A little grant can make a big difference

Grants available for rural, regional and remote communities

Bendigo, 18 January, 2017:  Community groups in regional Australia are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal's flagship Small Grants for Rural Communities program.

There is more than $300,000 available in grants to enable communities to implement projects and activities that offer a clear public benefit. The grants are available to small rural, regional and remote not-for-profit groups, with priority given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Jeanice Henderson, FRRR’s National Programs Manager, explains the program was created to connect regional, rural and remote communities with funding to address a wide variety of issues and opportunities fundamental to their ongoing sustainability.

“This is the 31st round of FRRR’s longest running funding program and its success lies in its broad application criteria. Every community is different and FRRR prides itself in delivering support to where our communities most need.

“Supporting locally driven solutions to local needs ensures the grants will make a real difference to the success of rural, regional and remote communities. In many cases, the Small Grants program can contribute that extra bit of funding needed to get a great project off the ground or to close it out,” said Ms Henderson.

The funding is also often the catalyst to other funding. FRRR recently learnt that the Urbenville Memorial Hall Committee, in northern New South Wales, was able to leverage a $5,000 grant from FRRR to help them attract a further $265,000 for their hall. As they wrote to us, “This was all made possible by an idea and the confidence gained by obtaining the first lot of funding from FRRR.” What could your community achieve?

This flexible, national program is only possible with thanks to co-funding from The Bertalli Family Foundation, Berrembed Trust, The Pratt Foundation, The R.E. Ross Trust, The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The William Buckland Foundation managed by Equity Trustees, Friends of FRRR and other private donors.

Learn more and download the guidelines and application form on the Small Grants page of FRRR’s website. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects.

Applications close on 31 March 2017.


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