Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

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The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.

It is a flexible program that provides grants of up to $10,000 to not-for-profit community groups, early childhood service providers, and primary and secondary school community support committees, for locally developed or locally driven ideas, projects and programs that directly enhance the educational outcomes for children and students (0-18 years) in remote, rural and regional communities. 

REAPing Rewards continues the essence of the former Rural Education Program (REP) and the Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program and incorporates new learning from the sector. This program is in high demand and we are currently seeking new funding partners to continue this valuable program.

Who can apply?

Suitable groups include:

  • Community based Early Childhood Service Providers such as playgroups, kindergartens, preschools, day care / family care centres, toy libraries;
  • Primary Schools and Secondary Schools, community based support committees such as Parent & Citizens Committees, After School / Out of School Care Programs and Homework Programs;
  • Not-for-profit community groups for projects and activities that directly support students and education providers.

To be eligible, projects must offer a clear public benefit, be for a charitable purpose and clearly address an identified educational need. More information is provided in the Program Guidelines.

"We are extremely grateful for the funding provided by FRRR to support this grant. It has changed the way we teach our students writing, right across the entire cluster. Your organisation should be extremely proud of the difference that they have make across the many areas of education – thank you."

Ovens Learning Community School Cluster - REAPing Rewards, Rd 2

What can be funded?

Projects and activities that extend, engage, ignite and broaden student learning and education outcomes in remote, rural and regional Australian communities through: 

  • Reducing the barriers to education by supporting broader, more effective learning environments and opportunities;
  • Fostering a positive attitude to learning in students, families, teachers and community members;
  • Enhancing early childhood learning resources and facilities leading to improved, quality learning experiences;
  • Building local capacity for community groups and schools to develop or expand programs and activities that enhance learning outcomes and opportunities and support student aspiration;
  • Increasing opportunity to participate in curriculum enrichment opportunities;
  • Encouraging collaborative partnerships between education providers, community and  not-for-profit organisations to support remote, rural and regional communities;
  • Opportunities to enhance student aspiration and learning goals through links with local community, business and industry;
  • Supporting the innovative delivery of quality programs such as school readiness / transitions, student engagement, leadership and retention programs, work skills/work readiness, links with local industry and supporting student resilience and social and emotional health and wellbeing.

Please note the following:

  • Travel and accommodation costs may be considered, particularly for applications from remote areas.
  • Requests to support teacher capacity building should clearly demonstrate how this will directly support student engagement, learning and educational outcomes, rather than ongoing teacher skill development.
  • Support for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as Smart Boards, tablets and laptops will be assessed in light of existing infrastructure, curriculum requirements and direct student / teacher benefit. Generally, no more than seven tablets would be supported per application.


The 2017 REAPing Rewards program is now closed.

The 2017 REAPing Rewards program will open towards the end of November. The guidelines will be availble from this page when the program opens.

For more information on the last round of the REAPing Rewards program, visit the REAPing Rewards - Round 6 grant recipients annoucement.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and application form carefully. You can contact the Program Manager Jacki Dimond on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification.

Please note that the application form within the Grants Gateway has the incorrect closing date – Applications will be open until 5pm Friday, 12 January 2018.

FRRR is currently transitioning to an online grants administration system. Applications for Round 7 of REAPing Rewards will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get you started. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Activity Tree' (formerly referred to as the Purpose Tree), which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Grants Gateway logo below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers. ALSO, at this time, you can only submit one attachment, so you need to combine items into one PDF. Instructions on how to do this are outlined the How-To Guide below.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Further information

More information about the program is available by contacting the National Programs Manager Jeanice Henderson on 1800 170 020 or email.

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