2021 to 2024 Rural Financial Counselling Service Program

Grant Category Rural Development
Grant Status Closed
Delivered on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Selection process Open
State/Territory National
Closing Date/Time AEDT

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open and competitive process to apply to deliver services under the RFCS Program in the 12 predefined service regions from 2021–22 to 2023–24. Applicants may apply for more than one service region, including across different states.

The RFCS Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship. 

The vision for the 2021 to 2024 RFCS Program is to empower clients to take control of their financial situation and cultivate financially capable primary producers that are profitable, self-reliant and resilient.

The objectives of the RFCS Program are to:

  • transition clients out of financial crisis
  • improve clients’ business profitability or facilitate a dignified exit
  • improve clients’ financial well-being and resilience.

The overarching outcome of the program is that clients who engage with the service become financially self-reliant and their businesses are better prepared to deal with risks.

More information

More information about the RFCS Program as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines 
  • Questions and Answers 
  • Program Logic
  • Program Logic Infographic
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – NSW
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – QLD 
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – SA and NT
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – TAS
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – VIC
  • RFCS Region Fact Sheet – WA  
  • Example Budget Template
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Assurance Framework Summary
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard  Grant Conditions 
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Supplementary Provisions 


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If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email support@communitygrants.gov.au

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Please quote 2020-4216 – 2021 to 2024 Rural Financial Counselling Service Program when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.