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Orgs to host capacity building grant program for NFPs in NSW

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The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Paul Ramsay Foundation is inviting local leaders of not-for-profits (NFPs) and community organisations across select New South Wales regions to join its capacity building grant program Investing in Not-for-Profit Capacity in Regional NSW (INFPC).

The INFPC program is a 12-month place-based program consisting of a series of online workshops that will provide NFPs in the bushfire-affected regions of Bega Valley, Glen Innes Severn and the City of Greater Taree with a capacity boost for their vital work in their communities.

Through the INFPC program, FRRR will support regional NSW NFPs and community organisations to respond and thrive in the face of current challenges. The program will include access to grant funding, workshops, skill development and networking to help create local solutions to local issues.

The workshop will introduce the program and give local community leaders the opportunity to brainstorm the key priorities and challenges they are facing and identify how INFPC can support them to address these resourcing and capacity needs.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said the capacity building grant program recognises the vital work of these grassroots organisations and community groups and intends to offer assistance that can add strength to the support and service they provide to the community.

“We were fortunate to meet with a number of regional NSW NFPs recently and it was clear how passionate they are about their community and its people. Their resilience and positivity were inspiring. What was also evident though, was the toll that having to face successive disasters has had on their capacity to do their job,” Egleton explained.

“From drought, to bushfires, to COVID-19 restrictions, we heard how local NFPs, many of which are run by volunteers, are experiencing fatigue. The need to rethink, reschedule or pivot projects to meet changing needs has added additional pressure to their ability to support their communities.

“We are grateful for their openness and willingness to share with us the very real challenges they are facing as well as their goals and aspirations for their organisations and community.

“We look forward to working with local leaders and to supporting them to develop local solutions to overcome these challenges,” Egleton said.