Grants available to tackle key social issues

Ten NSW LGAs eligible

Bendigo, 3 April, 2017: FRRR today announced that grants are available to community groups in 10 NSW local government areas to support innovative and effective responses to issues including domestic and family violence, education disengagement, criminal behaviour, and unemployment.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton says that the funders behind the Innovation for Community Impact program strongly believe that local communities are best placed to know what solutions will work best to tackle these difficult issues.

“Invariably local community leaders have great ideas to address these often intractable challenges, but they just need some extra support to make them happen.

“This program provides funding to help address challenging and sometimes uncomfortable issues head on to achieve tangible and sustainable change.

“We know there are many groups tackling similar issues and we strongly encourage groups to come together with an innovative proposal. By working together, groups can achieve far more than working in isolation. We’d love to see some collaborative sustainable interventions or solutions to address these persistent issues,” Ms Egleton said.

Grants of up to $20,000 are available from a pool of $230,000 through the Innovation for Community Impact program.

This is the third year the grants have been offered via this program. Last year, the funded projects addressed real local challenges in a way that will implement tangible change for the community, such as:

  • The Bright Minds Project led by Community Activities Lake Macquarie (CALM) Inc, which has been working hard to reduce the stigma of mental health and improve access for young people seeking support. Read the full case study here.
  • Building an educational centre at a Vocational College to assist young parents to return to school. Building the centre provides a dedicated space where the school also plans to run a long day care centre to ensure viability into the future.
  • Resourcing a mobile youth centre on the Central Coast with two part-time youth workers to actively engage with youth at risk with the aim to decrease antisocial and criminal behaviour.
  • Part funding community coordinator at Hamilton South housing estate to build community connectedness and capacity amongst residents.

Community groups in the Wyong, Gosford, Nambucca, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland or Port Stephens LGA’s should visit to review the grant criteria and guidelines. Applications close 23 June, 2017.

New donors invited to collaborate

The Innovation for Community Impact program was developed and is administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). The program is a collaboration between the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS), Philanthropy Australia, and several small philanthropic donors, including the Snow Foundation, nib foundation, Flannery Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, Myer Family Company, Doc Ross Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Sally Foundation and CAGES Foundation.

FRRR welcomes additional partners in this truly collaborative program. All donor partners are involved in assessing projects, leveraging a depth of knowledge and experience from within the funding partners. This approach allows for a greater impact, with more funds available to tackle issues in a meaningful way. Anyone who would like to know more is encouraged to call 03 5430 2399 or email

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