Strengthening Rural Communities — Small & Vital

Rotary Club of Portland Vic

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: Rotary Club of Portland, SRC Rd 6 Grant Recipient

Future rounds

Round 20
Opens: 5 December 2023
Closes: 26 February 2024
Funding announced end of April 2024

Round 19 is now open

Applications close 5pm VIC time (AEDT) 4 December 2023

Funding announced by late February 2024

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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 (AEDT), 4 December 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.

Volunteers with an older person, packing a food hamper.

Winter care packages for those in need in the Glenelg Shire

A $5,000 SRC grant awarded in 2022, funded by the Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation, helped United Care Glenelg care for vulnerable residents in the Glenelg Shire in south-west Victoria. They delivered much-needed winter care packages to make residents feel valued as community members.

Artists sitting with their backs to the camera painting a mural on a wall.

Strengthen pride, strengthen youth in Nauiyu, NT

Red Dust’s Local Drug Action team coordinated the Red Dust Community Art Collaboration project with local organisations Green River Aboriginal Corporation, Merrepen Arts and Ironbark. With a $5,000 SRC grant, three large murals beautified public spaces and brought the dreaming of the Nauiyu community to life.

People climbing on a scramble net that is part of an obstacle course.

Raising awareness for the mental and physical health of farmers

Active Farmers received a $6,340 SRC grant to help run a day-long event in WA, which focused on the importance of physical and mental health. The Active Farmers Games is an obstacle course designed to mimic life’s obstacles and demonstrate how we are better off with a team to support us through.

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
  • Nuseed
  • 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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