Education the big winner in cotton community grants

Media releases: 21 November 2018

Bendigo, 21 November 2018: As part of the National Agriculture Day celebrations, Bayer today celebrated the hardworking Australian cotton growers who have secured $750,000 for their local communities over the past five years through the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grants program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

The ACFGC program was initiated in 2013 by the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to support local communities in Australian cotton-growing areas with 30 $5000 grants each year.

Rural education is a strong feature of this year’s 30 grant recipients with around half of the approved ACFGC projects going towards much-needed facilities in rural schools, preschools and daycare centres. The remainder of the $5000 grants will be for a diverse mixture of worthy community projects, including enhancing children’s health and infrastructure funding for show societies and community halls.

“Now in its fifth year, the lasting positive impact of these grants is clearer than ever,” said Natalie Egleton, Chief Executive of FRRR.

“This year, especially with the drought continuing to put a strain on rural communities, the groups that are receiving grants will be able to address a lack of services, undertake projects to strengthen community resilience, support volunteers or improve fatigued and run-down facilities and services.

“Often what might appear to be a small thing, such as supporting a local town show or upgrading a community hall, has a significant flow-on effect on the community’s wellbeing. So we are delighted to again partner with the Monsanto Fund to ensure this funding reaches these local initiatives and helps to create vibrant communities.”

Cotton Australia CEO, Adam Kay, said the grants program strengthens cotton growing communities.

“In recent years, the Australian Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program has seen positive and meaningful outcomes achieved in our cotton communities,” Adam said.

“This program has been instrumental in helping our cotton towns thrive, which is something everyone in the community benefits from.

“This latest round of 30 grants will undoubtedly build on the success we’ve already seen, and we congratulate the recipients.”

Monsanto Fund Representative in Australia and Bayer’s Corporate Engagement Lead, Carissa Buckland, said that the ACFGC grant program works by acknowledging that people living and working in rural and regional communities are best-placed to determine the groups and projects that most need support.

“For this reason, the program gives cotton farmers the opportunity to nominate a deserving not-for-profit group to receive one of the grants,” Carissa said.

“As such, we would like to thank all the cotton growers who nominated community projects — their support for the program ensures its success.“

Carissa said that because the funded programs are awarded based on their long-term benefits, the grants lead to ongoing positive impact for rural communities.

“The funding provided by the ACFGC program is often a catalyst for further financial or in-kind support and as such, the grants over the past five years have led to an estimated $1.8 million worth of community building activity for more than 100 regional organisations.

“Congratulations to this year’s recipients. Once again, we’ve been hugely impressed and inspired by their dedication to providing quality and much-needed community services.”

Organisation & Project Summary


Amount Awarded

New South Wales

Boomi Amateur Thespian Society

Increase fundraising capacity and enhance production quality at the Boomi Amateur Thespian Society via the purchase of new sound equipment.



Croppa Creek Bowling Club Ltd

Improve conditions and longevity of a much needed community asset by repairing the roof.

Croppa Creek


Moree Secondary College P&C

Enhance cross community engagement through the delivery of a celebratory campaign.



Narrabri Preschool Association Inc.

Enhance the preschool’s educational and collaboration opportunities through the installation of an automatic sprinkler system. 



Wee Waa & District Preschool Assoc. Inc.

Enable the delivery of a healthy, varied menu at the Wee Waa & District Preschool through the modernisation of its kitchen facilities.

Wee Waa


Wee Waa High School P&C Committee

Improve the educational opportunities of students at the Wee Waa High School through the upgrade of its agricultural teaching facilities.

Wee Waa


Lions Club Trangie

Increase the usability of the Trangie Pavilion by installing newly donated air conditioning units.



Nevertire Hall Trust

Increase community pride and attractiveness of the main community facility by painting the exterior and interior of the Nevertire Hall.



The Trustee for the Warren Youth Foundation

Enhance employment skills of youth through the purchase of a tractor to complement the agricultural training program.



Mungindi Community Preschool Inc.

Enhance the educational facilities of the Mungindi Community Preschool by purchasing and installing an air conditioner in the main teaching room.



Binya Hall Trust Inc

Increase visitation to Binya and a sense of community pride by painting the Graincorp Silo.



Coleambally Playgroup

Improve the capacity of the Coleambally Playgroup to provide quality early childhood education services by purchasing play equipment and establishing a new pop up playgroup in Darlington Point.



Leeton Community Op Shop

Provide nutritious food to those in need and work experience to youth through the extension of the Teahouse at the Leeton Community Op Shop.



Yenda Preschool Kindergarten Inc.

Enhance the play area of the Yenda Preschool Kindergarten by including a bike track and vegetable garden with edible plants.



Curlewis Public School P&C Assoc.

Provide a sun-safe area to the children of Curlewis Public School by constructing a shade sail over the play area.



Emerald Hill Hall Committee (Emerald Hill Progress Association Inc.)

Increase the usability of the Emerald Hill Hall by purchasing a 25 KVA transformer.     

Emerald Hill


Gunnedah Preschool Kindergarten Association Inc.

Enhance access to preschool for children through the purchase of a 12-seater bus.



Walgett Preschool and Long Day Care Centre Incorporated (t/as Coolibah Kids)

Enhance the educational abilities of the Walgett Preschool and Long Day Care Centre through the purchase of materials to install sustainable, drought proof garden beds, a worm farm, compost system and a bike track.




Bushkids (Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme)

Increase access of remote children to allied health services through the purchase of equipment to establish tele-health hubs at Dingo, Springsure, Dysart, Clermont and Gemfield.



Emerald State High School P&C Assn

Enhance the educational capabilities of the Emerald State High School by installing a garden, and establishing an environmental and landscaping group within the school.



Back Plains State School P&C

Increase the fundraising capacity of the Back Plains State School P&C through the purchase of catering equipment.

Back Plains


Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth Incorporated

Increase the usability of the Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth’s catering shed through its re-plumbing and the purchase of a rainwater storage tank.



Pittsworth Kindergarten Association Inc

Increase educational and social experiences of children at the Pittsworth Kindergarten through the upgrade of its playground.



Zonta Club of Dalby

Enhance the comfort of friends and family who are visiting loved ones undergoing medical care at the hospital by purchasing two sofa chairs for the palliative care rooms.



Moura Fish Stocking Group Inc

Enhance the River Park, a much used local facility, through the purchase of solar lighting, upgrades to the water system and the erection of a small shelter for a picnic table.



The Dirranbandi Daycare Steering Committee (Dirranbandi Progress Association)

Increase economic prospects of families by creating architectural plans to support a feasibility study for the establishment of a childcare facility in Dirranbandi.



Goondiwindi Pastoral & Agricultural Society

Increase the capacity of the Aspects Art Show through the provision of new plinths for the display of 3D art works.



Texas Show Society

Improve health and wellbeing at the Texas Show Grounds through the purchase and installation of a shade structure.



Queensland Country Women’s Association – St George Branch

Provide support for residents experiencing domestic violence or parents of children in the local hospital by beginning the refurbishment of refuge accommodation.

St George


Thallon Progress Association Inc.

Increase the safety of those visiting the Thallon War Memorial by paving the surrounding area.