Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

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The Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.

In 2016, the SGRC program celebrates 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.  

Common funding outcomes

The program funds a wide range of projects such as:  

  • Repair and maintenance of small to mid-scale community infrastructure, such as public halls, preschools and recreation reserves.
  • Providing communications equipment and enhancing infrastructure and systems, especially for emergency services organisations.
  • Community events and capacity building, such as volunteer training, support and development.
  • Support for collaborative, community based arts and cultural activities that provide broad community benefit.
  • Community heritage projects such as infrastructure and equipment.
  • Community based tourism and economic development activities to support the vitality and economic sustainability for small rural communities.

Projects should contribute to the development of a community’s social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.

In addition to project funding, the SGRC program helps to build capacity in local communities by listening to project ideas and providing advice on writing a strong application, tailored feedback on applications, and leveraging our networks to refer applicants to other funding bodies.

Applicants tell us that just having contact with FRRR staff lifts morale, encouraging them to continue their work.

Funding rounds

The SGRC program is open twice a year and distributes more than $300,000 of funding per round to eligible organisations.




SGRC Round 30 This funding round will award grants up to $5,000. Applications being assessed.
SGRC Round 29 This round, 81 projects shared more than $300,000. Communities as widespread as Marra Creek, NSW; East Arnhem NT; Bruny Island, Tas; and Wongan-Ballidu, WA received grants to deliver their projects. Grant recipients announced.


Applications for Round 30 are now closed.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is not required for this grant program.

While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.

Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community). If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea. 

Please check each funding round for the relevant opening and closing dates, application forms and program guideline documents.

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Further information

If you have any questions after reviewing the guidelines and our tips on applying, contact us on free call 1800 170 020. or email

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