The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal has announced more than $470,000 in grant funds through the Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program, a new collaboratively funded initiative that nib foundation is proud to be part of. 13 projects will target social issues including domestic and family violence, education disengagement, juvenile crime and unemployment in NSW.
I4CI aims to create sustainable social change through early intervention, prevention, response and support, or building community capacity. The program, which focuses on the Hunter New England, Central Coast and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales, is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services in partnership with a number of private philanthropy groups, including nib foundation.
This collaborative funding approach appeals to nib foundation because it presents an opportunity to leverage our contribution in the hope of achieving more impact collectively than we could alone.
The grants were available in two levels of investment: up to $20,000 for small scale projects that have a grassroots level impact, and up to $100,000 for projects that are larger scale or require greater investment in the design and evaluation of a new approach.
Some of the projects funded include My Place My Pride, a digital story telling project to engage young people, giving them new skills and helping them to connect to local culture, and Pathways to Agriculture, a project that aims to address youth and indigenous unemployment through industry partnerships and employment or training pathways.
The I4CI program is a rare opportunity for local communities to identify initiatives they believe will make the most significant impact and address the most pressing issues in their community.
For more information about the program visit http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/I4CI