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Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 31

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

In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 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 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.


Applications for Round 31 are now closed and being assessed.

Not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate can apply. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).

  • Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community).
  • Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be preferenced
  • While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.
  • If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation should have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.
Before applying, please review the Guidelines and Application Form carefully.
  • Small Grants for Rural Communities: Round 31 Program Guidelines
  • Small Grants for Rural Communities: Round 31 Application Form

If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea. There are also several tips on writing great grant applications on our website.

Applications will be accepted any time by email, through to 5pm Friday, 31 March 2017. (Please note that the FRRR office closes at 5pm AEST). Hard copy applications must be clearly postmarked on or before Friday, 31 March 2017.

Please use the application form and include:

  • Your most recent financials such as Profit and Loss statement, Balance Sheet or audited financials. Note that financial documentation is compulsory. Applications received without financial documentation will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding the financial documentation required, please contact FRRR on 1800 170 020;
  • ABN or Incorporation Certificate (don’t have a copy? Go to, enter your ABN and print off the search result);
  • Quotes (if applicable, highly regarded);
  • Signed letters of support (if applicable, highly regarded); and
  • All applications MUST be signed by the head of the organisation for the application to be considered.
Submit: your signed application either by email (preferred) or by post:
  • Email: before 5pm Friday, 31 March 2017. Please ensure that the application has been signed. EMAILED APPLICATIONS AS WORD DOCUMENTS ARE PREFERRED TO PDF FILES.
  • Post:  FRRR - SGRC, PO Box 41, Bendigo Vic 3552 postmarked on or before Friday, 31 March 2017.

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If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, freecall FRRR on 1800 170 020 during business hours but please read the program guidelines before calling.

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