What we stand for

The dairy industry is built from the ground up, and we are committed to making a positive difference to our people, our farmers, our customers, our communities and environments where we operate.

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Fonterra Grass Roots Fund


The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund supports Australian communities where we operate by funding their smart ideas, projects and initiatives.

Through the fund, we aim to sustain healthy, vibrant communities by sponsoring ideas, projects, and initiatives that make a real impact.

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Our sponsorship funding has helped to build school vegetable gardens, supported sports, community and surf lifesaving clubs, and aided the purchase of essential equipment for emergency response services.

The fund opens the doors for a wide range of community projects with grants of between $500 and $5000. To be considered for support, your initiative or activity must fit within the categories and criteria outlined below.

Our communities are integral to our business, which is why Fonterra is dedicated to giving back to the community through the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund. 

Since 2011 we have supported around 450 initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition.


Applications open early next year.

Sponsorship Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions

- PDF, 1.2 MB

Our Recipients


Giving back to the Friends of Mt Worth State Park

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Giving back to the Friends of Mt Worth State Park

A recent working bee organised by The Friends of Mt Worth was captured on film to show how the group is making a difference in this Gippsland wilderness – which also happens to be home to the rare Giant Gippsland Earthworm, which also featured in a David Attenborough documentary.

Giving back to the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club

Time to watch: 1:34 mins

Giving back to the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club

Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund is giving back to the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club by funding vital equipment for their beach patrols to keep their community safe.