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 celebrated 31 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, including projects that address the following.

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community. 

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.  

Rural and regional communities are the life blood of Australia. They are often overlooked when reports are written about the challenges facing Australia in competing internationally and achieving economic growth.

It has been a pleasure to be involved with FRRR and provide support for the Small Grants for Rural Communities program. So many projects are deserving and the money we can offer through FRRR multiplies many times over, leveraging other sources of support and encouraging the communities to develop their skills and services.

It has been very satisfying to see what is being done and we look forward to hearing more about opportunities to contribute in this way in the future.

- Private donor

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. 

Our staff are happy to listen to your project ideas provide advice on writing a strong application, as well as providing 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. So please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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 32 This funding round will award grants up to $5,000. Being Assessed
SGRC Round 31 This funding round awarded grants up to $5,000 to 103 community groups, totalling $410,763. Grant recipients announced.


Applications for Round 32 have 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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