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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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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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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Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program to launch in Victoria

Event Media releases: 20 November 2020

FRRR is inviting community members in Myrtleford, Beaufort, Korumburra, Paynesville, St Arnaud, Whittlesea and Yarra Junction to find out how the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program can help them to prepare their communities for future disasters at a free webinar on Thursday, 3 December at 7pm.

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ANZ Seeds of Renewal program helps 26 community groups in regional Australia

Media releases: 17 November 2020

ANZ and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal have announced 26 community groups across regional Australia will share $250,000 in grants through the The ANZ Seeds of Renewal program.

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Partnership will help to strengthen communities impacted by Black Summer bushfires

Media releases: 16 November 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's Black Summer bushfire recovery funding has been bolstered thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Waislitz Foundation, in partnership with Australian Community Media. These funds will go towards supporting projects that focus on the recovery of the people and places impacted by the 2019/20 summer bushfires.

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Leading in Longreach

Community stories: 26 October 2020

A grant of $14,500 from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, co-funded by the Qantas Foundation and Friends of FRRR, meant that 20 people in Longreach, QLD, had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development program. Over three days, participants learned a number of new skills to further their personal and professional leadership development. An Alumni day gave people in the area the opportunity to network with their community.

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A new historic cellar for Beltana

Community stories: 26 October 2020

Beltana is a small, state heritage listed town with a population of 35 people located 540 km north of Adelaide in South Australia. A $15,000 grant funded by ANZ and administered by FRRR meant that the town could uncover and restore a 70-year-old cellar under the local Assembly Hall. Now, the space is used as a local gallery and is a tourist destination.

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