The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is a New Zealand-based community grant programme focusing on the dairy communities where our staff, shareholders, suppliers and their families live and work.
As a farmer co-operative we are dedicated to supporting the social needs of our current and future generations. The aim of the fund is to maintain healthy, vibrant communities by supporting ideas, projects and initiatives that make a real impact.
We have supported over 2500 initiatives since the programme was established in 2007, making a huge impact in our local communities across New Zealand.
We are committed to programmes which share our vision, values and cooperative spirit. Specifically, initiatives must fall into one of three categories; Bringing Communities Together, Caring for the Environment, Making our Communities Safer.
Support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application. All support includes GST.
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 request once within a year. If it is unsuccessful, you must wait until the following year to re-submit it.
There are eight regional Fonterra Grass Roots Fund committees 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 staff, local people from the community and our Farmers.
Applications will only be accepted via the online application process.
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 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 Staff and Farmers to come and help out on the project.
Remember – we will only support applications up to $5,000!
We have a dedicated Fonterra Grass Roots Fund Facebook page – a great way to promote your project/event to your friends, family and community.
The best way to get in touch with us is via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.