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Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.


Funding streams

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, there are currently two funding streams available:

1. Small & Vital - up to $10,000 grants available. Communities in non-metropolitan areas with fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised.

2. Bushfire Recovery – up to $25,000 grants available. Projects that enhance the recovery of communities affected by the Sept 2019 to Feb 2020 bushfires are eligible.

Please read the program guidelines in the Applying section below to determine your eligibility and learn about the types of projects that can be supported in each stream.


What can be funded?

A broad range of charitable projects are considered under this program, including:

  • Delivering, or providing activities, events, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Organisational capacity building;
  • Community resource development.

FRRR partners with a wide range of donors, many of whom have specific regional and issue-based preferences or requirements. The table below provides an indication of donor preferences for this round of the Small & Vital stream. There may be more funds available if FRRR receives any additional funds and where funds that are not granted in previous rounds are rolled over into this round.

Click here for details of targeted funding available in this round.

Small & Vital Stream Targeted Funding


Supporting NT and QLD


Public education, science, agriculture in Victoria


Strengthening community infrastructure needs in Victoria


Supporting activities that benefit older people in Victoria


Culture, arts, tourism and community heritage in Taree, NSW


Biodiversity / education in Victoria


Ageing in Warren / Gilgandra region of NSW


Flood recovery in QLD


Wiluna and Lenora Shires WA


Digital inclusion in NT and QLD


Healthy ageing in QLD


Strengthening community in Stanhope, Victoria


Alleviating poverty and disadvantage - National


Capital Projects - National


Improving physical health and local food security and sustainable local food systems - National


Indigenous Australians and/or health and wellbeing projects that support disadvantaged women and children - National


COVID-19 social, economic and environmental projects - National


Arts and culture, visual and performing multicultural arts - National


Discretionary funding - National




Strengthening Rural Communities is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. The table below shows the expected dates that applications will be assessed throughout the year, and when funds will be awarded.
NOTE: These dates are subject to change.

Round 6

  • Assessing. Applicants notified of outcomes by late December 2020.

Round 7
  • Applications close 5pm AEDT, 24 November 2020.
  • Applicants notified of outcomes by mid March 2021.

Round 8

  • Applications close 5pm AEDT, 23 February 2021.
  • Applicants notified of outcomes by early June 2021.
Round 9
  • Applications close 5pm AEST, 25 May 2021.
  • Applicants notified of outcomes by early September 2021.



Round 7 of the Strengthening Rural Communities program is now open and closes at 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 November, 2020.

To begin your application for the Strengthening Rural Communities, click on the Apply Now button below. If you need to return to an application you've started, click on the Grants Gateway icon.

Before you apply, please ensure you review each of the documents below, as well as the application tips.

SRC Apply Now Grants Gateway Return to Applications Link

Application Tips

FRRR uses an online grants administration system called Grants Gateway. Please download and save the Grants Gateway How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. 

FRRR also asks grant applicants to providing information on the purpose of your grant, which we call the Activity Tree. We encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.


  • Due to the volume of applications received FRRR is unlikely to follow up missing documentation after applications have been submitted. Therefore, all documentation requested be received at the time of application.
    If you are unable to provide the required documentation due to bushfire damage, please call FRRR on 1800 170 020 or email
  • Ensure there are only numbers in your budget - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers. Otherwise, the auto-calculate function won't work.
  • Tips and resources for successful applications

We want to make sure that applying to our programs is as easy as possible.
Contacts us at any time if you have questions by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing


Examples of past projects

Small & Vital
Bushfire Recovery



This program is collaboratively and generously supported by the following donors:

♦Arcare Family Foundation  ♦Aussie Farmers Foundation  ♦Australia Post  ♦Australian Community Media - South Coast is Calling Initiative  ♦Baxter Charitable Foundation  ♦Bertalli Family Foundation  ♦Center for Disaster Philanthropy  ♦Charter Hall  ♦Chefs on the Run  ♦Chrysanthemum Foundation  ♦David Mactaggart Foundation  ♦Doc Ross Family Foundation  ♦the Entertainment Industry Foundation  ♦Estate Late Harold Gordon Jones  ♦Fire Fight Australia Fund  ♦Friends of FRRR  ♦Good Thnx Foundation  ♦Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation  ♦IKEA Australia  ♦Jeunesse Kids Foundation  ♦John T Reid Charitable Trusts  ♦Kapikarnpi Community Fund  ♦Kofi Foundation  ♦the Laneway Festival  ♦LeMessurier Charitable Trust  ♦Maple-Brown Family Foundation  ♦Metamorphic Foundation  ♦Morgans Foundation Limited  ♦Morris Family Foundation  ♦Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation  ♦Olver-Carlyle Charitable Foundation  ♦Paul Ramsay Foundation  ♦Pepper Money  ♦Percy Baxter Charitable Trust  ♦Perpetual Foundation: Julian Flett Endowment  ♦Portland House Foundation  ♦REIV Charitable Foundation  ♦R.M.Williams  ♦Scenic World Shared  ♦Sidney Myer Fund  ♦Stockland CARE Foundation  ♦Suncorp Group  ♦Tabcorp Holdings Ltd  ♦The Argo Foundation  ♦The Jack Brockhoff Foundation  ♦The June Canavan Foundation  ♦The Ross Trust  ♦The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation  ♦The William Buckland Foundation  ♦The Yulgilbar Foundation  ♦Third Link Investment Managers  ♦Thoms Family Endowment - a sub-fund of the AET Foundation  ♦Tim Fairfax Family Foundation  ♦Vertel  ♦Vicinity Centres  ♦Westpac Group  ♦FRRR and Private Donors.

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