FRRR & Gardiner Dairy Foundation to host three free grant-seeker workshops

Bendigo, 24 January 2017:  The Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are hosting a free grant-seeker workshops in Tatura, Camperdown and Wonthaggi.

  • Tatura on Monday, 6 February, from 12.30pm-3pm, in the Ballantyne Centre, 9 Hastie St, Tatura. Refreshments will also be provided.
  • Camperdown on Wednesday, 8 February, from 10am-1pm, at the Camperdown Football and Netball Club,
    Leura Oval, Adeney St, Camperdown. Refreshments will also be provided.
  • Wonthaggi on Thursday, 16 February, from 12.30pm - 2.30pm, at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre,
    96 Graham Street, Wonthaggi. This workshop is part of the Get Grant Ready forum being held by the Bass Coast Local Grant Makers group and lunch will be provided ahead of the workshop.

Each year, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation provides $100,000 to be shared across the Gippsland, North East and South West Dairy Regions via the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program.

The initiative, which is administered by FRRR, will open applications on Wednesday, 1 February and offers grants of up to $5,000 to not-for-profit community groups for projects that improve infrastructure and address local issues to strengthen the small rural communities that underpin Victoria’s dairy industry.

If potential applicants are in need of some additional funding for a community project, the free grant-seeker workshop will provide insights on how to prepare a successful application and cover:

  • Project planning and preparation
  • Identifying funding opportunities (both via Gardiner/FRRR, and other funding options)
  • Writing a strong grant application
  • Reporting project outcomes
  • Free resources available via FRRR and Gardiner Dairy Foundation

Mandy Grinblat, FRRR Program Manager (VIC, TAS, SA) will deliver the workshops with Tim Roache, Business Manager at the Gardiner Dairy Foundation.

She encourages all local community groups to send a representative along.

“This will be a great opportunity to get practical tips on writing strong grant applications, as well as hear more detail about the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, which is opening very soon,” said Ms Grinblat.

“This is a one-off opportunity for local groups to directly seek feedback on their ideas and learn how to best present their local solutions to local issues. This could prove to be a great advantage when applying for future grants, both through FRRR and other funding organisations,” Ms Grinblat explained.

To book a place at your local workshop, please email

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