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Newsletter | september 2016

A word from the CEO

Lee-Anne Holmes with Natalie Egleton at ARDC conference 2016

Strong community leadership is critical in enabling prosperous and thriving towns and regions. This has been the theme at recent events, including the Regional Leadership Summit in Bendigo, and the Australian Regional Development Conference in Canberra.

The ability for local people to organise together, innovate and create, learn from others, and bring in the next generation are key characteristics of strong community leadership and what enables communities to adapt and respond to pressures. Whether abundant or scarce, investing in these capabilities and capacities is vital and is why much of FRRR’s support is fundamentally concerned with enabling this.

Neriman and I saw this first hand in WA recently when we were shown around the Goldfields towns of Wiluna and Leonora by staff from BHP Nickel West. We met some wonderful local leaders and like many small, remote communities they often face unique challenges with no easy answers, but they demonstrated hope, wisdom and considered reflection in their leadership approach.  We look forward to supporting some great locally led projects around health, education, and enterprise through the stewardship of the Kapikarnpi Community Fund.

Heywire Grant Recipient Announcement 2016

We also saw evidence of strong leadership in the next generation at the announcement of this year’s FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants. This was the first face-to-face grants presentation, and it was wonderful to meet up with some of the Heywire alumni, as well as the local leaders and young people in the communities that will be implementing this year’s projects.  

Finally, our climate continues to challenge us. There is flooding in many areas of New South Wales, and welcome rains in parts of Queensland, but we also know that the drought is not over and that communities still need support. Spring means that bushfire season is just around the corner, and I encourage you to think about how your community can be prepared. If you’re a donor partner, please consider how you will respond, in the event of further natural disasters over the summer. This article which we wrote a couple of years ago may be of use and as always, FRRR is here to enable or facilitate your support.

Until next time …

 


Natalie Egleton

Getting to know Wiluna and Leonora WA 

CEO Natalie Egerton with Christie from Nickel West

FRRR has recently assumed management of the Kapikarnpi Community Fund, which was originally established with $500,000 from Nickel West. The Fund was established to support the Kapikarnpi peoples of the Wiluna and Leonora Shires in Western Australia, and improve their health and wellbeing; promote education and training; enable participation in employment; and enhance cultural strength and citizenship.

In August, Natalie Egleton and WA Programs Manager Neriman Kemal visited Wiluna, Mt Keith, Leinster and Leonora in the Goldfields and Mid-West regions. They were hosted by Christie and Adrian from Nickel West, who introduced them to local community leaders.

CEO Natalie Egleton with Principal of the Wiluna Remote Community School

Although the challenges facing communities within the Shires of Wiluna and Leonora are great, we met with a number of people who are committed and passionate about their towns, with a deep knowledge of what doesn’t work, and intense local community pride.

FRRR looks forward to working closely with local community groups, as well as developing stronger networks with other philanthropy / granting agencies operating in the region to identify local partnering and co-funding opportunities. Our aim is to distribute the Community Fund through our established grants programs.

'Greater' grant for I4CI program 

Last month, Jacki Dimond, FRRR’s Programs Manager for QLD, NSW and ACT, was in Newcastle visiting a number of community groups and donor partners.

Jacki Dimond receiving the donation from Greater Charitable Foundation

Jacki’s first stop was the Greater Charitable Foundation's 2016 grant presentation ceremony. They announced $1M in funding to a variety of partners, including a $50,000 grant for FRRR’s Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program to help in addressing persistent social issues facing communities in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions of NSW.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Greater Charitable Foundation in NSW and it’s always great to get out and meet the people implementing the projects that we read about on the grant application forms to see the amazing difference they’re making in their local communities,” said Jacki.

On the trip, she also visited the Dungog Shire Council to hear about ongoing recovery from last year’s floods, as well as the Hunter Women’s Centre and The Canopy Inc, which both received funding support from the I4CI program.

I4CI grant recipients Canopy Life Skills

The Canopy Inc has run eight "Back To Basics - Core Life Skills For Families" presentations to provide families with simple tools to recognise and deal with issues such as relationship problems, mental illness and financial concerns. Seventy-six people participated in the sessions; 88% said they would recommend the presentations to friends or family; 97% said that after the session they are more aware of the kinds of support available to themselves and their family. A wonderful result.

Programs update

FRRR is working with NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) and we are close to opening the first round of grants from the Social Innovation Fund program, which will benefit the community of Eden in NSW. The aim will be to increase capacity and cohesion in the community, and ultimately to address pressing and persistent social issues. Details are still being finalised.

