The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) today announced the 31 recipients that will share $113,000 from the 2016 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. The Aussie Farmers Foundation, which supports grass-roots initiatives to improve the lives of rural Australians, has contributed an additional $12,000 toward the program, while a private donor contributed a further $1,000.
Working in Dairy Communities provides grants of up to $5,000 for projects that aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, build their capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure. The grant recipients which come from all three Victorian dairy regions, received their cheques at a reception at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne earlier today.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chairman, Dr Bruce Kefford, said that supporting dairy communities through programs like this is critical to a sustainable dairy industry.
The dairy industry makes an enormous contribution to the economic viability of regional Victoria and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation is proud to be investing in a vibrant dairy future. We have supported this program for 14 years and contributed more than $1.5 million to strengthen Victorian dairy communities in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria.
The Aussie Farmers Foundations Executive Director, Julia Hunter, said the current dairy crisis had triggered a wave of generosity from Foundation supporters. Were very grateful to those Australians whove pitched in to support our dairy farmers. By adding our support to the Working in Dairy Communities program, we believe we will make a real difference in local dairy farming regions during these trying times, Ms Hunter said.
FRRR Chairman, Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, said small grants play an important role in rural and regional Australia and they are pleased to be supporting Victorian dairy communities, particularly in light of the current industry issues.
Rural and regional communities face many challenges and experience many gaps in services and infrastructure. Small grants help to address local issues and priorities and enable community groups to implement local solutions to local problems.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundations support of communities through this program ensures the locals have control over what their community needs, Mr Sinclair said.
The Gardiner Dairy Foundations investment of $100,000 is widely and evenly distributed across Victorias three principle dairying regions. Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.5 million in this program, supporting 394 community projects. This year, the average community supported by a grant has 3,758 people, with the smallest community being Tatong in Northern Victoria, with just 150 people.
The 2016 grant recipients are listed below. Details of the projects they are undertaking are available on FRRRs website: http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/news/Gardiner_Grant_Announcement_2016.php.
Gippsland Dairy Region
Northern Dairy Region
South Western Dairy Region
* These projects were co-funded by Aussie Farmers Foundation
** This project was co-funded by The Flew Family Foundation
The map below shows the geographic distribution of these grants:
- Gardiner Dairy Foundation - Wrights PR on 03 9690 9911
- The Aussie Farmers Foundation - Jim Cooper - 0438 588 619
- FRRR - 03 5430 2399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Gardiner Dairy Foundation
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is a proactive investor in projects that have significant impact for the Victorian Dairy Industry, dairy communities and the wider community. It invests across the dairy value chain in five targeted areas: Industry Support Activities, Pre-farmgate Innovation, Post-farmgate Innovation, People Development and Community Development. Since establishment in 2000 the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has provided more than $50 million to over 660 projects. For more information, visit www.gardinerfoundation.com.au.
About Aussie Farmers Foundation
Aussie Farmers Foundation aims to partner with best practice organisations around Australia who are delivering services in rural and regional Australia, where there has been an identified need of assistance. Aussie Farmers Foundation was formed in 2010 and since then has given over $1.3 million in grants to rural and regional communities in need. It strongly believes in assisting charitable organisations who are working alongside local communities to boost their strengths, plus, where there are gaps, look at ways to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities. The Foundation was established in 2010 by Aussie Farmers Direct. www.aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000. Its mission is to champion the economic and social strength of Australias regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private sectors, philanthropy and governments. Since inception, FRRR has managed the distribution of $60 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support to community organisations across the nation. To find out more about FRRR, visit www.frrr.org.au.