New av­enue for funds

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Com­mu­nity groups look­ing for some ex­tra sup­port can try the Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund.

Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund Com­mu­nity Cham­pion Carla Gini said ap­pli­ca­tions are open for groups seek­ing a one-off grant of be­tween $500 and $5000 for great com­mu­nity ideas, projects or ini­tia­tives.

‘‘Fon­terra has sup­ported more than 600 ini­tia­tives in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the past four years through its Sup­port­ing Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme – now called the Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund.

‘‘To make sure every­one’s aware of this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity we’re run­ning the pro­gramme’s first ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign,’’ said Ms Gini. ‘‘ We recog­nise the im­por­tant role our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties play in help­ing Fon­terra re­alise its po­ten­tial now and in the fu­ture. While the Grass Roots Fund won’t be able to meet ev­ery ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant, it will give us an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port valu­able projects in the com­mu­nity where we live and work.’’

The Fon­terra Grass Roots Fund Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee will re­view ap­pli­ca­tions for grants which fall into four cat­e­gories – en­cour­ag­ing in­no­va­tion and/or sci­ence, car­ing for our en­vi­ron­ment, bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties safer. There will be three ap­pli­ca­tion rounds ev­ery year in Septem­ber, Novem­ber and March. Ap­pli­cants have un­til Septem­ber 23 to ap­ply for fund­ing for this round. Fon­terra has sup­ported a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion in­clud­ing spon­sor­ing the plant­ing of 350 na­tive trees dis­trib­uted to the Waipa Schools.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fon­terra.com

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