Collaborative grants now open to encourage innovative social change

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We have joined forces with a number of private philanthropy groups, along with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), to support the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal's new grants program - Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI).

Focusing on the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions of NSW, the program aims to create sustainable social change through early intervention, prevention, response and support, or building community capacity. 

Applications for I4CI funding are now open and there are two types of grants available: 

  • Up to $20,000 - for small-scale projects which have a grassroots level impact. A total of $200,000 in funding available.
  • Between $20,000 and $100,000 - for larger scale projects that require greater investment in design and evaluation of a new approach. A total of $300,000 in funding available. 

The collaboration between the private and public entities aim at providing a greater impact on the communities it support. The pooling of funds through I4CI will provide charitable groups greater opportunity to provide positive solutions to local health and wellbeing issues.

I4CI is also supported the Snow Foundation, Flannery Family Foundation, the Katz Family Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and CAGES Foundation. 

Community groups in the Wyong, Gosford, Nambucca, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens LGA's, should visit www.frrr.org.au/grants/I4CI to review the grant criteria and guidelines. 

Applications close 17 November 2014.