Community groups receive funding to tackle domestic violence, youth disengagement and key social issues

Bendigo, 25 October, 2016: The NSW Government has announced that seven community organisations across NSW have received a share of $265,000 for locally led initiatives through the Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program.

The groups were given between $24,000 to $50,000 in a bid to support innovative responses to issues including domestic and family violence, education disengagement, juvenile crime and youth unemployment across the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast.

I4Cl is a unique collaboration between the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), Philanthropy Australia and local community groups to address social issues facing communities in regional NSW.

Half of the funding was provided by the FACS, and the other half sourced by Philanthropy Australia and FRRR, working with their donor partners. These partnerships between government and the philanthropic sector help to drive better outcomes for people in rural and regional communities.

The program uses the combined resources and commitment of government and philanthropic groups to help communities create sustainable social change through early intervention, prevention, response and support, and building community capacity to tackle important local issues.

The I4CI program is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The philanthropic donors include the Snow Foundation, nib foundation, Flannery Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, Doc Ross Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Sally Foundation and CAGES Foundation.

"This is the second year the grants have been offered, and once again, we have had some innovative projects that address real local challenges in a way that will implement tangible and sustainable change for the community,” Natalie Egleton, Chief Executive Officer for FRRR, added.

Sarah Davies, Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Australia, said “Close and effective collaboration between government, philanthropy and local communities is critical to finding new and innovative solutions to social challenges – I4Cl is a great example of working together to empower communities and increase impact”.

2016 Innovation for Community Impact grants:




Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi Aboriginal Corporation, Wyong

Garawa (The Sea) Cultural Learnings:

Build community belonging through monthly cultural sessions and two cultural camps each year for Aboriginal children and their carers.


Regional Youth Support Services, Gosford

Youth Bus for Generation Z:

Resourcing a mobile youth centre on the Central Coast, hosting two part-time youth workers to actively engage with youth at risk with the aim to decrease antisocial and criminal behaviour.


Boambee East Community Centre, Toormina

After School Activity Program – ASAP:

Funds will be used to pay a coordinator for an after school program, as well as materials, advertising and afternoon tea. Children will benefit from a wide range of social and educational activities and families will be more connected to the community.


Bowraville Community Preschool Inc, Bowraville


Preschool PLAY – Parents learning through hands on active engagements with their youngsters:

Create outdoor play spaces and learning programs to enhance the connectedness of youngsters and their families. This project will build on the social, emotional and physical development of the children at the centre and host workshops to empower parents.


Macleay Valley Workplace Learning Centre, West Kempsey

Ginda Barri Early Childhood Education Centre

Build an educational centre at the Vocational College to assist young parents to return to school. Building the centre will mean that there is a dedicated space which the school also plans to turn into a long day care centre to ensure viability into the future.



Centre for Hope, Redhead


Miti Ngwali Printing:

Improve training and employment opportunities for youth at risk by creating a sustainable social enterprise in printing. Funding will purchase printing equipment, design and develop a website and cover wages.


The Samaritans Foundation, Warabrook

One Point Project:

Funding to part employ a community coordinator at Hamilton South housing estate to build community connectedness and capacity amongst residents.


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