Tailored Grants

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FRRR’s special tax status means that we can be flexible in the way we work with donors. One option is through Tailored Grants.

Tailored Grants are one-off grants made in partnership with philanthropic donors, targeted to specific activities, causes or locations outside of FRRR’s regular programs or grant rounds. 

Sometimes donors want to make a one-off donation to support a particular project or interest area in rural, regional or remote Australia but can’t do it directly themselves. This could be because of the donor’s tax status, because the recipient can’t provide a tax deduction, or a donor may wish to remain anonymous.  

In these situations, FRRR can act as a connector between rural community projects and donors, managing a grant in partnership with a donor for a specific purpose.

Our members wish to say how grateful we are for the continued, wonderful support of FRRR, and also the Yulgilbar Foundation, for their generosity and interest.

In a small community it is rather difficult to raise funds to maintain Baryulgil Hall, which is now 85 years old! However, we will never give up, and with the help from your amazing organisation, our Hall will continue to provide this essential facility for Baryulgil and surrounding districts.

Victoria Moorhead - Honorary Secretary, Baryulgil Charity Sports Club, NSW
Tailored Grant recipient FY2015/16

How do Tailored Grants work?

Donors make a gift to FRRR, and depending on the amount or desired outcomes, it can be managed as a single one off grant, a multi-year grant to one organisation. (If you wish to make multiple grants to support a particular issue, we could also explore a Giving Sub-Fund.)

The beneficiary could be a project that the donor has identified, or FRRR can leverage our network and knowledge of rural and regional communities to identify a group or community that would benefit from a grant. Grants must benefit rural, regional or remote Australians in one or more of FRRR’s broad charitable purposes: vibrant regional economies; health; social welfare; environment; education; arts culture and history.

Tailored Grants allow donors to direct funds toward projects with which they closely identify.

Donors can advise FRRR of the project or areas of interest they would like their gift to support, nominate a geography, issue and / or population cohort. FRRR is not a donor advised foundation and as such, donors can state their preferences, but can’t make recommendations to FRRR’s committee or Board. Management will consider the donor’s request when inviting applications and deciding on suitable grants to be recommended to the FRRR Board who share the overall responsibility for the final grantmaking decisions. 

Our Tailored Grants program is very flexible in terms of timing. Grants are issued on an ad-hoc basis as required throughout the year, and typically have a fast turn-around of eight weeks from funds in to funds out. Organisations make an application and are assessed according to FRRR’s standard assessment procedures. If the application is consistent with FRRR’s charitable objectives and meets our due diligence tests, the grant is recommended by the FRRR CEO and considered by the FRRR Board.

A win-win solution

Nhill Early Childhood Centre
Nhill Early Years Hub, Victoria
Tailored Grants benefit all parties involved:
  • Grantees – grant recipients receive a high level of support from FRRR, including online resources, access to staff to provide specific guidance, tips and feedback.
  • Donors – can utilise FRRR’s unique tax status, deep understanding and professional expertise in funding for rural communities at a reasonably low cost.
  • FRRR – it means we can direct support to address specific local needs in rural, regional and remote communities.

Tailored Grants are making a big impact!

In 2016/17, FRRR made 24 Tailored Grants totalling $747,869 in partnership with 17 donors. The grants ranged from $650 to $487,500.

No matter how big or how small, FRRR understands that the local community leaders know what is needed most in their area. The grants below are examples of the varied projects we can support across Australia. The full list of projects funded via the Tailored Grants program can be accessed by clicking on the links on the right under the Previous Tailored Grants heading.





Nuriootpa Uniting Church

South Australia

Breakthrough Program
Creating equal access to educational opportunities for disengaged youth with improved resourcing for a homework group.


Barossa Community Foundation

Rural Health Tasmania Inc.



Talk About It. Save Your Bacon. Building a Resilient & Thriving Community
Two events addressing mental health to encourage community members affected by flooding to support each other and engage with services to build connectedness and resilience.



Private Donor

Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance Inc



Building Capacity to Support Community Connected Conservation in Central Victoria
Employing an Executive Officer for 10 weeks to establish and implement a Marketing and Fundraising Strategy, to assist the financial sustainability of the organisation.


Alf and Meg Steel fund - A sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation

Canobolas Rural Technology High School


Learning by Design @ Canobolas
Supporting the “Canobolas Academy”, a new learning program within the existing school – focused on better supporting local youth who are currently disengaged with learning and at risk of discontinuing their education. The program supports up to 34 students in years 8, 9 and 10.



The Sally Foundation

Jurien Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc

Western Australia

Jurien Bay to Cervantes Trail 
Creating of dual-use walking and bike path to provide coastal access between two regional towns. This will increase health and wellbeing of residents and improve access to local tourism attractions, which will drive local economic growth.


Fremantle Community Foundation


Further information

Donors are encouraged to contact FRRR's CEO or Philanthropic Services Manager by telephone on freecall 1800 170 020 to find out more about FRRR’s Tailored Grants program.

Our Philanthropic Services offering provides a way to make FRRR’s unique tax status available to community philanthropy, enabling donors and community groups to effectively and tax-efficiently address the disadvantage rural, regional and remote communities face in accessing philanthropic funding.

If your organisation doesn’t have Item 1 DGR status, and has a donor wishing to support your work that requires a tax receipt, please direct the donor to speak directly with us.

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