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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Mental health training to support young people

Community stories: 26 March 2024

A project supported through FRRR's In a Good Place program, in partnership with CCI Giving.

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Creating happiness with Happy Boxes

Community stories: 26 March 2024

An FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities grant funded by the Australian Government to support COVID recovery in communities.

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More than $730,000 awarded to prepare rural communities for future drought

Media releases: 22 March 2024

FRRR has awarded $737,774 in Small Network Grants to 29 NFPs for projects that will strengthen their communities to prepare for the impacts of future droughts.

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Partner Update – March 2024

Partner Update: 13 March 2024

In this quarter's update for FRRR's partners and supporters, we've featured one community's innovative solution to overcome a lack of access to basic healthcare services, and you'll find a Q&A with Debra Morgan, CEO of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, who joined with FRRR and the Sidney Myer Fund to develop the Bushfire Recovery Fund.

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Motherland: No rural mum left behind

Community stories: 13 March 2024

Founded by Stephanie Trethewey, the 2022 AgriFutures National Rural Woman of the Year, Motherland Australia’s mission is to eliminate the crippling social isolation many rural mums face by connecting them to a supportive online community and offering a mothers group program that every rural mum can access, regardless of her location.

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Supporter Spotlight: Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Insights: 13 March 2024

We are pleased to bring you a Q&A featuring Debra Morgan, CEO of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. The partnership between the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMST) highlights the value of grassroots-focused capacity building in community development.

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Empowering rural youth to lead local change

Media releases: 13 March 2024

Grants up to $10,000 are available to adopt or adapt one of the six project ideas developed at this year’s ABC Heywire Youth Summit.

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Community Led Climate Solutions get a boost

Media releases: 6 March 2024

FRRR has awarded $278,693 in grants to help remote, rural & regional communities decarbonise, adapt to a changing climate, & mitigate risks of global warming.

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Wardell CORE building community resilience

Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 1 March 2024

The work of the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) is an example of how a small town can rally in the face of a natural disaster and be ready for disasters to come. Most days, Wardell...

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Kimba’s Fusion Festival engages youth via Heywire program

Community stories: 29 February 2024

The Kimba district was among the hardest hit by the destructive rain and floods of January 2022, which battered most of regional South Australia. Our Town Kimba (OTK) is a community-led initiative dedicated...

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