Grants Available to Help Qld Rural Communities Tackle Drought


The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has announced that more grants are available to community groups across Queensland in areas that are still experiencing the effects of drought.

For the second time this year, FRRR’s Tackling Tough Times Together program is offering grants for community projects that help people connect, build their resilience and plan for the future in Shires in Queensland that are currently – and have been previously – drought declared.

The grants are designed to support and encourage community connectivity, wellbeing and resilience; build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts; or support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training.

Most grants will be capped at a maximum of $15,000, but there is discretion to award up to $50,000 for larger-scale and/or multi-year projects that have a broader impact.

FRRR’s CEO Natalie Egleton says that the Tackling Tough Times Together program is deliberately flexible and enables local leaders to determine what is most appropriate for their communities.

“This program has the flexibility for community leaders to decide what is going to make the biggest difference. It is often the simple things that many of us take for granted that can have the biggest impact.”

“Funds can go to almost anything such as providing leadership development, music lessons or supporting a local or social group; a shade for a local school; a fitness program; or even towards a community event providing the opportunity to come together to simply have a laugh and relieve some stress is incredibly important in difficult times.”

Tackling Tough Times Together is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, individual donors and Qantas Foundation.

Detailed program guidelines and an application form are available on FRRR’s website. This is the first time that applications will be submitted online, via FRRR’s Grants Gateway.

For the larger grants, groups should review the guidelines before contacting the Program Manager Jacki Dimond to discuss their idea.

The team can be reached on 1800 170 020 or via

Applications close Friday 5th January 2018.