Grants available to support rural communities where they need it most

More than $350,000 available

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is again offering grants to support rural, regional and remote communities where they need it most.

This is the 33rd round of FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program, and more than $350,000 is available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local not-for-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to projects in communities of 10,000 people or fewer.

Narrogin Kindergarten

Program Manager Neriman Kemal explains that SGRC is FRRR’s longest running and most flexible program, designed specifically to meet the diverse needs of rural, regional and remote communities.

“Local organisations and leaders in rural communities are well-placed to identify their own solutions to their local issues. Our collectively-funded grant programs are driven by communities, with the areas of focus designed in response to the needs and priorities they identify.

“Funds are available for a wide range of projects including those that strengthen health and wellbeing of residents, foster inclusive and vibrant communities, build the capacity of local community groups, enhance community infrastructure, or strengthen local economic prosperity,” said Ms Kemal.

Ms Kemal explains that the Small Grants for Rural Communities program is deliberately broad, but prioritises projects that will achieve positive and enduring outcomes for communities across areas that underpin vibrant, sustainable and adaptive rural, regional and remote communities.

Some examples of the diverse projects that have been funded previously include:

  • East Loddon Men’s Shed, Vic, received funds to improve health and well-being outcomes for the community of Dingee by establishing a community garden.
  • Walgett School of Distance Education P & C Association, NSW, is now able to provide isolated students with access to a two-day arts program and bring an award-winning street artist to work with students. Funds are also being used to purchase arts books for the school library.
  • Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade, Qld, received support for their Don’t burn the BUTT project, to increase community capacity around fire preparedness and response in Blackbutt and Benarkin, through community engagement and education, recruitment of volunteers, and additional resources.
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council, WA, received funds to increase local fundraising capacity and host more community-led events by upgrading their kitchen appliances and catering equipment at the Islands’ community centre.

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program is made possible with co-funding from several donor partners, including:

  • David Mactaggart Foundation
  • Friends of FRRR
  • Hannaford
  • Kapikarnpi Community Fund
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • Scenic World
  • The Bertalli Family Foundation
  • The John T Reid Charitable Trusts
  • The Maple Brown Family Charitable Foundation
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees)
  • Yulgilbar Foundation

Applications close 28 March 2018. Applicants should carefully review the guidelines, which are available from the Small Grants for Rural Communities page, and apply through our Grants Gateway. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects.

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