Bush Poet John Hayes

Bush Poet John Hayes performing at the Boyup Brook Poetry in the Park Festival.

With economic, climatic, social and technological forces moving so rapidly, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal FRRR is constantly engaging with smaller rural communities to understand how they are responding to the significant pressures and opportunities facing them. What they see is a mix of strategies and actions to build resilience and adaptive capacity; strengthen cohesion, connectedness and cultural vibrancy; diversify local economies; and sustain their natural and built assets.

So, in this context there is a lot to learn about what makes an effective philanthropic investment. This prompted FRRR to revisit the 28,000 applications received nationally since 2000 to better understand the longer-term outcomes and trajectories of communities that they have supported. This is part of a larger project, funded by a Sidney Myer Fund capacity building grant, to support FRRR in developing their evaluation framework and theory of change (to be released in the coming months).

A decade of investment in Boyup Brook

As part of the process, they visited the small town of Boyup Brook in Western Australia, population…

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