May 13, 2019

Local community groups get a leg-up thanks to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

From unearthing the next Shane Warne, Dean Jones or Cameron White at the Dennington Cricket Club to supporting budding architects and engineers at Ulverstone Primary School on Tasmania’s north coast, over 40 deserving community groups across Victoria and Tasmania will receive a leg-up from the latest round of funding from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.

Since 2011, we’ve supported almost 450 initiatives which help our local communities thrive. The Fund is our way of providing much-needed funds to support the valuable work they do for our farming families and their neighbours, and our people.

The projects that are making a real impact in this round range from worm farms to chicken coops, and recycling bins to fire safety programs. Congratulations to the 2019 recipients, we can’t wait to see your initiatives come to life throughout the year. 

The Warragul Bowling Club will install a new drinking fountain near its bowling green, giving its players ready access to fresh drinking water.   

The 2019 recipients in Gippsland include:

  • Poowong Football & Netball Club
  • Warragul Bowling Club
  • Leongatha Primary School
  • Warranor Football club
  • Sale Hockey Club
  • Yinnar Boolarra Boomerang Bags
  • Leongatha Secondary College
  • Drouin Basketball Club
  • Kongwak Primary School
  • Ruby Fire Brigade


The Camperdown Playgroup will purchase crafts for its children so they can learn and build skills through visual art.

The 2019 recipients in Western Victoria include:

  • Cobden Football and Netball Club
  • Wyndinia Kindergarten and ELC
  • Alvie Cricket Club
  • Camperdown Playgroup
  • Camperdown Swimming Pool Committee of Management
  • South Beach Committee of Management-Lake Bullne Merri
  • Merri Group of Fire Brigades
  • Dennington Football Netball Club
  • St John's Primary School Dennington
  • Woodford Fire Brigade
  • Dennington Cricket Club



The Ulverstone Primary School will build a shade sail over its sandpit so its students have sun protection year-round.

The 2019 recipients in Tassie include:

  • Ulverstone Primary School
  • Devonport Football Club
  • Devonport City Soccer Club
  • Wynyard Chorale Tasmania
  • North Western Kart Club
  • Smithton Bowls Club
  • Burnie Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Wynyard High School
  • Wynyard High School
  • North Western Athletics Club


The SGR Giants will provide each of its junior players with footballs, giving all players an opportunity to develop their skills.

The 2019 recipients in Northern Victoria include:

  • Stanhope Fire Brigade
  • Stanhope Primary School Parents Club
  • St Joseph’s Primary School
  • SGR Giants
  • Stanhope Community Aquatic Centre Inc
  • Blighty School Parents & Citizens Association


The Greensborough Scout Group will provide its members with new camping equipment so they everyone can enjoy outdoor activities.

The 2019 recipients in Outer Eastern Melbourne include:

  • Gembrook Preschool
  • Scoresby Football and Netball Club
  • Mount Waverley Catholics Cricket Netball Club
  • Bayswater West Primary School
  • Greensborough Scout Group
  • Cheltenham East Primary School