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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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Victorian dairy community groups receive grants

Media releases: 4 July 2018

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR have announced that 27 Victorian dairy community groups have been awarded funds as part of the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. These often catalytic grants play a vital role in enabling grassroots groups to create strong and vibrant communities.

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Artistic approach to educating children about fire safety

Community stories: 29 June 2018

The 2009 Victorian Bushfires were the impetus for the Strathewen and Arthurs Creek CFA to forge a strong creative partnership with the local school. They received a number of grants from FRRRs VBAF programs to support the ongoing recovery of the community. Their participation in the Art Resides Here project will give them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and the role these artistic mediums have played in the ongoing recovery of the community, and enable them to share their stories with others.

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Festival shines light on iconic red gums

Community stories: 29 June 2018

The red gums around Cavendish are beautiful, and many within the local community love them. The Cavendish community's inaugural Red Gum Festival, funded in part by a $3,410 grant from FRRR, used an arts and cultural approach to raise awareness about local environmental issues. Art drew the crowd, and data and awareness will preserve the red gums. The Red Gum Festival was chosen to participate in the Art Resides Here project as the community is using the appeal of arts and cultural activities to raise awareness about the local environment.

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Enhancing Country Health Outcomes

Media releases: 22 May 2018

FRRR has announced a new program that offers grants up to $150,000 to not-for-profit organisations to strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality primary health care services for people living in rural NSW and VIC.

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Children from Arthur's Creek Primary School wearing CFA helmets

Helping little kids with their big feelings after bushfires

Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 26 April 2018

Arthurs Creek Strathewan CFA were given a $15,730 grant from the Grants for Resilience and Wellness program funded by Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund to deliver the Strathewen Primary School Fire Awareness Program, designed to support local students and help build their confidence around fire safety and preparedness.

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High school students tackle ICE epidemic in Tasmania

Community stories: 19 April 2018

The small town of Smithton, in Tasmania was in the grips of an ice epidemic, and this project developed a documentary targeted at high school students, highlighting how dangerous the ICE drug was to them and the community.

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Fitness connects a community and saves lives

Community stories: 19 April 2018

The Fit For Free program was developed and implemented by Toolangi Castella District Community House Inc (TCDCH) for a community community in Victoria that was severely impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

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Thallon a step closer to facilities to help locals age in place

Community stories: 26 March 2018

The Thallon Progress Association received an FRRR Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) grant of $7,032, funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation. This enabled them to engage local solicitors and obtain specialist advice on the most suitable legal structure for their aged-care independent living units initiative.

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NSW communities to pilot community-led approach to disaster preparedness

Media releases: 1 March 2018

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that three NSW communities will be the first to trial a new national framework to improve community disaster preparedness and resilience.

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Katoomba families gain cooking confidence thanks to Co-op

eNews: 1 March 2018

The Blue Mountains Food Co-operative has been supporting and empowering the community to eat well and live healthily and sustainably in Katoomba, NSW for almost 50 years – well before it was trendy! They...

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