The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.
The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.
The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:
- Small and Vital grants
Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.
The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
- Larger Leverage grants
Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.
- The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
- Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019.
Projects in both tiers must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.