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Range of projects set to strengthen remote, rural and regional Australian communities.

January 20th, 2021

A bus service to increase access for Aboriginal early childhood education students in Kempsey and a BBQ trailer for emergency and disaster relief in remote Northern Territory are among more than 100 projects to share the Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) latest grant program.

The round of grants from FRRR’s  Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program has empowered communities, which range across Australia from remote Kintore in the Northern Territory, to Jundah in Queensland and Leonora in Western Australia. This week it was announced that these communities will use the grants of up to $25,000 for a broad range of inspiring projects amounting in total to more than $1.12 million disbursed through the program. 

Led by locals, these initiatives vary from encouraging young people from Arnhem Land communities to connect with culture and make healthy lifestyle, to helping the community of South Arm continue its recovery following the Black Summer bushfires.

It also includes:

  • Dalaigur Pre-school and Children's Services Aboriginal Corporation, NSW - Transportation 2021 - $10,000 - Increase Kempsey children's access to educational, social and health opportunities by providing a bus service for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Services students.
  • West Daly Regional Council, NT - West Daly Regional Council’s Community BBQ Trailer - $9,068 - Create a more engaged community and enhance locals’ sense of place by purchasing a BBQ trailer that will be used during emergency and disaster relief efforts and for community events.
  • Pomona & District Community House Inc, QLD - Pomona Youth Resilience and Well-being Project - $18,891 - Increase access, support and resources for local youth in Pomona by delivering a facilitated, structured community-based youth program.

Sarah Matthee, FRRR’s Acting CEO, said that communities have found diverse ways to build up their resilience and support one another

“Communities have also shown us how much they value the vital contributions made by volunteers. We have funded several projects that support and recognise these people, and help tackle the fatigue they feel, especially in light of last year’s challenges.

A full list of grant recipients is available on FRRR’s website. 

The SRC program is collaboratively supported by a number of generous donors, which are listed on FRRR's website

The next round of SRC grants will be announced March 2021. The current round is accepting applications until 23 February 2021.

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