Thanks to a new partnership between the FRRR and The Yulgilbar Foundation, 22 projects in the Clarence Valley and the surrounding region have received a much-needed boost this year, with community groups sharing in $1,214,206 in grants.
Funded through The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund program, these grants are part of $2 million investment across the region over a three-year period. Funded initiatives include 19 one-off grants and two multi-year grants that will strengthen community capacity and resilience in the wake of the 2019/20 bushfires, drought, and continued challenges across the region.
A broad cross-section of groups has received support for a wide range of initiatives, with grants ranging from $1,600 for a creative writing workshop to $571,000, distributed over three years, for the Changing Lanes Community Youth Garage program run by The New School of Arts. Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation has also been awarded multi-year funding, totaling $148,413, for a project focused on the resilience and wellbeing of Indigenous boys and men from Clarence Valley and its surroundings.
Natalie Egleton, FRRR’s CEO, said that the breadth of the projects funded reflects the diverse needs of communities in the Clarence Valley and surrounding areas.
“Great ideas and initiatives to create strong, vibrant communities are prevalent across the Clarence Valley and neighboring regions. However, the last 12 to 18 months have made it pretty challenging to find the funding and resources to bring them to fruition.
“These grants, which are generously funded by The Yulgilbar Foundation, mean that these 22 ideas will become reality and have a positive impact on the capacity and resilience of their communities. It is fantastic to have dedicated funding available to support this region,” Ms Egleton said.
The projects supported range from creative arts, heritage and culture projects, events and festivals, gardening, street-scaping, creating employment pathways, IT equipment and business, leadership and mental health workshops.
The full list of the recipients can be found on FRRR’s website.
Further opportunities for grants will be available through The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund in the coming year.
More information is available on FRRR’s website – https://frrr.org.au/funding/the-yulgilbar-foundation-fund/.
Grants announced by FRRR went to local groups in the following communities: Clarence Valley Shire; Tenterfield Shire; Kyogle Council region; Inverell Shire; Gunnedah Shire; Copmanhurst; Dundurrabin; Grafton; South Grafton; Ewingar; Glenreagh; Goondiwindi; Lawrence; Terrace Creek; Woodenbong; Woombah and Yamba.
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal – FRRR – (phonetically: F-triple-R) – is the only national foundation specifically focused on ensuring the social and economic strength of remote, rural and regional communities. FRRR’s unique model connects common purposes and investment with locally prioritised needs, to create communities that are vital and resilient. Since FRRR’s start in 2000, it has delivered nearly $115 million to more than 11,000 projects.
About The Yulgilbar Foundation
The Yulgilbar Foundation is a family-run Private Ancillary Fund and was established in 2001 by Baillieu and Sarah Myer. The Yulgilbar Foundations’ area of focus is rural, regional and remote Australia and more specifically on education, environment and capacity building. The family have had a long-standing involvement in the rural industry, particularly in Northern NSW and are passionate to see rural and regional Australia prosper.