The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is a national philanthropic foundation that helps to stimulate and support regional and rural Australia by connecting communities with targeted grants.
We want to support the Blue Mountains community to thrive in a sustainable way, and our partnership with FRRR will allow us to provide targeted grants that will have a meaningful impact.
We will do this through two separate programs:
Back to School Vouchers
The Back to School Vouchers program will help local families in need to buy essential school supplies with one-off gift vouchers for school bags, uniforms, shoes and stationery. The vouchers will help to provide students with the right equipment, reduce stigma for kids, and ease financial stress for families in need.
Anyone can get involved and donate to the Back to School program with 100% of donations going directly to this initiative.
Small Grants for Rural Communities
The Small Grants for Rural Communities program will help the numerous grassroots organisations who work tirelessly to support Blue Mountains communities. From local projects, capacity building events, cultural activities and more, the grants will help to fund projects that contribute to the vitality of our community.
A number of not-for-profit organisations have received funding through the Small Grants for Rural Communities program, including:
- The Blue Mountains Food Co-Op
- The Blue Mountains Artists Network
- The Blue Mountains Women’s Health & Resource Centre
- The Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
- Greystanes Disability Services
- Katoomba Leura Preschool
- Springwood Community Garden
- Mount Victoria Great Train Weekend
- The Mountains Youth Services Team
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Blue Mountains is home to a community of nearly 80,000 people living in 27 towns and villages located over 100km of mountainous terrain
- On average, almost 10,000 people visit the Blue Mountains every day
- 30% of young Australians aged 12-24 years are unemployed or under employed
- The Blue Mountains is home to over 5,000 local businesses, 87% of which have 5 or less employees