Investing in Rural Community Futures Shoalhaven
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, FRRR is rolling out the program to the Shoalhaven region, with a focus on boosting the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profits in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra.
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 $490,018 for a total of 18 projects in the IRCF Start-Up round. 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.
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.
Future capacity needs for Nowra, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay
The intention of the IRCF program is to provide fit-for-purpose capacity and capability support to the NFPs where they identify they need it most. FRRR realises that this is in a disaster recovery context, with the impact and devastation of the bushfires.
FRRR has surveyed and consulted with local NFPs to identify and prioritise where they need the most support. From September 2020, a range of workshops, coaching and training will be offered to representatives from interested locally governed NFPs. The aim is to give these organisations the tools to continue the great work they do, and to help them achieve their goals on an ongoing basis. Details of upcoming opportunities will be posted on this webpage once announced.
Our community partners
The Shoalhaven communities of Nowra, Ulladulla, and Batemans Bay in New South Wales are partnering with FRRR in the IRCF program from 2020 to 2024. Explore the sections below to learn more about each community.
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 NFP’s 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.
Based on the needs identified in the survey, FRRR will work with these communities on delivering a range of capability building activities from September 2020.
If you have questions at any time, email the IRCF Shoalhaven Coordinator Kate Dezarnaulds: 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, or IRCF Program Support Officer Yashna Poorun on 1800 170 020 or via email.