Rural Education Australia Program

Access to programs and resources is often a major barrier to learning in rural Australia, affecting students’ engagement and motivation. Traditionally, fundraising for additional resources is one of the biggest challenges for small communities.

The Rural Education Australia Program (REAPing Rewards) was borne out of the continuing need for a grant program that supports education service providers in doing their important work preparing rural and regional students for their futures. The program was created to help meet some of the most frequent funding requests the Foundation receives. In developing the program, we drew from evaluation of our previous and current education grant programs, as well as from feedback received from applicants.

Launched in June 2013, REAPing Rewards is a national small grant program that supports education in rural, regional and remote Australia from preschool to senior secondary college. The program is open to not-for-profit groups such as parent committees, community-based preschools and day cares, and services involved in delivering quality, positive educational experiences for the benefit of children and youth (0-18 years) and their educators.

The first round of the REAPing Rewards program was announced on September 12, 2013 funding 37 projects that will enable rural education providers to keep students engaged with their learning experiences.