THE Wonthaggi Seed Bank, Inverloch Men’s Shed, Loch Community Development Association and Foster & District Community House & Learning Centre each received a grant of up to $5000 from The Gardiner Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) at a recent ceremony in Melbourne.
The grants will support them providing their communities with important community services such as activity groups and community gardens.
The grants are four of 28 grants as part of $100,000 Working in Dairy Communities program that aims to strengthen small Victorian dairy communities.
Recipients were announced at a ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance on Thursday, July 23.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation Chairman, Mike Taylor AO, said that supporting dairy communities through programs like this is critical to a sustainable dairy industry.
“Family farms and strong local businesses are critical to maintaining strong and vibrant local towns, and we are proud of the enormous contribution the dairy industry makes to the social fabric of regional Victoria.
“We are delighted to play a small part in helping build those strong communities by supporting the community groups that do such vital work.”
The Right Honourable Ian Sinclair AC, Chairman of FRRR, said small grants play an important role in local communities.
“These grants help address the issues and priorities and enable local groups to implement local solutions to local problems.
“The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s support of communities through this grant program has a transformative effect.
“This year, on average, for every dollar we are granting the local community has raised more than four times that amount to bring the projects to life, through either in-kind support or other local fundraising.
“This demonstrates how small communities leverage and grow any amount of support they receive – delivering big outcomes for their communities.”
The Gardiner Dairy Foundation’s investment of $100,000 is widely and evenly distributed across Victoria’s three principle dairying regions. Since the launch of the annual program in 2002, the Gardiner Dairy Foundation has invested more than $1.4 million in this program, supporting 363 community projects.