Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Initiatives funded in Nowra, Ulladulla, Bateman’s Bay and Bay & Basin
In partnership with The Snow Foundation and the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, FRRR has awarded $470,670 to community organisations across the South Coast of NSW. These grants are through the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program, which builds and supports the capacity of local not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.
IRCF is a multi-year program that gives NFPs the resources and connections they need to support one another and to establish relationships that allow them to collaborate to fill in the existing gaps in their communities. The program operates in the South Coast communities of Nowra, Ulladulla, Bateman’s Bay and Bay & Basin.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that the FRRR team has seen an increase in the level of interest in the IRCF program.
“One of the key elements of this program is the road mapping process where we bring local leaders together to identify gaps and, more importantly, future opportunities for their communities. This is quite unique to this program and so we have really noticed during this round, that the engagement in the road mapping process increased as everyone involved has now developed a greater understanding of how it works and how much it can benefit their local communities.
“We also noticed that community groups and NFPs are taking a much more collaborative approach to finding volunteers after volunteer engagement levels dropped off as a result of back-to-back disasters over the last couple of years. This is wonderful to see, as this program is designed specifically to encourage community organisations to work with one another and to find solutions within their own area and network,” Ms Egleton said.
Terry Snow, Founder of The Snow Foundation, which supports three regions within the IRCF program – Nowra, Bateman’s Bay and Ulladulla – said partnering with FRRR over the past three years has built stronger relationships within the South Coast communities.
“The South Coast is my home and given the challenges over the past few years, I have seen how bringing people together strengthens community. This is why the IRCF program is so good. It brings community groups together to work collaboratively and decide what they need and the best way to make it happen and each year relationships just get stronger,” Mr Snow said.
David Impey, CEO of Community Enterprise Foundation, the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s charitable arm, said they are proud of their partnership with FRRR and supporting the Bay & Basin communities.
“After what’s been an unimaginably difficult couple of years for these communities, it’s inspirational to see the community members coming together and working with one another as they once again begin to look towards building a more vibrant and resilient future. It’s this kind of dedication and willingness to support one another that will see the South Coast region thriving long into the future and that’s something that we take great pride in being part of,” Mr Impey said.
Some of the projects being funded are:
- Nowra Community Food Store Incorporated, Nowra – Planning for the Future – Define the direction of the organisation with a five-year strategic plan, operational business plan and HR framework – $13,000
- StoryFest Incorporated, Ulladulla/Shoalhaven – Fundraising for StoryFest school students – Enable the continued growth and success of StoryFest with a new website and marketing campaign – $10,000
- Rotary Club of Batemans Bay Inc, Batemans Bay/Eurobodalla – Establish and maintain the Batemans Bay Community Hub to provide information, resources and opportunities for local NFP organisations – $19,370
- Bay & Basin Community Resources Limited, Bay & Basin – Work, life and training Centre – Increase opportunities for youth to engage in training and employment with a project coordinator to establish a work, life and training centre – $30,000
In addition to the South Coast region, the IRCF South Coast program is also working in in Junee, Leeton and Nambucca Valley in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
For more information about the Investing in Rural Community Futures program visit – https://frrr.org.au/ircf-program/.
The full list of grant recipients and their projects is below.
|BATEMANS BAY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS|
|The Circle Foundation Cooperative Ltd||Building Capacity: Circle Foundation Cooperative Business Systems Development|
Build capacity by employing a project officer and IT enhancements to facilitate ongoing service delivery for people living with chronic illness.
|Eurobodalla Education and Therapy Services Ltd||Attract and Retain Allied Health Professionals|
Attract and retain specialised staff by formulating a well structured learning and development strategy for the organisation.
|The Family Place Inc||Scoping Housing Solutions - Community Creating a Better Future|
Stimulate innovative thinking focussed on housing solutions by engaging a project officer to develop and cost models to enable clients and broader community to sustain tenancy and support sector wide collaboration.
|Rotary Club of Batemans Bay Inc||Batemans Bay Community Hub|
Establish and maintain the Batemans Bay Community Hub to provide information, resources and opportunities for local NFP organisations.
|SEARMS Community Housing Aboriginal Corporation||Living Library - Knowledge Circle|
Celebrating the cultural gift of language and the art of story telling in Aboriginal culture by adopting a holistic approach and sustained capabilities to community engagement.
|Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance||Batemans Bay Community Coordinator and Business Manager|
Strengthen governance and business systems internally, continue to connect with council and assist not for profit community organisations to reduce their on-going energy costs.
|Batemans Bay Region||$20,000|
|BAY & BASIN PARTNERSHIP GRANTS|
|Bay & Basin Community Resources Ltd||Work, Life and Training Centre|
Increase opportunities for youth to engage in training and employment with a project coordinator to establish a work, life and training centre.
