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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Fundraising account makes Mission Beach Water Park a reality

Community stories: 18 December 2018

For the residents of Mission Beach, there was no community swimming pool and the presence of deadly marine stinging jellyfish in the local beach during the summer months meant there was a real lack of water play facilities.

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More than $250,000 in grants to seed 27 rural community initiatives

Media releases: 5 December 2018

FRRR has announced 27 community groups will share in $250,000 in community grants, plus a further $12,990 in IT equipment, through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program.

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Online volunteering portal for Kinglake

Community stories Disaster recovery stories: 30 November 2018

After the devastation of Bushfires, it is often the volunteers who help bring rural communities back to life. The Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House (KRNH) Inc coordinates more than 50 volunteers to run the Op Shop and regularly participate in activities at the Centre.

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Barista training in Pemberton

Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

Community stories: 29 November 2018

With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact. They used a $4,890 Small Grant for Rural Communities to run a barista training course, which caters for disabled people and youth.

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New partnership to help strengthen communities in rural, regional and remote NSW

Media releases: 29 November 2018

The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) have announced a $5 million, five-year partnership to strengthen a small number of rural, regional and remote communities in New South Wales.

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Grassroots mental health initiatives receive a $200,000 boost

Media releases: 22 November 2018

FRRR has awarded 14 grants to community groups across rural, regional and remote Australia to help fund initiatives that will improve mental health support in those communities. In total, thanks to support from CCI Giving, the groups will share $200,000. The projects funded include general information sessions, specific advice services and targeted support services.

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Education the big winner in cotton community grants

Media releases: 21 November 2018

As part of the National Agriculture Day celebrations, Bayer today celebrated the hardworking Australian cotton growers who have secured $750,000 for their local communities over the past five years through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grants program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

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Seed funding makes a difference years later

Community stories: 20 November 2018

Four years ago, the Bowen branch of the PCYC received an $8,000 ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant. The region was hit by Cyclone Debbie in 2017 and earlier this year, FRRR spoke to PCYC Branch manager Sergeant O’Regan about the impact of that grant, and to understand more about how Cyclone Debbie affected the PCYC, and her community.

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Mallacoota doing it for themselves

Community stories: 20 November 2018

Mallacoota, in south-east Victoria, is a community that has a plan, and is implementing it, one step at a time and by working together. Robin Bryant from CHIRF shared their story at a Rural and Regional Funders group meeting in Melbourne, in September.

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Donor News – November 2018

Partner Update: 15 November 2018

From Natalie's desk...Your support makes a difference - Bowen PCYC's youth employment projectGranting updateFuture focus: streamlining our grant programsCommunity driven philanthropy in actionMallacoota...

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