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FRRR – Tackling Tough Times Together Grants Program


This program aims to help communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection.
- Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training.
- Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people.
- Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought.
- Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

There are three streams of grants available:
- Up to $20,000.
- Up to $60,000: Applicants must initially speak to the FRRR Program Manager before lodging an application.
- Up to $150,000: Applications for this stream are by Expression of Interest, and applicants must speak with the TTTT Program Manager before submitting an expression of interest. Multi-year projects are welcomed.

The 2019-20 cut-off dates for applications are:
- Round 15: 24 October 2019
- Round 16: 25 February 2020
- Round 17: 28 May 2020

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Please note no specific tax status is required.

Groups with outstanding final reports are not eligible to apply unless a time extension has been granted. The program encourage groups to complete their final reports so that they can then apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include those that:
- Are community-based that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms and build capacity and resilience for the future.
- Engage the local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

For applications up to $60,000 and $150,000, projects must:
- Provide broader, more medium term impact – multi-year grants will be considered.
- Offer activities that could be repeated over a period of time.
- Deliver larger scale activities that provide short term relief to alleviate the impact of drought.
- Support a coordinated approach with a regional focus.
- Enhance resourcing, stability and continuity of events and programs being delivered by local not-for-profit organisations.
- Support the delivery of activities and services that cost more due to the remoteness of their location.

Projects must be located in and benefit a drought-affected region.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible projects.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Demonstrable partnerships, with defined project plans and evaluation of impact and outcomes.
- Letters of support from organisations directly involved in the project, clearly stating their contribution towards the project.
- Financial or in-kind contribution towards the project from the applicant organisation.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Commonwealth, State and local government core business and areas of responsibility.
- Projects that do not directly support drought-affected communities.
- Projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community.
- The project must not duplicate an existing project or service.
- Retrospective projects, i.e. projects that have already occurred or which will have occurred by the time funds are received.
- Projects that are for animal welfare.
- Projects outside Australia and overseas travel.
- Projects that support private businesses and commercial activities (excepting not-for-profit social enterprise).

The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Tax Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefits to the wider community beyond competitive sports-related activities.

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Recipients 2019-02-06 Download
Application Form 2019-02-06 Download

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Status Open
Start By Date 11 Feb 2020
Closing Date 25 Feb 2020
Closing Information
This program is open on an ongoing basis with assessments done quarterly. Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $150,000
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches Yes
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Other
Program Administrator
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
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