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Strengthening Rural Communities - Small & Vital
Rural, regional and remote Australia is home to nine million Australians. Many of those communities are small, and all are vital.
Our donors share our commitment to small rural, regional and remote communities and the premise that local leaders are best placed to know what will make their community stronger.
That is why they collaborate to fund this grants program, which facilitates continued investment and access to funds that can contribute to securing the future prosperity of small communities across Australia.
For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why we have created the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. It has two tiers and the Small & Vital program is now open all year, with applications assessed quarterly.
Priority and Eligibility
Who can apply?
- Not-for-profit community-based organisations from communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address an agreed need in the community.
- Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
- Organisations with and without DGR endorsement.
- An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round and apply for one tier of funding per grant round.
The following applications will be prioritised:
- Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
- Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
- Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.
Who can’t apply?
- Individuals, private or commercial businesses are not eligible.
- Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and Local Governments are not eligible.
What can be funded?
Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital grants (up to $10,000) can be used for a wide range of purposes including:
- Delivering activities, programs and services;
- Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
- Community infrastructure projects;
- Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.
Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.
1. Building community resilience
For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness, develop leadership capacity within the community, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters.
2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity
For example, projects that strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, skill development of committees of management, and support for planning and sustainability.
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability
For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.
4. Fostering cultural vibrancy
For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.
5. Lifelong learning and education
For example, projects that provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave.
6. Economic strength
For example, projects that create local employment and training with an employment outcome, stimulate new spending within a community or region, events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result, and projects that attract new residents to a community or region and improve economic prosperity.
7. Improving community health and social wellbeing
For example, projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems, projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.
SRC - Small & Vital is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table below for the submission cut-off dates that best suit your project requirements.
Submit application by:
FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the SRC - Small & Vital program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please download and save the Grants Gateway How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.
To begin your application click on the Apply Now button below.
We want to make sure that applying to our programs is as easy as possible. Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SRC - Small & Vital Program Guidelines (June 2019)
- Printable Application Form
- Grants Gateway How-To Guide
- Grants Gateway FAQs
- FRRR's Activity Tree
- Introduction to using the Activity Tree
Before applying, please read the Guidelines and supporting information carefully.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or email.
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