Mitchell & Murrindindi Program

Got a great idea? One that will change your region, your town, or maybe just your street? If you live in Victoria’s Mitchell or Murrindindi Shires, there’s now an opportunity to make it happen.

In partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), we’re delivering Social Change 101 programs in the Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires between July – November 2017. These programs are funded by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund, so there is no cost to participate. The Social Change 101 program is for socially-minded individuals looking to develop an idea or grow an existing social venture. It’s also suitable for those innovating from within an established organisation, looking to transform a new or existing program into a social enterprise.

Our program will give you an opportunity to build the skills, confidence and networks you need to create a credible plan to bring your idea to life.  Call it a social venture, social business, for purpose business or social enterprise – your plan will guide the start-up or growth of your idea for the benefit of your community.

Each program is delivered over twelve day-long sessions plus mentoring across five months, and supports up to fourteen local people (per program) to gain the skills, knowledge and networks to develop an enterprise that drives social change and economic recovery in their community.

What does the program offer?

  • A learning environment that is student-led, action-orientated and relevant to your idea or social venture
  • Practical sessions with experienced social enterprise and business operators who will share their skills and knowledge on areas such as social impact, pitching, business planning, legal obligations, financials and communications
  • A dynamic network of fellow social innovators, community leaders and support organisations to provide vital inspiration, encouragement and connections through the program and beyond
  • An enterprise business plan that has been critiqued by experts.

What are the costs?

There is no fee charged to participants, though you must cover travel costs to and from the sessions. The Social Change 101 Mitchell and Murrindindi programs are funded by FRRR through the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF).

Am I eligible? To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Live in the Murrindindi or Mitchell Shire areas that have been affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires
  • Have an idea or business with a direct community benefit to the region
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Demonstrate passion, drive and commitment to your venture, whether you are leading a new project or innovating from within an established organisation
  • Be available for all twelve sessions of the program, actively participate in mentoring and networking events. Program dates are available here.

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Who is FRRR?

Our major sponsor, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, was established in 2000 to support rural and regional communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy, and Government.

To find out more visit them here.