|Sussex Inlet Foundation for Community Development||Strengthening our Foundation|
Strengthen the volunteer committee of the Foundation for Community Development to help them grow the ways they can support and strengthen the Sussex Inlet Community.
|Tomerong School of Arts||Policies and Procedures Project|
Enable the hall to operate more effectively with the development of policies and procedures.
|Vincentia High School P & C Association||Launch of Walawaani-ngarn|
Boost the profile and awareness of the community health hub with a launch event and marketing material.
|NOWRA PARTNERSHIP GRANTS|
|Bomaderry Community Inc||Paying It Forward - Supporting Those People Who Sustain Our Community|
Support the volunteers to rejuvenate and focus on their passion
|Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre Aboriginal Corporation||Maintaining Momentum - Cullunghutti Master Plan|
Boost capacity to engage project officer to operationalise the strategic plan previously funded.
|Kangaroo Valley Voice Incorporated||Kangaroo Valley Hub|
Enable development of a community hub with the collation of information and scoping of project.
|Noahs Ark Centre of Shoalhaven Inc||Knowledge, Strength and Resilience- Sharing for the Future|
Nurture opportunity to provide intergenerational peer mentoring of professionals in the disability service.
|Nowra Community Food Store Incorporated||Planning for the Future|
Define the direction of the organisation with a 5 year strategic plan, operational business plan and HR framework.
|Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council||Strong Foundations|
Establish organisational policies and procedures manual, branding and communications strategy and provide governance support to the board.
|Pathways Foundation Limited||Pathways To Leadership|
Strengthen skills and abilities of youth mentors to deliver best practice programs locally.
|Shoalhaven Business Chamber Incorporated||Community Plus|
Enable the community sector to leverage the established business chamber to share knowledge, build capacity and resilience by strengthening the links between the corporate and community sector.
|Shoalhaven Community Pre School Inc||Administration and Operations Manager|
Support the final transition of the organisational growth and relocation of preschool.
|The Shoalhaven Women's Resource Group Ltd||Capacity and Capability Building|
Prepare the organisation to achieve accreditation, develop branding and a more efficient and informative website.
|ULLADULLA PARTNERSHIP GRANTS|
|Independence Ulladulla Inc||Helping Hands|
Improve systems to support leadership to innovate and grow
|Milton Ulladulla Business Chamber Inc||Community Connect - Information Creates Endless Possibilities|
Continuation of building connections within the community groups, assisting the the existing and new volunteers by capturing important information, to then share and create possibilities for the broader community.
|Noahs Ark Centre of Shoalhaven Inc||Destination Ulladulla Part Two|
Implement communication plan and to disseminate our videos most effectively and will build on capacity in recruitment and communications into the future.
|Safe Waters Community Care Inc||De-Escalation Training and Occupational Violence Prevention Training|
Empower staff and volunteers with the skills to de-escalate conflict and violence situations.
|South Coast Bookclubs Inc||Saving and Expanding the Bookclub|
Support for a self-sustaining book club service in Ulladulla to create a sense of community for new and existing residents.
|StoryFest Inc||StoryFest Inc - Fundraising for StoryFest|
Enable the continued growth and success of StoryFest with a new website and marketing campaign
|The Dunn & Lewis Youth Development Foundation Ltd||Community Spotlight|
Foster youth interest in community volunteering with a Youth Podcast Series.
|Treading Lightly Inc||Regenerative Development Officer Role|
Build a Regenerative Design Model for the benefit of this and other NFP organisation as well as a wider range of stakeholders.
|Ulladulla and Districts Community Resources Centre Inc||Building Sustainability|
Prepare the Raft Race Committee for the future with succession planning and marketing support.
Grants provide ongoing support
Seven not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Batemans Bay are sharing $131,106 in grants for capacity-building projects that will strengthen these groups, so they can continue to support their communities.
Funded through FRRR’s Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program, in partnership with The Snow Foundation, these grants will help these local NFPs with funding for needs and opportunities prioritised through the Community Roadmap.
IRCF is a five-year program designed to provide local NFPs with the tools and support they need to make lasting impacts in their areas of focus for the community. Alongside grants, FRRR is providing resource and support to help bring these plans to life.
The Roadmap was developed through extensive and ongoing community consultation that charted shared priorities and concerns. These grants are for projects conceived in response to the issues identified through this process.
In the seven grants awarded, there was a strong focus on supporting digital transformation, training and networking. Funding will assist organisations in responding to people in need and relieve stress in organisations, which is aggravated by an ever-increasing compliance burden and the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.
Alli Mudford, FRRR’s People Portfolio Lead, said that the IRCF program is now in its second year of helping local NFPs to respond to each community’s specific context and support their long-term sustainability.
