Small Grants for Rural Communities

Small Grants for Rural Communities is one of FRRR’s flagship programs – it is the longest running and has the broadest scope. As the graphic below shows, the items funded vary enormously, even within a community space, and we frequently receive requests for building upgrades, maintenance and capital works, including kitchens, bathrooms, fencing and safe disabled access to community meeting places.

Other areas we fund include: social welfare and community wellbeing projects, culture, education and health initiatives; upgrades for playgrounds and assistance for community gardening and cooking programs; and increasingly for help to meet operational costs.

The program is open twice a year, and offers grants of up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural and remote locations in Australia.

The past year saw FRRR fund 311 small grants to a value of $847,000. 

From Groote Eylandt, NT to Triabunna, Tas and Nabawa, WA, small communities the length and breadth of Australia benefit from this program. Around half of all applicants were new to FRRR, demonstrating that the program continues to reach new community groups in need of support. Organisations asked for as little as $150, with the average request sitting at around $3,000.

Learn more about the variety of projects by reading about some of the projects we have funded:

Community meeting places: a big part of Small Grants

Community Meeting Places