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Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants

Investing in the communities that make up the dairy industry is critical to the industry’s sustainability.

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

These grants of up to $5,000 aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, helping to build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure.


  • ​Funding decisions are approved by both Boards. Grant recipients will be notified in June 2020, and invited to attend a formal presentation ceremony in Melbourne in July to receive their grant. 

  • Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Number.

  • Grants will be awarded for each of the three Victorian dairy regions - Gippsland, South-Western and Northern Victoria. Projects must be located in these dairy regions, or directly benefit residents of these regions. 

  • Priority will be given to projects that assist in strengthening small rural communities of less than 5,000; building their capacity to deal with local issues or enhancing existing community infrastructure.

  • Projects must commence after July 2020 and must offer a clear public benefit, be for charitable purposes, and address a need in the community.

  • Letters of support and quotes strengthen applications and are highly regarded.


Applications for the 2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program are now closed.

Before applying, please review the Guidelines carefully. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification.

FRRR uses an online grants administration system. Applications for the 2020 Gardiner Dairy Foundation Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal.
Please read the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs to get you started. We also encourage you to watch this introductory clip about the Activity Tree, which you'll need to understand to apply.

To begin your application, click on the Apply Now button below.

PLEASE NOTE: Ensure there are only numbers in your budget, or the auto-calculate function won't work - i.e. do not include commas, full stops or dollar signs - only numbers.

Let us know if you have any problems by calling 1800 170 020, or emailing

For more information on this process, please read the following documents:

Grants Gateway Apply Now
Grants Gateway Return to applications
Case studies
Further information

More information about the program is available by contacting the Victorian Programs staff on 1800 170 020 or  email.

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