Tackling Tough Times Together - FRRR grants

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27 Nov 2018 (All day)
The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.
This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.
Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.
We welcome the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch once you've read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources. FRRR will be conducting workshops and sessions for grant-seekers to help with developing ideas.
The program is supported by the Australian Government, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ANZ, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, Pratt Foundation, Australia Post, Westpac Group, The Snow Foundation, Santos, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, Qantas Foundation, NRMA, Rex Airlines and individual donors from across the nation.
  • 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; and
  • Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.
Who can apply?
  • 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. We encourage groups to complete their final reports so that they can then apply.
  • Projects must be located in and benefit a drought-affected region.
Criteria for large-scale and multi-year projects up to $60,000 and $150,000
  • 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; and
  • Support the delivery of activities and services which cost more due to the remoteness of their location.
  • Please note that applicants must speak to the FRRR Program Manager before lodging an application to the two larger streams, and a written Expression of Interest is required for the up to $150,000 grants.
What can’t be funded?
  • 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 (please contact FRRR if you wish to discuss);
  • 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; nor
  • Projects that support private businesses and commercial activities (excepting not-for-profit social enterprise).
Applications are now open.
Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table for the dates of the round that best suits your project requirements.
More information
Visit the website to apply online, and download all grant documentation.