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The RAS Foundation helps to build strong, sustainable and resilient rural and regional communities in NSW, by providing scholarships for education and training, and grants for community development.

$9.120 Million

Invested in scholarships and grants since 2007


students committed to the development of rural and regional Australia have received scholarship funds


recipients have been awarded community grants


in kitchenware, toys and goods distributed to NSW regional communities

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JB Fairfax Award for Rural & Regional Journalism and Communications

JB Fairfax Award for Rural & Regional Journalism and Communications

The JB Fairfax Award for Rural & Regional Journalism and Communications is a prestigious national award that encourages and supports a young student who is passionate about pursuing a career in rural and regional journalism/communications upon graduation. The Award was established through a private donation from Mr John B Fairfax, AO.

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RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant

RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) is offering opportunities for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for community projects in their local area.

Previously funding has gone to projects including air-conditioning in the local hall to portable yard panels for the showground or a pop-up gazebo, satisfying community needs and benefiting many.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community
  • Partner with a local community organisation
  • Create a project plan for your initiative
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RAS Foundation Master of Teaching Scholarship for Ag Graduates

RAS Foundation Master of Teaching Scholarship for Ag Graduates

The RAS Foundation Master of Teaching Scholarship is a highly sought after opportunity specifically for Ag Graduates seeking a career pivot or to be re-skilled in teaching, who are passionate about ag-education in their local, rural community. There are 5 x $10,000 Scholarships available and include mentorship and practicum placement opportunities.
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RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships

RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships

Students in regional areas often have to relocate in order to study, leaving behind the support of family and friends and feeling torn between their education and their obligations. Fortunately, assistance in the form of a RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship can help ease some worries and allow greater freedom to more regularly visit home and lend a hand.

Our Rural Scholarship program goes a small way to ensure students from regional areas can chase the same education dreams as students from metropolitan areas.

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Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships

Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships

The Sydney Royal Wine Show, established in 1826, is one of the most prestigious wine shows in Australia, annually attracting over 2,200 entries from more than 350 producers across Australia. 

The RAS Wine Committee together with the RAS Foundation, offer two national scholarship programs: the Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship and the Sydney Royal Wine Professional Development Scholarship. These scholarships are funded by the RAS Wine Committee from the sale of excess stock from the Sydney Royal Wine Show, and honour the memory and contribution of Graham Thorp, Chair of the RAS Wine Committee from 1984-1990. 

Since 2021, The Len Evans Tutorial Foundation has also sponsored a scholar to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) by the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI).

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and support professionals who are passionate about wine and committed to forging careers that will contribute to the Australian wine industry. 

Applications for the Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship and the Sydney Royal Wine Professional Development Scholarship are now open.

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About RAS Foundation

RAS Foundation Our Impact


Read up on articles and stories about the RAS Foundation and its grant and scholarship recipients


Purposed to build on the iconic legacy of the RAS, the Foundation recognises rural and regional communities as the lifeblood of the agricultural sector in New South Wales. Holding Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status under the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1997 (Cth), the Foundation receives tax-deductible donations for the many grants, scholarships and community projects it supports. Through these grants, scholarships and community projects, the Foundation promotes the maintenance, renewal, regeneration and development of strong, sustainable and vibrant rural, regional and remote communities in Australia. Building a strong, vibrant and skilled NSW through investment in education, training and development of rural communities.

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Contact Us

Telephone: 02 9704 1226
Fax: 02 9704 1104
Address: Locked Bag 4317 Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 
RAS Foundation Limited ACN: 637 243 853


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