“With its wide reach across Australia, its long experience in working with communities at the grass roots level and its special tax provisions, FRRR is unmatched as a leader in rural philanthropy.”

Helen Morris, OAM

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) takes a leadership role in assisting regional communities to respond to social, cultural and economic change. By working with communities around Australia, we can strengthen their capacity to drive and manage change.

Our role in philanthropy is unique. We are the only national organisation offering small, discretionary funds to small regional communities across Australia.

Established in 2000 by the Australian Government and the Sidney Myer Fund as a partnership between philanthropy, government and business to stimulate rural and regional renewal in Australia, FRRR is an important conduit for philanthropy. Many organisations, large and small, channel funds through the Foundation to our rural and regional communities. By 30 June 2013, we had distributed more than $40 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support.

Our reach is broad. As an Item 1 DGR entity, FRRR is able to receive funds from Item 2 DGR entities as we are covered by Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and specifically listed as a recipient for deductible gifts under section 30-105. This also means that we can support any not-for-profit organisation, as long as their project is charitable and promotes rural and regional renewal, regeneration and development. It is important to note that our endorsed definition of charitable includes economic development, recognising the strong link between sustainable communities and economic prosperity.

FRRR can also receive donations from non-charitable organisations and provide tax deductible receipts; these funds are received into the FRRR Public Fund.

In collaboration with our partners, and responding directly to community demands, FRRR has developed a range of programs to respond to the issues affecting rural and regional Australia. A core group of grants is made on a regular basis, while others are established for a specific purpose and may run for a limited time.

As at 30 June, 2013, our grant and capacity building programs cover the following categories:

We also play a 'clearing-house' role, referring projects we are unable to fund on to other funders. This year, we passed on 146 projects to 7 potential funding partners.

This report outlines the work we have done in each of these areas in the 12 months to 30 June, 2013 and we encourage you to explore this document to learn more.

As you read through these pages, you will see that the projects we fund are many and varied. There is even huge variety within each grant program - as you can see from the graphic below. It represents the most frequently funded items from the last two rounds of our longest-running program, Small Grants for Rural Communities.

Most Frequently funded items in Small Grants