Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

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The Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.

Since its inception, the program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.  

It is a great example of a collaborative program that is supported by various partners, and it has the flexibility to address issues that make a real difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.

Projects funded through this program address the following areas:

  1. Building Community Resilience: for example, projects that: facilitate community connectedness; develop leadership capacity within the community; improve local community infrastructure and meeting places; support and develop volunteer community groups; and increase community preparedness to natural disasters.
  2. Developing Organisational Resilience and Capacity: for example, projects that: strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure; improve service delivery through equipment upgrades; increase skill development of committees of management; and provide support for planning and sustainability.
  3. Enhancing Environmental Sustainability:  for example, projects that: increase awareness of local environmental issues; provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment; and  restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.
  4. Fostering Cultural Vibrancy: for example, projects that: celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity; foster the arts through creative projects, and provide support for local artists and the arts community.
  5. Lifelong Education & Training: for example, projects that: provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave.
  6. Economic Strength: for example, projects that: create local employment and training with an employment outcome; stimulate new spending within a community or region; support events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result; and attract new residents to a community or region and improve economic prosperity.
  7. Improving Community Health & Social Wellbeing: for example, projects that: address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food; support sustainable local food systems; enhance mental health; and assist vulnerable community members to improve their health and wellbeing.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Rural and regional communities are the life blood of Australia. They are often overlooked when reports are written about the challenges facing Australia in competing internationally and achieving economic growth.

It has been a pleasure to be involved with FRRR and provide support for the Small Grants for Rural Communities program. So many projects are deserving and the money we can offer through FRRR multiplies many times over, leveraging other sources of support and encouraging the communities to develop their skills and services.

It has been very satisfying to see what is being done and we look forward to hearing more about opportunities to contribute in this way in the future.

- Private donor

Common funding outcomes

The program funds a wide range of projects such as:  

  • Repair and maintenance of small to mid-scale community infrastructure, such as public halls, preschools and recreation reserves.
  • Providing communications equipment and enhancing infrastructure and systems, especially for emergency services organisations.
  • Community events and capacity building, such as volunteer training, support and development.
  • Support for collaborative, community based arts and cultural activities that provide broad community benefit.
  • Community heritage projects such as infrastructure and equipment.
  • Community based tourism and economic development activities to support the vitality and economic sustainability for small rural communities.

Projects should contribute to the development of a community’s social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.

In addition to project funding, the SGRC program helps to build capacity in local communities. 

Our staff are happy to listen to your project ideas provide advice on writing a strong application, as well as providing tailored feedback on applications, and leveraging our networks to refer applicants to other funding bodies.

Applicants tell us that just having contact with FRRR staff lifts morale, encouraging them to continue their work. So please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

‘FRRR is a wonderful philanthropic organisation as you don’t ignore small rural organisations such as the Forcett Community Hall. We are aware that if our application is of a high standard then we have a chance of success against larger organisations. This is extremely inspirational for our group.’

Forcett Community Hall, Small Grants applicant, Tasmania

Funding rounds

The SGRC program is open twice a year and distributes more than $300,000 of funding per round to eligible organisations.




SGRC Round 34 This funding round will award grants up to $5,000. Now closed. Assessing applications.
SGRC Round 33 This funding round awarded more than $425,000 in grants to 104 community groups. Awarded


Round 34 of Small Grants for Rural Communities is now closed.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is not required for this grant program.

While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.

Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community). If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea. 

Please check each funding round for the relevant opening and closing dates, application forms and program guideline documents.

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Further information

If you have any questions after reviewing the guidelines and our tips on applying, contact us on free call 1800 170 020. or email

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