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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News Corp Australia’s $1million bushfire recovery fund

Media releases: 27 March 2020

News Corp Australia has partnered with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal to launch a $1M fund to provide grants to support the recovery of the people and communities impacted by the Summer bushfires. The News Corp Bushfire Fund will offer grants of up to $25,000 aid the immediate, medium and long-term recovery of these affected communities.

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Small grants contribute to vibrant communities

Media releases: 13 March 2020

Fifty-two community projects from around Australia will share in $394,127 in grants through the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Strengthening Rural Communities program. Several successful projects will benefit communities impacted by the recent bushfires, with the projects' importance further elevated as locals begin the road to recovery.

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Back to School vouchers available to help families in fire-affected communities

Media releases: 6 March 2020

The breadth and impact of the bushfires experienced across Australia over spring and summer mean that many children living in rural, regional and remote communities will not have what they need to start second term. Since 2005, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Back to School program has helped more than 165,000 disadvantaged students by giving them a $50 gift voucher that can be redeemed for school necessities, such as uniforms, shoes, school bags and stationery. Thanks to the generosity of our donor partners, in the wake of the bushfire crisis, many more students will get the helping hand they need.

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Upskilling early childhood educators

Community stories: 28 February 2020

Eidsvold Kindergarten hosted a professional development day for early childhood educators from the North Burnett and beyond to improve their professional knowledge and skills, ultimately benefiting children across the region.

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Mullum Library provides tools for recovery

Community stories: 28 February 2020

With the help of a $12,000 Repair Restore Renew grant, the Mullum Library of Stuff was able to provide affordable access to quality tools and equipment for the Byron Shire community including individuals, families, schools, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

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Camperdown community garden flourishes

Community stories: 28 February 2020

A refreshed community garden meant that the Camperdown community could enjoy a more inclusive space at a time when they needed it most.

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Over $1.6 million in grants for drought-affected communities to tackle tough times

Media releases: 26 February 2020

Sixty-two drought-affected projects across Australia are sharing in $1,622,809 in grant funding as part of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's (FRRR) Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

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Thank you for bushfire fundraising

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery: 16 February 2020

A thank you message from our CEO, Natalie Egleton, for the generosity shown to fire-affected communities.

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Community recovery grants on offer in Tumut region

Media releases: 7 February 2020

The Pratt Foundation has partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to offer grants to support the Tumut region to recover from the effects of last month's fires.

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Fundraising Account: Child Writes Fund

Community stories: 31 January 2020

Child Writes Fund is a charity that 'empowers children to navigate their future through story'. The Child Writes program gives primary school-aged children a voice by offering them the opportunity to write and illustrate their own children's picture books. The Fund partnered with FRRR in March 2019 to create a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account to support its endeavours, and the funds raised contributing to delivering more programs in rural and regional areas where children are in crisis and making the library of books widely available via an app.

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