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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Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 30 November 2018

After the devastation of Bushfires, it is often the volunteers who help bring rural communities back to life. The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House (KRNH) Inc coordinates more than 50 volunteers to run the Op Shop and regularly participate in activities at the Centre.

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Barista training in Pemberton

Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

Community stories: 29 November 2018

With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact. They used a $4,890 Small Grant for Rural Communities to run a barista training course, which caters for disabled people and youth.

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New partnership to help strengthen communities in rural, regional and remote NSW

Media releases: 29 November 2018

The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced a $5 million, five-year partnership to strengthen a small number of rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales.

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Education the big winner in cotton community grants

Media releases: 21 November 2018

As part of the National Agriculture Day celebrations, Bayer today celebrated the hardworking Australian cotton growers who have secured $750,000 for their local communities over the past five years through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grants program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

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Seed funding makes a difference years later

Community stories: 20 November 2018

Four years ago, the Bowen branch of the PCYC received an $8,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. The region was hit by Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and earlier this year, FRRR spoke to PCYC Branch manager Sergeant O’Regan about the impact of that grant, and to understand more about how Cyclone Debbie affected the PCYC, and her community.

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Mallacoota doing it for themselves

Community stories: 20 November 2018

Mallacoota, in south-east Victoria, is a community that has a plan, and is implementing it, one step at a time and by working together. Robin Bryant from CHIRF shared their story at a Rural and Regional Funders group meeting in Melbourne, in September.

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Donor News – November 2018

Donor newsletter: 15 November 2018

From Natalie's desk...Your support makes a difference - Bowen PCYC's youth employment projectGranting updateFuture focus: streamlining our grant programsCommunity driven philanthropy in actionMallacoota...

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FRRR – Stories in Philanthropy

Media releases: 30 October 2018

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has been helping philanthropy move beyond its urban base to connect with rural, regional and remote Australia for more than 18 years. In that time, FRRR, as a funder and fundraiser, has amassed an enormous body of knowledge that encompasses grant-making, program development, philanthropic responses to natural disasters and the changing needs of rural communities.

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Four health service projects receive big boost

Media releases: 27 September 2018

Four organisations share in over $475,000 in Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grants. The program supports organisations to implement vital health services in rural and regional communities in NSW and Victoria.

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Fundraising account supports military museum

Community stories: 26 September 2018

The Atherton Rotary Club wanted to restore a historic military igloo built in the 1940s and used during the war in the Pacific. The igloo was an essential space for social activities for thousands of patients and staff from the Rocky Creek Hospital. A fundraising campaign, using an FRRR fundraising account and a $20,000 grant from the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) grants program allowed them to restore the facility and create a military museum.

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