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.

Grants continue to support Black Summer bushfire recovery

Bushfire recovery Media releases: 26 November 2020

FRRR, in partnership with News Corp, has awarded 18 communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires a total of $341,280 in grants for 20 projects that will support the recovery of their communities.

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Communities tackling drought receive nearly $1.5M in grants

Media releases: 26 November 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has awarded $1,454,165 in grants for 41 community-led projects that will help tackle the challenges that drought-affected communities across Australia...

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Hanging of the quilts

Community stories: 25 November 2020

Every three years, the small town of Dongara holds a ‘Hanging of the Quilts’ event that allows visitors to come and admire the locally-made quilts and other hand-made and locally sourced goods. With thanks to a grant from the Bertalli Family Foundation it went ahead again in 2019.

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Freestone Friday Friendlies

Community stories: 25 November 2020

With thanks to a grant from the Australian Government, administered by FRRR as part of the Tackling Tough Times Together grant program, the Community Hall used for Freestone Friday Friendlies could get a safe floor, a new drinks fridge, an upgraded lighting and integrated PA system.

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Seeds of friendship

Community stories: 25 November 2020

Drake residents wanted to learning more about permaculture, so the Granite Border Landcare Committee created a six-part workshop series. With thanks to a $4,000 Small Grants for Rural Communities grant, the committee was able to create and deliver this workshop series over a six-month period.

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Front of Merrigum primary school

Merrigum Primary’s Song Room

Community stories: 25 November 2020

In partnership with Merrigum Primary School, The Song Room, an organisation that delivers integrated music lessons in school delivered a six-month music program to students from Foundation to Year 6. The program was possible with thanks to a $7,500 REAPing Rewards grant.

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Yackandandah locals meeting

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Community stories: 25 November 2020

Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY) is a driving force behind its town's push for renewables and increasing local ownership. TRY received $4,878 from the Australian Communities Foundation's (ACF), through their FRRR Community Foundation Fundraising Account, to invest in community engagement and education around renewable energy hubs. 

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Managing bushfire risk at Dolphin Sands

Community stories: 24 November 2020

The Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association is a member of Landcare Tasmania, representing the residents and ratepayers of the fragile sand spit bordered by Moulting Lagoon to the north and Nine Mile Beach...

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Grants support innovative mental health solutions

Media releases: 24 November 2020

Thirteen locally-run organisations in rural Australia are sharing in $200,000 in grants to support mental health initiatives through FRRR’s In a Good Place program.

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Cotton communities receive $150,000 boost

Media releases: 20 November 2020

FRRR, in partnership with the Crop Science division of Bayer, has awarded $5,000 grants to 30 not-for-profit organisations in rural and regional cotton-growing communities through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program.

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