grass roots programs
Highways and Byways supports people and communities experiencing disadvantage and inequality across Australia. We do this through our annual small grants and longer-term programs.
Our programs are developed to strengthen community relationships and networks, develop local leadership, and empower people to meet the challenges confronting them.
Our first longer-term program, “Seeds of Connection” was launched in Roma, South Central Queensland in March 2020.
Led by local Mithika woman Megan Brown, Seeds of Connection provides a range of cultural immersion and well-being initiatives that address the lack of connection and disadvantage experienced by Indigenous and isolated people in this part of Queensland.
In March 2021, we launched our second partnership program in northeastern Tasmania.
“Restoring Nature and Communities” is our partnership with Northeast Bioregional Network, who have a long history of successful eco-restoration projects in this region. This is a program of ecological restoration and best practice land management in the Break O’Day municipality. Todd Dudley, President of Northeast Bioregional Network is managing and training four local community members who have been long-term unemployed.
In January 2023, we consolidated and grew our connection with Free2b Girls, an earlier small grant recipient, by making them our third project partner, with a specific focus on the “Free2B Time” program.
Free2B Time provides supportive environments and facilitates local relationships that can nurture new experiences for teen girls living in geographically and socially isolated areas.
Free2b Girls has become the go-to for supporting young women in the northeastern region of Tasmania, and we are eager to help them become a locally supported and sustainable organisation for many years to come.
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