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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Storage shed sparks joy in Boho South

Community stories: 28 May 2019

A new storage shed at the Boho South Hall in north-eastern Victoria was funded with a $3,157 grant from the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, funded by the R.E. Ross Trust. The shed has enabled a decluttering of the Hall, with items such as furniture and tennis nets now finding a new home in the shed, along with the ride on mower, which had previously been housed at community members’ homes.

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Youth for Youth

Community stories: 24 April 2019

A youth-led project, coordinated by Regional Youth Support Services on the Central Coast of NSW, has created a series of initiatives aimed at giving LGBTQIA+ youth a platform to express themselves and to help normalise sexuality and gender diversity into the broader community. The $9,000 Heywire grant was used to produce a series of podcasts, and a YouTube documentary focused on LGBTQIA+ youth-related topics.

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Firing up to generate income

Community stories: 23 April 2019

A $4,640 grant funded by the Bertalli Family Foundation via the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, has increased the productivity of a core group of Indigenous ceramic artists at the Ernabella Arts Centre in South Australia.

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GR&Wing Whittlesea Men’s Shed

Community stories: 20 March 2019

The Whittlesea Men's Shed is an integral part of the local community, providing a supportive environment for men to come together, share and learn skills and contribute to their local community. Such is the reputation the group is regularly called upon to build quality items such as outdoor furniture, toys and restorations for community groups. They received $19,000 from the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program to build a dedicated facility to store timber that is either bought or donated to the Men's Shed.

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Local football hero remembered with a community bus

Community stories: 20 March 2019

Following the death of a beloved local who was tragically killed in a road accident in 2013, the Stand Like Stone Community Foundation approved the creation of the Steven Noble Memorial Sub-Fund. The Stand Like Stone Community Foundation channelled funds raised via its FRRR Community Foundation Fundraising Account through the sub-fund to enable the purchase of a bus to service the extended communities of Port MacDonnell, Allendale and Kongorong, for the charitable purposes of education, awareness and accessibility for rural and regional communities.

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Donor News – March 2019

Donor newsletter: 18 March 2019

From Natalie's Desk - disaster support and relaunching our small grants programSustained funding supports disaster recovery - 10 years on from Victorian bushfiresInsights from the team, our grant-making,...

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Mackay get the power to support

Community stories: 12 March 2019

During Cyclone Debbie in 2017 the Pioneer River in Mackay, Queensland, broke its banks, flooding surrounding homes and businesses. The local Western Suburbs Clubhouse, spared from flooding, was used as a recovery centre after Cyclone Debbie at the request of local Police. The Western Suburbs Rugby League Football Club received a Repair-Restore-Renew grant to install a power generator at the Clubrooms.

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More funds available to get rural people In A Good Place

Media releases: 7 February 2019

FRRR and CCI Giving are now inviting applications to Round 2 of the In a Good Place grants program to support projects that improve mental health in rural, regional and remote communities Australia-wide. Grants of up to $20,000 from an annual pool of $200,000. $100,000 is available for Round 2.

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Things get shady at Oxley Primary

Community stories: 21 January 2019

The Oxley Primary School in north-east Victoria wanted to ensure it could make the best use of its outdoor areas, with a strong environmental science program. The school lacked an undercover outdoor...

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Grants continue to support regrowth in the wake of Black Saturday fires

Media releases: 8 January 2019

Thirty-six community projects that will assist the continued recovery of communities impacted by the Black Saturday Bushfires will receive funding totalling $555,963. The groups are the latest recipients of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) and Community Group Futures (CGF) programs.

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