The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), following a successful virtual workshop and a series of interviews with key community stakeholders in Ulladulla region, invites not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to take part in a major program.
Groups can now apply for Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) Start-Up Grants to help them address the needs and priorities of the community.
As part of the IRCF program, FRRR and The Snow Foundation have partnered to work with south coast NSW community groups and local leaders to help boost the confidence, ability and skills of NFPs in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay and Nowra.
FRRR's IRCF Program Manager, Alli Mudford, says that it's fantastic to be able to bring the IRCF program to Ulladulla and to have the opportunity to work with local groups to support them to become stronger, more resilient and ultimately thrive.
"We had a really great turnout at the online sessions we ran, and it was wonderful to see so many local leaders eager to get involved in finding ways to work together, to become stronger and much more effective, and ultimately to help create a stronger community," Ms Mudford said.
"We know from our experience with program partner communities in other parts of NSW that communities have ideas - they just need the time, space and resources to come together and share ideas and collectively build solutions to problems.
"We're looking forward to now working with Ulladulla not-for-profits to expand on their ideas, scope projects and determine how Start-Up Grant funding can be best utilised, so it makes the greatest impact now, and into the medium to long-term."
Individual organisations and collectives in Ulladulla are invited to apply for a Start-Up Grant.
Community groups are encouraged to collaborate and identify ways to work together to maximise the use of these funds.
Applications for Start-Up Grants close Frida May 29 2020. Grants will be awarded in August 2020.
More information is available on FRRR's website here and interested applicants can also call 1800 170 020.
To kick-start the program, these three south coast NSW communities will each receive up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants for local NFPs.
These Start-Up Grants are flexible and designed to support organisations to improve their capacity to deliver services.
This support could include initiatives like investing in community leadership, skills and training, strengthening communications and networks, human resources, mentoring or even wages for operational planning.