Priority Funding Needs

The table below provides an outline of the areas that most need additonal funding, right now. These are:

To lend your support to any one of these programs, simply click on the relevant button to donate securely online.

Alternatively, you can download and complete this donation form to either send a cheque or make an EFT.

“Without organisations like FRRR and their donors we would not have had our Museum restored. Cardwell’s history would have been lost forever. Cardwell might be a small town but we all help to contribute to Australia’s rich history. It would have been such a travesty to have lost that.”

Murray Massey, Cardwell Historical Society

Drought-affected communities

National Drought Map

  • Drought affects more than just  farmers - it has flow on effects throughout the whole community. Money dries up for the things that keep community members connected and supported – just when they need it most.
  • Help communities stay connected and keep things going that they can no longer fund from within the community.
  • Donations can be targeted to a specific region.
Tackling Tough Times Together

Low dam during drought

  • The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program provides targeted grants to assist the most severely drought affected communities in Queensland.
  • It has a specific focus on funding grassroots, community-led projects that enable them to access the resources they need to support one another through tough times.
Cyclone Debbie & Subsequent Flooding: Qld and NSW

SES working to clear road access

  • Communities affected in Queensland and New South Wales by Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding will need help to recover in the medium to long-term. While other agencies will support individuals in the short-term, community needs will emerge over time, once those organisations have moved on to other events.
  • Funds could go towards infrastructure repairs, mental health and wellbeing programs, and helping alleviate volunteer fatigue.
Disaster Resilient: Future Ready
  • Natural disasters are a regular part of Australian life. This new program, which is still in development, involves extensive community consultation and research to assist rural communities to be better prepared for, and have better recovery from, natural disasters. We are collaborating with a number of organisations to help get this important project up and running, but we welcome more partners in this ground-breaking program.
Medium to Long Term Disaster Recovery
  • Disaster-affected areas continue to need support long after the immediate event. Our programs assist from the 12-month mark and beyond by providing grants from $100 to $20,000.
  • Recovery initiatives include resilience building and community strengthening projects, as well as repairing and upgrading infrastructure.
  • Even a donation of $100 can help repair community infrastructure, replant trees or go towards mental health and well-being workshops.
    Our Natural Disaster Recovery fund can accept donations of any size and issue tax deductible receipts for donations over $2.
  • Current disasters for which we are fundraising include:
    • NSW communities impacted by bushfires in Jan/Feb 2017.
    • NSW, SA, Vic and Tas impacted by floods June to September 2016.
REAPing Rewards
  • Access to programs and resources is often a major barrier to learning for students in rural, regional and remote Australia, which in turn affects students’ engagement and motivation. REAPing Rewards is a national small grants program, supporting locally-driven projects that directly benefit pre-schoolers, students up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants of up to $10,000.
Back to School
  • National program that focuses on rural and regional children and families in need.
  • Provides gift vouchers from Target, or selected local stores, which are redeemed for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery.
  • A donation of as little as $50 makes a significant impact through this program.


“I just want to say - I don’t know how you knew, but that voucher couldn’t have come at a better time for our family. It has been a hard year.”

– Recipient, Taree Christian College

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

  • This is our most flexible and broad-ranging grant program with grants from $150 up to $5,000.
  • The challenges facing rural communities around Australia are immense, diverse, complicated and interconnected, yet by being small and remote, these communities have less capacity to raise funds and access resources to address their issues. 
  • Donations can be targeted to a specific geographic location, demographic and / or towards a particular type of project.


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