Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Shoalhaven not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) will now have on-the-ground support following the appointment of a Coordinator to help guide the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program as it rolls out across the Region. 

IRCF is a place-based program, designed to address the needs and priorities of each community, particularly the unique challenges faced in the rebuild and recovery phase following the 2019/20 bushfires. As part of the program, FRRR and The Snow Foundation have partnered to work with Shoalhaven community groups and local leaders to help boost the confidence, ability and skills of NFPs in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra. 

FRRR’s IRCF Program Manager, Alli Mudford, says that the organisation knows from experience how important it is to have someone local on the ground to coordinate the program and to support organisations in the Shoalhaven Region as they turn their ideas into sustainable solutions. 

“One thing that we heard loud and clear from the Shoalhaven Region during the online sessions we ran earlier this month was how appreciative they were of having access to hands-on support for their not-for-profits and communities,” said Ms Mudford. “That’s why we are delighted to have Kate Dezarnaulds joining the team as Shoalhaven’s dedicated IRCF Coordinator.”

Kate has extensive experience working with community groups, NFPs, cultural organisations and social ventures to help them increase their perceived value and economic sustainability, with a key focus on business development, sponsorship and fundraising strategies. She has held roles as Board Director, committee member and is a regular volunteer for a range of cultural and community NFPs. Kate is currently in the process of relocating back to the Shoalhaven, where she is excited to immerse herself in the community and connect with community groups and leaders.

Ms Mudford says that FRRR staff and Ms Dezarnaulds will work closely with local organisations in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra to support them along their IRCF journey. 

“Kate’s practical experience with local not-for-profit groups means she is keen to listen, learn, adapt and respond to the needs of the Shoalhaven Region’s community organisations and help to keep them strong and vibrant. Her ability to foster relationships and build partnerships in the community sector are valuable skills that Kate will bring to her role as Coordinator.”

“Each community has its own challenges, unique personalities and the depth and breadth of not-for-profits that work within its boundaries. FRRR’s role in the IRCF journey is to act as facilitators and supporters, to enhance the ability of local leaders to deliver the change they wish to see,” said Ms Mudford.

“It is absolutely a privilege to be working with the local leaders we’ve met in the Shoalhaven, and both Kate and I can’t wait to see what the future holds and how local groups turn their ideas into reality.”

For more information please contact Shoalhaven’s IRCF Coordinator, Kate Dezarnaulds, on 0418 588 537 or k.dezarnaulds@frrr.org.au.
 

Three Shoalhaven communities to each receive up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants

Following a series of successful virtual workshops and interviews with key community stakeholders, the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is inviting not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in the Shoalhaven communities of Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra to apply for Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) Start-Up Grants to help these local groups address the needs and priorities of the community.

As part of the IRCF program, FRRR and The Snow Foundation have partnered to work with community groups and local leaders to help boost the confidence, ability and skills of NFPs in the Shoalhaven Region.

To kick-start the program, each of the three communities will receive up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants for local NFPs. These Start-Up Grants are flexible and designed to support organisations improve their capacity to deliver services. This support could include initiatives like investing in community leadership, skills and training, strengthening communications and networks, human resources, mentoring or even wages for operational planning.

FRRR’s IRCF Program Manager, Alli Mudford, says that it’s fantastic to be able to bring the IRCF program to the Shoalhaven Region and to have the opportunity to work with local groups to support them to become stronger, more resilient and ultimately thrive.

“We had a really great turnout at the online sessions we ran, and it was wonderful to see so many local leaders eager to get involved in finding ways to work together, to become stronger and much more effective, and ultimately to help create a stronger community,” said Ms Mudford.

“We know from our experience with program partner communities in other parts of NSW that communities have ideas – they just need the time, space and resources to come together and share ideas and collectively build solutions to problems.

“We’re looking forward to now working with Shoalhaven not-for-profits to expand on their ideas, scope projects and determine how Start-Up Grant funding can be best utilised, so it makes the greatest impact now, and into the medium to long-term.”

