Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

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The Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) was the longest running and broadest program FRRR offered, opening on average twice per year from 2002 until 2018.

In that time, the program supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.  

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

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

    Small Grants for Rural Communities has evolved into the Strengthening Rural Communities program.


    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 funded 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 contributed 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 helped to build capacity in local communities. 

    Our staff provided 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.




    ‘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 opened twice a year and in recent years distributed around $300,000 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


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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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