Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

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

At Fonterra we value the communities that we are part of.  The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is our way of giving back to these communities, by supporting the projects, ideas and initiatives that bring our communities together.

Through the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund, community groups are invited to apply for grants of $500 to $5,000. These grants are offered to support projects that will help bring their community together, and make it a better, safer, more vibrant place to live. Since the fund began we have provided over 2500 grants. These include grants to school groups, educational groups, charitable trusts, sports clubs and local emergency services for a wide range of environmental, community and health and safety initiatives.

Check out our sponsorship guidelines below, to see if your community initiative qualifies for the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund. Grants are selected in March and August each year, so get your application in for the next round of funding!


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Grants of $500 to $5,000 to community groups seeking a helping hand.

See some of the community groups we have worked with so far

Giving back to Surf Life Saving

We caught up with Andy, volunteer lifesaver to learn about how Fonterra Grass Roots funding has made a big difference to his local Surf Life Saving club and community.

Giving back to the smaller communities

Motumaoho Primary School purchased 12 Next Books (Electronic Tablets) to help their small school of 40 students access online education programs including Mathletics - a mathematics program that aligns with the New Zealand Curriculum.

Giving back to Land Search and Rescue

Ray and Craig are Land Search and Rescue volunteers from Whakatane. With a Fonterra Grass Roots fund, they were able to purchase personal locator beacons to use during a rescue missions.

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"In this world there are givers and takers. There are many givers... hundreds of organisations that make society what it is."

The team from Far North Search and Rescue in their new gear.

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