FRRR – Small Grants for Rural Communities

FRRR – Small Grants for Rural Communities

Grants - Open grants, National Grants

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.

It is a great example of a collaborative program that is supported by various partners, and it has the flexibility to address issues that make a real difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.

Projects funded through this program address the following areas:

  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 increase community preparedness to natural disasters.
  2. Developing Organisational Resilience and Capacity: for example, projects that: strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure; improve service delivery through equipment upgrades; increase skill development of committees of management; and provide 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  restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.
  4. Fostering Cultural Vibrancy: for example, projects that: celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity; foster the arts through creative projects, and provide support for local artists and the arts community.
  5. Lifelong Education & Training: for example, projects that: provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave.
  6. Economic Strength: for example, projects that: create local employment and training with an employment outcome; stimulate new spending within a community or region; support events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result; and attract new residents to a community or region and improve economic prosperity.
  7. Improving Community Health & Social Wellbeing: for example, projects that: address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food; support sustainable local food systems; enhance mental health; and assist vulnerable community members to improve their health and wellbeing.


Not-for-profit community-based organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate can apply. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).

  • Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community).
  • Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be preferenced
  • While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.
  • If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation should have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.


Applications for Round 34 is now open and closes 5pm AEST, 26 September 2018.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification.

More info here