$100K in funding available for Northern Rivers not-for-profits

Northern Rivers not-for-profits have the chance apply for part of a $100,000 funding pool to boost social and environmental regeneration in the region, thanks to the inGrained Foundation’s Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020.

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000 and to show how their projects contribute to ‘regeneration and social connection’ – this year’s theme. The Foundation will award a maximum of 10 grants in total.

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at local independent brewery Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

James Perrin from the inGrained Foundation said the theme of this year’s Grants Program stems from the significant bushfires that impacted parts of the Northern Rivers later 2019.

“Following such a prolonged and horrific bushfire season, and as people along the East Coast of Australia enjoy some respite and start rebuilding their communities, for us a future-focussed theme of recovery, regeneration and connection felt right,” James said.

“We’re asking all applicants to address how their project contributes to ‘regeneration and social connection’ in our region, noting this is not specific to bushfire recovery but these themes in its broadest sense.”

James also said the Foundation was excited to increase the Grants Program funding pool from $60,000 to $100,000, enabling them to award more recipients this year.

“With help from Stone & Wood, Fixation Brewing and Granite Belt Cider Co, we’re thrilled to be able to extend the funding opportunity to more local not-for-profits. With 26 applicants in last year’s round, we’re confident that we’ll receive a similar amount this year if not more,” he said.

Last year’s Grants Program recipients were local not-for-profits The SHIFT Project, Shaping Outcomes and Bangalow Koalas, who shared $60,000 worth of funding for their projects that helped ‘create connection’ – 2019’s theme – in our region.

The SHIFT Project Byron supports women through challenges from homelessness to independence. Founder and Managing Director Anne Goslett said the grant they received in last year’s program enabled them to make a real difference.

“This funding played a major part in enabling us to launch our social enterprise laundry service, The Linen SHIFT,” she told us.

“The Linen SHIFT provides employment to local women experiencing homelessness and disadvantage, while helping to increase their skills and providing the supports they need during this time of transition.

“At The SHIFT Project, we are all about community coming together to support each other. Receiving support from the Ingrained Foundation to launch our social enterprise aligns perfectly with our collaborative community ethos. We could not be more grateful to the Ingrained Foundation for helping us make this important local project a reality, and helping to address the increasing issue of women’s homelessness and disadvantage in the Northern Rivers.”

Founded as a separate national not-for-profit by Stone & Wood in 2018, the inGrained Foundation works to attract, generate and direct donations to grassroots Northern Rivers charities to assist capacity-building in the region. After donating over $750,000 to charities since 2013, the local brewery calls the Foundation the ‘next step’ in its community program.

Recently, the inGrained Foundation donated over $70,000 to local and state-based fire brigades, rural fire services and drought relief efforts across NSW, Queensland and Victoria, thanks to funds raised via Stone & Wood, Fixation Brewing and Granite Belt Cider Co.

Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status are encouraged to read the guidelines and apply before Thursday 21 May, by visiting ingrainedfoundation.com.au.

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