Donor-named programs

FRRR offers donors an option to establish a donor-named fund. This flexible model allows donors to develop a grant program that aligns with their brand, values and giving objectives.

With our deep knowledge and extensive networks, FRRR offers donors with unparalleled national expertise in grassroots community development grant making.

Donor-named programs make use of an FRRR Giving Sub-Fund. This is an account that sits within the FRRR DGR-1 endorsed Public Fund and is set aside specifically for the granting objectives agreed with the donor. By working through FRRR, donors extending their philanthropic reach beyond DGR-1 organisations to deserving local not-for-profit associations and volunteer run groups that are at the heart of remote, rural, and regional Australia.

Our support can range from light-touch, with FRRR helping to manage governance, communications and grant delivery, through to a fully customised program where FRRR can tailor the level of promotion of the grant program, dial up or down involvement in assessment and the engagement with grantees.

Due to the administration required in delivering a bespoke grant program, FRRR suggests a minimum philanthropic commitment of $330,000 per round.

Explore the FAQs below and if you still have questions, contact Danielle Griffin or call 03 5420 2399.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Giving Sub-Fund can be established by both Item 2 DGR Donors e.g. PaFs, PuAFs, Trusts and Foundations; and non-DGR listed Donors including corporate businesses and high net worth individuals. Approval of applications is at the discretion of the FRRR Board who will assess the specific purpose that the fund is being set up to achieve and are assessed via FRRR’s standard due diligence and assessment procedures recommended by the FRRR CEO, and endorsed for operation by the FRRR Board.

FRRR Application process for Giving Sub-Fund Accounts

As an Item 1 DGR entity (see ATO endorsement), FRRR is able to receive tax deductible donations from Item 2 DGR entities as we are listed at Item 13.2.2 of s30-105 in Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).

FRRR leverage:

  • Reach small, grassroots non-DGR organisations conducting charitable activities.
  • Utilise FRRR’s deep understanding and grant making expertise in funding remote, rural and regional communities.
  • Leverage FRRR’s networks across remote, rural and regional communities, reaching ‘hard to reach’ places across Australia.
  • Simplify the management and distribution of funds through established systems including simple application forms, grant conditions, weekly grant payment runs and funding acquittal processes.
  • Offer support to applicants and grantees via FRRR’s multiple phone and online resources. (e.g. some applicants might be applying for a grant for the first time and / or have difficulty with the language of forms. Access to or familiarity with technology, for example online systems, does not limit grantees from applying).

Fund flexibility:

  • Donors can choose to make one gift to FRRR to be managed as a multi-year grant program to organisation/s, or multiple grants for an issue, population or geography. Once a Giving Sub-Fund is established, Donors can request a variation or extension of purpose to the Fund, should giving preferences change.

Donors may advise FRRR on the areas of interest they wish their giving to support, by nominating a geographic region, issue and / or population cohort that will be the focus (specified purpose) of the Fund. FRRR’s broad charitable remit encompasses a wide range of sought-after preferences.

It is important to understand that Giving Sub-Funds are operating in partnership with FRRR, and subject to FRRR’s Public Fund requirements. Recommendations on how funds should be allocated require final FRRR approval. 

The Giving Sub-Fund is owned and managed by FRRR. Typically, Giving Sub-Funds are not invested, but rather the funds are pooled with other money that is in FRRR’s Public Fund, which we hold in a prudent manner. This policy ensures that the quantum of funds is held and available for distribution at any time. The assets will not be separately accounted for in the statutory financial statements of FRRR, although separate management accounts, known as Giving Sub-Fund Accounts, in respect of the assets, will be maintained for the purposes of internal management and identification. If you are interested in creating an invested fund, please speak with our Philanthropic Services team.

Due to the administration involved in delivering a grant program, FRRR recommends a minimum distribution of $330,000 per grant round.

The partnership model of this account ensures that the program is developed and managed consistently to consider the Donor’s preferences when deciding on the distribution of funds to grantees. However, as all donations to FRRR are a gift, FRRR must have the overall responsibility for final grant decisions – FRRR is not required to respond to any request or indicated preference or to make a grant in accordance with a request or preference. All grants made through the Giving Sub-Fund must be assessed as charitable within FRRR’s purposes, as reviewed by FRRR.

The Giving Sub-Funds are not established in perpetuity but rather the process of agreeing establishment will include a period of time (typically 2 – 3 years), which may be renewed or extended upon mutual agreement. If in the agreed timeframe the giving program does not go ahead as intended or the MOU expires, then FRRR would use any funds raised / held specifically to support similar charitable projects in the preferred thematic or geographical region.

FRRR applies a management fee either as a percentage or hourly rate to Giving Sub-Funds. The fee is based on developing an agreement of how the Fund will be used and operated i.e. annual grant programs, promotion and branding, level of partnership engagement and support to manage assessment and distribution.

Current partners


The Seeds of Renewal program focuses on ANZ’s core giving objectives.


The Working in Dairy Communities program supports Victorian dairy communities.

Westpac Foundation

Westpac Foundation extended its annual grants program into remote, rural & regional areas.

Nutrien Ag Solutions

The Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants contributes to the success, vibrancy and wellbeing of remote, rural and regional communities nationwide.


Grants to help communities strengthen their resilience through long-term recovery from a significant natural disaster by undertaking community-identified and led long-term recovery activities for public benefit.

Fay Fuller Foundation

Sally Foundation has run a grant program, and leveraged their account to support priority projects.

Fay Fuller Foundation

The ‘Our Town’ initiative is empowering selected South Australian towns to build their capabilities to develop community-based responses to mental health and wellbeing.

The Yulgilbar Foundation Fund supports communities in the Clarence Valley and surrounding regions who have a desire and need to strengthen their capacity and resilience in response to 2019/20 bushfires, drought and continued challenges across the region.