Back to School (BTS)

NOTE: 2024 was the final round of the Back to School program. The program has now ended.

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

Working through local community organisations who acted as Back to School partners, the program provided $50 digital gift vouchers to students in need redeemable at Target, Kmart or local retailers. The vouchers were used for items such as school uniforms, clothing, shoes, school bags and stationery – or anything that helped students feel ready to learn.

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Jeanice Henderson
1800 170 020

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Funding Alternatives

Community groups seeking support for education-related initiatives may like to consider applying through the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital stream. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

For further information, please see Strengthening Rural Communities. If you want to explore other grant options, please go to Find Funding Now.

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:

Inspiration – Past Projects

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.

Buderim Foundation distributes Back to school vouchers

Watch the video to hear what the Buderim Foundation and local school chaplain have to say about how Back to School vouchers will assist local school children and their families.