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. 

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Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund awards further grants

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 5 May 2020

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, has granted a further $79,600 to support four projects that will help Tumut Region communities recover from the recent bushfires. This is in addition to the $649,150 in grants that have already been awarded through the Fund.

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New partnership to support community groups in the Shoalhaven

Media releases: 30 April 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow Foundation have announced a $2.5 million, multi-year partnership that will help boost the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla.

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Gippsland’s Healthy CHAT project

Community stories: 28 April 2020

Latrobe Community Health Services were awarded a $125,200 Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant to develop and evaluate a training package for primary health staff in rural settings, in the delivery of Very Brief Advice (VBA) to clients related to smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity.

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Local facilitators ready to help Nambucca Valley turn ideas into reality

Media releases: 23 April 2020

Nambucca Valley not-for-profits (NFPs) will now have helping hands to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects suggested as part of the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program, with the appointment of two local facilitators.

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Donor News – April 2020

Donor newsletter: 15 April 2020

Update from the CEO - responding to COVID-19The spirit of giving shines through the crisis - bushfiresInsights from the bushGranting updateGrant in Action: Guyra Show SocietyDonor Spotlight: Wilson Asset...

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Westpac Foundation partners with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal to offer grants for not-for-profits creating jobs in rural Australia

Media releases: 15 April 2020

Westpac Foundation today announced a new $500,000 partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), expanding its Community Grant program in rural, regional, and remote areas across Australia.

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Donor partner profile: Wilson Asset Management

Donor newsletter: 7 April 2020

Wilson Asset Management (WAM) partnered with FRRR for the first time in September 2019, after seeing the extent of the impact of the prolonged drought and bushfires on rural, regional and remote communities. WAM agreed to match donations from their network, up to $500,000 - resulting in more than $1M being donated to FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund.  CEO Kate Thorley shared what motivated the business to donate, and how the partnership evolved.

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Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund grants awarded

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 3 April 2020

Working in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, we have granted 19 community projects in the NSW-region of Tumut $649,150 in funding to support the region’s recovery from the recent bushfires. Projects will help address a diverse range of needs, including improving social connectedness, enhancing community spirit and providing mental health support through workshops, activities and infrastructure.

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Tackling tough times in the Tablelands

Community stories: 31 March 2020

The Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) and Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG) have worked together to deliver a range of drought relief projects that contributed to connectedness, social wellbeing and increased access and awareness to support services. A $15,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant, funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, enabled TRC to consult and engage gardening experts to design and deliver the workshops. The funding also covered ancillary costs such as the promotion of the events, catering and workshop materials.

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Making MediFriends in Whyalla

Community stories: 28 March 2020

Country & Outback Health is a not for profit organisation that provides a range of mental health and general health support services to South Australians living in rural and regional areas. They auspiced an application from headspace Whyalla for funding to support an FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants initiative called MediFriends.

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