A new gateway to small grants for rural communities

Funds available nationally for rural, regional and remote communities

Bendigo, 14 August 2017: The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal is now inviting applications from community groups across rural, regional and remote Australia to its flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

There is $380,000 available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local non-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to towns of 10,000 people or fewer.

Jeanice Henderson, FRRR’s National Programs Manager, explains that Small Grants for Rural Communities is FRRR’s most flexible program, with groups invited to apply for whatever they need to build strong, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

“This collaboratively funded program, which is now in its 16th year, was purposefully set up to have a wide remit, as we know that every community has different issues and unique ways to address those challenges.

“Small, dynamic communities are well placed to identify their own solutions and are good at fundraising at a local level. The Small Grants program often contributes that little bit of extra funding needed to get a project off the ground and on its way to being a success,” said Mrs Henderson.

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program is made possible with co-funding from several donor partners, including The Bertalli Family Foundation, William Buckland Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), The David Mactaggart Foundation, H & L Hecht Trust, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, The R.E. Ross Trust, Yulgilbar Foundation, The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, Hannaford, Scenic World, FRRR Friends and a number of private donors.

For the first time, applications to the program will be made via FRRR’s Grants Gateway. This web-based platform will enable applicants to tell FRRR more about their projects, the issues they are working on and the outcomes they are aiming to achieve. This will help FRRR to have a deeper understanding of the diverse issues and approaches being taken and will provide solid insights to inform its role of encouraging philanthropy into rural, regional and remote Australia.  In future, it will also make it easier for community groups applying for grants from FRRR, as much of the information will be pre-populated if they have previously applied to FRRR using the system.

Grants Gateway has been made possible by the generous support and investment by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Applications close on 27 September 2017.

You can learn more, view the guidelines and apply through Grants Gateway by visiting the Small Grants page. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects.

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