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


Our local communities are important to us and we’ve been partnering with them for a long time.

We know our industry plays an important role in supporting rural livelihoods and community development. That’s why we’re teaming up with people and initiatives that keep our local communities thriving.

We formed our Fonterra Grass Roots Fund in 2011 because we believe that when we partner with local community groups, we can really make a difference. Since then, we’ve supported groups, both big and small, that are working hard to make their community a better place to live.

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Applications are now closed for the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

We're looking to team up with people and initiatives that are keeping our local communities thriving.

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Whether it’s building community veggie gardens and playgrounds, aiding emergency services with much-needed equipment, or developing educational programs in local schools, we’re helping any way we can.

It’s a partnership for the long-term which is important to us, our people, and our farmers. We couldn’t do what we do without our communities, and that’s making great dairy foods that people know and love. 

Applications are currently closed.

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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

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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.