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.

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Kyabram teen fitness program inspires community spirit

Kyabram teen fitness program inspires community spirit

Community stories: 4 April 2022

A health and wellbeing centre has been established by Kyabram Blue Light at the town’s P-12 College thanks to $5,000 from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program in partnership with Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

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FRRR welcomes extension of DGR1 to Rural Community Foundations

Media releases (soft launch): 30 March 2022

FRRR has today welcomed the extension of DGR-1 status for the country’s regional Community Foundations, which was confirmed in Tuesday night’s Budget announcements. This special status means that they can now directly receive tax deductible donations from a broader range of donors to support more place-based philanthropy, which FRRR has long-championed.

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Perpetual power for Tarana’s Bushfire Brigade

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories eNews: 29 March 2022

Tarana Bushfire Brigade installed a solar powered battery backup system to ensure they would always be ready for urgent fire defence, thanks for a $25,000 VESF grant.

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Breaking the cycle in Yiyili

Community stories eNews: 29 March 2022

An SRC grant supported bike repair workshops for youth in the Yiyili community, increasing engagement in the community and learning new skills.

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Deadly Yarning & Learning – Mental Health training for young people

Community stories eNews: 29 March 2022

YACVic was supported with an IAGP grant to deliver culturally specific Mental Health First Aid Training to 20 First Nations youth in Swan Hill and Robinvale.

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$700,000 in grants available for NSW groups that responded to impacts of COVID-19

COVID Recovery Media releases: 29 March 2022

Local community groups and not-for profit organisations in remote, rural and regional NSW are being offered grants to boost preparedness for future pandemics and other disasters through the Resilience NSW COVID Regional Community Support (CRCS) program.

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Further $50,000 investment in Bay & Basin not-for-profits

Media releases: 28 March 2022

In partnership with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, FRRR has awarded a further $50,293 to support four not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in the Bay & Basin area. Bay & Basin NFPs have now received nearly $150,000 to date through the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program, which is helping to address locally-identified priorities.

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Grants available for Volunteer Emergency Services in Black Summer impacted areas

Grants available for Volunteer Emergency Services in Black Summer impacted areas

Media releases: 22 March 2022

Volunteer emergency services groups in communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires are encourage to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Fund grants.

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Rural communities awarded a $1.4 million boost

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 17 March 2022

Through FRRR's Strengthening Rural Communities grant program, 117 projects will share in $1,382,453 in grants for their community-led initiatives.

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Donor News – March 2022

Donor newsletter: 15 March 2022

In our March Donor news we give an update on our progress from the past quarter, especially looking at approaches to recovery from the Black Summer bushfires, and how you can help with flood recovery. We share insights from our team and share a conversation with Neville Bertalli - who, along with his wife Di, has been donating to FRRR's programs for 12 years through the Bertalli Family Foundation.

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