Up to $10,000 is available from SRC Small and Vital to support initiatives that can help to secure the future prosperity of small communities across Australia.
Strengthening Rural Communities Small and Vital
The Strengthening Rural Communities program gives small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia the opportunity to access funds that can benefit and help secure their future prosperity. Grants are available for a broad range of initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities.
Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly those communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available from SRC Small and Vital grants
SRC Small and Vital grants can be used for a wide range of purposes including:
- Delivering activities, programs and services;
- Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
- Community infrastructure projects;
- Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.
Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas:
1. Building community resilience
- For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness, develop leadership capacity within the community, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters.
2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity
- For example, projects that strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, skill development of committees of management, and support for planning and sustainability.
3. Enhancing environmental sustainability
- For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.
4. Fostering cultural vibrancy
- For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.
5. Lifelong learning and education
- For example, projects that provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave.
6. Economic strength
- For example, projects that create local employment and training with an employment outcome, stimulate new spending within a community or region, events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result, and projects that attract new residents to a community or region and improve economic prosperity.
7. Improving community health and social wellbeing
- For example, projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems, projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.
- Not-for-profit community-based organisations from 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 an agreed 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 and apply for one tier of funding per grant round.
The following applications will be prioritised:
- Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
- Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
- Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.
Applications close 25 June 2019.