Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW
Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) is a 12 month place-based program in three bushfire affected communities, being Bega, Taree, and Glen Innes.
This program aims to support the resourcing and capacity of grassroots not-for-profit organisations in these communities, helping them to respond and thrive in the face of current challenges.
The Paul Ramsay Foundation and FRRR have partnered to offer a program of activities including local workshops, grant funding, skill development and networking to help create local solutions to local issues.
The key program activities include:
- Online Workshops – held in each of the three communities to establish awareness of the program, promote the opportunity for one-off grants, and assess theme and focus of future local community workshops (e.g. skills and training, governance support, developing fundraising strategies or strategic plans).
- Capacity Building Grants – one-off grant support for not-for-profit organisations to increase resourcing and delivery capacity and strengthen their operations for the longer term.
- Capacity Building Workshops – two per community, with each community to determine the themes / focus most valuable to them.
- Learning & Sharing –three Community NFP Insight Reports – a resource informed by the community, for the community, incorporating future priorities and directions.
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Upcoming INFPC activities
To be confirmed.
This program is now closed.
Currently assessing Round 1.
Early September 2021
Online Workshop Dates
- Taree, date TBC
How to apply
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Jo Kemp or Fiona Bradshaw
Phone: 1800 170 020
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What are the program objectives?
The Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC) program seeks to contribute to the integral role of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in building and supporting vibrant communities, both socially and economically to support NFP organisations to be resilient and respond to community needs.
Funding for NFPs is often tied to a particular project or dependent on external fundraising. The INFPC program supports community organisations and NFPs to invest in their organisation through their people, processes, and systems.
In addition to grants, INFPC also looks to promote collaboration, networking, and shared learning between community organisations through capacity building workshops delivered for target communities.
FRRR believes that local leaders are best placed to understand their community and identify strategies and next steps to contribute to a strong and resilient NFP sector. The aim of this program is to strengthen the resourcing and capacity of locally-governed community organisations to support relevant, effective, and timely recovery support and foster an inclusive community-led recovery process.
This program seeks to:
Is this grant available in my area?
FRRR is inviting applications for grants to assist organisations based in the Bega Valley Shire and Glen Innes Severn Council areas. An Expression of Interest (EOI) process invites eligible organisations to nominate their project idea for funding. Following review of the EOI by FRRR, shortlisted organisations will be invited to build on their EOI and submit a full grant application.
How much funding is available? Are there priority areas?
Thanks to the generous support of Paul Ramsay Foundation, there is approximately $140,000 available to each community through this grant opportunity. FRRR will be supporting grants that best align to the priority areas identified here.
The funding amount is open to allow organisations to request the amount of funds to best meet the needs of their community. It is anticipated that there will be multiple grants awarded per community. Where it makes sense, community organisations and NFPs are encouraged to work together to identify how to maximise the use of available funds to best support their organisations and wider community.
What can be funded?
The INFPC program seeks to build the capacity and resourcing of community and NFP organisations. Examples of projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Training for NFP Committees / Boards – for example governance; financial, digital literacy, marketing.
- Engaging a consultant to develop and embed policies / procedures; financial systems and processes; evaluation frameworks and processes.
- Skilled support, including strategic / business planning / implementation; financial analysis and planning; resource sharing / collaborative delivery approaches; investigating different models such as social enterprises.
- Future actions / visioning, such as feasibility options for future service needs; scoping of initiatives to drive long-term community viability and strengthen NFPs; exploring collective impact approaches to local issues.
- Equipment and materials to support your organisation’s sustainability and organisational effectiveness.
- Costs to come together and share, network and build the profile of the NFP sector.
- Succession planning for key roles, recruitment of volunteers and members.
- Development of staff and leadership positions.
- Refreshment of brand, website, and marketing aspects.
What can’t be funded?
There are several areas that FRRR can’t fund through this program. If in doubt, please contact us.
- Projects that will incur expenditure before the program’s announcement date – FRRR cannot grant retrospectively for activities that have already occurred.
- Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and Local Governments.
- The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities are not considered charitable activities under Australian law.
Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate charitable outcomes and benefit to the wider community that are above and beyond the sporting activities of the club.
- Overseas travel and overseas projects.
- Prizes, gifts, trophies or awards.
- Political lobbying.
- Projects that primarily benefit private business, a sole trader, or private interests.
- Projects solely focused on animal welfare.
Is my organisation eligible?
To apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant organisations must be a locally governed not-for-profit organisation based in the Bega Valley Shire or Glen Innes Severn Council areas with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate;
- Project must be for charitable purposes and offer clear local benefit;
- Organisations with or without DGR endorsement are eligible;
- Organisations can submit one EOI;
- Projects must benefit the communities of Bega Valley or Glen Innes Severn.
Please note, you will be considered ineligible if the:
- Application is submitted by individuals, sole traders, private or commercial businesses (as per the submitted ABN);
- Application is submitted by an organisation that is not a legal entity (i.e. a registered not-for-profit), without the written consent of the governing / partnering body who holds the ABN / Incorporation Certificate;
- Application is submitted without required financial documentation (see below);
- Application is for a project or activity that has already occurred / is occurring prior to the announcement of funding.
