Australia: Tackling Tough Times Together Round 14 is now open for Applications

Deadline: 23 July 2019

Please Note: EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 3 July 2019.

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The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is seeking applications for its Round 14 of Tackling Tough Times Together grant program to help 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.

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  • 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.

Funding Information

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Grants are available for projects that directly benefit the immediate and long-term needs of drought affected communities. Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – Projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – Projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – Applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Projects that deliver long-term community benefits are highly regarded.

Please note: Applicants must speak to the TTTT team to discuss projects in the $150,000 tier. EOIs close approximately 3 weeks before the due date for applications.

Program Activity

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven project activity areas:

  • Building Community Resilience
  • Developing Organisational Resilience and Capacity
  • Enhancing Environmental Sustainability
  • Fostering Cultural Vibrancy
  • Lifelong Education and Training
  • Economic Strength
  • Improving Community Health and Social Wellbeing

Eligibility Criteria

  • Not-for-profit community-based organisations from drought-affected 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.

FRRR considers all eligible applications on their merit. Due to the volume of applications received, applications are assessed based on the documentation received at the time of application.

NOTE: FRRR is unlikely to follow up missing documentation after applications have been submitted.

Projects funded in this round should be undertaken between September 2019 and February 2021, or as agreed in multi-year projects. Projects cannot be funded retrospectively.

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.

Criteria for larger-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.


  • Individuals, private or commercial businesses are not eligible;
  • Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and Local Governments are not eligible.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

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