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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Co-design Counts

Community stories: 2 March 2023

First Steps Count (FSC) Child and Community Centre is a community hub for children (aged 0-12) and their families in Taree, in the NSW Mid North Coast. The journey to bring this space to the community began 12 years ago, and excitingly, the centre recently completed Stage One of construction and is now open to the public.

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Insights from the bush – March 2023

Donor newsletter Insights: 2 March 2023

Our staff connect with communities daily, whether it be over the phone, via video calls or in person. While every community is different, common themes emerge from what they tell us. Here's a snapshot of what we've heard in the last few months.

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IMAGE: IRCF Facilitators Leah Szanto and Bree Morgan. TITLE: IRCF Bega Valley project begins to roll out.

IRCF Bega Valley project begins to roll out

Media releases: 2 March 2023

FRRR and Bega Valley Shire Council have announced the start of a new initiative under the $1.3 million Australian Government Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program. Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) Bega Valley - Resilience Connection and Place Project builds on the work done over the last year through FRRR’s Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) program.

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IMAGE: Group of people standing in front of fence. PROGRAM: Telstra’s Connected Communities Grant Program.

New grants available to keep rural communities connected

Media releases: 1 March 2023

Grants of up to $10,000 are available through the first round of Telstra’s Connected Communities Grant Program.

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Local NFP partner needed in Loddon Campaspe for drought preparedness program

Media releases (soft launch): 24 February 2023

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) are looking for a local NFP partner to work with them across the Loddon Campaspe region as part of the Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative Community Impact Program.

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HR help for our local heroes

Community stories: 24 February 2023

A $5,000 Nutrien Ag Solution Community Grant in 2021 provided the opportunity to improve the employee and volunteer management of Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre Inc.

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Community Hub takes on disaster response

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories: 22 February 2023

Southern Yorke Peninsula Community Hub used a $25,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant to purchase a multipurpose trailer for the community.

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Better Communication Sounds Good

Community stories: 22 February 2023

The Grants Only Group in the Lower Tarwin Valley District in Victoria successfully applied for a $4,838 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grant to purchase a Community PA System.

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Grants for Resilience & Wellness for Kinglake Ranges communities now open

Media releases: 21 February 2023

FRRR is inviting applications from local not-for-profit groups for grants to support ongoing recovery efforts following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

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$1.3 million investment starts rolling out in South Coast communities

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 13 February 2023

FRRR announced today that they have appointed two facilitators in the Shoalhaven region to support the ongoing delivery of their Investing in Rural Communities Futures program.

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