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Funds to strengthen dairy towns

By Kyabram Free Press

THE Gardiner Dairy Foundation is offering grants of up to $5000 to not-for-profit groups to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities in Northern Victoria.

The “Working in Dairy Communities” small grants program, which is delivered through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), will provide a total of $120,000 in grant funding in 2019, an increase of $20,000 on the previous year.

The program, now in its 17th year, will assist small dairy communities to build resilience and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Dr Clive Noble said it was important to support the wellbeing of Victorian dairy communities and their farming families.

“Successful farming communities rely on great local leadership to truly thrive. Every year we are truly inspired by the initiatives put forward by local groups,” he said.

“The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is very pleased to contribute funds to support the communities that underpin the dairy industry. By increasing the funds available this year, more projects can be supported. These projects will enhance the quality of life in these communities and help address gaps in services and support.”

Applications close March 19 and priority will be given to projects that assist in strengthening rural communities of less than 5000 people; build their capacity to deal with local issues or enhance existing community infrastructure.

Anyone considering applying should read the guidelines carefully at gardinerfoundation.com.au