Gardiner Dairy Foundation Community Grants Program

Investing in the communities that make up the dairy industry is critical to the sustainability of dairy farming in Victoria.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation is committed to strengthening Victorian dairy communities, and is partnering with FRRR to provide $120,000 in funding for innovative, community-driven projects.

Grants up to the value of $5,000 are available to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, helping to build their capacity to deal with local needs, and enhance existing community infrastructure.

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How to apply

Please read the information on each of the three tabs below to make sure this is the right grant for your project.

If you want to explore other grant options, please go to Find Funding Now.

I have a question, who can I talk to?

Danielle Griffin
1800 170 020

Confirm you are eligible to apply for this grant

To make sure this is the right grant for your community, please read the grant information detailed in the Program Guidelines below carefully. Click on each headline to reveal the detail.

Gather information to support your grant application

Please read the information below to plan and prepare your project. The information below sets out what you MUST include for your project to be considered. There are plenty of helpful resources to support you along the way.

Please contact FRRR if you have any questions about the following information.

Your grant application MUST include:

Need some more help?

We have a large selection of resources on our Grant Seeker Resources Page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

Please contact FRRR if you have questions about any aspect of the Grants Gateway online application form.

Before you submit your application via the online Grants Gateway, please ensure you have:

  • confirmed you are eligible to apply for this grant
  • provided clear information about your project
  • checked that you are an eligible legal entity
  • provided the financial information required
  • created a budget for the project
  • gathered supporting materials
  • spoken to an FRRR contact person where you were unsure of any requirement
  • gathered community support for the project
  • checked the information you are providing to make sure it is clear and relevant to the project

Helpful resources:

It is time to submit your application. If it is helpful, you can download a sample copy of the application form.

Please read the instructions on how to use the Grants Gateway How-to Guide and have your questions answered with our Grants Gateway FAQs.

If you have significant issues accessing a stable internet connection, please contact our team to discuss an alternative way of applying:
Ph: 1800 170 020 or Email:

Inspiration – Past projects

Explore some of the projects we’ve previously funded to see how other organisations have helped their community thrive.

Camperdown community garden flourishes

Camperdown is a strong community however, the impact of mental health issues, social isolation and drug and alcohol abuse has significant impact on social cohesion and health and wellbeing.

Tanjil Valley Settlers’ stories printed

A $3,400 Gardiner grant enabled the printing of a book that preserves and captures the recollections of local history from families of early settlers in the Tanjil Valley.

Brass tuition creates a legacy in Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi Citizen’s Band used their grant to provide brass tuition to 10 young people from the region, some of whom went on to join the Youth Band. What a great way to connect a community!

Wonthaggi artworks to the rescue

Building confidence and connection with youth through art was the focus of a project run by State Coal Mine – Rescue Station Arts Inc and supported by a $4,840 Gardiner Dairy Foundation grant in 2019.