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$10,000 grants on offer for bright regional ideas

Each year, the Heywire competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop ideas to improve regional Australia for young people.

Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to make these ideas a reality.

FRRR and donor partners collaborate with ABC Heywire to help communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians who attend the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.

Heywire engages rural youth in the national conversation, and selected regional youth converged on Canberra in February to meet with His Excellency the Governor-General, MPs including Hon Dr John McVeigh MP and Senator Bridget McKenzie, representatives from government departments, philanthropists, business and community leaders and youth mentors to develop practical solutions to improve the lives of young people.

FRRR first joined forces with the ABC in 2013 and the positive impact of the grants awarded so far is being felt in 140 rural and regional communities around Australia. This short video showcases how some of the ideas have been implemented to create real change.


More grants available

In 2018, FRRR and donor partners are again offering $100,000 in seed funding to assist not-for-profit community-based organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia adopt and act on one of the seven innovative Heywire project ideas. The communities selected to pilot the programs will implement their projects in the next 12 months from September 2018.

Community groups are encouraged to apply here to the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program to bring to life the ideas developed at the 2017 Regional Youth Summit. The seven ideas are:

1.       C2C Connecting to Culture – how can we bring generations together to celebrate Indigenous culture?

2.       Bridging AgriCulture – how can we connect new Australians with agriculture?

3.       HOPE – how can we make schools a place where it's ok to talk about mental health?

4.       Taking Control – how can we teach young people the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy one?

5.       Yeah the Boys – how can we support boys to stay away from drugs?

6.       MediFriends – how can we bring medical professionals and their communities together?

7.       Step Up – how can we inspire disengaged young people to take the first step on their journey to success?

What can be funded?

  • Funds are available to implement or pilot one of the seven 2018 Heywire ideas.
  • The projects can be adapted for your community, but must also do one of the following:

a) Build community resilience;
b) Develop organisational resilience and capacity;
c) Enhance environmental sustainability;
d) Foster cultural vibrancy;
e) Encourage lifelong education & training;
f) Strengthen the local economy;
g) Improve community health & social wellbeing. Projects must be undertaken between September 2018 to September 2019. 

Projects must take place in regional Australia, as defined by ABC Heywire – they must be outside of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.


The 2018 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program is now open and closes Monday, 14 May 2018. Before applying, please read the 2018 Heywire Information Booklet, Guidelines and application questions via Grants Gateway carefully. You can contact the Program Manager on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification. Log on to Grants Gateway and complete the application form, along with all the requested supporting documentation, by no later than 5pm on Monday, 14 May 2018.


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