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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Maldon market flourishes from Seeds grant

Community stories: 12 July 2016

An ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant has enabled Maldon Neighbourhood Centre to raise the profile of the Maldon Markets, to the extent that now an average of 1,200 people turn up each month.

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Victorian dairy communities share $113,000 in grants

Media releases: 27 June 2016

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 31 recipients that will share $113,000 from the 2016 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program.

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Cotton communities to benefit from a further $150k in grants

Media releases: 27 June 2016

Cotton farmers once again have the chance to give back to their communities by nominating local not-for-profit or community organisations to receive a $5,000 grant when Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities opens for nominations on June 30.

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Channel women tackle tough times

Community stories: 4 April 2016

A TTTT grant funded by FRRR has helped reduce registration costs for women to attend the 4th annual Channel Country Ladies Day run by Red Ridge (Interior Queensland). Events across the weekend aimed to reignite the inner strength of women living in remote and very remote communities and equip women with skills and inspiration from business development, to relationship and sexual health which is rarely discussed in the bush, and resources for social and emotional wellbeing.

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Clear ambitions from Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival

Community stories: 7 March 2016

The Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival is supporting the recovery efforts of the Kinglake Ranges following the 2009 bushfires. It has driven community engagement while supporting wider economic development in a unique and exciting way. The GR&W grant for $4,850, funded by VBAF, supported the songwriting program for local primary schools, which culminated in 100 students performing their songs at the festival.

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Raising the cards on mental health in Mt Isa

Community stories: 15 February 2016

Since Junior Mayor of Mt Isa and 2015 Heywire Youth Representative, Justice King, helped secure a $10,000 Heywire Youth Innovation Grant, a group of Mt Isa youth have been part of a program that has helped them to share stories of mental health, learn film-making skills, and ‘roll out the red carpet Mt Isa style’. Raise your cards was an idea conceived at Heywire 2015, and brought to fruition in Mt Isa with Digital Storytelling workshops for 19 youth.

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Taking marine science to rural Tasmania

Community stories: 24 January 2016

A REAPing Rewards grant funded by the Ian Potter Foundation has covered travel expenses of the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre's teacher, the purchase of resources such as ice boxes and aerators to safely transport live touch tank animals, and a flat screen display to support the classroom presentation. They embarked on a travelling roadshow to six schools in rural Tasmania, giving more than 580 students the chance to experience marine science close up.

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TREAT for the environment

Community stories: 17 December 2015

TREAT received a $3,000 grant, funded by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, via FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program to retrofit purpose-built rack stands to the existing hardening off bays at their rainforest tree seedling nursery.

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Gather in the Glen

Media releases: 18 November 2015

The 2015 Rural Women’s Gathering in mid-October was hosted by Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands, in the New England region of New South Wales. The Glen Innes Examiner reported that ‘Gather...

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$300,000 directed to cotton communities in two years thanks to cotton farmers

Media releases: 17 November 2015

Cotton growing regions in Queensland and New South Wales will share $150,000 in grant funding thanks to the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grown Communities program. Funded by the Monsanto Fund, partnering with FRRR, 30 community groups will receive $5,000 to provide support where it's needed.

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