Gardiner 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 Foundation is committed to strengthening Victorian dairy communities and is investing in change that benefits everyone in Victorian dairy, helping people to make places where where they want to live, work and invest.

In partnership with FRRR, the Gardiner Foundation Community Grants program provides $120,000 to fund community driven projects that strengthen dairy communities where people can thrive.

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 support the planning and preparation your project. It also 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 Grantseeker Resources page to help you along the way.

Submit your grant application via the Grants Gateway

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

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.

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

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.

South Western Region: Reconnecting community in South Purrumbete

A Gardiner Foundation Community Grant helped the South Purrumbete Recreation Reserve’s committee of management continue to rejuvenate the grounds and building to create a great community hub.

The $4,870 grant went toward electrical works essential to reinstating power, water and toilet facilities. These improvements will ultimately help to facilitate community connectedness, as the committee of management and volunteers work to restore the Reserve buildings and grounds to a safe and suitable condition to enable large gatherings at future community events. 

Three girls sitting around a table building Lego to develop STEM skills.

Gippsland Region: IncrediGirls’ makes for incredible learning opportunities

Welshpool and District Primary School identified challenges with the gender imbalance at their school and received a $5,000 Gardiner Foundation Community Grant to support the girls in their school and promote connection and empowerment.

The ‘Incredi-Girls’ program created opportunities for students to develop an interest and passion for STEM skills. Additionally, it indirectly fostered teamwork, connection and leadership opportunities. Two other schools within the cluster are now running similar programs and ideas off the back of the ‘IncrediGirls’ program.

A crowd of people enjoy the Kyabram Tastes & Tunes street festival.

Northern Region: Kyabram’s Tastes & Tunes Festival boosts community

A $5,000 grant from FRRR’s Gardiner Foundation Community Grants program was pooled with the organiser, Kyabram Development Committee’s own fundraising, along with funding from the local Bendigo Bank, Ky Valley Dairies and other sources, to put on the Kyabram Tastes & Tunes street festival.

The FRRR grant funded the the entertainment component of the Kyabram Development Committee’s Tastes & Tunes Festival, which attracted a crowd of around 4,000 people and helped boost the local economy, as well as community connectedness and individual wellbeing.