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$5000 Grant To QRRRWN

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Heather Ellis, from Brisbane, Kayleen Freeman, from Coolabunia and QRRRWN president Meilssa Barnett at a social gathering in Kingaroy after recent planning session for the 25th anniversary conference

July 11, 2018

The Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) is one of 104 recipients across Australia to share in the latest round of funding from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

QRRRWN, which will hold its 25th annual conference in Kingaroy in September, was given $5000 for “Farming RRR women: Harvesting collective leadership wisdom; growing future women leaders – inspiring leadership and growth amongst women by recording and collating of 25 years of wisdom and achievements”.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000 to support the renewal of rural, regional and remote communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.

Since it began, FRRR has distributed more than $75 million in grants to community organisations across the nation.

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program is its longest-running grant program.

“The flexibility of the SGRC program is a big drawcard for community groups,” FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said.

“This round, we received requests for lawn mowers, silo art, historical record preservation, website production, shading for playgrounds, volunteer training, a rainwater tank, a street festival and the list goes on. All things that are important to creating vibrant places where people want to live and work.”

Ms Egleton said that while the grants were small, they could trigger bigger things.

“FRRR knows from experience that on average, community groups will leverage these grants at least three times, to attract other financial or in-kind support. So, while the grants are small, they will really make a difference,” she said.

The 34th round of Small Grants for Rural Communities will open on August 13.

More information is available on the FRRR website; applications close on September 26.


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