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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.

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.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

NOTE: EOIs close prior to the due date for applications. Please check the table below for more information.

Program objectives

The objectives of the program are to help drought-affected communities:

  1. Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;
  2. Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;
  3. Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;
  4. 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
  5. Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

Projects in all tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness, develop leadership capacity within the community, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters.

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

For example, projects that 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. This could also include strengthening local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, skill development of committees of management, and support for planning and sustainability.

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.

5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave, and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people.

6. Economic strength

For example, projects that support local economic recovery or renewal by creating local employment and training with an employment outcome, stimulate new spending within a community or region, events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result, and projects that attract new residents to a community or region, thereby stimulating economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection; projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems; projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities in drought-affected regions 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.

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.

"This grant has helped lift the atmosphere in our center, and alleviated on-going concerns of what to do when the old information panels of our important exhibit completely collapsed. This has been a huge relief to all members of the Inglewood & District Historical Society and the community as a whole."

Beatrice McDougall, President - Inglewood & District Historical Society (R12 recipient)

Priority and Eligibility

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.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate are welcome to apply for funding for projects located in and benefiting drought-affected regions. Please note: no specific tax status is required.

Please read the Guidelines and supporting documents before applying.

Funding Rounds

Tackling Tough Times Together 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.


 Applications Due 
(NOTE: All applications close at 5pm VIC time)

Outcomes advised   

Round 17

Closed, currently assessing applications.

Late August 2020
Round 18
Thursday 27 August 2020.
EOIs for the $150K tier are now closed.
Late November 2020
Round 19

Thursday 22 October 2020. 

EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 5pm AEST, Thursday 10 September 2020.

Late February 2021
Round 20

Thursday 25 February 2021.

EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 5pm AEDT,
Tuesday 15 December 2020.

Late May 2021


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.
Only community groups in drought-affected regions
are eligible to apply.

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

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NOTE: Applications for the Round 18 $150K tier were by Expression of Interest only, and have now closed.
Please contact the Tackling Tough Times Together team to discuss your project.


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 TTTT team on 1800 170 020 or email.

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