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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 is partnering with FRRR for the fourteenth time to provide $100,000 in funding for innovative, community-driven projects.

Grants of up to $5,000 aim to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities, helping to build their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhance existing community infrastructure.


The 2016 program is now closed.

  • Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Number 

  • Grants will be awarded for each of the three Victorian dairy regions - Gippsland, South-Western and Northern Victoria. Projects must be located in these dairy regions, or directly benefit residents of these regions. 

  • Priority will be given to projects that assist in strengthening small rural communities, of less than 5,000; building their capacity to deal with local issues, or enhancing existing community infrastructure.

  • Projects must commence after July 2016 and must offer a clear public benefit, be for charitable purposes, and address a need in the community – to this end we encourage applicants to use the Strengthening Small Dairy Communities Toolkit, available on line at

  • Letters of support and quotes strengthen applications and are highly regarded.

​Funding decisions are approved by both Boards, and grant recipients attended a formal presentation ceremony in Melbourne in July to receive their grant.

Further information

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your project first, please call FRRR on 1800 170 020 during business hours, or email

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