The inaugural Storyfest Out West in Longreach, connecting 14 schools across the two day program. Photo by Making Memories with Cheryl's Camera.
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation Annual Report 2021-2022


The Connectedness stream sees the TFFF continue to work with the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) to provide impactful grants to individual projects, organisations and communities in remote and regional areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory. $431,000 was distributed via FRRR with a further $40,000 provided directly to nine organisations.

The figures in the infographics below refer only to funding approved in the 2021/22 financial year.


grants through the FRRRR


total distributed

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Strengthening Rural Communities $431,000 ($1,530,000 over 4 years)

Funding for Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grants program in Queensland and the Northern Territory, across Small & Vital (up to $10,000) and Larger Leverage (up to $25,000) streams, as well as travel, professional development workshops and digital documentation expenses.

Where We Fund - Connectedness

Connectedness Organisations

Artback NT (NT) Numburindi Festival

Larger Leverage

Encourage people to come together and celebrate culture and pass on knowledge of Dreamtime stories of Numbulwar Country with traditional performances at Numburindi Festival.

Barcaldine Rugby League Football Club (QLD) "Bluey Live!" Kids' Concert and Meet & Greet

Small & Vital

Strengthen social connection and encourage culturally vibrant communities through a “Bluey Live!” kids’ concert for the remote community of Barcaldine and surrounds.

Blackall Cultural Association (QLD) Bushman's Artisan Gallery Project

Small & Vital

Foster and strengthen local engagement with the arts by refurbishing and extending a gallery.

Charleville & District Community Support Association Incorporated Charleville Blue Light Association (QLD) Safer Driving Skills on Outback Queensland Roads: Better Drivers; Safer Roads; Employment Opportunities

Small & Vital

Provide young people in a remote area with access to a supervised driver training and education program, to increase road safety awareness and reduce road accidents.

Community for Coastal & Cassowary Conservation (QLD) Historical Photographic Exhibition in Mission Beach - Echo of the Past

Small & Vital

Increase awareness of environmental issues through recent history with an exhibition of photographs of local historical significance to the Mission Beach area.

El Arish Community Sport and Recreation Association (QLD) Stage 2 Air Conditioning Project for the El Arish RSL Memorial Hall

Small & Vital

Expand the use of El Arish RSL Memorial Hall by installing three user-pays air conditioning units.

Enterprise Learning Projects (NT) Empowering the Social Entrepreneurs of Remote Northern Australia

Small & Vital

Build successful social enterprises in remote Northern Australia through five online workshops and an entrepreneurs’ network.

Gayndah and District Tennis Association (QLD) Upgrade Outdoor Furniture and Clubhouse Appliances

Small & Vital

Increase useability and functionality of the Gayndah and District Tennis Club by contributing to upgrading outdoor seating and purchase of new appliances.

Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation (NT) Gurindji Freedom Day Festival

Larger Leverage

Enable the delivery of a COVID safe festival and celebrate Indigenous culture, songs and music at the Gurindji Festival.

Highways and Byways (QLD) Seeds of Connection - Healing and Belonging Through Culture

Larger Leverage

Enhance cultural identity, resilience and wellbeing of Indigenous children and their families in Roma by providing a two-week cultural immersion program for 7-12 year-olds.

Hope Reins (QLD) Connecting Communities, Strengthening Lives: The Horse Ride from Gympie to Longreach

Small & Vital

Strengthen community resilience and social inclusion through supporting a mental health awareness program.

Junior Police Rangers Land Association (NT) Greening Goanna Park - Preservation Phase

Small & Vital

Maintain grounds of Youth Leadership Camp with purchases of a spray unit to control invasive gamba grass and a high-pressure washer for removal of mould.

Malanda Chamber of Commerce (QLD)  Malanda’s Adventure Park

Small & Vital

Encourage children’s development and increase community connection through installation of a fence around a new adventure playground.

Manunda Terrace Primary School Council (NT) Manunda NAIDOC Celebration

Special Assistance

Promote and celebrate Indigenous culture with traditional dance, bush tucker and weaving demonstrations.

Ngukurr Language Centre Aboriginal Corporation (NT) Resourcing Equipment for Ngukurr Language Centre

Small & Vital

Help students and broader community to learn and retain traditional languages with the purchase of a printer for the Ngukurr Language Centre.

Rainbow on the Reef (QLD) Inaugural Rainbow on the Reef PRIDE Festival 2022

Larger Leverage

Encourage the LGBTQIA+ and broader community of Gladstone and surrounding regional and rural areas to connect and celebrate at the inaugural Rainbow on the Reef PRIDE 2022 Festival, with support provided for hire equipment for the event.

Red Dust Role Models (NT) Red Dust Community Art Collaboration

Small & Vital

Strengthen community and support healing with the creation of three murals celebrating and connecting community to culture.

Riding for the Disabled in the Top End (NT)  Optimisation of Volunteer Management at Riding for the Disabled in the Top End

Small & Vital

Improve the management, rostering and training of volunteers by installing a database program and employing a volunteer coordinator.

Roma Show Society (QLD)  Maranoa New Years Spectacular

Small & Vital

Boost the local economy and increase social connection by providing fireworks and entertainment for the Maranoa New Year Spectacular.

Somerset Storyfest (QLD) Storyfest Out West

Larger Leverage

Provide opportunities for remote communities to come together and celebrate story telling though holding the inaugural Storyfest Out West writers’ festival.

Texas Show Society (QLD) Upgrade to Showground Facilities

Small & Vital

Increase amenity and participation in community events by providing a grandstand for the Texas Showgrounds.

Tiwi Enterprises (NT) Essential Machinery and Equipment for Tiwi Enterprises Garden Maintenance Team

Small & Vital

Expand the services of a garden maintenance program to better protect the community against bushfires with purchase of whipper snippers and mower.

West Daly Regional Council (NT) Wadeye, Nganmarriyanga and Peppimenarti Annual Clean-up Day

Small & Vital

Reduce health and safety risks via a community clean up day to remove rubbish in remote communities.

The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is based in Meanjin (Brisbane).