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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leeton Community Roadmap Report
- Leeton Roadmap 2020 Snapshot
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.
To date, $1,163,780 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.
EOIs for the Ongoing Partnership Grants with Leeton have now closed.
Invited organisations are required to submit their full application no later than 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 2 November 2021.
For more information on the online application process:
FRRR requires grant recipients to provide a Final Report that includes information on the completed project including full acquittal of funds expenditure and photos. Learn more about this on the Reporting page.
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: email@example.com
Capacity Building Toolbox of Support
As part of the IRCF program, the team has developed a rapid response grant process to respond to shared capacity issues that present throughout the program and need to be acted on in a timely manner.
Funding is available for projects up to the amount of $30,000 per application.
These grants are only available to previously funded applicants to the IRCF program, that are looking to lead a project that supports multiple organisations working 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 below) before commencing your application.
FRRR will be supporting Ongoing Partnership Grants throughout the year that individual organisations wanting to focus on their own organisation and its sustainability are encouraged to apply for.
To check your eligibility and discuss your Toolbox project, please contact your local community facilitator:
- Nambucca Valley: Ali Buckley – 0407 535 111 or Patricia Walker – 0429 611 822
- Leeton: Claire Williams – 0429 092 165
- Junee: Kate Brabin – 0418 296 805
For more information on the VFFF-funded Investing in Rural Communities Program, please contact IRCF Program Manager Nancy Sposato on 0438 369 836, or via email.