Calling all charities with a great idea on how to support Australian rural and regional communities doing it tough!

Rural Hero Grant 2017 Shortlist Announced

Aussie Farmers Foundation is excited to announce the amazing projects that have been shortlisted for the 2017 Rural Hero Grant. Four projects have been shortlisted for the $50,000 grant, each bringing an innovative approach to addressing issues that are currently impacting rural Australia. These four projects will soon share a video showcasing their project – and you get to vote on who wins the $50,000!

Frontier Services
Connecting skilled volunteers with farmers in rural and remote Australia to provide practical support including painting, fencing,
cooking and fixing machinery on their properties – as well as extending the hand of friendship.

Dubbo & District Parent Support Group for Deaf/Hearing Impaired Inc.
Ear health program including hearing loss diagnosis and supported pathways to care for children and young people living in farming communities near Dubbo, NSW.

Uniting (NSW.ACT)
Initiate a mental health and counselling support service in Dunedoo, Leadville, Uarbry, Coolah and Cassilis in Central West NSW for people experiencing longer term impacts from the devastating February 2017 bush fire.

Reading out of Poverty
Focusing on small towns in northern and western Victoria without library branches, up to 30 Pop Up libraries will be established and stocked with books for kids of all ages emphasising health and healthy eating.

Rural Hero – get set to vote!

Commencing Monday 31st July 2017, you’ll be able watch the videos and vote for your favourite. The project that has the most votes will be awarded the $50,000 Rural Hero Grant. Last votes on Tuesday 14th August 2017. Watch this page for all of the details!

Updates will be posted on the Aussie Farmers Direct Facebook page – simply ‘like’ the page to stay up to date.

Read about last year’s inaugural winner Healthy Kids Bus Stop. For more information contact


April 12th: Expressions of Interest applications open (written application)
May 31st: Expressions of Interest applications close
June: Shortlisted projects announced. Shortlisted projects invited to produce a short video showcasing their project and how it will benefit rural Australians
July: Shortlisted organisations develop and submit their video
August: Voting period & Winner announced

Note: Organisations that have submitted a grant as part of the Grassroots Grant 2017 grants process are invited to participate in this grant opportunity as well. Please read the relevant paragraph in the Rural Hero Granting Guidelines document for details and submit your Rural Hero Grant Expression of Interest Form if you would like to be considered for this grant opportunity as well.

Closing date

Please note the 2017 Rural Hero grant has closed for Expression of Interest submissions.

Grant Application Process and Eligibility Criteria

The same eligibility and process requirements apply for this grant as they do for the Aussie Farmers Foundation Grassroots Grants – see the five steps and related documents listed below. Note: Organisations must have both Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR Item 1) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

In addition, the following criteria are considered to be specifically important for the Aussie Farmers Rural Hero Grant:

  1. The maximum grant available is $50,000. The amount awarded may vary based on the requirements of the successful project.
  2. The project must be a new project that is not currently operating (implementing an existing idea in a new community is acceptable).
  3. The project must be an innovative solution to an issue or opportunity currently confronting rural/regional Australia.
  4. The project must be delivered within 2 years of receipt of the funding.
  5. Projects that focus on current or emerging issues will be well regarded.
  6. Grassroots organisations are encouraged to apply.

Step 1:

Read our Eligibility and Exclusions (see document library) to ensure that your organisation and project are eligible to be considered. Note: Organisations must have Deductible Gift Recipient (Item 1 DGR) and TCC (Tax Concession Charity) status.

Step 2:

Refer to our Grant Conditions (see document library) for an understanding of some of the obligations involved when a grant is made and to ascertain whether your project meets these conditions.

Step 3:

Contact  Aussie Farmers Foundation to ensure eligibility and for advice on the process.

Step 4:

Read our Rural Hero Granting Guidelines (see document library) for a full explanation of how to apply.

Step 5:

Complete an Rural Hero Expression of Interest form (see document library) and submit to

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DETAILED APPLICATION FORM – For Shortlisted Applicants