2009 Case Study: Building Community Capacity in Regional Australia

Community and not-for-profit organisations in Kwinana, Peel, South-West WA, Geelong and Portland received a helping hand during capacity building scholarships made possible by the Alcoa Foundation.

Over three days, 62 community workers from 46 organisations participated in ‘The Alcoa Foundation Sustaining Local Communities Governance Scholarships’ which aimed to provide practical skills,
knowledge and resources to promote improved governance and direction.

Bringing together the strengths of two of Australia’s leading training providers, ‘Our Community’ and ‘BSI Learning’, the scholarships involved undertaking a Certificate IV in Business (Governance).  The scholarships were fully funded by the Alcoa Foundation.

“These scholarships empower community organisations to improve the governance of their organisation and ultimately improve services for the whole community,” said Alcoa’s National Partnerships Manager Sarah Fordham.

Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, Chief Executive Officer of Our Community said: “Alcoa has set a great example of corporate support. It’s not just about providing financial support but using its capacity to work with people from communities and expand their knowledge and skill base with the aim of taking that knowledge back to their own communities where it can really make a difference.”

“The Alcoa Community Partner and Governance Scholarships have set a new benchmark in how companies can support communities and community groups, and are a great acknowledgement of the work these people are doing in their own communities,” she said.