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FRRR – Strengthening Rural Communities Program: Small and Vital Grants


This program, formerly known as Small Grants for Rural Communities, aims to give small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity.

There are two tiers of funding available:
1. Small and Vital grants
- Grants of up to $10,000 are available.
- Open on an ongoing basis and will be assessed quarterly. The 2019 closing dates are 5pm AEST of 26 March, 25 June and 24 September.

2. Larger Leverage grants
- Grants between $10,001 and $25,000 are available.
- Available biannually. EOI application closed 23 July 2019, 5pm AEST. Invitations to those selected in the EOI process will follow to submit full application by 24 September 2019.

Where no geographic region is specified, the funds are available nationally.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit community-based organisations from communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address an agreed need in the community.
- Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
- Organisations with and without DGR endorsement.

Preference will be given to the following:
- Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
- Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
- Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round and apply for one tier of funding per grant round.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas:
- Building community resilience
- Developing organisational resilience and capacity
- Enhancing environmental sustainability
- Fostering cultural vibrancy
- Lifelong learning and education
- Economic strength
- Improving community health and social wellbeing

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Individuals, private or commercial businesses.
- Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and local governments.
- Ongoing core organisational operational costs (e.g. rent, utilities, regular wages, loan repayments).
- The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities are not considered charitable activities under Australian law. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate charitable outcomes and benefit to the wider community that are above and beyond the sporting activities of the club.
- Overseas travel and overseas projects.
- Prizes, gifts, trophies or awards.
- Projects that have already occurred or will occur before the grant is confirmed.
- Political lobbying.
- Projects solely focused on animal welfare cannot be considered.
- Projects that are for private benefit or which are the core responsibility of government.

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2019-05-05 Download
Application Form 2019-05-05 Download
Recipients 2019-05-05 Download

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Status Open
Start By Date 10 Sep 2019
Closing Date 24 Sep 2019
Closing Information
Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $25,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : General
Environment : General
Health : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Other
Program Administrator
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
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