The Rural Education Australia Program, known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.
It supports locally-driven projects that directly benefit students up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants of up to $10,000. Each year this program is heavily oversubscribed.
In 2013/14, REAPing Rewards received 285 applications, of which 107 grants were awarded to kindergartens, pre-schools, primary schools and high-schools to the value of $640,190.
The most common requests this year were for technology enhancements, literacy / numeracy programs, cultural and arts projects, environmental sustainability programs and infrastructure. Like the Lockhart River and Goomalling communities below, the applications were creative and considered, such as music for isolated students, dinosaur literacy, a sound amplification system to assist children with hearing impairments and cyber security training.