APPLICATIONS for the next round of Fonterra Grass Roots funding close on Friday, December 15.
And Fonterra is encouraging community organisations to get their submissions completed in time for the deadline so they don’t miss out.
The fund gives a helping hand to a wide range of community initiatives, providing grants between $500 and $5000 to groups operating near any of its seven manufacturing and milk collection sites in Victoria and Tasmania.
Fonterra Stanhope site manager Jason Wright said the dairy industry is built from the ground up and the fund is one way to say thank you to those groups who give their time and energy to support their communities.
“We believe in giving back by helping sustain healthy, vibrant communities around our sites and where our farmers are and our Grass Roots Fund supports initiatives that make a real impact,” he said.
“Over the years we have given a helping hand to many groups in the area, including the Stanhope CFA.
‘‘Volunteer organisations like the CFA are vital to the safety and wellbeing of our regional community in Northern Victoria.”
Peter Dent, a member of the Country Fire Authority Stanhope Brigade, said the funding helped purchase a thermal imaging camera which can locate hot spots and people in buildings.
“The grant we received was crucial in purchasing this equipment so I would like to encourage other groups in this area to get their application in before the deadline,” Mr Dent said.
Since 2011, Fonterra has supported more than 340 initiatives across Victoria and Tasmania focused on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.
Visit www.fonterra.com.au for information about applying to the Grass Roots Fund.