Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants

Westpac Foundation partnered with FRRR in 2020 to offer Westpac Foundation’s Community Grants to rural and regional communities.

The Rural Community Grants helped to create strong and more inclusive communities in rural, regional and remote areas, providing assistance in what has been one of the most challenging years on record.

The grants focused on supporting organisations who are creating job opportunities and providing training and education to enhance employment readiness for people experiencing disadvantage.

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This program has now ended.

Previous rounds

How to apply

Please read the information on each of the three tabs below to make sure this is the right grant for your activity.

If you want to explore other grant options, please go to Find Funding Now.

I have a question, who can I talk to?

Danielle Griffin 
1800 170 020

Confirm you are eligible to apply for this grant

To make sure this is the right grant for your community, please read the grant information below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

If you need to share this information with others, you can download the guidelines above.

Gather information to support your grant application

Please read the information below to plan and prepare your activity. The information below sets out what you MUST include for your activity to be considered. There are plenty of helpful resources to support you along the way.

Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.

Your grant application MUST include:

Need some more help?

We have a large selection of resources on our Grant Seeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.

Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:

  • confirmed you are eligible to apply for this grant
  • provided clear information about your activity
  • checked that you are an eligible legal entity
  • provided the financial information required
  • created a budget for the activity
  • gathered supporting materials
  • spoken to an FRRR contact person where you were unsure of any requirement
  • gathered community support for the activity
  • checked the information you are providing to make sure it is clear and relevant to the activity

Helpful resources:

It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a copy of the application form.

Please read the instructions on how to use the Grants Gateway: Grants Gateway How-to Guide

Grants Gateway FAQs

Start a new application here.

All applications must be submitted through the online Grants Gateway.

Return to an existing application here.

If you have significant issues accessing a stable internet connection, please contact our team to discuss an alternative way of applying:
Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email: info@frrr.org.au

“Supporting organisations focused on employment, education and training is at the heart of Westpac Foundation’s strategy. Through our partnership with FRRR we have been able to extend our reach to new communities across Australia. In addition to funding, these organisations will have access to a range of non-financial support to help them through this time and beyond.”
Susan Bannigan, CEO Westpac Foundation


Explore some of the activities we’ve previously funded to see how other organisations have helped their community thrive.

Taking professional development on-country

FRRR supported the Nowanup ‘Bush University’ Schools Program with a $12,500 grant for professional development for teachers and staff, deepening cross cultural awareness and building Noongar Language and cultural activities into the Australian National Curriculum.

Catered training opportunities for Heyfield residents

The Heyfield Community Resource Centre used a $9,720 grant to provide a special training opportunity for people living with a disability in the community. They ran a hospitality and horticulture course that focused on developing practical skills and support employability.

Upskilling early childhood educators

Eidsvold Kindergarten hosted a professional development day for early childhood educators from the North Burnett and beyond to improve their professional knowledge and skills, ultimately benefiting children across the region.