How We help Others

Since 2004, the Foundation has distributed 211 grants to 87 organisations across the Northern Rivers undertaking social, cultural and environmental projects in this region.

Amounts from $600 to $30,000 have been given to individual projects.

There are a wide range of projects supported through NRCF funding which include student scholarships, food cooperatives for the disadvantaged, transport to vital medical services, an annual camp for disadvantaged youth, regional youth leadership initiatives, employment and training for people with intellectual disabilities, environmental projects and the funding of culturally significant events. 

We have also supported a number of projects with “flow-through funding”, projects which donors have specified as being the beneficiary of their gift. For example, construction of a riding area roof for Riding for the Disabled-Ballina & District in 2015. These projects are additional to the grant process.

The Foundation also supports the many children cared for by grandparents by providing money for school expenses in the Back-to-School Program funded by FRRR.  Read more about this program.

2016 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all the recipients of our 2016 grants round. $133,373 was shared among 22 organisations across the Northern Rivers for projects taking place in 2017.

Here is the Press Release from the 2016 Grant Giving Function held on Thursday 24 November.

NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 2016 GRANTS $133,373 ACROSS 22 ORGANISATIONS LED BY $25,000 TO BYRON BAY HERB NURSERY’S KATIA NATIVE BEE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROJECT

The region’s only philanthropic group NRCF (Northern Rivers Community Foundation) announced $133,373 across 22 successful applicants at its annual Grants Giving evening last night held at Twin Towns Masonic Hall.

The NRCF was created 12 years ago by generous individuals within the community, and has distributed grants across 87 organisations and 211 projects meeting social, cultural and environmental need. The 2016 announcements take the total amount committed by the Foundation to the community to over one million dollars.

The sought after major annual grant of $25,000 was awarded to the Katia Native Bee Youth Employment Project from the Byron Bay Herb Nursery.  The project aims to establish a native bee keeping business that provides employment opportunities for local indigenous youth and youth at disadvantage. 

The Katia project will focus on manufacturing beehive boxes and farming native bees that can be sold or leased to the community and horticultural industry. The bees will be used for honey production as well as pollination of food crops and nut trees such as macadamias.

Participants will gain experience and skills in carpentry, native bee keeping and an understanding of the use of native bees in local indigenous cultural practices such as food and medicine production and implement making. 

The Byron Bay Herb Nursery currently employs 23 people in their herb nursery, including 16 people with a disability. They also employ 4 young adults in their social enterprise area, which focuses on providing employment for youth at disadvantage through innovative projects such as composting. 

The smallest grant of $1,000 went to Northern Rivers Wildlife for training 8 volunteers to handle venomous snakes.

NRCF’S Chair John Callanan said “that between both these grant winners, another 20 projects further reflected the diversity of need within the community.” 

“We have found the innovation, creativity, articulation and sheer enthusiasm shared by all applicants to be heart-warming. We are seeing a new awareness and understanding of how to progress individual causes, be they from underprivileged groups, pop-up and continual arts seeding, access to health care, educational opportunities, life skills, law, justice and community connections - including social media hubs. Scan through the successful applicants for this year, you will be astonished.”

Grantees range from a Clown Doctors Program at Lismore Hospital, a Northern Rivers Indigenous Communities suicide prevention program, a deaf dance theatre workshop - to an E-space digital hub, and swimming lessons for former refugee children.

Details on all 2016 grants are below.

If you would like details on how to become involved and give to this independent philanthropic organisation go to http://www.nrcf.org.au/giving/why-give-to-the-nrcf/p/44

For further media information contact Rea Francis rea@rfmedia.com.au0414250790

The 2016 NRCF grant recipients, together with a brief description of those recipients’ successful projects are described below. For further information or comment contact Chris Hughes, Chair NRCF Grants Committee by email grants@nrcf.org.au OR info@nrcf.org.au.

Successful Recipients

AUTISM SPECTRUM AUSTRALIA (ASPECT) 

Siblings Day 2017 – To provide a fun, supportive community day for the siblings of local children with autism.

BIALA SUPPORT SERVICES INC 

An adult hydraulic change table for its Respite House.

BYRON YOUTH SERVICES 

Nalia Dubay – A group of girls. To deliver an 8 week program for ‘at risk’ young women from Mullumbimby High School.

BYRON YOUTH THEATRE

Here Today: An original youth devised performance and workshop exploring the complex issues of youth suicide, early intervention and prevention – followed by panel discussion and community conversation event on youth suicide.

HART SERVICES 

Learner Drivers’ Assistance Program - to assist people with barriers to obtain their probationary drivers licences and to accrue required driving hours and experience.

HEADSPACE LISMORE

“Spaced Out “@Headspace. Renovation and conversion of Headspace Lismore’s unused garage to a funky youth group room.

LIFELINE NORTHERN RIVERS

Suicide prevention training for Northern Rivers Indigenous Communities. Delivering a culturally appropriate and tailored package for Aboriginal communities.

LISMORE SOUP KITCHEN 

For the refurbishment of 4 units of transitional accommodation occupied by single males at 11 Bridge Street, North Lismore.

MID RICHMOND NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

Crankfest Youth Festival:  A celebration of Youth Culture and Art. 

NORTHERN RIVERS LEGAL COMMUNITY CENTRE (NRLCC) 

“Lets talk about Elder abuse”. To inform older members of our community about the prevalence of elder abuse, how to identify it and what to do about it.

NORTHERN RIVERS WILDLIFE CARERS

Training in handling venomous snakes – assistance with facilitation of the course for 8 NRWC volunteers.

RED INC

E-space digital hub: creating community connections. To engage people with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities.

FERGUS & DELILAH PROJECT

Auspiced by SHAPING OUTCOMES Byron. Support Material for primary school teachers to teach the picture book Fergus and Delilah – a book that teaches primary school kids to be more inclusive of children with a disability or developmental delay.

SHAPING OUTCOMES TWEED HEADS

The Parent Project - a 7 week course to assist parents/carers of children with a disability.

THE SHIFT PROJECT BYRON

SHIFT STITCHES – a small social enterprise program delivering training and work experience for disadvantaged women.

SPRUNG! INTEGRATED DANCE THEATRE

DANCING STORIES – A partnership between Sprung! and the Deaf Society North Coast to facilitate a deaf inclusive dance theatre workshop for deaf and non-deaf participants.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

To kick start a swimming program for former refugee children at Goonellabah Sports Centre.

THE BUTTERY

For the Buttery’s free family counselling program.

THE HUMOUR FOUNDATION 

For Lismore Hospital’s Clown Doctors Program.

UNITING CARE CASINO TRANSPORT TEAM 

Transport to Resilience – transporting 10-12 clients in need of regular dialysis treatment to Lismore Base and St Vincent’s Hospital in Lismore.

WOMEN UP NORTH

LOVE BITES Program – a violence prevention program for young people.

BYRON BAY HERB NURSERY

The Katia Native Bee Youth Employment Project – establishment of a native bee keeping business that provides employment opportunities for local Indigenous youth and youth at disadvantage.

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