We recently announced the recipients of the 2015/16 Heywire Youth Innovation Grants, with 19 communities sharing more than $150,000 to pilot eight youth-developed ideas, and will soon be announcing the Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) and Community & Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) grant recipients. We have also begun assessing applications for Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities, Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA), and the ANZ Seeds of Renewal programs.

Meanwhile, there are a number of grant programs currently open, others closing soon, and some opening soon:

Check out FRRR’s grant calendar, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you know when grant programs open.

STEPS helps Flowerdale Men's Shed choir

We were particularly excited to hear from the Flowerdale Men’s Shed recently.

The Flowerdale Men’s Shed started to support local men doing it tough after the 2009 Victorian bushfires. In 2013, they received a STEPS grant of $10,600, which allowed them to employ a Support Person for 12 months to manage tasks that would contribute to establishing a strong and sustainable program for the Men’s Shed.

One of the projects they started was the Flowerdale Men’s Shed Choir, which has continued. Thanks to funding from local community groups and organisations, they attended the Australian Men’s Shed National Conference in October 2015, performing at the Newcastle Civic Theatre. Afterwards, they found themselves invited to the Irish Men’s Shed Conference!

Once again they turned to the community to fundraise for their trip overseas, and have raised $18,000 to cover most of the trip’s expenses. It seemed that everyone was excited to see a group of men from the small town take part in something global. It was also a way to show their thanks to the Men’s Shed Choir who play a big role as strong leaders and tireless contributors to the community. We look forward to 'hearing' how it goes.

Remember to share your stories with us too on Facebook and Twitter.

Include a Charity Week - 'Will' you?

Include a Charity Week 2016 logo

This week is international Include a Charity week, which encourages people to consider leaving a gift in their Will to an organisation that is important and/or meaningful to them, such as a local community organisation.

This kind of funding is often an untapped source of funding for small community groups. In July, FRRR and Our Community hosted a webinar on planned giving and bequests. If you didn’t tune in, it may be timely to watch the recording of the webinar, as it’s a useful resource for community groups thinking about tapping into this valuable source of funding.

Include a Charity Week is also a timely reminder for anyone who intends to leave a gift to either their local community group - or to FRRR – that you need to update your Will. No one will benefit if you don’t specify it in your Will! Even the smallest amount could make a difference. To discuss making a bequest to FRRR, contact Kimlarn, our Donor Relations Manager.

In the media

Are you right mate?

Gardiner funded 'Are you right mate?' project

AFL legend Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico headlined Are You Right Mate?, a community event in Lismore, Victoria aimed at encouraging more men to have open conversations about health and well-being and to seek help when needed.

About 120 men of all ages attended the event at the Lismore football clubrooms, a great turn out for a town of around 560 people! South West Healthcare acting mental health services director James McInnes, who also spoke on the night, said it was “about looking after yourself and looking after your mates." This project was funded through the 2016 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program with additional funds from the Flew Family. Read the article and see photos from the night in The Standard.

Casterton on key with their choir & ukulele

Casterston's ukulele music program

The little town of Casterton in Victoria just got a whole lot more musical after Casterton Primary School received a REAPing Rewards grant.

Suzanne Kelly, a teacher at Casterton Primary, saw the need for a school-wide music program, but didn’t have the resources to get one started and decided to apply for the grant. After receiving the grant for $6,967, thanks to the generosity of the Barr Family Foundation, the school has been able to purchase some much needed musical instruments and implement the new music program.

The students aren’t the only ones happy about their new musical instruments. According to the Casterton Newspaper, there was an outpouring of support from the community, with families donating musical instruments and money to help give the young people of the town the best musical education possible.

Mrs Kelly has already set up a choir and ukulele group since receiving the grant. We think Casterton will now have their go-to source of entertainment for every social event in the calendar!

Through Fire and Flood

Bushfire

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton, recently spoke with the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM) about philanthropy’s contribution to disaster recovery, particularly following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

The wide-ranging conversation explored the impact of FRRR’s grants to support recovery in rural, regional and remote communities post-disaster and the relationship between grant makers and grantees. Natalie also talked about how FRRR works in collaboration with recovering communities to implement projects that will have a lasting impact on the health of the community both structurally and of the people. You can read the full article on the AIGM website.

Handy tips for community groups

Scanlon Foundation's 2016 grant applications close Monday, 12 September

Scanlon Foundation logo

The Scanlon Foundation’s 2016 community grants round is available in 18 local government areas across five states. The focus is on projects that support the transition of migrants into the local community. The Foundation is seeking applications for projects that demonstrate a contribution to both building pathways to employment and encouraging social cohesion.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 12 September 2016. Check the locations and key criteria to ensure you are eligible.

