Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. 

Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Round 8 now open

5pm AEDT 23 February 2021

Announced by
June 2021

Currently assessing

Round 7 – Grants announced by mid March 2021.

Future rounds

Round 9
Opens: 24 February 2021
Closes: 25 May 2021
Funding announced by early Sept 2021.

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.

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.

  • NT / WA: Lisa Mahon
  • QLD / NSW: Sue Devereaux
  • 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 below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

How much funding is available? Are there priority areas?

Small & Vital Stream
Requests up to $10,000

▪ Communities with fewer than 15,000 people;
▪ Communities outside major cities are eligible;
▪ Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups and not-for-profits;
▪ Organisations that do not have DGR status.

Larger Leverage Stream
Requests up to $25,000

Projects that support communities in remote or very remote Australia or throughout Victoria for specific project focus areas.
Please see the table below for funds available and relevant focus areas.

Bushfire Recovery Stream
Requests up to $25,000

·    ▪ Projects that support the recovery of rural, regional or remote communities affected by the Sept 2019-Feb 2020 bushfires;
▪ Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups;
▪ Organisations that do not have DGR status. 

While all requests will be considered, our priorities for funding are outlined below. Thanks to the generous support of the donors listed below, SRC Round 8 has the following funding available in the Small & Vital and Larger Leverage Streams.

Note: All funding in the Bushfire Recovery stream is targeted to the declared LGAs listed in this document.

RegionSmall & Vital – $460,000Larger Leverage – $600,000
NATIONAL ▪ Alleviating poverty & disadvantage – $45,000
 ▪ Capital projects – $25,000
 ▪ Improving physical health and local food security and sustainable local food systems – $50,000
 ▪ Indigenous Australians and / or health and wellbeing projects that support disadvantaged women and children – $20,000
 ▪ Poor, needy and disadvantaged – $12,500
▪ Discretionary funding – $75,000  
 ▪ Discretionary funding – $100,000
VICTORIA ▪ Public education, science, agriculture – $25,000
Strengthening community infrastructure needs – $25,000
 ▪ Biodiversity / education – $20,000  
 ▪ Supporting activities that benefit older people – $100,000
 ▪ Strengthening community infrastructure needs – $50,000
 ▪ Biodiversity / education – $75,000  
NEW SOUTH WALES ▪ Culture, arts, tourism and community heritage in Taree – $20,000
 ▪ Ageing in Warren / Gilgandra regions – $20,000  
 ▪ Ageing in Warren / Gilgandra regions – $50,000  
QUEENSLAND ▪ Flood recovery – $20,000
 ▪ General support – $22,500
 ▪ Healthy ageing – $15,000
 ▪ Digital inclusion – $12,500  
 ▪ General support – $75,000
 ▪ Healthy ageing – $25,000
 ▪ Flood recovery – $20,000
 ▪ Digital inclusion – $12,500
NORTHERN TERRITORY ▪ General support – $22,500
 ▪ Digital inclusion – $12,500  
 ▪ General support – $75,000
 ▪ Digital inclusion – $12,500
WESTERN AUSTRALIA▪ Wiluna and Lenora Shires – $20,00  N/A

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Gather information to support your grant application

Please read the information below to plan and prepare your project. Each drop-down section 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.

Your grant application MUST include:

Need some more help?

We have a large selection of resources on our Grant Seeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

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 and have your questions answered with our Grants Gateway FAQs.

“Being selected for an FRRR grant was validation of the work of volunteers, and with this came support from our community. The teamwork that resulted in achieving our goal was a reason to be proud, as well as updating our physical assets to improve storage and display capability for the Wycheproof museum. Wycheproof Historical Society appreciates the help received from FRRR and the donor’s generosity to deliver the program – it was a big boost to our volunteers’ morale to receive this grant. Visitors are commenting favourably on their viewing experience at the Museum, and the due care given to exhibits encourages goodwill.”

