Impacts and Grants in Action

Granting across the country

Most funds awarded went to outer regional or rural areas (49%), with 18% going to remote or very remote areas (excludes distributions made via fundraising accounts).

As in previous years, most of the funding was distributed predominantly on the east coast, which aligns both to the national population distribution but also reflects the location and preferences of most of FRRR’s donor partners.

Most funds went to NSW ($8,054,393 via 305 grants), followed by Victoria ($4,807,433 via 280 grants). This also reflects the increased granting into areas affected by the Black Summer bushfires.

We saw a slight decrease in the proportion of grants awarded to TAS, WA and SA. This correlates with the impacts of the bushfires being mostly on the east coast, but also reflects the limited outreach we were able to do in those states, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pleasingly though, figures for the NT rose on the back of targeted grantseeker workshops and ongoing virtual engagement, with a 43% increase in the funds awarded compared to last year.

Zoom in and click on the location markers on our interactive map to see the details of all 917 grants awarded in FY2020/21.

Building vibrant remote, rural and regional communities


Our People programs focus on strengthening local not-for-profits, community groups, and volunteer-led efforts, and enhancing opportunities for leadership, networks, and skill development. We believe in the power of people to drive prosperity.


Grants from our Place programs help to celebrate vibrant cultures, encourage self-generation, and improve access to sustainable social and physical infrastructure. Because every place is different, we support local, community-led solutions to local issues.

Disaster Resilience and Climate Solutions

We believe climate change and natural disasters are the biggest threats to the sustainability and viability of remote, rural and regional Australia. Solutions for improved social, environmental, and economic opportunities lie in local knowledge and at the intersection of People and Place.