Batemans Bay IRCF Journey

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Through the program in Batemans Bay, local community facilitators have contributed to supporting Batemans Bay not-for-profits (NFPs) to build relationships, connect across the community, and work together on activating a Community Roadmap, a shared vision for Batemans Bay.


Program Manager

Carolyn Ardler – 0418 588 537

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Batemans Bay IRCF Goals

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The Batemans Bay cohort of the IRCF program stretches from Batemans Bay in the North to Moruya in the South. These south coast communities are on the lands of the Yuin people.

The 11,000 population of Batemans Bay are supported by more than 70 not-for-profit organisations that provide for the community.

The community roadmap articulates the goals decided by the community, for the community. Applications for funding should be for projects that align with the goals found in the community roadmap.

Community Roadmap

2023 Batemans Bay Community Roadmap

2022 Batemans Bay Community Roadmap

2021 Batemans Bay Community Roadmap

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Developing leadership capabilities, a renewed sense of community spirit and fostering skill development to create strong organisations that bring together various leaders, groups and residents.

  1. Develop employment pathways
  2. Improve and support wellbeing for our teams
  3. Reduction in staff turnover in the community sector (especially service sector)
  4. Resourced NFP website including collaborative volunteer resource directory
  5. Teams have opportunities to build cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion
  6. Build capacity for paid and unpaid team members
  7. Viable, active volunteer base
  8. Community leaders are well trained, well connected with other leaders, had extensive mentoring and trained in succession planning
  9. Establish mentoring program for community committees

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Fostering relationships and practises that support efficient and effective collaboration with other not-for-profits to enhance community impact.

  1. Shared training & resources
  2. Establish a relationship between NFPs and EAC, for regular liaison
  3. Establish an NFP coordinator
  4. Establish an NFP network
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Supporting community leaders to input new insights and energy to effort by providing lessons, systems and structures that demonstrates best practice.

  1. Grant writing training and coaching for NFPs
  2. AICD training available to all organisations
  3. Community consultation about access to meeting spaces (new)
  4. Leveraging funding to enable NFPs to transition to Electric Vehicles (new)
  5. Strategies for lowering operational costs for NFPs (new)
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Providing tools and measures that support and enable the sustainability of organisations well into the future.

  1. Develop a marketing and communications strategy so others better understand what we offer
  2. Trained and resourced to implement a co-design process
  3. Measure effectiveness of our service to enable continuous improvement & grow evidence base
  4. Implement strategic projects and manage the associated change
  5. Support for sourcing appropriate revenue streams (new)
  6. Strategies for addressing housing crisis (new)
  7. Access to seed funding to support new ideas (new)

FRRR Contribution


Partnership Grants


Toolbox Grants


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  • Partnership Grants

    Round 3 Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay

    During Round 3 of the Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay, five NFPs shared in $94,946 for projects to meet the goals identified in the community roadmap. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="5802"]

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant supports Bushfire and Heatwave Preparation in the Eurobodalla

    Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) received a $10,750 Toolbox Grant to engage a project officer to work with Bushfire and Heatwave havens in the Eurobodalla to create dedicated manuals and training for volunteers and staff who are responsible for managing havens during extreme weather events. Lead organisation SHASA has

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant to explore opportunities to attract and retain volunteers

    Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society received a $7,659 grant through Toolbox Funding to support NFPs to engage with their community to attract new members while keeping the new and current members engaged. In an era where community support and volunteerism are more critical than ever, the "Helping Hands"

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant to upskill volunteers in marketing

    Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society received a $4,916 grant through Toolbox Funding to improve the skills of NFP volunteers by holding a one-day workshop in online marketing. This collaborative project will bolster the skills of the dedicated volunteers in the Batemans Bay non-proft sector. This financial boost is

  • Community Roadmap

    2023 Batemans Bay Roadmap Reviews

    On Tuesday 27 June, forty-three participants from Batemans Bay and surrounds came together to review the community roadmap created as part of the IRCF program. You can explore the wisdom and learnings shared during the day through the Roadmap Review Newsletter below. Batemans Bay Roadmap Review Newsletter

  • Local Facilitator Engaged

    Batemans Bay Area Facilitator Appointed

    Hi, I am Jules Klugman, your new local community facilitator for the Investing in Rural Community Future Program (IRCF) . I have lived in the Eurobodalla on and off for the last 15 years, settling back full time in 2018. My background both professionally and as a volunteer has revolved

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 2 Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay

