Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
Thirty projects from across Victoria’s three main dairy regions will share in $131,188 in grant funding to help build community capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure.
Now in its 19th year, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program is delivered by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). The grants of up to $5,000 will help not-for-profit organisations in small Victorian dairy communities deliver projects that will benefit local people and strengthen their ability to deal with local issues.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Dr Clive Noble, said the funding ensures that Gardiner is contributing to locally identified issues.
“The Community Grants program continues to attract applications from a wide range of community organisations running varying projects. Through this partnership we are contributing to solutions unique to that community to create genuine, long-term impact.
“We also see communities leverage these funds. Often, that cash injection can be the catalyst that enables community groups to undertake projects of larger impact.”
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said the longstanding partnership with Gardiner Dairy Foundation has been successful in creating many exceptional projects within Victoria’s dairy communities.
“Our long partnership with Gardiner Dairy Foundation has enabled us to support Victoria’s dairy communities with funding for projects that tackle local challenges and meet the needs and priorities of each place.
“The program is supporting several projects that will develop young people socially and educationally, and once again, there are fantastic initiatives to improve community spaces such as the addition of tiered seating in Neerim South, a hot water urn for the residents of Leitchville, and erecting shade sails over the hall deck to increase the utility of the Kawarren Recreation Reserve,” Ms Egleton said.
Supported projects include:
- Gippsland Dairy Region – Manna Gum Community House received $4,650 to work with local youth to create provide a program for young people in the community to access to youth service, connection, and solidarity.
- Northern Dairy Region – Rochester Secondary College received $5,000 to restore an existing vegetable garden and incorporate it into the Healthy Eating components of the syllabus.
- South-Western Dairy Region – Anam Cara House received $4,501 to purchase digital equipment, which will allow the facility to offer residents and guests greater connectivity through enhanced internet service and equipment.
Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.9 million in this program and has supported a total of 497 community projects.
The full list of 2021 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program recipients are:
|GIPPSLAND DAIRY REGION|
|Fish Creek and District Primary School||"Kids Own Reading Pavilion" |
Grow access to literacy activities for students at Fish Creek District Primary school by funding the development of the "Kids Own Reading Pavilion".
|Hill End Community Incorporated||History Talks -Settlers' Histories A Generation On|
Grow awareness of local history in the dairy industry for Hill End and surrounding districts by developing a book of local memoires and transcripts for publication.
|Loch Memorial Reserve Incorporated||Towable Spray Unit|
Support volunteers to maintain the Loch Memorial Reserve by funding the purchase of a towable sprayer unit.
|Maffra Golf Club||Purchase a Ride on Mower for the R.V. Park|
Maintain community facilities through providing a ride on mower for the local R.V. park to benefit the local tourism economy and support community activity.
|Manna Gum Community House Incorporated||Our Place|
Improve access to support facilities and programs for local youth by extending the "Youth Pop Up” activities at the Manna Gum Community House.
|Mirboo and District Historical Society Incorporated||Cataloguing of Collection|
Support volunteers in cataloguing and collecting community history for future generations to come and visitors by providing funding to purchase technology equipment.
|Neerim District Cricket Club Incorporated||Let's Sit Together|
Improve community access to seating at the local recreation reserve by installing a grandstand at the Neerim Recreation Reserve.
|Nyora Cricket Club Incorporated||Kitchen Refurbishment Project Phase 2 – Freezer|
Grow volunteer vitality and organisational capacity by upgrading the freezer at the Nyora Cricket Club.
|State Coal Mine - Rescue Station Arts Incorporated||Wellness Warriors|
Improve the organisations ability to support the community by delivering an art therapy-based well-being program in Wonthaggi and surrounds.
|Toora Primary School||Class Set of iPads|
Improve access to technology to develop digital literacy and learning opportunities that will enhance education outcomes for rural students.
|Poowong Kindergarten / Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited||Playground Refurbishment|
Improve access to sun smart play equipment for the children and families of Poowong Kindergarten by replacing worn shade sails at the centre.
|Wonthaggi Citizens Band Incorporated||Encouraging Participation in Music|
Grow opportunities for children to experience self-expression through music by providing 10 weeks of brass band lessons, additional band rehearsals and an end of term concert for the children of Wonthaggi and surrounds.
|NORTHERN DAIRY REGION|
|Kyabram Blue Light / Blue Light Victoria Incorporated||Kyabram Blue Light - KyFit - Health Fitness & Wellbeing Center|
Grow access to youth activities and services by developing the Kyabram Blue Light Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Centre.
|Eskdale Public Hall Committee Incorporated||Eskdale Community Hub|
Grow community connection and cohesion and support volunteers in offering a user friendly and welcoming community facility by enhancing the Eskdale Public Hall.
|Murrabit Public Hall Committee / Gannawarra Shire Council||Murrabit Hall - Rolling On!|
Support volunteer vitality and encourage community connection by enhancing the outdoor area at the Murrabit Hall.
|Katamatite Pre School / Goulburn Region Preschool Association Incorporated||Katamatite Pre-School - Nature and Technology|
Improve the organisations’ ability to host their Bush Kinder program with the provision of cameras and technology for offsite use and additional resources.
|Leitchville Bowls Club Incorporated||Hot Water for Leitchville|
Support volunteers and improve community facilities at Leitchville Bowls Club by installing a 5-litre wall urn.
