Bay and Basin IRCF Journey


Hello, I am Kate McBride, the Shoalhaven Bay & Basin Community Facilitator for FRRR.

I have lived on Yuin Country for over 20 years, and bring over 15 years experience in capacity building and community engagement within not-for-profits (NFPs), grassroots community organisations and local government sectors.

My role is to support the Bay & Basin NFPs to build relationships, connect across Bay & Basin and work together on seeing through the Community Roadmap to successful completion of a shared vision for Bay & Basin.

Contact me:

Kate McBride – 0400 243 009


My work days are Tuesday & Friday

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Bay and Basin IRCF Goals

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The Bay & Basin region is the combined communities of Sussex Inlet, St Georges Basin, Sanctuary Point, Vincentia, Basin View, Tomerong, Wreck Bay, Huskisson and Jervis Bay. The region is located on Yuin Country, on the South Coast of NSW.

The Bay & Basin communities have a combined population of around 12,000, supported by more than 30 NFPs.

Fifteen NFPs have participated in the IRCF journey and in the development of a community roadmap for Bay & Basin. 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

2022 Bay & Basin Community Roadmap

2021 Bay & Basin Community Roadmap

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project funding

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. Our organisations have strong Aboriginal representation.
  2. Our people are culturally aware and engaged.
  3. Enhanced social media skills and digital literacy.
  4. A pipeline of suitably qualified staff for service sector organisations.
  5. Social engagement and networking to reward and support volunteers.
  6. Access to mentoring capability and resources locally.
  7. Confident and trained committees and boards – governance.
  8. Access to project management support for new initiatives.

project funding

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

  1. School Parents and Citizens Committees (P&Cs) are working together.
  2. Network of Bay & Basin community organisations.
  3. A shared communication strategy for Bay & Basin organisations.
  4. Centralised facility asset and resource booking ‘library’.
  5. Collective voice to advocate for Bay & Basin challenges and needs.
  6. “Volunteering” Bay & Basin.
  7. Localised and customized policies and procedures.

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project funding

Supporting community leaders to input new insights and energy to effort by providing lessons, systems and structures that demonstrates best practice.

  1. Access to reliable telecommunications and internet.
  2. Vibrant, sustainable digital platforms for local organisations to connect to community.
  3. Current hardware and software that is well supported, adaptable and user-friendly.
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project funding

Providing tools and measures that support and enable the sustainability of organisations well into the future.

  1. Tools and strategies to engage well with youth.
  2. Effective, clear and accessible communications and engagement strategies in place.
  3. External support to develop strategic plans and growth strategies, plus viability for organisations.
  4. Support to design sustainable social enterprises.

FRRR Contribution


Partnership Grants


Toolbox Grants


Partnership Funding Remaining


Toolbox Funds Remaining


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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.