Gardiner Foundation: Working in Dairy Communities

Investing in the communities that make up the dairy industry is critical to the sustainability of dairy farmng in Victoria. The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation is committed to strengthening dairy communities.

The Gardiner Foundation has made available $100,000 to fund $5,000 grants for innovative, community-driven projects. The aim of these grants is to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, help build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Applications from communities with a population of 5,000 or less will receive priority and must be in a recognised Victorian dairy area. Priority will be given to projects that assist in strengthening of small rural communities, building their capacity to deal with local issues, or enhancing of existing community infrastructure. Applicants should be not-for-profit community organisations, and must have an ABN or Incorporation number.

The encouragement or advancement of sport or recreation or social activities are not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to benefit the wider community and should clearly indicate which other local organisations are involved.

The 2014 grant round is now closed.  
Announcements will be made in the second half of June.

   Gardiner 2014 Guidelines

   Gardiner 2014 Application

  • Please read the Guidelines before completing the Application Form
  • Please ensure that the organisation name on your application is the same as that listed on the ABN or Incorporation Certificate
  • Please ensure your application is signed by the head of your organisation
  • Please submit all supporting material with the application (e.g. a copy of the ABN or Incorporation Certificate, a copy of your organisation financials, any letters of support and/or quotes)

Outcomes for the 2013 round are listed here and you can read an in-depth story about a grant in FRRR's first newsletter for 2014.

The Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation have developed a fantastic community resource to help equip community members with the ability to plan for the future, win grants, and manage and resource projects. And while their valuable small grants program focuses on supporting a successful dairy industry regions, their ‘Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Toolkit’ easily has wider applications and would be an effective project planning resource for any community group. And the best part? It’s free to download here.   Using this resource will help you develop a great project and write a strong grant application.