Strengthening Rural Communities – Rebuilding Regional Communities

Woman wearing a mask delivering a Xmas meal to a resident at his house.

The Rebuilding Regional Communities SRC funding stream has now closed – there will be no further funding rounds.

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC) stream offered small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefitted local communities.

Recognising the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, the Australian Government partnered with FRRR to distribute $5 million from 2022 to 2024 to support community-led initiatives that:   

  • Enhanced the process of recovery of remote, rural and regional communities from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Reduced social isolation and foster stronger, more resilient remote, rural and regional communities; and/or  
  • Sustained local remote, rural and regional organisations and their work.  
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Explore other streams in the Strengthening Rural Communities program:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to provide what will be a very different and improved facility for our community and cannot thank your organisation enough. We look forward to reporting on the outcome and hope that you will also be thrilled with the end result.”

Sue McMahon, Chairperson – Tonimbuk Hall Committee of Management, SRC Rebuilding Regional Communities R15

Inspiration – Past projects

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

A man holding a mobile phone and wearing a red jacket that says Marine Rescue, standing in front of a yellow boat.

A mobile boost for Freycinet’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Assoc

COVID exacerbated the need for a mobile booster to provide stronger and more reliable mobile coverage as member training had to move to Zoom sessions. Zoom provided additional benefits by allowing members the opportunity to remain connected and still have timely input into the Association’s activities.

Man and boy wearing helmets with welding equipment in a workshop.

Boosting capacity to support COVID response

Boys to the Bush provides support to disadvantaged youth in Central NSW. They received funding to purchase workshop equipment for applied construction and maintenance projects, which help disadvantaged youth affected by COVID lockdowns connect and learn life skills, as well as earn accreditation towards employment in their community.

Responding to COVID in East Arnhem Land

The Gong-Dal Aboriginal Corporation in East Arnhem Land in the NT used part of their grant to employ experienced facilitators to work with and support a COVID-response group specially formed by Yolŋu leaders to provide intercultural advice to government agencies and other stakeholders and ensure culturally safe and appropriate community engagement.

Making a big impact with a small grant in Foster

COVID affected the ability of Manna Community Garden in Foster, VIC to fundraise to support the vital services the garden provides. So they used their RRC grant to install new seating around their fire pit. This small project kick-started an annual event, which brings people together to learn and celebrate the many advantages of growing locally.