Closing soon: $200k in grants available to tackle social issues head-on

Ten NSW LGAs eligible

16 June 2017: Applications for grants up to $20,000 to address some of the biggest challenges in Wyong, Gosford, Nambucca, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland or Port Stephens LGA’s close next week.

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The funding is available through the Innovation for Community Impact program, led  by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal in partnership with other trusts and foundations, and the NSW Department of Families & Community Services. The grants are available to support innovative responses to domestic and family violence, education disengagement, reducing crime and recidivism, and unemployment, with a particular focus on supporting young people.

FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton says this program was created to help address these challenging issues head on to achieve tangible and sustainable change.

“Together with our donor partners, we strongly believe that local communities are best placed to know what solutions will work best to tackle these difficult issues.

“There are many organisations in these communities tackling similar issues and we encourage them to come together with an innovative proposal. By working together, groups can achieve far more than working in isolation and we would love to support sustainable solutions to these persistent issues driven by local communities,” Ms Egleton said.

This is the third year the I4CI program has provided grants, and previously funded projects addressed real local challenges in a way that will implement tangible change for the community.

The Bright Minds Project led by Community Activities Lake Macquarie (CALM) Inc, has been working hard to reduce the stigma of mental health and improve access for young people seeking support. Youth Mental Health is an issue that affects every community member in some way, with one in four young people experiencing a mental illness and 75% of all adult mental illness beginning in the teenage years.

Taking the approach that the project should be run by youth for youth, the youth leaders have distributed over 2,000 information sheets, created four posters now visible in 18 high schools and local youth services, developed a Teacher Reference Guide for 1,000 high school teachers and facilitated the Lake Macquarie Youth Mental Health Forum, with 100 students from 11 schools in attendance.

In another example, the Speak Out for Kids project in the Nambucca LGA received an I4CI grant to help deliver an eight-week program called Kidz Group for children aged between 8-12 years who have experienced living in or been exposed to domestic violence and are no longer in that environment.

Over the course of the program, 20 children and their carers participated and engaged with specialist staff to address the impacts of domestic violence. At the end of the program, a 10 year old boy gave the feedback that “coming to this group has made me realise I can be myself and not act the way my dad did towards my mum.”

Community groups in the 10 eligible LGA’s should visit this page to review the grant criteria and guidelines. Potential applicants are encouraged to call FRRR on 03 5430 2399 to discuss your idea. Applications close 23 June 2017.

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