Investing in Rural Community Futures – VFFF
Investing in Rural Community Futures is a grassroots program aimed at building and supporting the capacity of not-for-profits in six specific communities. By working locally over five years, it aims to strengthen local not-for-profit (NFP) organisations and ultimately enable them to thrive, which in turn will have a positivie impact on community well-being.
The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and FRRR have partnered with three communities in NSW – Junee, Nambucca Valley and Leeton – to provide support from 2018 until 2023, which includes access to grant funding, planning and facilitation assistance, skill development, and experience sharing.
FRRR is working with the local NFPs in these communities, to help them identify where they need support.
To date the program has supported projects that will help improve organisational systems, access to skills and training, developing fundraising strategies, communication through a range of digital platforms and strategic planning.
The aim is to give these NFPs the confidence, ability and skills to continue the great work they do on an ongoing basis.
This program is for partner communities only, and not for public application.
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The IRCF journey
During 2018/19, FRRR focused on identifying and selecting three partner communities in NSW – Junee, Leeton and Nambucca Valley. At the beginning of 2020, we moved into the co-design phase, working alongside the communities to develop their community roadmaps (capacity plans) and identifying associated resourcing and delivery needs, focused on the IRCF strategic priorities.
Each community on the IRCF journey is very different in its challenges, unique personalities and the depth and breadth of not-for-profits that work within its boundaries. FRRR recognises it is fundamental to have a local contact on the ground, and we believe that local leaders know their environment and community better than we ever could. Therefore, we have employed local community facilitators to help assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of projects suggested as part of the community roadmap work.
We are well on the way through this journey, but there are still opportunities for local community groups to get involved. Watch this video to learn more.
Our community partners
Following a comprehensive Expression of Interest process, the communities of Leeton, Nambucca Valley and Junee in New South Wales are partnering with FRRR in the IRCF program from 2018-2023. Explore each section below to learn more about each community and what they are prioritising.
Leeton has a strong and diverse NFP sector, with a population of more than 8,000 people in the heart of the Riverina. By participating in the IRCF program, Leeton’s NFPs hope to create more connection between their groups and networks, build the capacity of their leaders through training and development, and revitalise their community sector. The NFP sector in Leeton has come together as ‘Leeton Connect’, an umbrella group that will connect the Leeton NFPs through networking, participation, collaboration and inclusion.
The Leeton Community Roadmap (capacity plan) is now operational, and a community facilitator has been appointed:
- Claire Williams – 0429 092 165 | email@example.com
- Leeton Community Roadmap Report
- Leeton Community Roadmap Data
Leeton grants awarded
FRRR, in partnership with the VFFF, has awarded $276,963 in grants to four of Leeton’s NFPs. A tailored coaching program also kicks off for three Leeton NFPs.
The communities of Nambucca Heads, Bowraville, Macksville, Valla Beach, and Scotts Head make up the Nambucca Valley. The combined population of these communities, which are in the mid-north coast of NSW, is more than 20,000. The Nambucca Valley NFPs want to build relationships, connect across the Valley, and work together on developing a Community Roadmap, a shared vision for the Valley.
We are excited to announce the recruitment of two community facilitators. If you are an NFP situated in Nambucca Valley and would like to find out more about the IRCF program and how you could potentially be involved, then please contact your facilitator:
A satellite town close to Wagga Wagga, Junee has a population of just over 6,500 people and is growing. It has a diverse NFP sector, which has embraced the IRCF program and are ready to see a change for their community. They want to strengthen the NFP organisations by providing a co-ordinated focus on improving the long-term sustainability of their groups and networks.
The Junee Community Roadmap (capacity plan) has been finalised, and if you want to get involved, please contact your facilitator:
Ongoing Partnership Grants (from 2020 – 2023)
Support is also being provided through a rolling grant program that is open to individual organisations and collective initiatives. Partnership grants with Junee and Nambucca Valley are now open.
To date, $830,000 has been allocated to partnership grants in the three communities. The focus on these communities is to support a range of resourcing surrounding governance, strategic planning, infrastructure, community mindset, and administration support.
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
Toolbox of Support
Thanks to the generous support of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, there is $50,000 available to each community of Leeton, Nambucca Valley and Junee over the life of the program 2021-2023. Grants are available of up to the amount of $30,000 per application. These grants are only available to previously funded applicants of the IRCF program.
These funds will support organisations that are looking to lead a project that will support multiple not-for-profit organisations to work on common capacity issues. This application and assessment process is streamlined and will be rapidly assessed and granted.
It is a requirement to contact your local IRCF Facilitator (contacts above) before commencing your application.
For more information on the Investing in Rural Communities Program, please contact IRCF Program Manager Allison Mudford on 0448 992 820, or via email, or IRCF Program Support Officer Yashna Poorun on 1800 170 020 or via email.