Investing in Rural Community Futures
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Investing in Rural Community Futures is a place-based program focused on strengthening the capacity and capability of grassroots not-for-profit organisations in rural, regional and remote New South Wales. The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and FRRR will partner to provide grants, capacity and capability development support to at least three communities or regions (to be determined).
The program recognises the fundamental role that NFP organisations play in building and sustaining the social and economic fabric of their communities. It responds to the challenges these groups experience in managing their sustainability and viability, and subsequently the contribution they make to addressing local challenges and opportunities.
FRRR and VFFF seek to invest in building resilience and supporting revitalisation within these communities by offering access to grants, skills, knowledge, and resources to strengthen the viability and capability of local not-for-profit organisations.
The approach will be to partner with at least three communities or regions over five years to support their local not-for-profits to address identified individual and collective challenges and progress opportunities – to make a shift from surviving to thriving across the community. FRRR will provide grants and capacity and capability support, acting as a facilitator, supporter and conduit to enhance their abilities to deliver the change they wish to see for themselves. This is about creating something together that is local, is meaningful and will sustain changes that have a positive impact on community groups and the services they provide in rural communities.
The primary focus of the program is to support communities to develop, implement and sustain initiatives that:
- Strengthen resourcing / delivery capacity;
- Invest in infrastructure / equipment to increase cost efficiencies;
- Support organisational and community-level skill / capability development;
- Support strategic operational planning and sustainability; and / or
- Foster organisational networks / alliances.
The program will be formally evaluated and lessons shared with philanthropic, rural, and not-for-profit audiences to support leading practice and thought leadership. This partnership and program aligns directly with FRRR’s belief that local leaders are best placed to know what is going to make the biggest difference in their community. By supporting local solutions and using a multi-faceted approach focussed on enhancing people, place and prosperity, the Investing in Rural Community Futures program aims to build resilient and vibrant communities.
The communities that the program will be delivered with will be chosen through a roadshow, community engagement, and expression of interest process in early 2019. We will work with each community to develop a community capacity plan and associated resourcing and delivery needs.
A Program Manager has recently been appointed to lead this program and the program guidelines and criteria will be published to this page in 2019.