Maureen McKersie, Record Keeper – Wycheproof & District Historical Society, SRC R1

Inspiration – Past projects

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

Small & Vital Stream

Barista training for youth and disabled peoples in Pemberton

Pemberton is a small community in the South-west region of Western Australia. With an employment shortage in the hospitality industry and limited access to local training for disadvantaged adults, the Pemberton Community Resource Centre (CRC) saw an opportunity to make a real impact.

Looking forward, looking back

Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) is a member and volunteer based, multi-generational, not-for-profit organisation for women from, or supportive of remote, rural and regional areas, across all sectors and industries.

Small Grant allows National Remote Indigenous Media Festival to get mobile

The National Remote Indigenous Media Festival is First Nations Media Australia’s major industry event celebrating achievements and supporting the training of the remote Indigenous media sector.

Bushfire Recovery Stream

Children from Arthur's Creek Primary School wearing CFA helmets

Helping little kids with their big feelings

The team at Arthurs Creek Strathewen CFA realised that students at the local primary school were suffering post-traumatic stress after Black Saturday, as parents were reporting their children experiencing high levels of anxiety and panic attacks.

Community wellbeing retreats aid recovery

Jindivick is a rural dairying community in the south-east of Victoria renowned for producing Jindi cheese and local gourmet produce. It is a small community striving to become put itself on the map as a popular tourist destination to strengthen its struggling local economy.

Managing bushfire risk at Dolphin Sands

The Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association represents the residents and ratepayers of the fragile sand spit bordered by Moulting Lagoon to the north and Nine Mile Beach to the south. They used a grant to clear overgrown areas to reduce fire danger.

Proudly supported by

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

♦Amanda Toone  ♦Arcare Family Foundation  ♦Arthur Laundy  ♦Aussie Farmers Foundation  ♦Australia Post  ♦Australian Community Media – South Coast is Calling Initiative  ♦Baxter Charitable Foundation  ♦Bertalli Family Foundation  ♦Bowness Family Foundation  ♦Brasher Family Foundation  ♦Center for Disaster Philanthropy  ♦Charter Hall  ♦Chefs on the Run  ♦Chrysanthemum Foundation  ♦Clarity Workplace Solutions ♦David Mactaggart Foundation  ♦Doc Ross Family Foundation  ♦EnergyAustralia  ♦Entertainment Industry Foundation  ♦Estate Late Harold Gordon Jones  ♦Fire Fight Australia Fund  ♦Friends of FRRR  ♦Good Thnx Foundation ♦Herbert Smith Freehills ♦Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation  ♦IKEA Australia  ♦Jeunesse Kids Foundation  ♦John T Reid Charitable Trusts  ♦Kapikarnpi Community Fund  ♦Kofi Foundation  ♦LeMessurier Charitable Trust  ♦Maple-Brown Family Foundation  ♦McKinsey and Company  ♦Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust  ♦Metamorphic Foundation  ♦Morgans Foundation Limited  ♦Morris Family Foundation  ♦Muscle Nation  ♦Nelson Alexander Charitable Foundation  ♦Olver-Carlyle Charitable Foundation  ♦Paul Ramsay Foundation  ♦Pepper Australia  ♦Percy Baxter Charitable Trust  ♦Perpetual Foundation: Julian Flett Endowment  ♦Portland House Foundation  ♦R.M.Williams  ♦Recochem Inc  ♦Redbubble  ♦REIV Charitable Foundation  ♦Scenic World Shared  ♦Sidney Myer Fund  ♦Stage 5 Australasia P/L  ♦Stockland CARE Foundation  ♦Suncorp Group  ♦Tabcorp Holdings Ltd  ♦The Argo Foundation  ♦The Baker Foundation  ♦The Jack Brockhoff Foundation  ♦The Laneway Festival  ♦The Ross Trust  ♦The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation  ♦The Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation  ♦The Waislitz Family Foundation, in partnership with Australian Community Media  ♦The William Buckland Foundation  ♦The Yulgilbar Foundation  ♦Third Link Investment Managers  ♦Thoms Family Endowment – a sub-fund of the AET Foundation  ♦Tim Fairfax Family Foundation  ♦Vertel  ♦Vicinity Centres  ♦Westpac Group  ♦FRRR and Private Donors.