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Small grants for small rural communities

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The Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, advises all not-for-profit organisations that the Small Grants for Rural Communities Program is once again being offered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) in 2007. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

Dr Sykes said, “The total pool of funding is $300,000. Grants of up to $5,000 are being made available to small rural & regional not-for-profit organisations that have projects and activities that aid the sustainability of their community. The program is simple and straight forward with a swift application and approval process.

Dr Sykes continued, “This has been a valuable program and I am pleased that the following community organisations in the Benalla Electorate were successful in the past round of funding – Tawonga CFA, Euroa Health Inc and the Myrtleford Apex Club.

The program has been made possible by the support of The R E Ross Trust, The Myer Foundation, The Pratt Foundation, The William Buckland Foundation, Perpetual Trustees, The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Foundation and FRRR.

Applications that support the following areas of interest will be given preference:

· Community hardship in drought affected areas;
· Community infrastructure;
· Resettlement of immigrants in rural Australia;
· Retention of young people in rural & Regional Australia;

There are two rounds of small grants per year. Closing dates for applications are
31 March 2007 and 30 September 2007.

Dr Sykes concluded, “On my travels around the electorate I have many requests for funding. This round of FRRR funding focuses on small communities, and I encourage the many towns in the Electorate of Benalla who are eligible to apply.”

Application forms, guidelines and further information can be obtained from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal website,
Freecall 1800 170 020 or via email to

Application forms are also available by contacting Peta Clark, Grants Researcher, at Bill Sykes’ office on 5762 2100.


Written by Greg Naylor

23 January 2007 at 5:28 pm

Posted in media release

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