Proudly supported by
01 - DoIRDC
02 - TFFF
03 - ANZ
04 - Paul Ramsay Foundation
05 - Sidney Myer Fund
06 - Pratt Foundation
07 - Australia Post
08 - Westpac Group
09 - The Snow Foundation
10 - Santos
11 - Aussie Farmers' Foundation
12 - Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
14 - NRMA
15 - Rex Airlines
16 - Friends of FRRR
Stockland CARE Foundation
Funded Projects

Round 11 Recipients
Round 10.1 Recipients
Round 10 - Small & Large
Round 9 - Small & Large
Round 8 - Small & Large

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.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, 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 in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch once you've read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources. FRRR will be conducting workshops and sessions for grant-seekers to help with developing ideas.

The program is supported by the Australian Government, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ANZ, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, Pratt Foundation, Australia Post, Westpac Group, The Snow Foundation, Santos, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, NRMA, Rex Airlines and individual donors from across the nation.


  • Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  • Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  • Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  • Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought; and
  • Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

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 drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected 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 and benefit a drought-affected region.

Criteria for large-scale and multi-year projects up to $60,000 and $150,000

  • 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 the impact of drought;
  • Support a coordinated approach with a regional focus;
  • Enhance resourcing, stability and continuity of events and programs being delivered by local not-for-profit organisations; and
  • Support the delivery of activities and services which cost more due to the remoteness of their location.
  • Please note that applicants must speak to the FRRR Program Manager before lodging an application to the two larger streams, and a written Expression of Interest is required for the up to $150,000 grants.

What can’t be funded?

  • The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Tax Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefits to the wider community beyond competitive sports-related activities (please contact FRRR if you wish to discuss);
  • Commonwealth, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility;
  • Projects that do not directly support drought-affected communities;
  • Projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community;
  • The project must not duplicate an existing project or service;
  • Retrospective projects, i.e. projects that have already occurred or which will have occurred by the time funds are received;
  • Projects that are for animal welfare;
  • Projects outside Australia and overseas travel; nor
  • Projects that support private businesses and commercial activities (excepting not-for-profit social enterprise).

Funding rounds

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 cut-off dates that best suit your project requirements.


Outcomes advised

Round 12

Round 12 closed. Currently assessing applications - outcomes announced early May 2019.

Round 13
Round 13 now open. Outcomes announced mid July 2019 for applications received by 30 April 2019.

Note: EOIs for large grants now closed.

Round 14

Late September 2019 for applications received by 8 July 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 25 June 2019.

Round 15

Early December 2019 for applications received by 25 September 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 5 Sept. 2019.

Round 16 Late February 2020 for applications received by 16 December 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 27 Nov. 2019.



FRRR uses an online grants administration system called Grants Gateway. All applications for the Tackling Tough Times Together program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Before applying, please read the Guidelines and supporting information carefully.

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.

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.

We want to make sure that applying to our programs is as easy as possible. Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

TTTT $20,000 TTTT $60,000 TTTT EOI $150,000
To begin your application for grants up to $20,000, click on the
Apply Now - TTTT $20K button above.
To begin your application for grants up to $60,000, click on the
Apply Now - TTTT $60K button above.

Expressions of Interest for grants of up to $150,000 have now closed.

Grants Gateway Return to applications
Click here to return to an application that you've already started.
Clicking on one of the links above will start a new application.
For more information on this process, please read the following documents:
Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact the Program Manager on
1800 170 020 or email.

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