    During Round 2 of the Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay six NFPs shared in $122,253 to for projects to meet the goals identified in the community roadmap. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="4393"]

  • Partnership Grants

    2022 Partnership Grants Open

    Eligible not-for-profits in Bateman’s Bay, Bay & Basin, Nowra and Ulladulla are now invited to apply for a partnership grant, with the 2022 grant round now open until 27 July 2022. Projects must: Align with the IRCF priority areas,Address a priority or goal identified in the relevant community roadmap, and

  • Roadmap Review

    2022 Roadmap Review

    During June 2022, community not-for-profits came together across the South Coast to consider the question, 'How can we create stronger organisations for a stronger community?' The question was posed as part of the annual roadmap review for the ICRF grant program. Past participants of the IRCF program, and new community

  • Evaluation

    First Program Evaluation Underway

    The South Coast Communities (Batemans Bay, Bay & Basin, Nowra and Ulladulla) are currently undertaking their first evaluation. Occurring annually, this first evaluation will focus on establishing the base line health and capability of the organisations who have recently received funding through the program. Evaluations are conducted online with organisation

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    New South Coast Program Manager Appointed

    Helping South Coast NFPs to make the most of the IRCF program is the recently appointed Program Manager, and South Coast local, Carolyn Ardler. Carolyn comes to FRRR and the IRCF program with extensive experience in place-based delivery to support communities to build capacity and reach their aspirations from the

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 1 Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay

    Round 1 of the Partnership Grants for Batemans Bay opened 16 July 2021 and closed 27 August 2021. Not-for-profits (NFP’s) in Batemans Bay were invited to apply for up to $30,000 to meet the goals identified in the community developed roadmap. Seven NFPs were successful in their application and shared

  • Community Roadmap

    Community Roadmap Workshop for Batemans Bay

    Over two workshops on the 5th and 6th May, more than 30 people (volunteers, board members and team members) from community-based not-for-profit organisations in the Batemans Bay area came together to consider the question: How can we create stronger organisations for a stronger community? At the Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens and

  • Start up grants

    Batemans Bay Startup Grants Announced

    Six Batemans Bay not for profit organisations will share in more than $180,000 in start up grants as part of the IRCF program launch on the South Coast. The Start-Up Grant round is the first investment of the IRCF program in Batemans Bay. The grants were provided to local organisations

  • Local Coordinator Engaged

    Batemans Bay Coordinator Engaged

    Batemans Bay not-for-profits (NFPs) will have greater on-the-ground support following the appointment of a Coordinator to help guide the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program as it rolls out across the Region. During the online sessions between FRRR and Batemans Bay NFP’s, it was clear that there is a

  • Batemans Bay announced as an IRCF community

    The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow Foundation announced a $2.5 million, multi-year partnership that will help boost the confidence, ability and skills of not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla. To kick start the program, each community received up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants for NFPs.

  • Expression of Interest

    Expressions of Interest to Participate in IRCF

    The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow Foundation recognise the fundamental roles that not-for-profit (NFP) organisations play in building and sustaining the social and economic fabric in their communities. The desired outcome of the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program is to help empower and support the

Evaluation – NFP Health Check

The IRCF program is being independently evaluated by our delivery partner Matrix on Board for the life of the program. As part of this evaluation, FRRR is measuring the change and impact of the program at three different levels, this is being measured by using a series of tools.

There are three components to the evaluation of the IRCF program:

1. The change and impact on the capacity and sustainability of the individual NFP organisations involved in the program. One of these tools is an organisational self-assessment for committees to collectively discuss the current health of their organisation. It was designed specifically for the program looking at the four pillars of Strategy, People, Systems and Efficiencies. The assessment measures each pillar using a 5 point scale out of 12 areas of organisational competency, giving organisations a score out of 60, we are using a mean of this score across the funded organisations to monitor an overall health of these organisations and to track any impact, the program may have. All funded organisations take part in the self-assessment. These assessments are undertaken every twelve months, with an additional one-on-one interview with each organisation.

2. The impact of the program on overall community change as a result of the work of the organisations. This will be measured through the engagement of all organisations in the community through a Community Workshop facilitated by the Evaluation Team using the Harwood Index.

3. FRRR’s own impact on the program. Most of this performance is in the form of measurable data such as dollars spent, the number of organisations who have been able to participate in the program and the number of people impacted by the programs/projects delivered. Reporting and interviews are employed to capture the effectiveness and impact of the Community Facilitators employed to support the organisations.