Individual organisations and collectives are invited to apply for a Start-Up Grant. Community groups are encouraged to collaborate and identify ways to work together to maximise the use of these funds.

Applications for Start-Up Grants close Friday, 29 May 2020. Grants will be awarded in August 2020.

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow Foundation have announced a $2.5 million, multi-year partnership that will help boost the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla.

This partnership has been formed to support a placed-based program – Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF). This program was first launched in 2018, with FRRR and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation partnering with local organisations in Leeton, Junee and Nambucca Valley across a five-year period.

Now, with the support of The Snow Foundation, FRRR can build on the momentum of this important program to support organisations across the Shoalhaven region to keep going, and ultimately, thrive.

The IRCF Shoalhaven program will see FRRR work with local NFPs over a five-year period to determine how they can best help themselves, so they can effectively focus on what they set out to do to help their community.

To kick-start the program, each community will receive up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants for NFPs in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla. FRRR will work with local groups to determine how this funding can be best utilised so it makes the greatest impact now, and into the medium to long-term. These Start-Up Grants are flexible and designed to support organisations in their capacity to deliver services. This support could include costs like investing in community leadership, skills and training, strengthening communications and networks, human resources, mentoring or even wages for operational planning.

FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says the team at The Snow Foundation share FRRR’s belief that local leaders are best placed to know what is going to make the biggest difference in their community.

“The drought, bushfires and now COVID-19 have highlighted the important role that not-for-profit groups play across the Shoalhaven region. They are embedded in the community, so they know what is needed. However, many groups are struggling to know how to sustain themselves so they can continue this important work. Through the IRCF program, we will work with local leaders so they can more effectively focus on what they set out to do and help meet both the current and emerging needs of their communities.

“The answers will come from within the community. FRRR’s role will be to act as facilitators and supporters, to enhance the ability of local leaders to deliver the change they wish to see. The ultimate aim of the IRCF program is to break the cycle of a reliance on short-term funding and invest in the long-term viability of core not-for-profit groups.”

The Snow Foundation’s Founder and Chair, Terry Snow AM, says that he expects NFPs in the Shoalhaven region to respond enthusiastically to the IRCF program.

“The great thing about this program is that it’s far more than just being about giving out grants. They are important, of course, but the heart of this program is about bringing community groups together, sharing insights, pooling resources and finding ways to work together, to become stronger and much more effective, and ultimately to help create a stronger community. This is critical, as we have so much to do to rebuild following the devastating bushfires and now the challenges of COVID-19.”

FRRR’s IRCF Program Manager, Alli Mudford, says that it’s fantastic to be able to bring this program to the Shoalhaven area, which is focused on securing the long-term future of community groups.

“This program will see us work with these communities over a sustained period of time, so the not-for-profit groups become stronger, more resilient and are able to fulfill their missions with greater impact.

“We know from our experience with our partner communities in NSW that communities have ideas – they just need the time, space and resources to come together and share ideas and collectively build solutions to problems.

“FRRR recognises the importance of having a local coordinator on the ground to implement the program. We are currently working to employ someone locally who can bring their deep local knowledge and existing contacts to this project. This project coordinator’s role will be to provide community level support to enhance the delivery of the supported projects, to add value to other locally driven initiatives, and to strengthen cross-sector and cross-community collaboration.”

The first step of the IRCF program is to bring local leaders together. This would normally be done face to face, but given the current situation, it will be online, with separate online meetings for each community, from 4 to 6 May. Details of these workshops are:

  • Ulladulla: 4 May – 10am-12pm
  • Batemans Bay: 5 May – 10am-12pm
  • Nowra: 6 May – 10am-12pm

Participants can register for a session by visiting FRRR’s website.

Once the initial workshops have happened, local organisations will be able to apply for the Start-Up Grants. Individual, locally governed NFPs are eligible to apply, although collaborative applications are encouraged, as FRRR has found that organisations often have similar needs. Applications for Start-Up Grants will close Friday, 29 May 2020.