Investing in Rural Community Futures NSW South Coast
Investing in Rural Community Futures aims to strengthen local not-for-profit (NFP) organisations and ultimately enable them to thrive.
With the support of The Snow Foundation in 2020, FRRR launched the program in the Shoalhaven region, with a focus on boosting the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profits in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra.
In 2021, with additional support from Bendigo Bank, the IRCF program is able to extend its support of not-for-profits in the area to include the Bay & Basin communities.
This program is for partner communities only, and not for public application.
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Start-Up Grants announced
The communities of Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra have received $573,018 for a total of 21 projects in the IRCF Start-Up rounds. This diverse group of organisations will be provided with practical support and funding so they can be stronger, more resilient, and continue to fulfill their purpose. The grants will also assist community organisations to manage the dual challenges of bushfire impacts and COVID-19 adaptation.
Bay and Basin communities will have access to Ongoing Partnership Grants from July.
The IRCF program also offers a toolbox of support, including access to a facilitator, grants, skill development, and external resources to strengthen community networks and foster social capital through community-led initiatives.
Strengthening NFPs in Nowra, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Bay & Basin
The intention of the IRCF program is to provide tailored capacity building support to the NFP’s to help them where they need it most. For the South Coast communities who were devastated by the bushfires last summer, this support is provided within a disaster recovery context.
FRRR has surveyed and consulted with local NFPs to identify and prioritise areas for support. From March to July 2021 the program moves into the co-design phase, working with local facilitators Campfire Coop and representatives of a wide range of local NFPs to develop their community roadmaps (capacity plans) and identify their unique needs from the IRCF strategic priorities.
Our community partners
The South Coast communities of Nowra, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Bay & Basin are partnering with FRRR in the IRCF program until 2024.
FRRR will work alongside these communities to develop their community roadmaps in the first half of 2021. Upon publication, the Ongoing Partnership Grants will be open until 2024 to support the realisation of those plans.
Explore the sections below to learn more about each community as they continue on their IRCF journey.
Nowra is a major service town on the Shoalhaven River with a population of 37,000. The community has a strong and diverse NFP sector, servicing a diverse population with a significant Aboriginal population.
The launch of the IRCF program has uncovered the desire for NFPs to develop their capacity in the areas of digital literacy, grant writing, developing new revenue streams through social enterprise, volunteer recruitment and training and supporting the sector through a period of recovery post bushfires and COVID-19.
The coastal communities of Ulladulla, Milton, Mollymook, Narawallee, Lake Conjola, Bendalong & Manyana make up the Ulladulla region for the IRCF program. The combined population of these communities is more than 15,000, a number that can more than double each holiday season.
The NFP sector in this region is seeking to improve their communications, digital footprint, recruitment of volunteers and cultural competencies. The region was heavily affected by recent bushfires and the community is seeking to capitalise on the outpouring of spontaneous volunteering and ensure their community organisations are resilient and well positioned to support the long road to recovery.
Batemans Bay is one of the major service centres of the Eurobodalla shire. The 11,000 person population is distributed through a cluster of beach-side and river-fronting towns from Batemans Bay in the north to Moruya in the South. The region is home to a large population of retirees and has a significant Aboriginal population.
The diverse NFP sector, which has embraced the IRCF program is seeking to strengthen their NFP organisations with focused efforts in the areas of governance, communications and marketing, staff wellbeing and improved access to an appropriately skilled workforce for their in-demand service sector.
Bay & Basin
The Shoalhaven communities of Sussex Inlet, St Georges Basin, Sanctuary Point, Vincentia, Basin View and the Jervis Bay Territory are known as the Bay & Basin Communities.
With a combined population of around 12,000, this is an area of spectacular natural beauty and environmental significance that is one of the major tourism drawcards on the South Coast. The Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community owns and co-manages (with Parks Australia), the Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens.
The vibrant NFP sector supports the social and cultural needs of a diverse population. The region was lucky to not be directly hit by the bushfires of 2020, but suffered significant economic losses with the disruption to the tourism industry over 2020.
If you have questions at any time, email the IRCF South Coast Coordinator Kate Dezarnaulds.
If you have significant issues accessing a stable internet connection, please contact our team to discuss an alternative way of applying:
Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Investing in Rural Communities Program, please contact IRCF Program Manager Alli Mudford on 0448 992 820, or via email.