Tackling Tough Times Together

Young spectators enjoying entertainment at the Tambo Show

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) 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.

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Round 22 now open


Closes 5pm AEST 24 August 2021

NOTE: The $150K tier grants involve a two-stage process. A full application is due by 5pm AEST, Thursday 12 August 2021. Additional information may be requested, which is due by 5pm AEST, Tuesday 24 August 2021.

Announced by
Late November 2021

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 project.

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


I have a question, who can I talk to?

Dea Cavalier
Phone: 1800 170 020
Email: toughtimes@frrr.org.au

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 support the planning and preparation of your project. It also sets out what you MUST include for your project 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 project
  • checked that you are an eligible legal entity
  • provided the financial information required
  • created a budget for the project
  • gathered supporting materials
  • spoken to an FRRR contact person where you were unsure of any requirement
  • gathered community support for the project
  • checked the information you are providing to make sure it is clear and relevant to the project

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 How-to Guide and have your questions answered with our Grants Gateway FAQs.

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

“Thallon Progress Association Incorporated received a Round 16 grant to reduce social
isolation through the installation of a permanent shade structure over the iconic
“William the Wombat” playground sculpture in Thallon.
Once again FRRR’s support has enabled us to complete a very worthwhile project and provide a much-needed facility for the Community of Thallon..”

Leanne Brosnan, Secretary, Thallon Progress Association Incorporated

Inspiration – Past projects

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

A teacher coaching young musicians

Tenterfield and the
beat of the bush

Around 100 kids in regional NSW and QLD attended a week-long music school run by internationally acclaimed music educators. Children from all over the region who had never met one another, played an instrument nor sung in a choir before this program amazed their family members with the talent and skills they had learnt in just five days.

Boulia community using the bbq trailer

Chill’n’Grill –
BBQing for Boulia

The Council received a $26,000 grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program, funded by Tim and Gina Fairfax, to purchase their new Chill’n’Grill BBQ trailer. The trailer included a fridge and safety equipment, which would allow community groups to transport and operate it safely.

Ripples of resilience
on Eyre Peninsula

A $20,000 Tackling Tough Times Together grant has made a significant difference to the lives of more than 50 year 10 students – and their families – on the Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia. The grant went toward the salaries and operational costs of delivering the Youth Opportunities program.

Greening the
Sunset Strip Village

Sunset Strip Village’s community centre precinct has been transformed into a green oasis, thanks to a $19,070 TTTT grant funded by the Australian Government.

Cowell Silo Art Project
in Franklin Harbour

The Franklin Harbour Community Development Group sought to expand their local tourism market in a bid to stimulate the local economy, which has been adversely affected by the flow on effects from a community in drought.