Lifetime Connect Ltd was successful in applying for this FRRR start-up grant

Trudi Hayes, Paul Sekfy and Teresa Boorer
Trudi Hayes, Paul Sekfy and Teresa Boorer

Lifetime Connect Incorporated's proposal to develop a collaborative working partnership with other not-for-profits in the Nambucca Valley has been successful in it's application for a $60,000 Start-Up Grant through the Investing in Rural Community Futures (IRCF) program.

The IRCF program supports not-for-profit community groups with access to grants, skills, knowledge-sharing and resources to strengthen both their capacity and capability to help them create a stronger and more vibrant future for their community.

Alli Mudford, IRCF program manager, said the Lifetime Connect Incorporated project was action-focused and addressed known challenges like communication, governance, training and planning.

"It was a pleasant surprise that Nambucca Valley community groups came together to put forward one application for the grant as a united not-for-profit sector," Ms Mudford said.

It's impressive when we see organisations ready to collaborate and individuals who are motivated to drive change.

Ali Mudford

"After the roadshow events the community came together with more conversations and collaborations, which identified that there was currently a lack of opportunity for community organisations in the Nambucca Valley to work together, to communicate and to share resources.

"These first steps for the Valley coming together as a united not-for-profit sector is exciting; they put in a comprehensive application that looks to produce a community map."

Nambucca Valley joins Leeton, Moree, Junee and Tumut in participating in the IRCF Program. Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) will be inviting the five communities to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in the ongoing program at the end of August.

FRRR will now work closely with the Nambucca Valley community over the coming six months, supporting them with putting their project into action.

'Together Nambucca Valley' is now seeking expressions of interest to serve on the Steering and Advisory Group for Nambucca Valley (Waluurr Ngambagagundi) - Hand in Hand.

The Steering and Advisory group will be a diverse group of people, representing cultures, ages, interests and locations across the Nambucca Valley, so that everyone feels they can have a voice that will be heard.

See the Together Nambucca Valley Facebook page for criteria to be addressed.

Expressions of interest can be submitted no later than September 6 in writing to: Paul Sekfy Community Development Coordinator, Lifetime Connect or email to

The IRCF Program is an initiative of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF). For more information about the IRCF program, visit the FRRR website -

Also making the news: