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Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) - Round 9

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.

Grants of up to $15,000 are now available across most of Queensland (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. We are currently inviting expressions of interest in these grants - please contact the Program Manager to discuss your project idea.

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 round of the program is generously supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation,the Qantas Foundation and a number of individual supporters. We welcome contributions from other donors to this program. To discuss your involvement, please call 1800 170 020.


  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection; and
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training.


  • Communities must be in a currently or previously 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.
  • Projects must be located in one of the following Local Government Areas - note this list will be updated from time to time, as conditions change:




North Burnett










Blackall Tambo

Fraser Coast







South Burnett


Isaac (part declared)

Southern Downs










Central Highlands


Western Downs

Charters Towers


Whitsundays (part declared)


Mount Isa


Cook (part declared)







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 can be found within the Program Guidelines, 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.


Applications for Round 9 are now closed.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and application form carefully. You can contact the Program Manager Jacki Dimond on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification.

Please note that the application form within the Grants Gateway had the incorrect closing date – Applications were open until 5pm Friday, 12 January 2018.

FRRR is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications for Round 9 of Tackling Tough Times Together will 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 'Activity Tree' (formerly referred to as the Purpose Tree), which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Grants Gateway logo below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - ie. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers. ALSO, at this time, you can only submit one attachment, so you need to combine items into one PDF. Instructions on how to do this are outlined the How-To Guide above.

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

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

Grants Gateway Apply Now
Grants Gateway Return to applications

Application forms for the larger grants of up to $50,000 are available by contacting the Program Manager Jacki Dimond on 1800 170 020 or email.

Further information

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

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