Strengthening Rural Communities — Small & Vital

Kindy kids lying under a tree listening to their teacher play ukelele

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital stream gives small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.

Grants up to $10,000 are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Image: Beechworth Kindergarten, SRC Rd 3 Grant Recipient

Future rounds

Round 19
Opens: 01 September 2023
Closes: 4 December 2023
Funding announced by late February 2024

Round 18 now open

Applications close 5pm VIC time (AEST) 31 August 2023

Funding announced by late November 2023

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How to apply for SRC Small & Vital

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 options, please go to Find Funding Now.

I have a question, who can I talk to?

Our state-based Grants Officers are your go-to people for any program related queries for the SRC program.

  • QLD / NT / WA: Lisa Mahon
  • NSW / ACT: Jaclyn Troy
  • VIC / TAS / SA: Vivienne McCrory

Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email:

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 detailed in the Program Guidelines below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail. If you need to share this information with others, you can download the guidelines below.

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 Grantseeker Resources page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

Applications for all streams close 5pm VIC time (AEST), 31 August 2023.

Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.

Helpful resources:

It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a sample 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.

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

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:

“FRRR’s grant application was clearly set out, staff were friendly and helpful when I had a few questions, and the whole process was easily achievable. We are grateful for the opportunity to receive funding to improve Adavale Lane Community Centre so it can be accessed and used for the benefit of our whole community.”

Danielle Diener, Secretary – Adavale Lane Community Centre Incorporated, SRC R9

Inspiration – Past projects

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

Two women in aprons stand at the Hannaford Club kitchen

Catering for the crowds in Hannaford

With a grant from FRRR’s Strengthening Rural Communities program, the Hannaford Club Inc was successful in obtaining new catering equipment, which enabled them to successfully cater for a crowd of more than 300 during their first post-COVID fundraiser. The new gear has not only benefitted the Club, but the wider region who can borrow the equipment.

Tassie food co-op gets room to move

Okines Community House in Dodges Ferry, Tasmania received a $10,000 Strengthening Rural Communities grant to expand the community centre’s highly valued Food Co-op, which runs a food assistance program for families in need, and offers nutritious, organic, ethically and sustainably sourced food with minimal packaging at affordable prices.

Injalak Arts

Celebrating contemporary culture in Gunbalanya

With COVID-19 restrictions meaning no visitors allowed, Injalak Arts ran a two-week music workshop and a week-long live video production workshop to enable local artists to demonstrate their creative expertise and talents, as well as developing new skills in live television production, thanks to a $10,000 SRC grant.

Photo credit: Alex Ressel

Proudly supported by

This program is collaboratively and generously supported by the following donors:

  • AMP Foundation
  • Attaway Foundation
  • Bertalli Family Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Central Victoria
  • David Mactaggart Foundation
  • Estate Late Harold Gordon Jones
  • Findex Community Fund
  • Friends of FRRR
  • FRRR
  • FRRR Central Victorian Regional Grants Fund
  • Hand Heart Pocket – The Charity of Freemasons Queensland
  • Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation
  • Kapikarnpi Community Fund
  • Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation
  • Olver-Carlyle Charitable Foundation
  • Perpetual Foundation – The Julian Flett Endowment
  • Pinnacle Charitable Foundation
  • PF Pipcorn Trust and WC and EV Kelm Trust
  • Portland House Foundation
  • Raine and Horne Foundation
  • Sally White OAM
  • Sidney Myer Fund
  • The Collie Foundation
  • The Maple-Brown Family Foundation
  • The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation
  • The Yulgilbar Foundation
  • Tim Fairfax
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • Zurich Financial Services Australia
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