Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund is offering another round of funding for community projects in need of a helping hand, with applications now open.
The fund is calling for applications seeking $500 to $5000 from groups operating near any of Fonterra Australia’s milk collection and manufacturing sites, including Stanhope.
Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker said the fund was about giving a helping hand to groups which kept local communities in good shape through a wide range of initiatives.
‘‘The dairy industry is built from the ground up. The fund supports farming families and local communities,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re lucky to have local communities with supporters who are prepared to organise events, dig gardens, volunteer for emergency services and coach kids’ sport. All these activities keep communities strong and the people in them healthy.
‘‘By providing funds we’re supporting their work and giving back to the communities where we operate.’’
The fund has supported more than 340 initiatives since 2011 including the Kyabram and Girgarre preschools which each received funding to purchase and install raised garden beds to teach children about growing and eating healthy food.
Tania Chiswell, from Kyabram Preschool Management Committee, said the vegetable gardens had made a difference to the outdoor areas and offered the students a wonderful experience.
‘‘We are teaching our students sustainable practices around growing their own foods, looking after our land while picking and eating their own fruit and vegetables,’’ Ms Chiswell said.
A committee will decide the final grant recipients with a focus on applications that bring the community together, rural activities and events, supporting healthy lifestyles and caring for the environment.
Applications for funding close on December 15.
■Applications can be submitted online and grant guidelines and additional information is available at: www.fonterra.com.au