When the world thinks of “Australia”, what often comes to mind is the outback, a rugged landscape of red dirt, bushland, beaches, and yes, kangaroos and koalas. While this is valid, what really makes Australia special is the myriad of small rural communities, border towns, outback settlements, and coastal villages. While life can be idyllic, these communities also have their challenges!
Local community groups work tirelessly to create vibrant places to live and work, strengthening connections between people and often providing services that would otherwise not be on offer. Yet, at a time when their role is more important than ever, local fundraising is challenging.
That’s where AMI’s charity partner, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), comes in. “F triple R” if you say it out loud (go on) is the only national Foundation specifically focused on ensuring the social and economic strength of remote, rural and regional Australia. By aligning government, philanthropic and community purposes and investments, FRRR connects goodwill with good purpose and gets funding into those hard to reach places, thanks to great on-the-ground community connections.
In 2020, FRRR celebrated its 20th anniversary. Since being established, FRRR has delivered nearly $115 million to more than 11,000 projects. Their grant programs fund not-for-profit community organisations to implement local solutions to local problems, but there’s more to their work than simply funding projects. FRRR partners with NFPs to fundraise, share insights, make connections to advocate for remote and rural communities, and respond flexibly to needs as they emerge, especially in the areas of disaster recovery, resilience and climate solutions.
Visit their website to find out more about the team, and the tremendous people, places and projects that FRRR supports through its work. If you would like to join us in supporting a resilient, revitalised remote, rural and regional Australia, get in touch today with FRRR.