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New partnerships set to support struggling rural and regional communities

February 23rd, 2021

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has entered two new partnerships which aim to help small remote, rural and regional communities navigate food insecurity and foster resilience in the face of bushfires and drought.

The FRRR partnership with the Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation (KACF) is committed to tackling hunger and helping to create a more sustainable future for the next generation. Over the course of the three-year partnership, $300,000 in support grants will go towards low socio-economic regions in need, and disadvantaged communities facing high levels of food insecurity.

The funds will be part of FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities Program and will be allocated on locally identified community priorities that ensure support reaches those most vulnerable.

“The last couple of years have seen so many of our communities facing increasingly difficult times. From droughts to bushfires to a global health pandemic, the impact on everyone has been significant, and those hardest hit have been our remote, rural and regional communities”, said Esme Borgelt, Managing Director of KACF.

The second partnership will help rural and regional communities in the Clarence Valley and surrounding regions in northern New South Wales via a $2 million three-year agreement between FRRR and The Yulgilbar Foundation.

The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund will focus on supporting projects that foster artistic collaborations, encourage educational participation, support environmental sustainability, and build capacity for communities to respond to recent bushfires and persistent drought.

“Like much of rural New South Wales, the Clarence Valley has worked really hard to overcome a long run of persistent challenges, including the 2019-20 bushfires, ongoing drought, and the complexities of COVID-19. This Fund means communities can address the needs that these challenges have created, in ways that make a real difference”, said Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR.

Priority will be given to projects that are optimistic and forward-looking, led by locally-based community groups and not-for-profit organisations (NFP’s).

Community groups and NFP’s can apply for the grants through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process here. For more information on both partnerships head to: https://frrr.org.au/funding/place/strengthening-rural-communities/.

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