Proudly supported by
02 - TFFF
03 - ANZ
04 - Paul Ramsay Foundation
05 - Sidney Myer Fund
06 - Pratt Foundation
07 - Australia Post
08 - Westpac Group
09 - The Snow Foundation
10 - Santos
11 - Aussie Farmers' Foundation
12 - Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation
14 - NRMA
15 - Rex Airlines
16 - Friends of FRRR
Stockland CARE Foundation
Henroth Group
Funded Projects

Round 14.1 Recipients
Round 14 Recipients
Round 13 Recipients
Round 12 Recipients
Round 11 Recipients
Round 10.1 Recipients
Round 10 - Small & Large

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

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.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

NOTE: EOIs close prior to the due date for applications. Please check the table below for more information.

Projects in all tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness, develop leadership capacity within the community, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters.

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

For example, projects that reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought. This could also include strengthening local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, skill development of committees of management, and support for planning and sustainability.

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.

5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave, and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people.

6. Economic strength

For example, projects that support local economic recovery or renewal by creating local employment and training with an employment outcome, stimulate new spending within a community or region, events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result, and projects that attract new residents to a community or region, thereby stimulating economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection; projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems; projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch once you've read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources. FRRR will be conducting workshops and sessions for grant-seekers to help with developing ideas.

"The #BetterInBlackall Festival Committee & Group were so excited to receive your correspondence informing us of our success with our Tackling Tough Times Together Grant Application. The funding received will definitely go a long way towards building community spirits and delivering keynote performers to our Festival that would not have otherwise been possible. The social and financial impact resulting from the generosity of Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation and Australian Government will be a huge benefit to our town and surrounds, and we are forever grateful.

The guidance, direction and assistance your team have given our organisation has been truly amazing and greatly appreciated by each and everyone of us, and we look forward to future associations and promotion of FRRR. Our younger generations, our future leaders have and are returning to our community after attaining further education and trades, bringing with them knowledge to improve health and wellbeing, face environmental challenges and build industries essential to our region's sustainability. With their drive and your support, the Tackling of Tough Times and the future for regional Australia is secure."

Gill Russell, President, #BetterInBlackall Festival

"Beautify Charlton was recently successful in applying for a TTTT grant. As the first port of call in this process, we want to let you know how thrilled we are to receive the support from FRRR - it has enabled the project to proceed. It will be one of Charlton's truly great projects in terms of community building, and will lead onto other great things. Thanks to all involved."

Robin McRae, North Central Garden Club, Charlton

Priority and Eligibility

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate are welcome to apply for funding for projects located in and benefiting drought-affected regions. Please note: no specific tax status is required.

Please read the Guidelines and supporting documents before applying.

Funding Rounds

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. The table below shows the expected dates that applications will be assessed throughout the year, and when funds will be awarded.


Outcomes advised        (NOTE: All applications close at 5pm Vic time)

Round 14

Closed, recipients announced October 2019.

Round 15


Round 16
Late May 2020 for applications received by 25 February 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier have now closed.
Round 17 Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.



FRRR uses an online grants administration system called Grants Gateway. All applications for the Tackling Tough Times Together program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Before applying, please read the Guidelines and supporting information carefully.

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.

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.

We want to make sure that applying to our programs is as easy as possible. Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

TTTT $20,000 TTTT $60,000
To begin your application for grants up to $20,000, click on the
Apply Now - TTTT $20K button above.
To begin your application for grants up to $60,000, click on the
Apply Now - TTTT $60K button above.


NOTE: Applications to the $150K tier were by Expression of Interest only, and are now closed.

Grants Gateway Return to applications
Click here to return to an application that you've already started.
(Clicking on one of the links above will start a new application.)

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

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project, please contact the TTTT team on 1800 170 020 or email.

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