Small Grants for Rural Communities

"Without these funds, not-for-profit organisations like ours would not be able to achieve the results and standards we are striving for. FRRR and their supportive donors are to be congratulated on their ongoing commitment."

Maroo Wildlife Refuge,
Manjimup, WA

This year, the Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program celebrated 25 rounds of grant-making.

In total, the 30 plus donors who have contributed to this program have helped to distribute $8,475,347 to more than 2,800 projects.

Many of the donors have been long-term supporters of the program, and we are very grateful for their support of this wide-reaching program, particularly from:

  • The RE Ross Trust – Rounds 1 to 25 - 2002-2014
  • Perpetual Trustees – Rounds 1 to 24 - 2002-2013
  • The William Buckland Foundation – Rounds 3 to 19 and rounds 22 to 25 - 2003-2014
  • Sarah and Baillieu Myer / The Yulgilbar Foundation - Rounds 11 to 13, rounds 15 to 17 and rounds 19 to 25 - 2007-2014
  • The Myer Foundation - Rounds 1 to 15 and round 22 - 2002-2012
  • The Sidney Myer Fund - Rounds 16 to 18 and round 21 - 2009-2012
  • The Pratt Foundation - Rounds 3 to 16 and rounds 18 to 25 - 2003-2014
  • Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Trust – Rounds 4 to 25 - 2003-2014

Over the 12 years of running this program, the grants have ranged from $145 to $5,000 and irrespective of the amount, the community-led projects have been focused on achieving important outcomes for the local community.

The following demonstrates the breadth and depth of the projects supported by the SGRC program:

  • Drilling a new bore to provide a reliable water supply for a desert township and tourists;
  • Installing a noticeboard and information panel to communicate emergency service information and community events;
  • Giving a 100 year old community hall a freshen up and making it more accessible;
  • Supporting isolated women to participate in networking opportunities;
  • Toys and books for playgroups and toy libraries to increase early learning opportunities for rural children; and
  • Establishing a community gym to increase community health and fight obesity.

SGRC is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners. The demand for the program - nearly 10,000 applications have been received over the 25 rounds - highlights its importance to rural, regional and remote communities. Its flexibility makes it unique and helps to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of small communities throughout Australia.

Rounds 24 and 25

This financial year, the SGRC program received 1,132 grant applications and awarded grants to 311 projects. This equated to $858,020 in funds distributed to small communities across Australia.

The greatest demand for funding this year was for maintenance and refurbishment of community halls, recreation reserve buildings and other community use buildings such as Men's Sheds and CFA buildings. Applications for projects addressing social welfare and community wellbeing concerns were also consistently high during both rounds.