Donation Accounts

FRRR Donation Accounts facilitate the receipt of tax deductible donations for projects that benefit rural, regional and remote communities - making fund-raising easier.

Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations with constitutions and projects or programs that conform with FRRR’s objectives of promoting, for the public benefit, rural and regional renewal, regeneration and development in Australia in social, economic, environment and cultural areas, may apply to FRRR for a Donation Account.

Individuals can also open a donation account if they wish to support rural, regional and remote communities in ways that align with FRRR’s objectives.

Anyone can donate to a Donation Account, including individuals and Prescribed Private Funds, and receive a tax deduction. This is because FRRR is covered by Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and is specifically listed as a recipient for deductible gifts under section 30-105.

The Government broadened the scope of FRRR's remit to allow it to receive tax deductible donations from donors and to use these funds exclusively for projects in particular regions, with effect from 1 July 2007.

This measure allows FRRR’s funding decisions to reflect the donors’ choice of geographic region, and for donations to be used exclusively for projects in specified regions.

These accounts can be used to fundraise for a wide range of projects or programs – provided they are for a charitable purpose, and are consistent with FRRR’s objectives.

In effect, FRRR ‘lends’ its Deductible Gift Recipient status to organisations that are delivering benefits to rural, regional and remote communities and due to scale or capacity challenges, are unable to access DGR status in their own right.

This is a distinct advantage for many rural and regional community groups, as many funds can only give to other DGR or Income Tax Exempt organisations.

Donation Account types

FRRR provides three different kinds of donation accounts, each with a specific purpose:

1) Project Donation Account
Suitable to raise funds for a specific project or issue

For Community Foundations or community organisations that want to fundraise to address a specific project or issue within the local area.

For example the public hall, which is the place for social connections and networks to meet, may need renovating; or there may be a need for a program to develop skills and workforce preparedness; or there may be a number of environmental issues which need addressing.

Where these projects can be initiated, coordinated or conducted by a not-for-profit community group within that community, an FRRR Donation Account can assist in the fundraising process by providing a tax deductible receptacle for donor funds to the project.

2) Regional Donation Account
Suitable to raise funds for a particular region

For Community Foundations or community organisations without a tax deductible public ancillary fund this type of donation account provides an additional avenue for funding charitable rural and regional community projects within the broad DGR policy framework.

This gives certainty to community foundations that local – level fundraising and philanthropic efforts within their communities are guaranteed to benefit their local community.

3) Small Grants Program Donation Account
Suitable to raise funds for small grants programs

For Community Foundations or community organisations that wishes to fund non-DGR organisations, or a community wishes to explore the benefits of creating a Community Foundation to strengthen their region.

Applying for a Donation Account

Incorporated, not-for-profit organisations with constitutions and projects or programs that conform with FRRR’s objectives of promoting, for the public benefit, rural and regional renewal, regeneration and development in Australia in social, economic, environment and cultural areas, may apply to FRRR for a Donation Account.

Further information

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