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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 partners with FRRR to provide a $100,000 annual fund that awards $5,000 grants for innovative, community-driven projects.

These grants aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, help build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure.


The 2015 program is now closed.

Please read the guidelines before submitting your application.

Projects must be located in a recognised Victorian dairy region - either Gippsland, south-western or northern Victoria.

Applications to the Program must be made on the 2015 Application Form, and can be submitted by:

  • Sending an email to:  (Word documents are preferred to PDFs); or
  • Mail two copies to: PO Box 41, Bendigo, VIC, 3552 (applications must be postmarked by 5pm on the closing date).

We strongly encourage applicants to use the 'Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Toolkit' developed by Gardiner Dairy Foundation and Our Community. This useful resource is full of practical tips, techniques, templates and further sources of information that draw on Our Community’s experience in assisting communities all over Australia. 

 A decision regarding the funding is approved by both Boards, and grant recipients will be invited in June to attend a formal presentation ceremony to receive their grant in July.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project first, please call FRRR on 1800 170 020 during business hours. We ask that you please read the program guidelines before calling.

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