Back to School (BTS)

Back to School (BTS) is a national program that helps remote and rural children and young people access quality educational experiences. Since 2005, this practical, positive program has helped thousands of students to engage in learning and strengthen their educational outcomes. 

Working through local community organisations, Back to School provides $50 digital gift vouchers to students in need redeemable at Target, Kmart or local retailers. The vouchers can be used for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery – or anything that helps students feel ready to learn.

This program is currently closed.

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Currently assessing

BTS 2021 to be announced January 2021

Future rounds

To be confirmed

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.

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I have a question, who can I talk to?

Jeanice Henderson
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.

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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: 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.


Read more about the impact that these vouchers have had.

Back to School Program – making a real difference in rural Australia

A $50 voucher goes a long way for families that are struggling to put food on the table, let alone buy new school clothes and stationery. The BTS voucher distribution program continues to have a positive and significant impact for families in need in Deniliquin.

Back to School vouchers help farming families

FRRR’s $50 Back to School vouchers are making a big difference to farming families that have been impacted by consecutive natural disasters. For one family of four, it meant sending them to school with all they needed to start the school year.

Watch Joel’s story and see how $50 can make a difference

When Joel started high school he really needed a uniform, shoes and socks. Without them, his confidence was waning and he was skipping classes.