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Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 32

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.


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.


Applications for Round 32 open 14 August and close 27 September 2017.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.  

Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

FRRR is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications for Round 32 of Small Grants for Rural Communities must be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get you started. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Purpose Tree', which you'll need to understand to apply.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

Before applying, please review the Guidelines and Grants Gateway Application Form carefully.
Applications must be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway by 5pm Wednesday, 27 September 2017. Click here to begin your online application.
FRRR Grants Gateway

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

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.

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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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