Drought, bushfires and Covid9 have all had an enormous impact on the ability of local Country Education Foundation's to fundraise in the last few years.
To support communities such as Cootamundra, umbrella body of the all local foundations, Country Education Foundation, has engaged generous donors to match local funds, thereby doubling the impact of community fundraising.
Country Education Foundation of Cootamundra is one of 44 local foundations operating in five states and territories across regional Australia.
More than 650 youth from rural and regional communities received financial grants this year to access post school education and training including nine from Cootamundra.
From now until the end of November, each dollar donated to the Country Education Foundation of Cootamundra will be matched to a capped amount of $4,500.
The CEF community-based model relies on the activity and dedication of volunteers throughout rural and regional towns to assist and create opportunities for young adults.
Cootamundra CEF committee secretary Rebecca Bragg said they aim to provides a lot more than grants.
"We support and mentor our recipients throughout their studies. For most of our students it is knowing their community is behind them," Mrs Bragg said.