ACNC guidance on charities' administration costs

ACNC logo

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has published an extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help charities, donors and the public understand the ACNC’s view on charities' administration costs. The FAQs are in response to concerns raised by members of the public.

There are no laws or regulations that set out the amount charities can spend on administration and there’s also significant ambiguity when it comes to what exactly an administration cost is.

This is a complex issue and can make it difficult to assess if a charity is being run efficiently and effectively. The FAQs aim to provide guidance and help the public and donors understand what administration costs are, why they are necessary, and when they may be unreasonable and therefore warrant scrutiny from the ACNC.

Contents

  1. A word from the CEO  
  2. Kapikarnpi Community  
  3. Newcastle visit  
  4. Programs update  
  5. Flowerdale Men's Shed Choir  
  6. Include a Charity Week  
  7. In the media:
- Lismore, Vic;
- Casterton, Vic;
- FRRR & disasters
 
  8. Community tips  
  9. Grants in action:
- Karoonda, SA;
- Blue Mountains, NSW;
- Mitchell, Vic;
- Donnybrook, WA
 

Grants in action

Karoonda's Op Shop-portunity for improvement

SGRC_Karoonda Op Shop

In the small township of Karoonda, which is 150 km from Adelaide, the local Op Shop provides a vital service. However, the carpet was old and tatty, and becoming a serious safety hazard, risking the Op Shop's closure. 

The Karoonda Op Shop supplies affordable clothing and other goods to benefit a wide range of community members. Volunteers enjoy contributing to a worthy local cause, with profits donated to organisations and charities in the region.

The Op Shop provides an opportunity for volunteers to have peer support, meet new people, and practise and develop new skills, while providing an important service to the community.

Using a Small Grant for Rural Communities of $4,500, funded by Thyne Reid Foundation, they installed new floor coverings, which solved the safety issue, not to mention dramatically improved the appearance and allowed them to keep the doors open for business.

“We thank FRRR sincerely for their help. The funding has contributed to making our important service rewarding and provided a much safer, improved and presentable standard and has led to greater interest and usage from all age groups. Thank you.”

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Yellow Rock revamp has community onboard

Yellow rock reserver

The Blue Mountains City Council developed a new community space within Yellow Rock Reserve with the objective to both strengthen and rebuild community networks following the devastating bushfires in this district in October 2013.

The community was involved in all stages of the project development and they received two grant from FRRR’s Repair-Restore-Renew program to bring it to life: $15,000 for Art in the Park funded by the Doc Ross Foundation and Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World; and a further $10,000 for Yellow Rock Reserve Play Equipment, also funded by Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World.

Art in the Park provided a means for expression and healing for community members with a shared narrative of place. The new playground is an area where the local kids can get outside and enjoy their surrounds with family and friends.

The Yellow Rock community space is now an area where all members of the community can reflect on what they achieved together, as well as enjoy this inclusive and happy area.

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Mitchell women at work: OKR FM

Mitchell community radio OKR FM

The Mitchell Community Radio station, which broadcasts across a wide area in the Mitchell Shire in Victoria, wanted to see more women on air to ensure a balanced broadcast and reflect their listenership.

After receiving funding of $1,093 from the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) grant program in 2015, the radio station began actively recruiting women to participate on on-air broadcasts.

The grant went towards providing women with the training, skills and equipment needed to produce a fantastic radio show, as well as advertising the opportunity across the township.

The station saw an influx of women of all ages wanting their voices heard on a diverse range of issues from sport to how to write a standout resume.

Listeners are loving it too. The increase of women on air has been certainly noticed by the community with extremely positive feedback.

Read more ...

Anything is possible with Loose Parts Play

REAP_Donnybrook_Loose parts play project

Rural schools in WA are loving the Loose Parts Play (LPP) play-based learning as a fun and practical way to keep primary school kids inquisitive minds active!

Australian students spend around 15% of their school day at recess and lunch. Play is hugely important in children’s lives - it improves social skills, brain development and creativity while supporting emotional resilience, physical development, confidence and learning.

With a $5,100 grant from the REAPing Rewards program, donated by the Ian Potter Foundation, Donnybrook District High was able to become a demonstration site for Loose Parts Play (LPP) in WA. The grant funded a project officer, support staff, some loose parts and printing resources.

The project aim was to implement LPP as an educational program both into the play environment, as well as the school curriculum.

Donnybrook High secured a partnership with a local waste company to source loose parts and used LPP to provide a hands on way of learning Mathematics, Science, Society and Environment, the Arts, Technology and Enterprise.

They shared their success and learnings with other schools across the region – enabling more than 1000 students and 50 teachers to experience LPP and holding six professional development sessions.

Read more ...


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