Small grants program to help dairy communities

By Dairy News

THE GARDINER Dairy Foundation is offering grants of up to $5000 to not-for-profit groups to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities in Gippsland, northern Victoria and south-west Victoria.

The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, which is delivered through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), will provide a total of $120 000 in grant funding in 2019, an increase of $20 000 on the previous year.

The program, now in its 17th year, will assist small dairy communities to build resilience and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive officer Clive Noble said it was important to support the wellbeing of Victorian dairy communities and their farming families.

“Successful farming communities rely on great local leadership to truly thrive. Every year we are truly inspired by the initiatives put forward by local groups,” Dr Noble said.

FRRR chief executive officer Natalie Egleton said that the Small Grants program was deliberately broad to cater for a wide variety of community projects.

“The applications come from the communities themselves, so we know that the projects are highly valued and address important local issues,” Ms Egleton said.

“In past years projects have ranged from regenerating libraries to wellbeing projects that assist men, women and children.

“The grants have helped purchase new mowers, implement education projects, refurbish halls and provide first aid resources — all manner of activities that play a role in maintaining vibrant, sustainable communities.”

Applications for the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program opened on February 5 and close on Tuesday, March 19.

Priority will be given to projects that assist in strengthening rural communities of less than $5000; build their capacity to deal with local issues or enhance existing community infrastructure.

Anyone considering applying should read the guidelines carefully.

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