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

Our $50,000 Rural Hero grant is now open giving charities the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution to an issue impacting country Australia – using the power of social media.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to create a short, fun and engaging video about their project, which will be uploaded online. People can vote via social media on the project they think will benefit Australian farming communities most.

The grant of up to $50,000 will be awarded to the project with the most votes!

Keep an eye out on this page for further details and the Aussie Farmers Direct Facebook page for updates.

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
September: 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.

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