I’ve travelled Australia delivering more than 500 grant-writing workshops in the past 20 years, with most of these being in regional and remote towns. I know first hand the challenges experienced by not-for-profit groups in rural Australia. And let’s face it, those remote and rural communities would be exceptionally dull if it weren’t for the tens of thousands of community groups delivering events and services for their towns.
Those very community groups are facing unprecedented challenges though. Droughts, fires and monsoonal floods, mouse plagues, losusts and COVID-19 have all wreaked havoc in Australia’s regional communities.
So it’s timely that FRRR – the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal is stopping to take the heartbeat of these very community groups. How are they faring? What support do they need? FRRR’s Heartbeat of Rural Australia study will answer those questions.
Not only will FRRR use this data to guide its own programs, they’ll also make the results available to other community organisations so that they can better advocate for and support community groups in rural and regional Australia.
The research will help people understand and quantify the role of community-based organisations in sustaining the vitality of remote, rural and regional Australia. Like FRRR, we’re super keen to understand impacts of all these recent events and to identify the factors that are currently affecting the capacity, capability, influence and leadership of grassroots community groups.
This understanding will allow us to better tailor services to the regional and remote communities we built our business on supporting.
So, if you know of a local community group or not-for-profit making a difference in remote, rural or regional Australia please encourage them to have their say.
- Through September 2021, FRRR will survey remote, rural and regional community groups.
- With extensive day to day engagement with thousands of community groups across Australia, FRRR knows that many groups are feeling the cumulative impacts of natural disasters, and of course COVID-19.
- Locally-led community organisations play a vital role in the social, economic, cultural, and environmental resilience and vitality of their communities and regions. However, not everyone knows just how important that role is, nor the challenges they face.
- FRRR will amplify their story and help give greater authority and influence to these organisations in the design of policies, investments, and solutions for their communities’ sustainability and vitality.
You can access the survey here.
And you can find out more about the project here.