Investing in Rural Community Futures - Shoalhaven
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Investing in Rural Community Futures aims to strengthen local not-for-profit organisations and ultimately enable them to thrive.
With the support of The Snow Foundation, FRRR is rolling out the program to the Shoalhaven region, with a focus on boosting the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profits in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra.
The IRCF program offers a toolbox of support, including access to a facilitator, grants, skill development, and external resources to strengthen community networks and foster social capital through community-led initiatives.
What this means for the Nowra, Ulladulla and Batemans Bay communities
FRRR will work alongside local not-for-profits (NFPs) in these communities to help them identify where they need support. The aim is to give these local NFPs the tools to continue the great work they do, and to help them achieve their goals on an ongoing basis.
FRRR recently facilitated a series of virtual workshops and interviews with key community stakeholders in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra. These initial sessions introduced the program and began the process of exploring the needs and priorities of community organisations and how these can be best addressed through the implementation of this multi-year program.
If you were unable to attend the workshops, a recording of the first workshop (held on 4 May 2020) is available, providing a general overview of the program.
Start-up grants under assessment
The communities of Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra were invited to apply for $525,000 in IRCF Start-Up grants. FRRR received a strong response to these grants and is now working through the assessment process. Organisations will be notified in August of the outcome of their application.
Future capacity needs
The intention of the IRCF program is to provide fit-for-purpose capacity and capability support to the NFPs where they identify they need it most. FRRR realises that this is in a disaster recovery context, with the impact and devastation of the bushfires. A survey of the NFP sector was conducted throughout the month of May and is currently being analysed by the FRRR team. This will inform the types of activities and assistance offered going forward with this unique Investing in Rural Community Futures journey.
Grants will be awarded in August 2020. Based on the needs identified in the survey, FRRR will work with these communities on capability building activities from July to December 2020.
If you have questions at any time, email the Program Coordinator Kate Dezarnaulds: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Investing in Rural Communities Program, please contact IRCF Program Manager Alli Mudford on 0448 992 820, or via email, or IRCF Program Officer Tony Norman on 1800 170 020 or via email.