11 July 2019: Twenty-six projects in Victoria’s three dairy regions will share in $120,326 in grant funding from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program, run in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.

In its 17th year, the Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program offers up to $5,000 to help build Victorian dairy communities’ capacity to deal with local issues and enhance existing community infrastructure.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chief Executive, Clive Noble, said the grant funding aimed to strengthen dairy communities through supporting local initiatives.

“These grants help to create more resilient communities, enhance infrastructure and assets that all local people can benefit from,” Dr Noble said.

“Many of these projects leverage support from multiple sources to build community facilities where locals gather, like halls and clubrooms; support lifelong learning through education and training; and create community arts and health programs. Others look to contribute to creating a more vibrant, cultural community.”

“The Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants program continues to bring us these wonderfully creative ways of strengthening the various support mechanisms that many of us, at one time or another in our lives, will fall back on,” said FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton.

“I’m continually amazed by the exponential value and genuine long-term impact that is created from these grants funded by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. It’s a program we are very proud of.”

A complete list of the projects supported is available on FRRR’s website, www.frrr.org.au. They include:

• Gippsland Dairy Region – Fish Creek Community Garden received $5,000 to commission and install a new artwork at the community garden, connecting it to the rest of the town and engaging local residents and tourists.
• Northern Dairy Region – Greater Shepparton City Council received $5,000 to build community resilience through delivery of mental health first aid training in the communities of Tatura and Tallygaroopna.
• South Western Dairy Region – South West Community Energy received $5,000 to strengthen environmental awareness and education outcomes by fitting out a renewable energy education van.

Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.7 million in this program and has supported a total of 445 community projects.


• Fish Creek Community Garden
• Foster Primary School
• Friends of the Lyre Bird Forest Walk Inc
• Heyfield Tennis Club
• Loch Memorial Reserve Inc
• Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library Inc
• Nyora Cricket Club Inc
• Prom Coast Centres for Children Inc
• State Coal Mine – Rescue Station Arts Inc
• Bena Public Hall Inc

• Cobram District Childrens Services Inc
• Cohuna and District Progress Association Inc
• Corryong and District Memorial Public Hall Inc
• Greater Shepparton City Council
• Greta Valley Landcare Group
• Murrabit Men’s Shed Inc
• Rochester Community House Inc
• Stanhope & District Development Committee Inc
• Tatura Civic Halls Committee Inc

• Anam Cara House Colac Inc
• Camperdown & District Community House
• Colac Otway Residents Action Group Inc
• Emmanuel College Inc
• Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail Committee
• South West Community Energy
• The Courthouse Camperdown Inc