People, Place & Prosperity

...smaller grants supporting a broad range of issues in smaller rural, regional & remote communities

The programs under our People, Place & Prosperity theme focus on helping communities to help themselves. These grants support broad community and economic development in smaller rural, regional and remote communities across Australia.

They are intended to be flexible, responsive and timely in their availability, and to provide funding for new or existing initiatives that support locally led and delivered programs and services which strengthen the social and economic fabric of communities.

Grants under this stream are typically less than $10,000, are suited to projects that can be delivered within 12 months and which are for one-off or non-recurrent expenses.

Each program provides grants across seven focus areas and broad beneficiary groups including education, environment, arts, economic development, organisational capacity building, health and wellbeing, strengthening community resilience through things like leadership development, and disaster preparedness and recovery.  

Specific details about each program can be found on their respective pages. Some programs target particular regions or industries, such as cotton growing regions or dairy communities, while the Strengthening Rural Communities program is national. For all programs, please read the information and program guidelines carefully and lodge an application to the one you feel is most appropriate, rather than make multiple applications.

Details of the People, Place & Prosperity programs currently available are below.

Grant Program Summary Status Key dates
Back to School (BTS)

National program that helps rural and remote children and young people access quality educational experiences by providing vouchers from Target or local retailers, to students in need, and their families. 

AWARDED Distribution complete
Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants

Regional program that aims to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, to help build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure.

CLOSED Awarded
SRC - Small & Vital (Always Open)

Grants for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This Small and Vital tier of funding supports projects with grants up to $10,000.

OPEN Closes 25 June
Strengthening Rural Communities (Always Open)

Grants for communities in small rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This program has two tiers of funding: Small and Vital supports projects with grants up to $10,000; and Larger Leverage supports projects with grants from $10,001 to $...

OPEN Applications due 24 Sept. EOIs closed.
Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities

This program allows cotton farmers in Qld or NSW to nominate a community group in their local area to receive a $5,000 grant.

OPEN Closes 30 August
Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) - Victoria

A targeted program designed to benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities in Victoria.

OPEN Closes 24 September

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