Government Departments and Agencies

From time to time, FRRR works directly with government departments or agencies to create programs that address a specific community need.

Because of our broad networks both within the corporate and philanthropic sectors, as well as our direct connection with thousands of community organisations, we are able to provide insights into the issues on the ground. We also have the connections to enable solutions to be delivered locally.

Tailored grant programs

Examples of recent tailored programs with Government departments or agencies include:

Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF)
Grants for Resilience & Wellness program

FRRR worked closely with the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) and the Victorian Bushfire Recovery Authority following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

We shared lessons and referred grant requests to each others funding programs, as well as intelligence about emerging needs.

When it came time to wrap up the VBAF, there were still some funds remaining so we worked with VBAF to design a small grants program to continue to address the most pressing needs that were evident, three years on from the fires.

This led to the design of the Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W) program which is designed to support projects that create opportunities to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience, and to build strengths and capacities for the future.

There is a total of $2.9 million available state-wide and grants will be distributed until funds are expended.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE) program

In early 2013, the Federal Government approached FRRR to work in partnership to design a program to foster community leadership and capacity building in rural, regional and remote communities.

As a result, the Creating Inspiring Rural Community Leadership and Engagement (CIRCLE) program will focus on creating the resilience and local leadership necessary to effectively prepare for and respond to change, including structural and economic change and natural disasters.

The program will be delivered in three parts, which meets the Department’s requirements for practical, tangible outcomes from the program:

  1. Competitive grants for projects that build capacity, skills and leadership and leverage local innovation/ideas and create a catalyst for a community to transform
  2. Training and development workshops and mentoring
  3. Collating and sharing resources that share best practice to extend the reach of the program.
NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Innovation for Community Impact program

FRRR and Philanthropy Australia (PA) secured a $575,000 matched funding program from the NSW Government’s Department of Family and Community Services.

The purpose of the Innovation for Community Impact grant program is to develop and implement a program to address specific needs in the Hunter/Central Coast and Mid North Coast. The aim is to create social change in these defined regions.

This matching grant will allow FRRR and PA to work with other philanthropic groups and community organisations to implement programs that address the needs of:

  • Children in out-of-home care
  • Vulnerable teens, including young offenders
  • Community members facing domestic violence.

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