FRRR’s deep connections with communities and understanding of their issues enable us to develop strategic partnerships whereby we collaborate with a donor or group of donors to co-design a program to address a specific need. The examples below are some of our current strategic partnerships seeking to effect lasting and impactful change.
Investing in Rural Community Futures
The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation has partnered with FRRR in an innovative program designed to strengthen the capacity and capability of grassroots not-for-profit organisations, and to trial the effectiveness of investing deeply in a community over a five-year period.
The two philanthropic organisations have joined forces to scope a bold new program of work that will focus on place-based not-for-profit organisational strengthening. Investing in Rural Community Futures is based on a recognition of the fundamental role that not-for-profit organisations and local leaders play in building and sustaining the social and economic fabric of their communities. The program responds to the challenges local organisations experience in managing their sustainability and viability, which in turn affects the contribution they make to addressing local challenges and opportunities. Through this program, FRRR will act as facilitators, supporters and conduits to enhance the communities’ abilities to deliver the change they wish to see for themselves.
By supporting local not-for-profit organisations, this program will help to address local challenges and opportunities. It will also be formally evaluated, and lessons shared with philanthropic, government and not-for-profit audiences to support leading practice and thought leadership.
Disaster Resilient: Future Ready
There is a growing body of evidence indicating that natural disasters will increase in frequency and severity and that the economic and social costs will continue to increase, placing immense pressure on systems at all levels of society and leaving impacted people living with the effects of trauma for many years.
There is much evidence, as shared in this document, to say that stronger social capital and economic resilience leads to reduced social and economic impacts and better recovery. However, there is yet to be a community preparedness model that establishes an evidence base for the types of preparedness and recovery initiatives that are effective, addresses the capability requirements of communities, and incorporates the contextual nature of disasters.
Leveraging our combined experience in community recovery, bridging disaster recovery and preparedness with community development approaches, a number of philanthropic organisations have partnered with FRRR to scope an applied research project to develop the framework and processes for communities to use to enable disaster resilience.
The Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program has enabled a committed group of donors to come together to develop systemic, sustainable and community-led, place-based responses to help communities better prepare for disasters and be more resilient, should they eventuate.
Tackling Tough Times Together
We worked with the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Yulgilbar Foundation to develop a strategic response to the needs of drought-affected communities in Queensland and New South Wales.
Leveraging FRRR’s previous experience of supporting drought-affected communities, and the personal experiences of one of our key donor partners, the objectives of the Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) program were developed to specifically address issues that often surface in drought impacted areas in rural and remote Australia. The program specifically addressed the human factors of drought, including:
- Enhance the mental health and wellbeing of drought-stressed rural and remote communities;
- Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection; and
- Build community capacity to cope now and in future droughts.
Fast-track Ag Innovation
Sustainable agriculture and sustainable food production are a regular part of our social and political debate. There is increasing interest in our food systems, in the effects of climate change, impacts on human health of the food we eat and increased demand for food due to changing consumption patterns in South East Asia.
However, agricultural productivity has remained static in recent years, and the reduction in public research, development and extension is translating to gaps in the innovation system.
The William Buckland Foundation shares FRRR’s concern about this issue and partnered with FRRR to create the Fast-track Ag Innovation program.
In a pilot invitation-only grants program, four farmer groups across four primary industries in Victoria used grants of $150,000 each, over three years, to drive the adoption of science and innovation to address one of their top three production constraints.
FRRR has established a ‘Science and Adoption Advisory Panel’ for the program, accessing key agricultural consultants, communicators and scientists to provide support and guidance to the farmer groups and key people responsible for project implementation and delivery.