s ABC Heywire Youth Summit, including mental health, accessibility, youth voices, addressing costs of living and creating safe spaces - all issues that concern youth.

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