The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is a community grant program focusing on the dairy communities where our people and farmers and their families live and work.
Fonterra is dedicated to supporting communities where we operate. Our community goal in Australia is to make a valued difference to the social wellbeing, nutritional health and long term sustainability of the communities that support our business and allow it to prosper. The aim of the Fund is to support communities to get their projects, ideas and initiatives underway.
Since 2011 we have supported over 400 initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition. 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.
We are committed to programs which share our vision, values and cooperative spirit. Specifically, initiatives must fall into one of three categories:
Support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application.
There aren’t any restrictions on the number of times groups can apply for different initiatives. However you can only submit an application for a particular initiative once within a year. If it is unsuccessful, you must wait until the following year to re-submit it.
There are Fonterra Grass Roots Fund committees at each of our seven sites which manage, approve and support local initiatives for their local communities. They assess applications against key criteria and guidelines. The committees are made up of Fonterra people representing factory to farm gate.
Please complete the online application form on our website. Applications will only be accepted via the Fonterra Australia website. If you need any assistance with the online process, please contact your local champion whose contact details are outlined in Q17.
For the bank account that you nominate you will need to supply either:
Your attachment needs to be a PDF, Word document or JPEG (image). It needs to be under 10mb.
You will be sent a PDF copy of your application, if you don’t receive this within a few minutes of submitting your application then please check with us. – See question 18.
Applications can be submitted any time throughout the year, however there are only two times a year that these are reviewed. To make sure you get reviewed during these two periods make sure your application is in by 31 March or 31 August. This process usually takes up to six weeks.
You will be contacted by email confirming whether your application has been successful or not. If successful, they will detail next steps around the grant process.
We receive a large number of requests for support each year, and unfortunately we can’t support them all.
We aren’t able to respond to queries regarding an application, but if you think your application meets all of the criteria you do have the option to reapply.
Here are a few tips.
If requesting funding as part of a larger project please include information on what other support you have raised and how our support will help you reach your goal.
Please let us know if there is an opportunity for our people and farmers to come and help out on the project.
We would love you to promote our support of your initiative, whether it be on social media, your local community noticeboards or with the local media – just let us know.
We also want to hear about how your project is going so we can share it with our staff, farmers and local community. You can share your stories with our Communications team via firstname.lastname@example.org
We will consider applications from the regions in which our sites operate. These are: Darnum, Stanhope, Dennington, Cobden, Bayswater, Spreyton and Wynyard.
The best way to get in touch with us is by going direct to your closest site and via email.
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Alternatively, you can contact Hester Philip from our Fonterra Communications Team at email@example.com