“One of the great positives of this program is that local groups come together to share their strengths and ideas to gain a more sustainable foothold in community giving and support. It’s been fantastic to see so many organisations keen to get involved, to collaborate and increase their capacity as a sector to better support their communities,” Ms Mudford said.
“It’s also wonderful to see local organisations stepping up and taking on lead roles. That includes Batemans Bay Rotary, who are coordinating digital skills and systems training, and ongoing IT support to link community services, charities and clubs and enable digital transformation.
“Eurobadalla Shire’s South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance will contract Community Facilitators, who will assist grassroots NFPs in Batemans Bay to benefit from the IRCF program.
“Other grants will help increase awareness in the community of service availability, such as Eurobodalla Education and Therapy Services who will refresh their brand and update communication and marketing materials for Muddy Puddles, to increase awareness and understanding of the diverse services available.
The four other grant recipients in the Batemans Bay region are:
- The Circle Foundation Cooperative Ltd – Building capacity for operations, fundraising and community co-design – Critically timed support to enable the Circle Foundation to move from start-up concept to feasibility stage of development. $20,000
- Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society Inc – Creative Ways to Recruit and Retain our Volunteers – Host a workshop to train the BBHS’s partner NFPs to create action plans for better volunteer recruitment and retention. $6,426
- Eurobodalla Woodcraft Guild Incorporated – Eurobodalla Woodies Mogo Workshop – Commission the professional services required to support the rebuilding of the Woodies workshop that was lost in the Black Summer fires to enable reconstruction to commence and operations to resume as soon as possible. $10,000
- The Family Place Inc – Managing Growth in Recovery – Appoint a part-time resource to support fundraising, compliance and governance enhancements needed by the Family Place to respond to rapidly escalating demands from vulnerable families. $20,000
In addition to Batemans Bay, the IRCF South Coast program is also working in Nowra and Ulladulla with the support of The Snow Foundation, and in Bay & Basin with the support of Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation, and in Junee, Leeton and Nambucca Valley in partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.
For more information about the Investing in Rural Community Futures program visit – https://frrr.org.au/ircf-program/.
Workshops for community-based not-for-profits in Batemans Bay area
FRRR is inviting not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in the Batemans Bay region to take part in an upcoming series of two workshops to plan how the Foundation’s Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program can support them to create stronger organisations for a stronger community.
FRRR’s IRCF program is run in partnership with The Snow Foundation. Now in its second year, the five-year program is designed to strengthen local NFPs in the Shoalhaven through localised support, resources and funding so they can make lasting impacts in the community.
Called “Community Roadmap” (CR) workshops, these two sessions will together develop the community roadmap allow NFPs in the Batemans Bay region to come together and map out how they will leverage the funding and support of the IRCF program over the next four years to maximise opportunities for long-term sustainability.
Kate Dezarnaulds, FRRR’s IRCF Program Coordinator, said that the workshops will look to the future, helping Batemans Bay NFPs uncover shared goals and challenges, as well as offering a safe space for participants to reflect on and share the considerable challenges of the past year.
“The NFP community is incredibly diverse in the Batemans Bay region and has done an amazing job in supporting and connecting their communities through the challenges of 2020. The workshops are a great opportunity for local NFPs to come together and celebrate their resilience, as well as support collaboration and sharing of resources,” Ms Dezarnaulds said.
“From the Community Roadmap workshops, the Batemans Bay NFP community will have a list of priority projects that the IRCF program can then support over the next four years with grants and expert advice.
“The Community Roadmap is likely to uncover shared goals and needs such as strategic planning, governance training, digital marketing, finance advice and support, and additional resources to support innovation, sustainability and recovery.
“We are working with expert local facilitators, Campfire Coop, and invite a wide range of representatives from local NFPs in the Batemans Bay region, including those not currently funded through the IRCF program, to come along to the workshops and have their say,” Ms Dezarnaulds said.
Batemans Bay Community Roadmap workshops
|Who||Community-based not-for-profit organisations in Batemans Bay, Nelligen, Mogo, Broulee, Moruya and surrounding villages.|
|When||Day session: Wednesday 5 May ,9.30am-3.30pm (lunch provided); or|
Evening session: Thursday 6 May, 5-9pm (light meal provided)
|Where||Day session: Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens|
Evening session: Batemans Bay Marina Resort
|How||Day session: Bookings via link |
Evening session: Bookings via link
For more information about the Investing in Rural Community Futures program in Ulladulla, Bateman’s Bay and Nowra visit – https://frrr.org.au/funding/people-grants/ircf-shoalhaven/.
Investing in the long-term future of rural NSW communities
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) has awarded $1,047,716 in grants to support 37 projects led by not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) across six rural communities in New South Wales, through the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program.
The more than $1 million in grants is funded through FRRR’s partnerships with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and The Snow Foundation, which are both committed in helping develop communities in rural and regional NSW.
