Grants Available in the Dungog Shire

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 33

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year. 

It is a great example of a collaborative program that is supported by various partners, and it has the flexibility to address issues that make a real difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.

Grants available to support rural communities where they need it most.

This is the 33rd round of FRRR’s Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program, and more than $350,000 is available in grants of up to $5,000 to enable local not-for-profit groups to implement projects and activities that strengthen their communities. Priority is given to projects in communities of 10,000 people or fewer.


Not-for-profit community-based organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate can apply. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).

Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community). 

Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be preference.

While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.

If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation should have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.


Applications for Round 33 are now open and close 28 March, 2018. 

Applications are invited from not-for-profit, incorporated community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.  

Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority. 

Before applying, please review the Guidelines below carefully. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification. 

Applicants should carefully review the guidelines, which are available from the Small Grants for Rural Communities page, and apply through the Grants Gateway. There are also links to case studies of previously funded projects.

Holden Home Ground Advantage

Sporting clubs or community organisations that run or support sporting activities can apply for the Holden Home Ground Advantage grants. There's $250,000 in cash grants up for grabs, plus a new initiative: apply for eBook vouchers, that you can then sell for $5 each with 100% of the proceeds going straight to your club.

From the Holden website here is a brief summary of each aspect.

1.     Got a big project? $250,000 in cash is up for grabs

What grants will be available for clubs through Home Ground Advantage?
You can apply for any amount up to the full $250,000 – but it would have to be absolutely incredible to be successful. Keep in mind, the average value awarded so far is $12,500. We want the grants to have the biggest impact they can. Closes March 31 2018.

2.     eBook vouchers

With so many worthy clubs applying for a Home Ground Advantage grant, we've been inspired to develop a new initiative that your sporting club can benefit from. Your sporting club can apply for eBook vouchers, that you can then sell for $5 each with 100% of the proceeds going straight to your club. Your club will receive as many unique-coded voucher cards as requested*, free of charge as well support material to assist in selling the tickets.

The eBook voucher entitles the purchaser to download a 'Great Getaways' eBook, full of amazing driving escapes across Australia. Plus, they'll be able to go in to the grand prize draw to win a new Holden.
*Maximum 500 vouchers per club

Return and Earn - NSW Container Deposit Scheme

From 1 December 2017, schools, charities and community groups can fundraise through Return and Earn by simply collecting eligible containers and redeeming them at collection points for 10 cents each.

This has great potential as a fundraising opportunity for sport while also helping the environment. Find out more about the Return and Earn initiative and how your club can get involved.

Schools, charities, community and sporting groups can fundraise through Return and Earn, simply by collecting eligible containers and redeeming them at collection points for 10 cents each.

Options include:

  • Collecting containers (and asking community members to donate their containers to your organisation)
  • Becoming a collection point
  • Having your organisation listed on reverse vending machines (where the public can choose to directly donate their refunds to you)

To find out more information on how your organisation can participate and fundraise through Return and Earn, click on the relevant fact sheet below. To register your interest to operate a collection point or to become a Return and Earn donation partner click

Please contact the Return and Earn project directly with further queries.