|Milawa Primary School||Milawa Primary Community Hub|
Improve school facilities to increase capacity for broader community use through installation of new shade sails in the playground of Milawa Primary School.
|Rochester Secondary College||Edible Garden|
Grow opportunities for educational participation for students of Rochester Secondary College by funding their student developed Edible Garden project.
|Springhurst Primary School Council||Ovens Valley Mobile Arts and Crafts Centre (MACC)|
Support the Ovens Valley Mobile Arts and Crafts Centre by providing storage space for arts and craft supplies at the Springhurst Primary School.
|Lions Airfield Griffin Club Branch / The Lions Club of Cohuna Incorporated||Cohuna Airport Maintenance and Safety|
Help volunteers maintain runway safety at the Cohuna Airstrip with an airstrip sweeper.
|SOUTH-WESTERN DAIRY REGION|
|Anam Cara House Colac Incorporated||Strengthening Community Connections through Information Technology|
Improve the organisations ability to service and support the community by upgrading technology at the centre and promoting Anam Cara House.
|Camperdown Toy Library Incorporated||Camperdown Toy Library Get Active|
Encourage children’s learning and development through play by providing resources for the Camperdown Toy Library.
|Colac Otway Residents Action Group Incorporated||School Lunches for Children that Do Not Have a Lunch|
Improve the welfare and enhance educational outcomes for students in six primary schools across the Colac region by providing support for the Colac Otway Residents Action Groups School Lunches program.
|Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee Incorporated||HADDAC Mower for maintaining the Common|
Grow volunteer vitality by providing a zero-turn mower for the regular lawn maintenance of community facilities at Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee.
|Kawarren Recreation Reserve||Made for Shade|
Enhance community use of the Kawarren Recreation Reserve by installing shade sails over the outdoor entertaining area.
|Macarthur Recreation Reserve||Storage Shed Upgrade|
Improve volunteer vitality and support by installing a storage shed at the Macarthur Recreation Reserve.
|Terang & District Historical Society Incorporated||Update Terang Historical Society's Computers|
Improve the organisation’s ability to support and service the community through the purchase of new computer equipment.
|Terang Community Art Show / UCA - Terang Uniting Church||Terang Art Show - Artist in school program|
Improve access and engagement in education for children in years 5 to 8 in the Terang area by providing access to indigenous art lessons and local indigenous elders.
|Warrnambool College||Indigenous Perspectives Project|
Improve local students to access educational opportunities relating to local indigenous culture, language, and art by providing professional development of staff at the Warrnambool College.
Up to $5,000 available, plus free grantseeker workshops
Gardiner Dairy Foundation, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), is inviting community organisations in Victorian dairy regions – Gippsland, northern Victoria and south-west Victoria – to apply for grants of up to $5,000.
The annual Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program is delivered through FRRR, which has partnered with Gardiner Dairy Foundation for the past 19 years.
Grants are made available to registered not-for-profit groups and can be used for a wide variety of community activities including community arts, health and wellbeing, environment, infrastructure, education, history and much more.
To assist community groups in preparing their grant applications, Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR are running free grant seeker workshops in each of the three Victorian dairy regions. A webinar will also be hosted. (see details below). These workshops provide invaluable advice on how to put together a competitive grant application.
In 2021 Gardiner Dairy Foundation will make available a total funding pool of $120,000. Since launching the program with FRRR in 2002, Gardiner Dairy Foundation has distributed almost $2 million to Victorian dairy communities and has supported a total of 471projects.
“With better seasonal conditions in most regions, morale in dairy communities has improved over the past 12 months,” said Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Clive Noble. “People can breathe a little easier and now is a good time for community groups to look at some of the projects they may have deferred.
“I’d like to encourage community leaders to take advantage of these grants, to leverage the money available with other inputs and to continue to improve and enrich their dairy communities.
“Strong and vibrant dairy communities are vital to a strong dairy industry and vice versa.”
Sarah Matthee, Acting CEO of FRRR, said that the grants are designed to give dairy communities the boost they may need to make great things happen.
“Last year was tough for most rural communities, and Victorian dairy communities were no exception. We’ve seen from previous grant recipients that a small grant can open doors for further funding, and it will be great to visit some of last year’s grants recipients to see what kind of opportunities have grown from the funding, and how they have used the grants to help address the needs of their communities.
“We know that these communities are determined, inspiring and resilient and full of great ideas. That’s why the Gardiner grants are deliberately flexible – to allow local leaders to respond to what’s happening, and address the biggest priorities. In previous years, that’s been anything from community gardens to festivals, small infrastructure to training. I look forward to seeing what this year’s applications bring.”
Applications for the Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program open Monday, 1 February and close Tuesday, 16 March 2020 at 5 pm AEDT.
Grant seeker workshop timetable
Join Gardiner Dairy Foundation and FRRR at one of our free grant seeker workshops. Find out how to put together a competitive grant application.
The webinar will be held:
Date: Thursday 4 February 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Register at: https://events.humanitix.com/gardinercommunitygrants
Workshops will be held at:
Date: Monday 8 February 2021
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Mercure Hotel, 23 Mason St, Warragul
Date: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Colac Bowling Club, 4 Armstrong St, Colac
Date: Thursday 11 February 2021
Time: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Tallangatta Integrated Community Centre, 33 Towong St, Tallangatta
For more information or to register for the workshops, visit https://frrr.org.au/funding/place/gardiner-communities-grants/.