Investing in Rural Community Futures Start-Up Grants now available for Moree

Some of the workshop talking points at the Moree roadshow, held last month.

Some of the workshop talking points at the Moree roadshow, held last month.

Moree community groups are encouraged to apply for a grant that could assist them in securing long-term funding and support.

Following a successful roadshow last month, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is inviting Moree's not-for-profit community groups to apply for Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) Start-Up Grants.

The $60,000 grant is designed to assist local not-for-profits to undertake foundational projects that will position them better to prepare an expression of interest to participate in the five-year IRCF program.

FRRR and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) launched the IRCF program to pilot the impact of long-term support in communities.

Under the model, not-for-profit community groups would have access to grants, skills, knowledge-sharing and resources to strengthen both their capacity and capability to help them create a stronger and more vibrant future for their community.

Investing in Rural Community Futures program manager Alli Mudford said that both FRRR and VFFF had been inspired by the energy shown by Moree community groups at the recent roadshow event, held on Monday, May 13.

"We had a really great turnout across the sessions we ran and we're looking forward to hearing the positive ideas that Moree has to cement their future as a thriving community," she said.

"We are encouraging community groups to collaborate and identify ways to work together to maximise the use of these funds, and to consider how this can support their expression of interest to be part of the five-year program."

The types of initiatives IRCF Start-Up grants could focus on include investing in people; internal infrastructure, systems and structures; sector efficiencies; and/or strategy development.

Ms Mudford said that the community groups in Moree identified that participation in the IRCF program could be a useful tool with several positive steps that could be taken.

"Education, employment and youth services are a huge focus for Moree," she said.

"Priorities for projects include things like a register of community assets, committee governance training, coordination of resources and support for the local not-for-profit groups. I'm looking forward to seeing Moree's locally-governed not-for-profits take up this opportunity to focus on their own sustainability and development."

Applications close on Monday, June 17. Grants will be awarded in September 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the FRRR website - frrr.org.au/grants/IRCF