Strengthening communities through Wagga’s youth

$270,000 distributed to two projects

20 February 2018: Young people in Wagga Wagga will benefit from two projects that will improve education, training and job opportunities, thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

The $270,000 in grants has been awarded through the Social Innovation Fund Community Strengthening and Engagement Program, a partnership between FACS and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR).

The grants fund two great projects that will offer practical, hands-on education and training and at the same time provide safe social environments, explains FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton.

“There are numerous challenges facing people who live in Wagga Wagga’s social housing estates, including limited opportunities for employment and betterment, due to low skills and low self-esteem.

“In our experience, with the right support, locals know what needs to happen to change things, so this program focussed on working with local people to identify projects that would make a sustainable, long-term difference, especially for young people.

“The two projects we’ve supported will establish social enterprises, with appropriate training and skill development opportunities. They will work collaboratively, leveraging eachothers’ strengths and networks, to ensure the success of both projects.

Some of the funds will be set aside to ensure appropriate governance and long-term sustainability of the plans.

The projects receiving funding are:


Project Summary


Griffith Skills Training Centre Ltd (t/a Summit Employment and Training)

Community Works
Establishment of a new service collaboration model focussed on training and employment outcomes through seeding social enterprises and developing leadership and governance skills for youth in the Tolland, Ashmont and Kooringal Hubs.


Taster Property Inc.

Planning Taster’s Future
Development of a social enterprise business plan and implementation plan and provision of seed funding to advance opportunities for young people within the estates to access a sustainable training and enterprise facility, and to engage in meaningful vocational activities.


Taster Property Inc. said the reception from the community has been phenomenal.

“We’re creating a space where local unemployed get productive, through engagement in different social enterprise programs. We will provide enriching experiences where they can achieve, rather than learning to fail.”

"Our programs will offer an innovative selection of activities that capture the minds and imaginations of young people between 15 and 25 years in a way never attempted before, with daily inspiring activities that lead to pathways of work, community participation and personal growth.”

The President of Taster Property Inc. said that FRRR’s funding would help formalise and implement the roadmap required to take them to full scale operations.

“The great thing about the FRRR funding is that is includes the business planning process, which is the foundation of the project.”

“It is an innovative program that engages many stakeholders, so to elaborate and structure that is a very important process – we need to do this before we can achieve anything else. The business plan makes the program more tangible from a procedural point of view, and will be used as supporting material for any future grant applications and to engage the community more broadly.”

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