Grants for Good Health

Do you have a bright idea to improve health in your rural and remote community?

Rural Doctors Foundation offers Grants for Good Health. A financial assistance program we have set up in order to create better health in rural and remote Queensland. Through funding bright ideas for better health. Grants for Good Health is about funding grassroots and local initiatives. Innovative ideas and creative responses to improve health outcomes for rural and remote Queenslanders.

It’s rural and remote people and their doctors working together in order to bring forward ideas that will make a big difference in the local community.

Muttaburra School

What kind of ideas do we fund?

As rural doctors, we’re in it with you. And because of that, we recognise that even a small amount can make a big impact on community health and wellbeing. From funding a program that normalises talking about mental health. To purchasing a defibrillator for a rural town. We’re funding yoga programs and mentoring projects for vulnerable youth. As well as, putting life-saving emergency equipment in the hands of rural health services.

Sandpiper medical Bag and Doctor

Vital Equipment
for First Responders

Rural first responders across Queensland were given lifesaving emergency equipment to help at the scene of rural incidents and when people suffer critical illnesses.

Farmer with mug

Talking about
Rural Mental Health

A mental health and wellbeing program was established in Barcaldine to make it easier for more rural people to talk about their mental health.

Boys learning the Boomerang

Indigenous Youth

A Young Men’s Group was established in Gladstone to support young Aboriginal men to stay in school, stay connected to culture and stay well.

Unisex Triathlon

Goondiwindi Gets
Critical Defibrillator

A lifesaving defibrillator was purchased for Goondiwindi to keep the townspeople safe and retain confidence around running a national triathlon.

Pick the grant most suited to your idea!

Applications need to demonstrate alignment with the vision and purpose of Rural Doctors Foundation and be of direct benefit to rural and/or remote Queenslanders.

There are two types of grants.

We may be far away, but you can help us fill the gaps that leave many communities feeling isolated and disadvantaged. A little can make a great difference to the health of a rural community.

Community Program Grants

Community Program Grants are up to $15,000.  They are for small health promotion projects or initiatives that improve community health and/or wellbeing. This grant may also fund the purchase of life-saving equipment.

Applications for Community Program Grants must meet the following criteria

  • The project must benefit a location with a MMM 3-7 classification in Queensland.
  • It is preferred that funds are held under the auspice of an incorporated entity. Where this is not available, specific accountability arrangements will be required.
  • Funds required from Rural Doctors Foundation do not exceed $15,000.

Sustainable Community Grants

Sustainable Community level grants provide funding up to $50,000.  These grants are for long-term health promotion and disease prevention activities. They may also respond to an emerging public health or chronic disease concern within the local community or fund research projects or services not otherwise available in the community. Such initiatives have scope for replication in other sites or communities. These programs must demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding provided by Rural Doctors Foundation.

Applications for Sustainable Community Grants must meet the following criteria

  • The project must benefit a location with a MMM 3-7 classification in Queensland.
  • Funds must be held under the auspice of an incorporated entity
  • Funds required from Rural Doctors Foundation do not exceed $50,000
  • Initiative must demonstrate sustainability beyond the funding provided by Rural Doctors Foundation

Download the information kit for more information and details on the application process.

How do I apply for Grants for Good Health?

Community Program Grant

up to $15,000

Sustainable Community Grant

$15,000 to $50,000

Apply for funding

Can Rural Doctors Foundation help you or your community? Most definitely!

Download the application kit in order to find out more about funding levels, selection criteria, and the application process.

If you need assistance email or call us on 07 3221 4444

Are you part of, or working with Indigenous people or communities?

If you are striving to fill gaps in healthcare that disadvantage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we encourage your application. Rural Doctors Foundation is focused on improving First Nations health outcomes.

“When the Nhulundu Health Service found out they’d been successful with their grant application to form a Young Men’s Group to help vulnerable youth, they did a happy dance all around the office!”

Help us say “yes!” to more innovative grant applications

Donate to grants for good health, and in doing so, give rural and remote communities every opportunity for health and wellbeing.

Grant Recipients

Rural Doctors Foundation is proud to be supporting the following organisations. The following grants have been approved, in order to implement or expand important and unique initiatives targeting improved health outcomes for rural Queenslanders.

Happy Healthy Teddies

Happy Healthy Teddies (Teddy Bear Hospital) is a fun education program run by James Cook University Medical Students Association (JCUMSA). Volunteers visit primary school students and early learning centres across North Queensland, in order to talk to children about staying healthy. 

Grant date: December 2019

Sandpiper Australia

Sandpiper Australia equips rural clinicians with lifesaving medical equipment to use at the scene of rural emergencies. The ‘Sandpiper Bags’ are filled with vital supplies to help rural doctors in emergencies. Because they are often rural first responders. 

Grant dates: December 2019; August 2020


The HEAD YAKKA Program is an initiative from Outback Futures that aims to start more conversations around mental health. The program is chiefly, striving to change the trajectory of the outback’s poor mental health statistics.

Grant dates: December 2019; August 2020

Goondiwindi Triathlon Club

Dr Anna Carswell of Goondiwindi Triathlon Club secured funding to purchase a lifesaving defibrillator for the town of Goondiwindi. This initiative supports the townsfolk, as well as the yearly “Hell of the West” triathlon event, which experienced an avoidable tragedy in previous years.

Grant date: May 2020


The Health Promotion Hub is a new initiative for Central Queensland Rural Health, which is based in Biloela. The hub exists in order to provide vital information for medical professionals. Importantly, it helps them to find out more about key health issues with unlimited access to resources. The Health Promotion Hub website houses resources for health professionals to use for health promotion activities. Practitioners can access brochures, powerpoint presentations and flyers. As well as education programs, group activities, screening tools and booklets. They can also submit their own resources for approval into the pool in order to share valuable resources.

Grant dates: 2020

The Yoga Partnership

The Yoga Partnership supports rural and remote people to access online yoga classes easily, safely and in a place that suits them. The program provides yoga in order to support mental health, emergency relief and trauma recovery.

Grant date: 2020


The Nhulundu Health Services of Gladstone Rural A&I Community Controlled Health Service received funding so that they could officially launch a Young Men’s’ Group. This initiative supports vulnerable youth to be able to stay in school, stay connected to culture, and also, to stay safe and well.

Grant date: April 2020

RURAL Doctors Association of Australia

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) were provided with funds so that they could purchase COVID Ventilation Hoods for rural hospitals and clinics. Crucially, the hoods protect rural doctors from the deadly COVID 19 disease when working with patients during outbreaks.

Grant date: April 2020