Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

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Round 6 recipients
Round 5 recipients
Round 4 recipients
Round 3 recipients
Round 2 recipients
Round 1 recipients

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the current, ongoing drought. As these photos show, the impact of the drought is being widely felt.

Previously grants of up to $20,000 have been awarded, with new rounds of up to $15,000 now available across most of Queensland and selected shires in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands (see table below).

A small number of grants valued at up to $50,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact.

Funding will support community based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future.

Funds could also support activities that engage people in being active, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

This program was founded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Yulgilbar Foundation, and is now further supported by Qantas Foundation and Aussie Farmers Foundation, as well as a number of individual donors.

We welcome contributions from other donors to this program. To discuss your involvement, please call 03 5430 2399.


  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection; and
  • Build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts.


  • Communities must be in a drought affected area (see below for full list).
  • Groups that are planning a project for broad community benefit – ‘charitable purpose’.
  • Priority will be given to organisations run by and based in the regions over those delivering services to, but not based in the listed regions.
  • Projects led by local communities will also be given preference.
  • Groups with outstanding final reports are not eligible to apply unless a time extension has been granted. We encourage groups to complete their final reports so that they can then apply.
  • Groups must be located in one of the following Local Government Areas - note this list will be updated from time to time, as conditions change:
Balonne Croydon Murweh
Banana (part declared) Diamantina Paroo
Barcaldine Doomadgee Pormpuraaw
Barcoo Etheridge Quilpie
Blackall Tambo Flinders Richmond
Boulia Goondiwindi Southern Downs
Bulloo Isaac (part declared) Tablelands
Burdekin Kowanyama Toowoomba
Burke Longreach Townsville
Carpentaria Maranoa Western Downs
Central Highlands Mareeba Whitsunday (part declared)
Charters Towers McKinlay Winton
Cook (part declared) Mount Isa Woorabinda
Armidale Dumaresq Council Inverell Shire Council Uralla Shire Council
Glen Innes Severn Council Tenterfield Shire Council Walcha Council
Guyra Shire Council Brewarrina Walgett


Prioritisation of funding requests

Funds will be prioritised on the following basis:

  • Preference will be given to projects based in communities with a population fewer than 15,000, particularly those communities that are more geographically isolated and lacking existing similar services.
  • Projects that support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience.
  • Activities that build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts.
  • Community infrastructure that demonstrates a strong link to supporting mental health, social and/or emotional wellbeing.

Examples of projects that could be funded include mental health workshops, an event or an activity that engages the local community. The Guidelines include more examples of the types of projects that might be funded, and this page lists some examples of projects funded under previous drought-support programs.

What can’t be funded?

  • Physical infrastructure that could be funded by other programs;
  • Sports equipment and uniforms;
  • Large organisations external to the affected regions.

Future rounds

Round Focus Status
TTTT R7 Grants of up to $15,000 are available across most of Queensland and selected shires in the New South Wales Northern Tablelands. A small number of grants valued at up to $50,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact.  OPEN


Please check each funding round above for the relevant closing dates, application processes, forms and guidelines. 

Before applying, please review the guidelines and application form carefully.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact the Programs Manager, Jacki Dimond on 1800 170 020 or email.

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