Media releases: 29 June 2023
Twenty-eight community-led projects will share $123,850 in grants, thanks to a partnership between FRRR and the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
This is the 21st year of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants, which provide up to $5,000 for locally-led projects that strengthen Victorian dairy communities.
Allan Cameron, Gardiner Foundation Chief Executive Officer said that local community groups and not-for-profit organisations play a critical role in the sustainability of Victoria’s dairy communities and it’s great to be able to support them to bring their ideas to fruition.
“Once again, we’ve seen creative projects come through from community groups to address persistent issues. Our commitment to the Victorian dairy industry values these groups and their ability to create vibrant communities broadly benefitting all residents including those involved in dairy. We look forward to hearing about the impacts as these projects are implemented in the coming year,” Mr Cameron said.
This year, the program attracted lots of interest, with community groups reporting challenges in local fundraising following two years of COVID interruptions and increasing operational costs hitting hard in the current economic environment.
Despite this, these local groups show a determination to overcome challenges and invest in projects and initiatives that enhance local opportunities or help fill gaps in service delivery, explains FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton.
“In the applications this round, we saw a range of programs, activities and event equipment purchases that at their core build the social capital of the communities. From supporting a new community choir to several programs for engaging and enabling young people in learning, social and physical development. These and many other projects ensure that community facilities are fit for purpose to support meetings and activities, and that programs such as creating an edible garden present new opportunities for volunteers to develop skills and knowledge.
“This diversity of projects reflects that each of these communities is different and, therefore, so too are their needs and priorities. We are grateful to the Gardiner Foundation for recognising the importance of communities being able to access flexible funding to fill these gaps and for partnering with us for so long to provide this funding,” Ms Egleton said.
Among the projects funded are:
South Western Victoria
A full list of grant recipients is detailed below.
|Hillend & Grove Rovers Football Netball Club
|Interactive Display Screen
Build digital capability by purchasing an interactive large screen for the sporting club's meeting facilities to support local training for CFA and community information nights.
|Jeetho Hall Inc
|Planning Ahead to Maintain our Unique Community Asset
Building community resilience by improving local community infrastructure and meeting places to increase hall usage for social connectedness and economic prosperity.
|Manna Gum Community House Inc
|Corner Inlet Young People's Cooperative
Increase youth engagement and participation in social community activities with street games equipment and art supplies for Community Houses in the Corner Inlet region.
|Milpara Community House Inc
|What's a Good Thing To Do?
Support young people's social connection in Korumburra by engaging them in a co-design process to imagine and develop local spaces and activities for their use.
|Mirboo North Grainstore Committee of Management Incorporated
|Improving the Usability of our Community Space
Building community resilience by improving local community infrastructure and meeting places.
|Orbost Exhibition Centre on the Snowyriver Inc
|pARTicipate — Part 3 Digital Connections to Strengthen Community Participation
Build the capacity of the Orbost Exhibition Centre by purchasing a portable video conferencing system to improve community meeting options, including remote connection to increase participation in activities.
|The Leongatha Men's Shed
|Heating and Cooling System for Communal Area
Improve community facilities by purchasing an air conditioner for the local Men's Shed to support members and other community groups using the space.
|Treble F Singers Incorporated
|Community Singing Group — Enhancing the Health and Wellbeing of Its Members
Enhance community vibrancy and culture through supporting the Treble F Choir's purchase of a filing cabinet for sheet music and a video camera to record performances.
|Welshpool and District Primary School
Enhance educational outcomes through enabling hands-on, nature-based educational outcomes for students by purchasing tools for the Wetland Warriors program.
|Yinnar & District Historical Society & Museum
|Installation of Split System in the Old Railway Goods Shed
Improve community facilities by purchasing an air conditioner to support volunteers and improve visitor experience at the Yinnar Museum.
|Boys to the Bush Ltd
|Wangaratta Men of Tomorrow Schools' Program
Support Boys to the Bush to deliver a program of development for adolescent boys to engage positively with peers and their community through an extra-curricular program of practical learning.
|Corryong Historic Machinery Club Inc
|Corryong Historic Machinery Club Museum
Build community resilience through building capacity of the Corryong Historical Machinery Club with IT, defibrillator and air conditioning to support operations and development.
|Gannawarra Shire Council
|Supporting Rural Mental Health & Wellbeing Post Floods
Build community resilience through mental health and wellbeing workshops delivered across the Gannawarra Shire that was impacted by 2022 flooding.
|Goulburn Region Preschool Association Inc
|Tungamah Kinder Bike Path
Support lifelong learning and community wellbeing with the installation of a bike path for children at Tungamah Preschool to develop gross motor skills and increase outdoor activities.
|Kyabram Blue Light
|KyFit School Expansion
Utilising the New Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre Expand support for young people by growing the KyFit teen gym program to increase capacity for more students to participate.
|Kyabram Community & Learning Centre Inc
|The Edible & Bush Tucker Garden
Enhance community spaces for learning and sustainability with both bush tucker and edible gardens created by volunteers at the Kyabram Community Garden Traffic School.
|Murrabit Advancement Association Inc
|Murrabit — Hot Water All Round!
Upgrade the Murrabit community-owned toilet and shower facilities with hot water, signage and landscaping to improve local and visitor experience.
|Myrtleford & District Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc
|Improved Facilities in Cattle Pavilion for 2023 Myrtleford Show
Building Community Resilience by supporting the local show society infrastructure for the benefit and development of local volunteers and community activities, including preparedness.
|Wangaratta Concert Band Inc
|Enhancing our Community Traditions and Supporting our Future Through Music
Foster community vibrancy with the purchase of bugles and a tenor saxophone for the Wangaratta Community Band to perform at community events and remove barriers to young people joining.
|SOUTH WESTERN VICTORIA
|Anam Cara House Colac Inc
|Overcoming Barriers to Communication and Social Interaction Through Accessibility Equipment
Increase capability for access and participation in activities that enhance quality of life through headphones for the hearing impaired clients of Anam Cara Hospice Colac.
|Gellibrand Community House Incorporated
|Seating for the Gellibrand Hall
Strengthen community resilience with new chairs for the Gellibrand Community Hall to increase safety and capacity of the community meeting space.
|Johanna Public Purposes Committee Incorporated
|Reinstate BBQ Gas Cooktop
Improve community facilities with a new gas cooktop for the public BBQ at Johanna Reserve to support local communities and visitors in their use and enjoyment of the parklands.
|Kawarren Recreation Reserve
|Shelter Shed Repairs
Improving community facilities by repairing the shelter shed of the Kawarren Reserve to support local community and visitor use.
|Loved and Shared Incorporated
|Increasing our Reach
Build capacity of the Loved and Shared not-for-profit organisation with professional photography and office equipment to improve operations and promote their charitable cause of repairing and rehousing children's goods.
|South West Community Foundation
|Regional Snapshot — Vital Signs and Community Connections Project
Build the capacity of the Foundation to support their community by undertaking a Regional Snapshot to collect data, which can be shared to better understand and act on local issues, opportunities and challenges.
|South Western Model Engineers Inc / Cobden Miniature Railway
|All Weather Waiting Area
Building community resilience with improved local infrastructure via an accessible covered waiting area for visitors to the Cobden Miniature Railway.
|Warrnambool & District Community Hospice Inc
|Hospice in the Home — Audio Visual Equipment
Build community resilience with equipment to enable the engagement and training of volunteers to support at-home hospice care for small communities surrounding Warnambool.
|Indigenous Garden Project
Enhance educational outcomes by hands on development of an Indigenous sensory garden at Warnambool College and Grassmere Primary School.