Programs in Development

While some rural and regional issues are constant, such as isolation, others change with the times, for instance – the stress of drought, or changes in technology.

Our programs are ever-evolving, as we find new areas that require support in rural, regional and remote Australia.

There are many niches to cover, and the following list summarises the emerging issues. We are currently either developing programs or undertaking research to explore how we might respond to these issues. They include:

  • Rural Mental Health and Resilience - with a particular focus on Queensland and northern NSW, given the hardships being faced as a result of the drought.
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems - a collaboration with AEGN to explore ways in which farm and food practices, and people, can be assisted.
  • Disability in rural, regional and remote Australia - we believe there are gaps which could be met, at least in part, through a program that focuses on infrastructure, access and social inclusion programs.
  • Innovation for Community Impact Grants - a collaboration between the NSW Government Family and Children’s Services, Philanthropy Australia and FRRR. The program will operate in the Hunter/Central Coast and Mid North coast of NSW. The focus of this program is disadvantaged communities, women and families experiencing domestic violence, including early intervention programs and education, Aboriginal young men, juvenile justice, work readiness and employment, vulnerable teenagers, drug and alcohol. 
  • Leadership and Capacity - a new national program to foster community leadership and capacity-building in rural, regional and remote communities, in partnership with the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and various community leadership organisations and Community Foundations.