Grants to strengthen towns

By Cobram Courier

Not-for-profit groups are being encouraged to apply for Gardiner Dairy Foundation grants to strengthen dairy communities in northern Victoria.

The Working in Dairy Communities small grants program, delivered through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, will provide $120000 in funding this year, an increase of $20000 on the previous year.

The program, now in its 17th year, will help small dairy communities to build resilience and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Clive Noble said it was important to support the wellbeing of Victorian dairy communities and their farming families.

‘‘Successful farming communities rely on great local leadership to truly thrive. Every year we are truly inspired by the initiatives put forward by local groups,’’ he said.

‘‘The Gardiner Dairy Foundation is very pleased to contribute funds to support the communities that underpin the dairy industry.

‘‘By increasing the funds available this year, more projects can be supported. These projects will enhance the quality of life in these communities and help address gaps in services and support.’’

●Applications close March 19 and priority will be given to projects which help strengthen communities of less than 5000 people; build capacity to deal with local issues or enhance existing community infrastructure.

Anyone considering applying should read the guidelines at