Scholarship Opportunity for Emerging Leaders from the Community Sector

RDA Illawarra is proud to announce a scholarship opportunity to assist emerging leaders from the community, not-for-profit or social enterprise sectors wishing to participate in the 2016-18 Leadership Illawarra Program. While the Leadership Illawarra Program is open to a wide range of participants from various sectors and organisaions, RDA Illawarra is particularly looking for applicants from the community and social enterprise sectors to take advantage of this opportunity.

The program is suitable for people who have demonstrated leadership potential based on professional achievement who would benefit from a program of activities that assists in developing effective leadership skills and encourages them to become more self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses and development goals and appreciate the value that different styles bring to building high performing teams.

To do this participants undertake a program of events over a two year period including:  Leadership Coaching and Development sessions; four one day Master Classes presented by academics from the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong;  presentations and discussions with highly experienced Australian business professionals and Federal, State and local politicians; visits to Federal and State Parliaments;  visits to organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra and local organisations, each designed to build on topics covered in the Master Classes;  an opportunity to interact with other high potential leaders; and an individual mentoring program with business leaders from the Illawarra.

In addition, participants can also gain credit points towards a degree program at the Sydney Business School, simply by being a part of the program and completing an optional assessment task.

The Leadership Illawarra Program is a two-year experiential learning program for the region’s emerging leaders.  Developed by Sydney Business School, RDA Illawarra, and The Illawarra Connection, the program aims to produce inspired and well-connected visionaries who will lead our region into the future.

Applicants should have the support of their agency or organisation. Nomination  forms and further details can be found at  Applications close 5pm Friday, 2 September 2016. For more information, contact Karen Bain Ph: 0416266302.

How to Apply for Grants Workshop

Not For Profit & Community Sector

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Date | Thursday, 10 March 2016
Time | 9am – 12pm
Venue | Shellharbour Council Chambers
Cost | $30pp
Booking Link Here

About the Presenter:  Keith Whelan
Keith presently works liaising with all sectors for the community both public and private sector, sourcing grants and funding.  Keith has consulted with Local, State and Federal Government as well as a number of not for profit organisations, charities, sporting clubs, environmental groups, businesses across Australia. He presently teaches Grant Writing Workshops at the University of Sydney & Australian National University, Canberra.

Who should attend
This workshop is the ideal, practical guide to grant writing for any Not-for-Profit and Charitable Organisation interested in applying for public and private sector grants.  This is a practical step by step workshop where grants from both the public and private sector will assessed and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in relation to what grants are out there and how they avail of such. A discussion will also take place with regard to current developments in the Grants sector, with a particular focus on Philanthropic Funding from Trusts & Foundations.

This workshop will provide valuable knowledge on a range of Grants related topics:

  • Public and Private Sector Grants – what is out there?
  • Visioning, Strategy, Methodology Project Planning & Project Rationale
  • Community Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Practical Grant Writing Tips, Budgets & Grant Jargon
  • Acquittal of Funding & Evaluation
  • Practical Project Management Activity
  • Grants Calendars
  • Grants Websites
  • What to write and when to write it
  • Top Ten Grant Tips


Funding ‘debacle’ for thousands of community workers results in Senate inquiry

The Senate has supported an inquiry into the shambolic DSS grants process


Some positive news for not-for-profit organisations and community workers this week, with the Senate launching an inquiry into the Department of Social Service’s (DSS) ‘shambolic’ grants program.

Following $271m of funding cuts to the community sector last year, the process to apply for the remaining DSS funding left hundreds of community organisations uncertain about their ongoing funding past February this year, and thousands of community sector jobs in limbo.

The Senate inquiry will look at a broad range of issues, including a review of the ongoing delays to funding announcements, dreadfully timed cuts to essential services, and drawn-out contract negotiations for hundreds of community services.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, who led the call for the inquiry, said in a statement:

“The grants application process introduced by the Government is a debacle that has left seismic shockwaves through community services . . . There is a great deal of uncertainty and confusion about the grants process with community organisations nation-wide . . . This undermines the ability of the community sector to support their clients and to deliver services to the community.”

“The inquiry will thoroughly examine the Government’s decision making process and the way they have gone about delivering these significant and harmful cuts. The inquiry will examine the impact of these cuts on the service quality, efficiency and sustainability of the sector, as well as the ability of organisations to properly advocate on behalf of their clients.”

The Senate inquiry is welcoming written submissions, giving organisations that employ thousands of community workers an opportunity to raise their concerns about the grants process and its impact on services and employees.

Submissions are due by March 20 – we’ll keep you posted as to the outcome of the inquiry in the coming months.