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Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) - Round 6

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought impacting Queensland and northern NSW.

Grants of up to $20,000 are 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 projects that have a broader impact. We are currently inviting expressions of interest in these grants.

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 (to support Queensland communities) and the Yulgilbar Foundation (to support New South Wales). Other donor partners include Qantas, Aussie Farmers Foundation and individual supporters. We welcome contributions from other donors to this program. To discuss your involvement, please call 03 5430 2399.


  • Enhance the mental health and wellbeing of drought-stressed rural and remote communities
  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training


  • 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 areas - note this list will be updated from time to time, as conditions change:
Balonne Diamantina Noosa
Banana Doomadgee North Burnett
Barcaldine Etheridge Paroo
Barcoo Flinders Pormpuraaw
Blackall Tambo Fraser Coast Quilpie
Boulia Gladstone Richmond
Bulloo Goondiwindi South Burnett
Bundaberg Gympie Southern Downs
Burdekin Isaac Sunshine Coast
Burke Kowanyama Toowoomba
Carpentaria Longreach Townsville
Central Highlands Maranoa Western Downs
Charters Towers Mareeba Whitsunday
Cherbourg McKinlay Winton
Cloncurry Moreton Bay Woorabinda
Cook Mount Isa  
Croydon Murweh  
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 enhance mental health and wellbeing; or 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


Round 6 is now closed.

We are currently assessing applications received in Round 6. In recent months, FRRR has reviewed this program, and we are currently working to secure additional funding to develop and adapt it to suit the needs of those communities affected by the ongoing drought. We are also seeking to understand how drought is affecting other areas of Australia and exploring how we may be able to assist.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact Frankie Opie, Program Manager on 1800 170 020 or email.

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