Small grants available for rural community projects

Up to $5,000 per project to support health, welfare, economic, environmental, education and cultural outcomes

Bendigo, 10 August 2015:  The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Small Grants for Rural Communities program is once again offering up to $5,000 per project to help enhance life in rural, regional and remote communities. More than $350,000 is available in total as part of round 28, thanks to FRRR’s many generous donors.

FRRR’s Acting CEO, Natalie Egleton, said the program is focused on smaller communities because FRRR understands they have limited fundraising capacity compared to larger urban areas.

Port Neill community fitness received a Small Grant in round 24.

“There are only so many bake sales, raffles, movie nights, and generous local business contributions that a small population can sustain. So these grants are often either the initial contribution to kick-start a project, or where local fundraising options have been exhausted, the contribution that gets the project over the line. Despite all the challenges, we’re always impressed at the way that community members come together and contribute their time, talent and resources to make projects happen.”

Ms Egleton explained that because the needs in each community are different, the program can fund a wide range of community initiatives. Some examples of projects previously funded include:

  • In Henty, NSW, population 863, the Henty Parents and Citizens Association received funding to purchase a music stand storage cart, four clarinets and four flutes to support the musical education of Henty Public School's band of 45 students.
  • In Propodollah, VIC, population 100, a grant has allowing the local Community Fire Authority to purchase a quick fill pump, to support more effective and efficient volunteer firefighting.
  • And in Wellstead, WA, population 100, a grant is enabling the Wellstead Historical and Heritage Committee to design and install historical signs about the local sandalwood industry, creating tourism opportunities in the town.

The Small Grants for Rural Communities program has a simple application form, which makes it easy to apply. To be eligible, projects must address a recognised need in the community, and be charitable in their purpose.

Applications close Monday 5 October 2015. The application form and guidelines, together with examples of previous successful projects and their outcomes, can be found on the FRRR website or freecall 1800 170 020 for a mail out.

Small Grants for Rural Communities is a collaborative program, administered by FRRR and generously funded by:

  • Berrembed Trust
  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Commercial Travellers’ Association of Victoria
  • Hannafords
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Thyne Reid Foundation
  • The William Buckland Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • FRRR and other private donors.


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