Strengthening Rural Communities

Tamrookum Memorial Hall QLD, SRC R9 Recipient

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

Three funding streams are available:

  1. Rebuilding Regional Communities (RRC): grants up to $10,000 to respond to ongoing impacts and recovery from the COVID pandemic;
  2. Bushfire Recovery: grants up to $25,000 for 2019/20 bushfire recovery; and
  3. Small & Vital: grants up to $10,000 for broad initiatives that strengthen local people, places, and climate solutions with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

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.

Future rounds

Round 15
Opens: 31 August 2022
Closes: 29 November 2022
Funding announced by late March 2023.

Round 14 now open

Applications close 5pm AEST 30 August 2022

Announced late December 2022

View Grantseeker Workshop recording

Previous rounds

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: 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 below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

If you need to share this information with others, you can download the guidelines above.

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 Grant Seeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

Applications for all streams close 5pm AEST, 30 August 2022.

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 How-to Guide and have your questions answered with our Grants Gateway FAQs.

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:

“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.

Rebuilding Regional Communities Stream (COVID Support)

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

Connecting through COVID in Woomelang

Around half of all residents in Woomelang, VIC live by themselves. The Woomelang & District Bush Nursing Centre organised a number of gatherings and lunches to combat isolation that was exacerbated by restrictions during the COVID pandemic – including home deliveries during lockdowns! What a great outcome for Woomelang.

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.

Training room with instructor and whiteboard

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.

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.

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.

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 Australian Government Barker Trailers 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 Findex Community Fund Fire Fight Australia Fund Friends of FRRR GlobalGiving Good Thnx Foundation Grace and Emilio Foundation Herbert Smith Freehills Ian Rollo Currie Estate Foundation IKEA Australia Jeunesse Kids Foundation John T Reid Charitable Trusts Kapikarnpi Community Fund  Kellogg Australia Charitable Foundation  Kofi Foundation LeMessurier Charitable Trust Macdoch Foundation   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 Pinnacle Investment Management Ltd Portland House Foundation Raine & Horne 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 Community Foundation for Central Victoria 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.

The Rebuilding Regional Communities stream received grant funding from the Australian Government.

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