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Organisation : Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Location : VIC Regional (Bendigo, remote location will be considered)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Sector : Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $65,000 to $70,000

Application closing date : 17 Jun, 2021

About the role

Do you have outstanding administration and community engagement skills and thrive in enabling community-led change, working in multi-sector partnerships, deliver to the highest standard from the grassroots to Board level, and get how remote, rural, and regional communities work?

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is expanding our delivery team and is seeking a ready-to-hit-the-ground-running Grant Support Officer with exceptional skills in project management, grants program management and evaluation, and relationship and stakeholder management. If this sounds like you and you’d like to align your skills and experience with good purpose in a talented team and organisation committed to the vitality of remote, rural, and regional Australian communities, then this role with FRRR might be for you.

The responsibilities for this support officer role are primarily to provide general administration and specialist grant assessment support to the Strengthening Communities Program (SRC) team for bushfire recovery focussed grants and the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal programs (GR&W/GR&W Kinglake). The role will also provide ad-hoc support to other areas of the organisation delivering disaster recovery and resilience programs such as Giving Sub Funds, drought recovery and resilience programs, and the Disaster Resilient:Future Ready program, as directed by the Disaster Resilience & Recovery Lead.

The Disaster Resilience Support Officer role will proactively support best practice grant making approaches and ensure FRRR’s knowledge and experience within disaster recovery is fully capitalised across the organisation and for the benefit of rural and regional communities around Australia affected by natural disasters.


The key duties include:

  • Proactively respond to and provide project development support to grant applicants;
  • Coordinate grantee correspondence;
  • Conduct due diligence and grant research, coordinate cross-program grant transfers as required, and support the preparation of grant committee papers;
  • Prepare data for donor reporting, program evaluations, and development of grant case studies;
  • Provide surge grant assessment support for other disaster recovery and resilience programs including drought recovery resilience programs and Giving Sub Funds;
  • Assist with planning and delivery of community outreach and engagement activities in bushfire affected communities;
  • Conduct program administration including filing, database/grants system records maintenance, preparation of funding agreements and project monitoring as and when required ;
  • Play a proactive role supporting the Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead in the ongoing evolution and refresh of FRRR’s Disaster Recovery Framework ;

Proactively work as part of the team, contributing to continuous improvement, practice development, and role-modelling organisation values.


This role is located in Bendigo but applications from further afield will be considered. FRRR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with diverse cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

FRRR is a national charitable foundation focused on increasing equity of opportunity in remote, rural and regional Australia. It adopts a partnership and leverage model of philanthropy which harnesses the collective resources of philanthropy, business, and governments to support rural communities to be vibrant, adaptive, and sustainable. Established in 2000, FRRR has distributed more than $115m to over 11,000 projects across Australia to date.

Our strategy is focussed on improving outcomes in the areas of People, Place, and Disaster Resilience & Climate Solutions.  FRRR believes that targeted philanthropic investment and collaboration in these areas will build more vibrant, sustainable, and adaptive remote, rural and regional communities - and a more equitable and prosperous Australia as a whole.

FRRR’s principles of engagement are guided by an understanding that rural, regional, and remote (RRR) communities are in a constant cycle of development and adjustment. As such we support community-led approaches that enable them to:

·       Seed & Strengthen by enabling RRR communities to support and resource core social and physical infrastructure;

·       Adapt & Evolve by building adaptive capacity across communities and enhancing their ability to cope and adjust to disruption; and/or

·       Innovate & Renew by supporting communities to test, scale and embed game-changing initiatives.

To achieve this, we:

·       Grant and Develop to provide remote, rural and regional communities with access to grants and capacity building resources and support to address inequity and create opportunities;

·       Leverage and Broker to harness FRRR's tax status, knowledge, and networks to support innovation, self-generation, and unlock more giving to address remote, rural and regional community needs; and

·       Connect Insights and Learning for policymakers, communities, and funders to connect them with ideas, knowledge and lived experience to influence more targeted and relevant support for rural, regional, and remote communities

Our core values centre around collaboration and constant improvement. We have created a dynamic, flexible, and supportive work environment. FRRR is an Equal Opportunity employer.

FRRR is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees. To achieve this FRRR strives to ensure that employees are not required or permitted to undertake work for which they are not suited and we take appropriate measures to allow work to be done in a manner that will not put any person at risk to their health and safety. As such, new incumbents to this role will be required to complete a Pre-existing Injury Declaration relating to the job requirements.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Disaster Resilience and Recovery Grant Support Officer via Pro Bono Australia.



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