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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HEADING: Funding available to bring youth-led initiatives to life. IMAGE: Riverland Youth Theatre member in rainbow feather boa.

Funding available to bring youth-led initiatives to life

Media releases: 8 June 2022

Since 2013, the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program has supported remote, rural and regional youth to address issues that matter most to them. This year, thanks to the generosity of FRRR’s partners,  $130,000 is available nationally, and $30,000 is available specifically for grants in or around the Shepparton region.

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HEADING: Resilience & Wellness grants open soon for Kinglake Ranges communities. IMAGE: KRNH Vicky Mann & Karly Whelan community conversations

Resilience & Wellness grants open soon for Kinglake Ranges communities

Media releases: 6 June 2022

FRRR today announced that the final round of grants to assist Kinglake Ranges communities to rebuild, reconnect and recover from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires will open soon.

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Donor News – May 2022

Donor newsletter: 31 May 2022

In our May Donor news we give an update on our progress from the past quarter, including how our Flood Recovery Appeal is tracking. We share insights from our team and share a conversation with Macdoch Foundation CEO Michelle Gortan.

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Donor Spotlight: Macdoch Foundation

Donor newsletter: 30 May 2022

Macdoch Foundation is the Australian philanthropic foundation of the MacLeod family, and its vision is to build the resilience of people and the planet. It’s the philanthropic arm of the Macdoch Group, an investment group with Sydney and London offices, which includes Macdoch Ventures (specialising in post-seed capital investment) and Macdoch Agriculture Group (businesses and investments that seek to contribute profitably to a low carbon and climate resilient future). 

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Insights from the Bush: May 2022

Donor newsletter Insights: 30 May 2022

Our Program Portfolio Leads recently presented to the FRRR Board on some of the common issues and themes emerging in funding requests that we are receiving from community groups, and from conversations...

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HEADING: Fundraising Account in Focus: Upper Murray Innovation Foundation. IMAGE: Members of the CNC bakery.

Fundraising Account in Focus: Upper Murray Innovation Foundation

Community stories eNews: 25 May 2022

The community of Corryong in north-eastern Victoria is nestled at the foot of the surrounding mountain ranges, and has a population of around 1,200. Corryong has a very active Community Neighbourhood Centre (CNC) whose mission is to make a difference for people in their community by providing a vibrant hub of lifelong learning that brings people together, connects them with services, programs, employment and activities and points them in the right direction.

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Seville War Memorial ready in time for ANZAC Day

Community stories eNews: 24 May 2022

Seville Township Group operates in Victoria's Yarra Valley and aims to improve Seville for the benefit of the local community and those in the surrounding areas. They hold an FRRR Not-for-profit Fundraising...

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HEADING: "Our chairs have arrived!" IMAGE: Stack of new chairs.

“Our new chairs have arrived!”

Community stories: 20 May 2022

There are many elderly residents living there in aged care in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales who have limited financial support. In fact, the community-owned Harbison Memorial Retirement Village – which provides up to 50% of their residential places to residents who can’t afford to pay for their care and accommodation – receives no government funding for wellbeing, or capacity building programs. 

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Making friends in the Southern Highlands of NSW

Community stories: 20 May 2022

There are many elderly residents living there in aged care in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales who have limited financial support. In fact, the community-owned Harbison Memorial Retirement Village – which provides up to 50% of their residential places to residents who can’t afford to pay for their care and accommodation – receives no government funding for wellbeing, or capacity building programs. 

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Heading: Disaster preparedness workshops for Far North Queensland. IMAGE: CPR Training

Disaster preparedness workshops for Far North Queensland

Community stories: 20 May 2022

Thanks to the support of a private donor, the Tablelands Regional Council was awarded a $25,000 grant through FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program to run a series of free workshops across the shire. Presented in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, these programs were designed to better prepare residents before and during disasters and build resilience for the recovery process.

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