IRCF is a place-based program that provides local NFPs and community sector organisations with practical support and funding so they can be stronger, more resilient, and fulfill their purpose with greater impact. The program encourages collaboration and community-led solutions that will seed the long-term self-sufficiency of these organisations.
In partnership with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, FRRR launched the IRCF program in the regional NSW communities of Junee, Leeton and Nambucca Valley. Now in their second year of the five-year program, these communities are sharing a further $557,698 in Ongoing Partnership Grants.
Alli Mudford, IRCF Program Manager, said that these grants mark the start of the second phase of the IRCF program.
“The first phase was about bringing community-based organisations together to explore common needs and identify areas where they could collaborate, as well as identify what support they required as individual organisations. The kind of issues that emerged included the need for staff, organisational training and skills development, and investment in community and organisational infrastructure.
“This second phase of the program is about helping the organisations take action on these common areas of need with the support of these grants.
“For example, in Nambucca Valley, a key challenge is broad community engagement. We are supporting Nambucca Valley Youth Services and Mujaay Ganma Foundation to develop projects to help them engage more deeply with locals, particularly the young people of Nambucca Valley, by providing training and mentoring opportunities.
“In Junee and Leeton, for example, Junee Rhythm and Rail, Junee Senior Citizens and Leeton Show Society will use their funding to purchase equipment and refurbish community infrastructure that is used by a number of local not-for-profits,” said Ms Mudford.
Some of the other projects funded through these IRCF Ongoing Partnership Grants include:
- Junee Community Power received $15,000 to alleviate energy poverty for the community by installing solar power to the Junee Senior Citizens Hall. This will be the start a bigger initiative for Junee not-for-profits and community power.
- Leeton Connect received $90,000 to support Leeton not-for-profits by employing a coordinator to deliver training and development.
- Jaanymili Bawrungga in Nambucca Valley received $30,290 to develop a strategic plan to assist with operational objectives and create cultural economic sustainability with the support of a consultant.
A full list of IRCF Ongoing Partnership Grants recipients and their projects are below.
FRRR staff will continue to walk alongside these three communities, working with them to implement their community roadmap. Nambucca Valley has seen a strong demand for funding with the first tranche allocated to projects that will be managed in line with the region’s overall allocation for the life of the program. Further grants will be awarded in Leeton and Junee later in the year.
Program now rolling out on South Coast
In April 2020, FRRR and The Snow Foundation partnered with the commitment to increase their ongoing support of South Coast communities and to expand the IRCF program into Bateman’s Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla. As part of the program launch, these communities are sharing in $490,018 in Start-Up Grants.
Kate Dezarnaulds, IRCF Coordinator for Shoalhaven, said last summer’s bushfires and now COVID-19 have had a direct impact on the energy, capability, and resources of these largely volunteer-run NFPs.
“These Start-Up Grants will provide a range of dynamic grassroots organisations with funding for projects that will strengthen them and increase their capacity to support the recovery and renewal of their communities, which have been so clearly impacted by these disasters.
“For example, community organisations such as Shoalhaven Health & Arts and Milton Ulladulla Business Chamber are looking at ways to better connect with their community through improved digital infrastructure.
“Other groups, like Shoalhaven Community Preschool, Ulladulla and Districts Community Resources Centre, and the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance, are using their grants to improve governance and provide tailored training and mentoring opportunities for staff and volunteers. These are the kind of projects that struggle to find funding outside of the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, but they make a real difference to the viability and resilience of the not-for-profit sector in the region,” said Ms Dezarnaulds.
Some of the other projects funded through these IRCF Start-Up Grants include:
- The Family Place in the Batemans Bay area received $40,785 to develop a 5-year strategic plan that supports the urgent need to adapt to Telehealth to continue to provide services during COVID-19.
- The Shoalhaven Women’s Resource Group in Nowra received $18,810 to work with a consultant to develop a new fundraising strategy that focuses on the launch of a social enterprise to provide a first employment opportunity for the women they support who are exiting prison.
- Treading Lightly in Ulladulla received $25,000 to establish a Community Hub to host their regular program of small-scale community building meetings, workshops and activities for the regions affiliated NFP’s – these workshops and meetings often have an environmental sustainability and youth outreach focus.
A full list of IRCF Start-Up Grants recipients and their projects are below.
Over the coming six months FRRR staff and facilitators on the ground will work closely with the three communities on the South Coast, supporting them to put their Start-Up Grants projects into action.
All 37 IRCF grantees will have until December 2021 to implement their projects.
Jump to IRCF Ongoing Partnership Grants: JUNEE | LEETON | NAMBUCCA VALLEY
Jump to IRCF Start-Up Grants: NOWRA | ULLADULLA | BATEMANS BAY