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Community Group Futures

The Community Group Futures program is specifically for not-for-profit organisations working in and for the benefit of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

These organisations continue to experience particular operational and service delivery challenges and are working in very different environments from those prior to the bushfires. The Community Group Futures program has been developed by FRRR to support these community groups.

Funding has been provided by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

The Community Group Futures program provides resources for organisations to consider their viability, sustainability and future roles in their communities, and to strengthen organisational capabilities to achieve their aspirations.

It is an opportunity for organisations to think beyond day-to-day operations and short-term needs and look ahead to what is required to be sustainable and viable to meet the needs of the community in the years to come.

Program Objectives / Outcomes

  • Communities enjoy access to a range of high quality, relevant and sustainable local service options.
  • Not-for-profit organisations are underpinned by efficient and effective structures, systems and processes.
  • Not-for-profit organisations are led and managed by skilled and capable people, whether they be volunteer or paid.
  • Innovative and collaborative approaches exist to address community needs and priorities and resourcing challenges for organisations.

There are three streams to the program. Organisations are encouraged to consider which stream most closely fits their needs at this point in time, with a view to supporting future viability and sustainability. The three streams and total funds available are:

  1. Organisational Capability
  2. Viability & Sustainability
  3. Cost Efficiencies for Community Infrastructure

Applications can be made to only one of these streams of funding.

What will be funded?

The Community Group Futures program offers grants of up to $20,000.

Program funds are expected to be fully expended in 2020, bringing the program to a close. This funding round (opening in August 2020), will be contingent on available funds.

The diagram below shows the three program streams and the types of activities and projects that funds can be used for. These are indicative only and applicants are encouraged to speak with the FRRR Program Coordinator to discuss needs and ideas.

When assessing which stream best fits your needs, the following questions may help clarify your organisation’s needs:

  • What will your organisation look like in five years’ time?
  • What will your community need from your organisation?
  • Will your organisation still be relevant?
  • Does your organisation have what is needed to tackle challenges and grab opportunities?
  • How do you measure whether you are being successful and having an impact where you want to?
Organisational Capacity Viability and Sustainability Cost Efficiencies for Community Infrastructure


  • NFP committees / boards in governance, planning, financial management, human resource management, risk management,  asset management.
  • Paid positions.
  • Develop and embed policies / procedures, financial systems & processes, evaluation frameworks and processes: positions need to leave a legacy within the organisation
Requests up to $15,000 for training and $20,000 for positions will be considered
Skilled support
  • Strategic planning
  • Business planning and implementation support
  • Financial analysis & planning for sustainability
  • Shared back office services across similar geographic or service boundaries
  • Exploring collective impact approaches to key social issues
  • Legal support for mergers
  • Community engagement

Requests up to $20,000 to engage external expertise will be considered

  • For community asset cost efficiencies such as solar panels or water tanks
Requests up to $10,000 will be considered


Not-for-profit community organisations permanently operating in and for the benefit of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires are eligible to apply. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres
  • Community Arts organisations
  • Community Leadership Programs
  • Community groups such as Landcare groups, Men’s Sheds
  • Progress Associations
  • Committees of Management of Hall and Recreation Reserve and other community owned or operated facilities
  • Youth Groups.

Please note no special tax status is required.


The Community Group Futures program is now closed.

Before applying, please read the Guidelines carefully. You can contact the Grant Coordinator Hannah Jakab by telephone on freecall 1800 170 020 or by email

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for Community Group Futures will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please download and save the 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. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now button 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.

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:

Grants Gateway Apply Now
Grants Gateway Return to applications

Further information

If you have any queries, please contact the Grant Coordinator Hannah Jakab by telephone on freecall 1800 170 020 or by email.

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