Gardiner Dairy Foundation offers grants to Victorian dairy communities, $100,000 available, plus free grant-seeker workshops

January 29 2018

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are inviting applications for the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program. 

WIDC 2017 SW Vic Recipients

GARDINER DAIRY FOUNDATION OFFERS GRANTS TO
VICTORIAN DAIRY COMMUNITIES

$100,000 AVAILABLE, PLUS FREE GRANT-SEEKER WORKSHOPS

29 January 2018: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are inviting applications for the 2018 Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program.

Now in its 16th year, the program offers $100,000 in small grants up to $5,000 to not-for-profit community groups based in Gippsland, Northern Victoria and South West Victoria. The funds are designed to support projects that improve infrastructure and community facilities, and address local issues to strengthen the small rural communities that support Victoria’s dairy farmers.

The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program is funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and administered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr Clive Noble, said the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program helps to positively impact the people in dairy communities.

“These small grants will fund grass-roots community projects that will strengthen and support the very fabric of dairy communities.

“Often the grants are seed funding and help to kick-start a project. Last year, grant recipients raised nearly three times the funding they received in additional cash and in-kind support from the community. That impacts the project significantly and we are delighted to be able to support local communities in this way,” said Dr Noble.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said that because the program is very broad, it provides a rare opportunity for local communities to focus on the issues most important to them.

“The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program recognises that every community is unique. That’s why the program is flexible and allows communities to seek funds for projects that they know will support the community. That’s means nearly everything is eligible, from projects that that encourage wellbeing and engagement, to educational resources for the local school, to an upgrade in community facilities,” said Ms Egleton.

Applications for the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program open on 5 February and close 5pm, Monday 19 March 2018. The Foundations encourage anyone considering applying to read the guidelines carefully and to use the Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Toolkit (available from: http://www.gardinerfoundation.com.au/assets/Publications/SSDC-Toolkit-full.pdf) developed by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.

Full details of the grant guidelines will be available from www.frrr.org.au from 5 February.

 

Free grant-seeking workshops

To assist community groups in translating their local ideas into a suitable project, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR are running one free grant seeking workshop in each of the three dairy regions. Referencing the Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Grant Seeker toolkit these sessions will offer invaluable advice for community groups wanting to put together a competitive grant application, for this or any other program.

Workshops will be held at:

 

For more information or to register for the workshops visit www.gardinerfoundation.com.au.

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For comment, contact FRRR’s Program Manager, Mandy Grinblat, on 03 5430 2399 or email news@frrr.org.au, or to speak to Dr Clive Noble, Gardiner Dairy Foundation, contact Erin Mitchell at Wrights PR on 0406 151 340 or emitchell@wrights.com.au   

 

Some examples of previously funded projects can be found

 

About the Gardiner Dairy Foundation: The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is an independent investor in projects that have significant impact for the Victorian dairy industry supply chain and wider community. Since 2000, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $60 million in cash contributions to over 730 projects. For more information about the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, visit www.gardinerfoundation.com.au.

 

About FRRR: The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) was established in 2000. Its mission is to champion the economic and social strength of Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private sectors, philanthropy and governments. Since inception, FRRR has managed the distribution of more than $75 million in grants to over 8,000 community groups and provided substantial capacity building support across the nation. To find out more about FRRR, visit www.frrr.org.au