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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 2020 funding round dates are:
- Round 17: Opened 26 February and closed 28 May, 5pm AEST (EOIs for the $150,000 tier must be received by 5pm AEST on 16 April 2020).
- Round 18: Closes 27 August, 5pm AEST (EOIs for the $150,000 tier must be received by 5pm AEST on 16 July 2020.)
- Round 19: Closes 22 October, 5pm AEST (EOIs for the $150,000 tier must be received by 5pm AEST on 10 September 2020.)

Round 17 is the last round where funds can be expended over three years - after this point, the acquittal period for the up to $150,000 tier is reduced to 18 months.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit community-based organisations from communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address a need in the community.
- Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
- Organisations with and without DGR endorsement.

An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round.

Applications are welcome from any eligible organisation for any eligible purpose, however, the following applications will be prioritised:
- Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
- Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Delivering activities, programs and services
- Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials
- Community infrastructure projects
- Art, drama and creative expression projects to assist people to creatively express their experiences, which are otherwise limited due to the drought
- Experiences for school children such as camps that connect young people and provide an opportunity to have fun with other young people off-farm

Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

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

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Clear project information
- Project budget
- Organisational financials of the ABN/Incorporation number holder
- Supporting materials

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Individuals, private or commercial businesses
- Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and Local Governments
- Overseas travel and overseas projects
- Prizes, gifts, trophies or awards
- Projects that have already occurred or will occur before the grant is confirmed
- Political lobbying
- Projects solely focused on animal welfare

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of restrictions.

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2020-02-26 Download
Application Form 2019-02-06 Download
Recipients 2020-05-29 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Open
Start By Date 13 Aug 2020
Closing Date 27 Aug 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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