Small Grants create opportunities for rural, regional and remote communities

Over $400,000 on offer nationally - up to $5,000 per project

Bendigo, 4 August 2014:  The 26th Round of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Small Grants for Rural Communities program opens today. It offers not-for-profit community groups in rural, regional and remote Australia the opportunity to access up to $5,000 from a pool of more than $400,000. The program is a collaboration between many philanthropic funders who recognise the importance of investing in communities to enable them to implement local solutions to local issues. 

Since its inception, the Small Grants for Rural Communities program has distributed more than $8.5 million across Australia, supporting 2,812 rural, regional and remote community projects.”

Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit, especially for communities of fewer than 10,000 people. The funds can go towards projects that improve:

  • Health, social welfare and wellbeing;
  • Educational opportunities and outcomes;
  • Arts, culture, tourism and heritage projects;
  • Environmental and natural resource management outcomes; or
  • A community’s economic sustainability, through community-led economic and social enterprise activities.

FRRR’s CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, says that the Small Grants for Rural Communities program provides resources for projects that create the change that communities aspire to achieve.

“Small, active communities often don’t have lots of money but they have great ideas and find all sorts of innovate ways to make their projects happen,” Ms Gartmann said.

The cooperation we see between groups is particularly inspiring. It’s wonderful to see a community coming together to support a project – particularly when so much is often provided in-kind. That varies from people volunteering time to plant, fence, paint, cook or drive, to businesses discounting room hire, waiving delivery fees or undertaking project coordination at reduced cost,” she said. “It’s exciting to be able to fund a project that has so much local support, especially when it’s often just a small amount that will enable a project to get up and running.”

During the last round of funding communities as widespread as Apatula, Goondiwindi, Hermidale and Nungarin received grants to develop their project ideas. Some examples of projects funded include a portable stage to ensure more local performance opportunities; upgrading pool facilities to provide more equal access; running governance forums to foster increased skills on community boards; and signage to promote innovative community tourism events.

The 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 Friday 26 September 2014. 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 and we can mail them to you.

About Our Funding Partners

Small Grants for Rural Communities is a collaborative program, administered by The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and generously funded by:

  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • The McCusker Foundation
  • The Berrembed Trust, managed by Perpetual
  • The R.E. Ross Trust
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • The William Buckland Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • The Yulgilbar Foundation,
  • FRRR and other private donors.

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