Back to School Vouchers
The Mirboo North & District Community Foundation is very pleased to have partnered with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) again this year to bring the Back to School program to our district. This is a national program run by FRRR since 2005, aimed at helping students in rural and regional areas access quality educational experiences by providing $50 gift vouchers to students and families which are used for the essential back to school items like uniform, shoes, books, stationary etc.
This year, the Community Foundation has received $4,000 worth of gift vouchers, which are now being distributed amongst the Schools in our district, including Mirboo North Secondary College and the following Primary Schools: Mirboo North, Boolarra, Thorpdale, Narracan, and Yinnar.
The FRRR is Australia’s only national philanthropic Foundation dedicated to rural and regional Australia. It seeks to harness the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those working in rural and regional Australia. If you look closely enough you will realise that grants from FRRR have often funded or co-funded valuable projects in our rural area – their logo appears on little plaques at these locations from MN Playgroup, to Dumbalk Community Centre, to MN Primary School. Twice per year, FRRR accepts applications for grants under its ‘Small Grants for Rural Communities’ programme – the next round closes on 31 March 2017.