Latest FRRR Media Releases

Welcome to our News & Views section. Here we share all of our media releases relating to programs and other important information relating to our organisation.  We have also set up a dedicated page to share information on how FRRR is supporting communities affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Use the menu on the left to navigate to other stories featuring communities and what they have achieved through Grants in Action, or read more about FRRR in the Media, which features articles where FRRR or a member of our staff has been profiled. 

For any media enquiries relating to FRRR, please email Julie Weldon or call 0423 110 802.

Date Story heading Story summary
1 Jul 2020 Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program opens

Australian cotton growers can again nominate local not-for-profit and community organisations to receive $150,000 in grants for projects to benefit the communities in which they live and work. The 30 grants of $5,000 are supported by the Bayer Fund.

1 Jul 2020 Bushfire-affected communities encouraged to apply for recovery grants

News Corp has partnered with FRRR to offer up to $630,000 in grants to support the recovery of communities affected by the recent bushfires across the country. Grants of up to $25,000 are available.

29 Jun 2020 Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants awarded

FRRR has partnered with Westpac Foundation to help in distributing $500,000 to 50 not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in rural and regional communities throughout Australia. Each of the NFPs received $10,000 for projects that will improve the education, training and employment opportunities in their communities.

25 Jun 2020 More than $900,000 in grants awarded to rural communities

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has awarded $912,986 in grants of up to $25,000 to rural, regional and remote communities across Australia through its Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program.

18 Jun 2020 News Corp Bushfire Recovery Program grants awarded

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal, in partnership with News Corp Australia, has awarded $368,386 to support 21 projects across the country that will help in the recovery of rural, regional and remote communities impacted by the summer bushfires.

9 Jun 2020 Shoalhaven Coordinator appointed to support local NFPs

Kate Dezarnaulds is joining the FRRR team as Shoalhaven's dedicated Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) Coordinator to help guide the program as it rolls out across the Region.

4 Jun 2020 Ocean Shores gets future ready thanks to $40,000 in grants

Two Ocean Shores community groups, Byron Youth Service and Ocean Shores Community Association, are sharing $40,000 in grants for projects that will help the community to better withstand and recover from any future disaster, thanks to the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) Get Ready NSW program.

27 May 2020 Facilitator appointed to help Leeton turn ideas into reality

Leeton not-for-profits will now have a set of helping hands to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects suggested as part of the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, with the appointment of a Leeton community facilitator, Claire Williams.

21 May 2020 Sally Foundation Trailblazer Development Fund - 2020 Grant Recipients

Sally Foundation Trailblazer Development Fund - 2020 Grant Recipients

19 May 2020 Nearly $2M granted to drought-affected communities

Fifty-eight community-led projects that help drought-affected rural, regional and remote Australian communities are sharing in nearly $2 million in grants, through FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program.

18 May 2020 Investing in Rural Community Futures Start-Up Grants now available

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal is inviting not-for-profit organisations in the Shoalhaven communities of Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra to apply for Investing in Rural Community Futures Start-Up Grants to help these local groups address the needs and priorities of the community.

14 May 2020 Government's bushfire recovery funding announcement welcomed

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement of $650M from the Bushfire Recovery Fund to be directed to ten bushfire-affected regions. FRRR supports rural, regional, and remote communities to be vibrant, sustainable, and adaptive.

14 May 2020 Local facilitator appointed to help Junee turn ideas into reality

Junee not-for-profits will now have a set of helping hands to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects suggested as part of the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, with the appointment of a local facilitator.

5 May 2020 Grants available to improve health services in rural Victoria and NSW

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is inviting not-for-profit organisations to apply for an Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant to deliver initiatives that improve the health of people living in rural, regional and remote Victoria and New South Wales.

5 May 2020 Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund awards further grants

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, has granted a further $79,600 to support four projects that will help Tumut Region communities recover from the recent bushfires. This is in addition to the $649,150 in grants that have already been awarded through the Fund.

30 Apr 2020 New partnership to support community groups in the Shoalhaven

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow Foundation have announced a $2.5 million, multi-year partnership that will help boost the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla.

23 Apr 2020 Local facilitators ready to help Nambucca Valley turn ideas into reality

Nambucca Valley not-for-profits (NFPs) will now have helping hands to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects suggested as part of the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program, with the appointment of two local facilitators.

15 Apr 2020 Westpac Foundation partners with the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal to offer grants for not-for-profits creating jobs in rural Australia

Westpac Foundation today announced a new $500,000 partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), expanding its Community Grant program in rural, regional, and remote areas across Australia.

14 Apr 2020 Youth Innovation Grants open to bring young rural Australians' ideas to life

Youth Innovation Grants are now available to help tackle issues faced by young Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas. Community groups are invited to apply for at least $100,000 in grants to implement one of six ideas developed by the 55 young rural Australians who attended the 2020 ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit.

3 Apr 2020 Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund grants awarded

Working in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, we have granted 19 community projects in the NSW-region of Tumut $649,150 in funding to support the region's recovery from the recent bushfires. Projects will help address a diverse range of needs, including improving social connectedness, enhancing community spirit and providing mental health support through workshops, activities and infrastructure.

30 Mar 2020 FRRR team now all working remotely

FRRR's staff are now all working remotely, and offices have been closed. However, the organisation is still operating as normal.

27 Mar 2020 News Corp Australia's $1million bushfire recovery fund

News Corp Australia has partnered with the Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal to launch a $1M fund to provide grants to support the recovery of the people and communities impacted by the Summer bushfires. The News Corp Bushfire Fund will offer grants of up to $25,000 aid the immediate, medium and long-term recovery of these affected communities.

28 Feb 2020 Refining the SRC program

FRRR has announced that the Strengthening Rural Communities program will be reviewed to ensure it is meeting community and donor needs. This means that the opening of Round 6 will be delayed until July.

16 Feb 2020 Thank you for bushfire fundraising

A thank you message from our CEO, Natalie Egleton, for the generosity shown to fire-affected communities.

31 Jan 2020 Tim Fairfax AC on deck as FRRR Chairman

Tim Fairfax AC has commenced the role of Chairman with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Mr Fairfax served on the board of FRRR between 2002-17 and has been a long-term donor to the organisation both personally, and through the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

22 Jan 2020 Grants to support Victorian dairy communities

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is once again partnering with FRRR to offer grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit groups to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South-west Victoria with a total funding pool of $120,000

20 Aug 2019 Free grant-seeker workshops help NSW towns tackle tough times

The Foundation for Rural&Regional Renewal (FRRR) will be holding free grant-seeker workshops next month, so that community groups in drought-affected NSW regions are more confident in applying for FRRR's Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program. FRRR's disaster resilience team will be holding the free grant-seeker workshops in Bourke, Gilgandra, Moree, Walgett and Wellington.

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