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Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought. As these photos show, the impact of the drought is being widely felt.

Grants of up to $15,000 are now available across most of Queensland (see Guidelines for eligible Council areas). A small number of grants valued at up to $50,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact.

Funding will support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, but most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage people in being active, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded.

The program was founded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, and is now further supported by the Qantas Foundation and a number of individual supporters.

We welcome contributions from other donors to this program. To discuss your involvement, please call 1800 170 020.


  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training; and
  • Support local economic recovery or renewal.

Who can apply?

  • Community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in the listed regions over those delivering services to, but not based in the listed regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.
  • Please note no specific tax status is required.
  • Groups with outstanding final reports are not eligible to apply unless a time extension has been granted. We encourage groups to complete their final reports so that they can then apply.
  • Projects must be located in one of the following Local Government Areas - note this list will be updated from time to time, as conditions change:






Fraser Coast








Blackall Tambo

Isaac (part declared)

South Burnett


Lockyer Valley

Southern Downs








Mareeba (part declared)


Charters Towers


Western Downs



Whitsundays (part declared)


North Burnett



Prioritisation of funding requests

Funds will be prioritised on the following basis:

  • Projects that support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience;
  • Activities that build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts;
  • Community infrastructure that demonstrates a strong link to supporting mental health, social and / or emotional wellbeing.

Examples of projects that could be funded can be found in the Case Studies below, and this page lists some examples of projects funded under previous drought-support programs.

Criteria for large-scale and multi-year projects up to $50,000

  • Multiple locations (delivery points), which are coordinated centrally;
  • Provide broader, more medium-term impact – multi-year grants will be considered;
  • Offer activities that could be repeated over a period of time;
  • Deliver larger scale activities that provide short term relief to alleviate drought impacts;
  • Support a coordinated approach with a regional focus; and
  • Address the outcomes listed above.

What can’t be funded?

  • Physical infrastructure that could be funded by other programs;
  • Sports equipment and uniforms;
  • Large organisations external to the affected regions.


Applications for Round 11 are now open.

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table below for the dates of the round that best suits your project requirements.






Round 10


26 June – Sept 2018

End Sept 2018

Oct 2018 – May 2020

Round 11

Closes 14 Jan 2019

15 Jan – April 2019

End April 2019

May 2019 – Dec 2020

Round 12

15 Jan 2019 – 24 June 2019

25 June – Sep 2019

End Sept 2019

Oct 2019 – May 2021

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the Tackling Tough Times Together program 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

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and supporting information carefully. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact Jacki Dimond, Program Manager on 1800 170 020 or email.

Application forms for the larger grants of up to $50,000 are available by contacting the Program Manager.

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