- Final report/s from any FRRR grants awarded in the previous seven years have not been acquitted (delivery organisations should check with legal organisation to see if there are any outstanding final reports);
- Application is incomplete. FRRR is unlikely to be able to follow up missing documentation after applications have been submitted.
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Gather information to support your grant application
In the first instance you will need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), which is due by 5pm AEST, 18 June 2021. If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to complete a full application to be submitted by 16 July, 2021.
Please review the below information as it sets out critical, additional information that we will require and explains why it is important.
Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.
Your grant application MUST include:
Eligible legal entities
Every application needs to include an organisation that holds either an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. If your organisation doesn’t have that, FRRR could still fund the project (with your organisation as the delivery organisation) but you need another organisation’s support, which we refer to as the ‘legal organisation’.
Even though your organisation may complete the application (and will be doing the work), it’s the overarching organisation’s legal and financial information that needs to be provided. They also need to provide a letter of support, confirming they are willing to play this role.
This situation often occurs often when the organisation delivering the activity or project is a branch of an overarching organisation – such as a local CWA or YMCA branch.
Why is this important?
This program is only able to distribute funds to not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation number, and FRRR needs to know that the organisation with that ABN / Incorporation number understands and agrees to carry out their responsibilities in relation to your project, if successful.
Applications received without the requested financial information are ineligible. Providing incorrect information on financials is currently the most frequent reason why applications are not considered.
- For organisations that have audited financials: Attach the most recent annual audited statements;
- For organisations that do not have audited financials: Attach the most recent 12 months Income and Expenditure Statement. If you have a Balance Sheet, please also submit;
- For organisations less than one year old: Provide Bank Statements for the period you have been operating.
- If financial documents are more than 18 months old, please provide an explanation as to why the organisation does not have more recent documents;
- Bank Statements are only acceptable as financial documentation if your organisation has been operating for less than one year;
- Explain any deficits and steps to sustain the organisation financially;
- Provide a brief explanation of any large financial surplus or current assets and reasons why FRRR funds are still required;
- Income and Expenditure statements must cover a full 12-month period.
- Please contact us if you cannot provide required financials or you are unsure about what to provide.
Why is this important?
FRRR uses this information to understand your organisation’s ability to manage the grant funds and its financial viability.
You must include a project budget that clearly shows the items that FRRR grant funds will be used for and shows all income and expenses related to your project.
Budgets should be realistic and must add up – i.e. total expenditure must match total income.
Applicant contributions in cash or in-kind are highly regarded. Quotes or detailed rationale for items over $1,000 are required, where possible.
Note: FRRR suggests costing unskilled volunteer labour at $41.00 per hour.
Why is this important?
A clear budget helps FRRR to understand the size of your project, exactly how FRRR funds will be spent and helps demonstrate community support for your project through in-kind contributions either from your organisation or partners / community members.
FRRR strongly recommends that you provide supporting materials such as letters of support, community plans, survey results, photographs, media clips and research reports that can show the wider community support and partnerships involved in the project.
Large documents should be referenced and explained in the application.
Why is this important?
FRRR seeks to fund projects that are well-supported by the broader local community, are locally led and delivered, show good partnerships and benefit multiple parts of the community. As FRRR is not always familiar with your community, our staff consider support material as evidence toward understanding level of community need, benefit and support.
Clear project information
A clear description of exactly what the grant funds will be used for, when and where the project will happen, who will benefit and who will be involved in delivering the project, why the project and grant funds are needed, how funds will be spent and how the activities and success of the project will be recorded, evaluated and shared.
Where possible, also indicate that your community is ready to deliver the project and if required, can support the initiative ongoing – i.e. awareness of need is widespread, appropriate leadership, resources, skills and knowledge exist in the community.
Why is this important?
FRRR needs to clearly understand your project to assess its merits. Applicants should focus on addressing the what, when, where, who, why and how of the project, as this is the best formula to clearly communicate the details of the project.
A ready community is best placed to achieve the aims of your project, so during assessment, our staff look for
information that tells us that good leadership, skills and awareness exist in your community to support the project now and in the future.
Submit your Expression of Interest via the Grants Gateway
An Expression of Interest (EOI) process invites eligible organisations to nominate their project idea for funding. FRRR will review the EOI and invite shortlisted organisations to build on their EOI and submit a full grant application.
Please access the EOI form via the link below, and note that the closing date for the EOI is 18 June 2021.
Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.
Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:
It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a copy of the EOI application form.
For more information about the INFPC program, please contact Philanthropic Services Manager Jo Kemp firstname.lastname@example.org or Philanthropic Support Officer Fiona Bradshaw email@example.com or call 1800 170 020.
“We were delighted that Natalie Egleton and Joanna Kemp visited our service in Bega NSW. It was a great opportunity to speak to the people who make FRRR important to regional and rural Australia. The grant [for the freezer] will make BVMOW a more resilient and innovative community service in the Bega Valley. The mobile freezer will address food insecurity in the valley and improve people’s lives.
Thank you Natalie and Joanna. Thank you FRRR.”
David Atkins, Manager, Bega Valley Meals on Wheels, March 2021
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