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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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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Bushfire recovery in action: Mighty Mallacoota

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Community stories Donor newsletter: 11 March 2022

Over the years, many community groups have received multiple grants from FRRR, and we love catching up with groups and leaders in the communities to share in the progress that's been made. Last month...

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Progress update: March 2022

Donor newsletter: 11 March 2022

In the last quarter, we approved $5.58M in grants to support 357 projects via 13 programs. The average success rate was 43% - this was from 829 requests, seeking $11.84M. 88% of successful grants were...

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Neville and Di Bertalli

Donor Spotlight: Bertalli Family Foundation

Donor newsletter: 11 March 2022

Husband and wife, Neville and Di Bertalli are committed to charitable giving that makes a real tangible difference to some of society’s most concerning issues. They established the Bertalli Family Foundation in 2010, to both increase the volume of gifting and to do it on a regular, annual basis.

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$135,000 funding boost for Nowra not-for-profits

Media releases: 10 March 2022

Seven not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) are sharing in $135,471 for projects that will strengthen the NFP sector and inter-organisational relationships in Nowra, helping the community to thrive and achieve long-term stability. Nowra NFPs will also have on-the-ground support from a new South Coast Program Manager and local facilitator.

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Rural communities to receive more than $3M to combat future drought

Media releases: 8 March 2022

FRRR has awarded $3,084,346 to 60 local not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in remote, rural and regional  Australia for grassroots initiatives that will build their community’s resilience to drought. Funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund and a range of other donor partners, the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program focuses on agriculture-dependent communities.

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FRRR prepares to support community-led flood recovery in rural areas

Media releases: 2 March 2022

Once again, FRRR is ready to support the recovery of rural communities across Australia that have been affected by floods in 2022.

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