Ulladulla IRCF Journey

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Hi, I am Monique Carson, your IRCF community facilitator.

My role is to support the Ulladulla not-for-profits (NFPs) to build relationships, connect across Ulladulla, and work together on seeing through the Community Roadmap to successful completion of a shared vision for Ulladulla.


Monique Carson -Ulladulla IRCF Community Facilitator

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Ulladulla IRCF Goals

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Ulladulla is situated on the South Coast of NSW, on the lands of the Yuin nation. The IRCF program in Ulladulla includes the coastal communities of Ulladulla, Milton, Mollymook, Narawallee, Lake Conjola, Bendalong, Manyana, Burrill Lake, Dolphin Point, Tabourie, Bawley Point & Kioloa.

Their combined population is more than 20,000, with more than 30 not-for-profit organisations supporting 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 Ulladulla Community Roadmap

2022 Ulladulla Community Roadmap

2021 Ulladulla 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. Mentoring program for volunteers
  2. Training in mental health and trauma
  3. Induction of training of new members
  4. Wellbeing program for our people
  5. Recruitment pathways (specifically for youth volunteers)
  6. Shared recruitment strategy & resources for qualified staff
  7. Recruitment pathways for volunteers
  8. Removing barriers to participation within organisations (new)

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

  1. Organisations share resources (equipment, space, group buy essentials)
  2. Organisations are well positioned & supported to apply for grants
  3. Organisations have a clear picture of skills & deficiencies
  4. Storytelling – capture and share stories of how organisations are getting stronger (new)
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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. NFPs that network and share
  2. Raise awareness of local groups and services (updated)
  3. Modernised IT & accounting systems to meet compliance
  4. Committee development program (orgs have governance training & coaching support)
  5. Well established NFPs helping smaller and new groups
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Providing tools and measures that support and enable the sustainability of organisations well into the future.

  1. Support organisations to create strategic plans for growth
  2. Build capacity for project leadership and co-design
  3. Organisations that advocate for systemic challenges

FRRR Contribution


Partnership Grants


Toolbox Funding


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  • Tackling Hunger in our Communities on the South Coast – Online Workshop

    Tuesday 24 October 2023 Twelve IRCF participants came together from across the South Coast to explore the question "How can we leverage the collective strength and capacity of our organisations to collaboratively tackle hunger in our communities?" Participants represented the following organisations: FRRR, Inasmuch, Monty's Place Narooma, Uniting Bay &

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 3 Partnership Grants for Ulladulla

    During Round 3 of the Partnership Grants for Ulladulla, five NFPs shared in $76,125 for projects to meet the goals identified in the community roadmap. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="5803"]

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    2023 Ulladulla Community Roadmap Review

    On 28 June 2023, eighteen community members came together at the Dunn Lewis Centre to review the community roadmap for the IRCF program. Attendees from not-for-profits (NFPs) in Ulladulla and surrounds brought their passion, their ideas, and a diversity of perspectives, connected with others and had some great conversations. Attendees

  • Local Facilitator Engaged

    Shoalhaven’s IRCF First Nation Community Facilitator Appointed

    Hello, I am Natalie Lloyd, Shoalhaven's IRCF First Nation Community Facilitator. My role is to support NFPs throughout the Shoalhaven local government area to build relationships, connect and work together. My role has a particular emphasis on supporting first nation organisations and assisting them to participate fully in the IRCF

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    Development of a NFP package of training and support

    With a $19,700 Toolbox Grant, Community Connect will develop a package of support for NFPs including accounting software access and training. The project will provide funding for 25 groups to get Xero Subscription for 1-2 years, and 50 participants to undertake one-on-one support from qualified finance professionals. This project will

  • Ulladulla Fundraising Workshop

    Wednesday 23 November 2022 Twenty six community members gathered to explore the question “What can we learn together about fundraising for our future?” This workshop was identified by community organisations as a need in the IRCF roadmapping reviews earlier in 2022. This workshop was funded by the Australian Government, and

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 2 Partnership Grants for Ulladulla

    During Round 2 of the Partnership Grants for Ulladulla nine NFPs shared in $116,462 for projects to meet the goals identified in the community roadmap. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="4399"]

  • 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

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    Collaborative Networking Luncheon in Ulladulla Toolbox Project

    During April 2022, Community Connect Southern Shoalhaven successfully applied for a $1,280 Toolbox Grant to host a collaborative conversation with fellow Ulladulla NFPs. Community Connect Southern Shoalhaven launched their 3 year Better Together program with a networking event in April 2022. The networking event brought together 70 attendees, a mix

  • 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

  • Funding Boost for Capacity Building in Bay & Basin, Nowra and Ulladulla

    NFPs in Bay & Basin, Nowra and Ulladulla will receive additional support and capacity building opportunities thanks to funding from the Australian Government's Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program. The additional investment means that even more of the ideas and initiatives identified through the IRCF program to continue the ongoing recovery

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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 in Ulladulla

    Five not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) in Ulladulla are sharing $109,577 in grants during Round 1 of the IRCF partnership grants.

  • Local Facilitator Engaged

    Ulladulla Facilitator Engaged

    Hi, I am Monique Carson your local community facilitator. My role is to work with local NFPs and help support your long-term goals. I come to the IRCF program with extensive experience as an active community member, having co-founded two volunteer-run community services and am currently the president of the

  • Community Roadmap

    Community Roadmap Workshop for Ulladulla

    Over two workshops, more than 40 volunteers, board members and team members came together to consider the question: How can we create stronger organisations for a stronger community? Attendees from not-for-profits (NFPs) in Ulladulla, Milton, Mollymook, Lake Tabourie, Termeil, Conjola, Lake Conjola, Manyana and Bendalong villages brought their passion, their

  • Start up grants

    Ulladulla Startup Grants Announced

    Round 1 of the Partnership Grants for Ulladulla were announced in August 2020. Not-for-profits (NFPs) in Ulladulla were invited to apply for grants that aligned with the IRCF Priority Areas to strengthen the capability and capacity of the organisation. Six Ulladulla NFPs shared in more than $180,000 in start up

  • Local Coordinator Engaged

    Ulladulla Coordinator Engaged

    Ulladulla 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 Ulladulla NFP’s, it was clear that there is a great demand

  • Ulladulla 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.

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. In each community there has been a range of external individuals to the project selected that meet with the evaluation panel every 6 months for breakfast to discuss the impact IRCF is having.

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.