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Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO)

The Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) grant program aims to improve health outcomes for people living in rural, regional and remote New South Wales and Victoria.

The program provides targeted funds for charitable initiatives delivered by not-for-profit organisations that strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality and contextually appropriate primary health care services in local communities.

Despite the many positive aspects of living in rural, regional and remote communities, there are distinct challenges associated with distance and isolation, which place these communities at greater risk of poorer health outcomes and management.

ECHO has been established with funding from Beyond Medical Education and grants of between $50,000 and $150,000 are available for projects to be delivered over two years from October 2018. There will be two rounds, with approximately $400,000 available in this round. Round 2 will be offered in 2020.

Priority funding areas

Priority will be given to locally driven initiatives, based in rural, regional and remote New South Wales and Victorian communities that:

  1. Improve accessibility and availability of innovative public primary health service delivery that while publicly available, is difficult to access;
  2. Enable communities to attract and retain a multi-disciplinary health workforce, including General Practitioners and allied health workers, through innovative and novel approaches;
  3. Support the rural, regional and remote health workforce in being prepared for living and thriving in their / these communities;
  4. Provide innovative responses to local health needs that are collaborative, integrated and help create systemic change;
  5. Develop and implement evidence-based, best-practice models of care that are affordable, acceptable and appropriate to meeting the primary health care needs of people living in rural, regional and remote areas.

The kinds of projects that could be funded through ECHO include (but are not limited to):

  • Support for primary health care and training in a rural, regional or remote setting;
  • Purchasing equipment or resources to enable a local primary health program, service or activity;
  • Culturally-appropriate activities, leading edge professional development or community resources;
  • Strengthening retention rates of primary healthcare services in rural and remote locations;
  • Collaborating with other local, state or industry services focused on improving primary health;
  • Fostering local partnerships that help to strengthen primary health care services for local residents;
  • Exploring existing models of best practice to support communities around the provision of affordable and accessible primary health care services in rural, regional and remote communities.
  • Salaries and wages may be supported if linked to the delivery of the project and where ongoing funding for the position is not required.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Respond to specific population health issues within a local community;
  • Serve communities with populations under 20,000 in Victoria and New South Wales;
  • Are collaborative, multi-disciplinary and integrated in nature;
  • Demonstrate innovative and novel approaches to achieve program objectives;
  • Are sustainable beyond the period of the grant - long-term, scalable and capable of being adapted to meet the primary health care needs of other communities;
  • Can clearly measure and report on project outcomes.


The Enhancing Country Health Outcomes program is now closed.

NOTE:  To apply, read the guidelines below carefully. Applicants must then contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 to discuss their project. Suitable projects will then be provided with a link to the application form.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit, community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate that aim to strengthen, improve accessibility and retain quality primary health care services in local communities. Projects are to start from October 2018.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. All applications for the Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to your desktop, and read through them thoroughly to help get you started. You may need to refer to them during the application process. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the 'Activity Tree', which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now button below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Apply now link
Grants Gateway Return to applications
Further information

Before applying, please read the Guidelines and supporting information carefully. If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact us on 1800 170 020 or email.

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