News

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.

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IMAGE: Penneshaw Medical Clinic

Nutrien funding supports return of medical service to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Community stories: 8 July 2022

A $5,000 Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grant has contributed to the refurbishment of facilities at the Penneshaw Community Health Rooms, which has allowed local medical services to be reinstated after state budget restraints meant services were centralised in Kingscote, a 120 km round trip for patients.

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Gardiner Foundation grants a boost for dairy communities

Media releases: 6 July 2022

Twenty-one projects in Victoria’s main dairy regions – Gippsland, Northern Victoria, and South-West Victoria – have been awarded $91,833 in grants.

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anz seeds of renewal

ANZ commits $250,000 to help rural and regional communities through Seeds of Renewal

Media releases: 5 July 2022

Applications are now open for ANZ’s Seeds of Renewal program, with grants of up to $15,000 available for not-for-profit organisations in remote, rural and regional areas.

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HEADING: Grants for Resilience & Wellness for Kinglake Ranges communities. IMAGE: Flowerdale Playgroup.

Grants for Resilience & Wellness for Kinglake Ranges communities

Media releases: 4 July 2022

The final round of the Grants for Resilience & Wellness Kinglake Ranges program opens Tuesday 5 July, with FRRR inviting applications from local not-for-profit groups. The program is designed to assist communities to rebuild, reconnect and recover from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

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Good governance supports great outcomes in Glen Innes

Community stories eNews: 28 June 2022

In an agricultural community, it is not uncommon to have a male-dominated population. However in and around Glen Innes, NSW this isn’t the case. More than half of the Glen Innes population is female. But local leadership and committee membership didn’t reflect that balance.

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HEADING: Riverland Skillin’ It inspires and empowers young people. IMAGE: Eight people sitting arounda table facing the camera.

Riverland Skillin’ It inspires and empowers young people

Community stories eNews: 28 June 2022

Part of Things is a gathering place and ideas hub for young people in Barmera in the Riverland region of South Australia. They used a $10,000 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant to adopt and adapt their own version of the Skillin’ It project idea that was developed at the 2020 Heywire Regional Youth Summit. 

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HEADING: Stawell’s home of strength, balance and bingo. IMAGE: two ladies using the exercise equipment.

Stawell’s home of strength, balance and bingo

Community stories eNews: 28 June 2022

Eventide Homes is a NFP organisation in Stawell, in the Northern Grampians Shire of Victoria. Founded in 1953, the organisation now offers 100 residential aged care places, from units for independent living and to 29 dementia specific beds. The 133 staff and 42 volunteers aspire to provide premium, innovative and stimulating accommodation and care.

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Flowerdale’s playgroup flourishes

Community stories eNews: 27 June 2022

A much-loved playgroup is going from strength to strength in the Flowerdale community in Victoria, following the engagement of a qualified facilitator to assist parents to develop their skills and confidence to support their child's wellbeing and development. More than 20 families now participate in the facilitated weekly program, after the Flowerdale Community House received $26,000 from FRRR via the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) Kinglake Ranges program in 2020 to engage a qualified Early Childhood Educator to plan and deliver the program. Previously, families who wished to access these services would have had to travel more than 30 km to either Kinglake or Yea. 

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HEADING: First-responders receive a Black Summer recovery boost. IMAGE: Kangarilla CFS in South Australia.

First-responders receive a Black Summer recovery boost

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 23 June 2022

Twelve volunteer emergency services organisations supporting remote, rural and regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires have been awarded $191,628 in grants for projects that will assist in their disaster recovery efforts and strengthen their emergency response capabilities for future disasters.

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Nearly $800,000 awarded to strengthen rural communities

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Media releases: 21 June 2022

Sixty-seven projects across remote, rural and regional Australia will share in $776,583 in grants thanks to FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

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