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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. 

For any media enquiries, email Julie Weldon or call 0423 110 802.

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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Tenterfield and the beat of the bush

Community stories: 23 October 2020

When a popular city-based summer school music program made plans to bring the beat to the bush and put on a show alongside it, the whole community of Tenterfield NSW let the rhythm takeover.  Recently...

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Friends of St Brigid’s get creative during COVID

Community stories: 20 October 2020

The Friends of St Brigid's (FoSB) Association Inc is a community organisation formed in 2006 after the closure of the local Church and Hall in Crossley, Victoria. The group purchased the buildings and...

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Episode 4: The Power of a shared passion for conservation

Community stories: 20 October 2020

In our fourth and final podcast in this series, journalist Cameron Wilson discovers that a shared interest in conservation and environment can be a potent driver of social cohesion. We discover how botanical...

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Insights from the bush – October 2020

Insights: 18 October 2020

Each quarter, we ask FRRR's staff to share some of their observations from speaking with community leaders across the country, and reviewing grant applications. Below are a few comments from looking back on the first quarter of FY21.

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Donor News – October 2020

Donor newsletter: 15 October 2020

The quarterly update shares the impact of a grant for the Pittsworth Men's Shed, an update from our CEO, including how rural communities are coping with COVID, and news of $2.2 million awarded in bushfire recovery grants. There's also an interview with long-term partner The Sally Foundation.

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Grants to help fill the gaps in rural health

Media releases: 8 October 2020

FRRR has awarded $368,768 in grants to four community health organisations in rural, regional and remote NSW and VIC to enhance the primary and preventative health service offering in their communities. The grants are funded through the Enhancing Country Health Outcomes program.

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Local BTS partners sought in bushfire-affected areas

Bushfire recovery Media releases: 6 October 2020

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal is seeking local partners in bushfire-affected LGAs to help with the distribution of more than $767,000 in $50 vouchers thanks to a special bushfire recovery stream of FRRR's Back to School program.

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More than $400,000 in grants awarded for Bushfire Recovery

Bushfire recovery Media releases: 29 September 2020

FRRR, in partnership with News Corp, has awarded a further $410,159 in grants to support the recovery of rural communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. News Corp has also announced it will be adding a further donation of $500,000 to top up the News Corp Bushfire Fund to $1.5 million.

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Feeling in need of a grease and oil change?

Community stories: 24 September 2020

Mental and physical health is especially important in rural and remote areas, where resources are scarce and communities may be struggling with unique environmental challenges. An $11,200 grant from the FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together program meant that Grease and Oil Change could address these issues.

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