Awarded through the Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants Program, the grants will support a broad array of projects, including community facility upgrades, local events and social gatherings, training and mentoring to address issues such as food insecurity and healthcare, and the purchase or upgrade of equipment to support volunteers.
Since 2021, the Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants Program has awarded more than $750,000 in grants to 167 community-led projects, helping to create long-term positive outcomes for rural places.
“Thanks to our partnership with FRRR, we are able to help local grassroots organisations do more of what they do best,” said Nutrien Ag Solutions Corporate Affairs Advisor Mady Muirhead.
According to Muirhead, the company is proud to support rural communities to implement future-focused solutions that are both attainable and sustainable.
“These organisations are the heartbeat of remote, rural and regional communities, and raising funds for local priority projects is getting harder and harder. But we are proud to support them now, and in the long term.”
Muirhead highlighted that this year they saw almost 200 local Nutrien branches endorse grant applications and they are proud to fund more than a quarter of those projects.
“Our people live and work in these communities and thanks to their commitment to building lasting relationships with locals, they know just what projects the community will really value,” Muirhead added.
Jill Karena, FRRR’s Place Portfolio Lead, said that this year, most funding has been directed toward upgrading the amenities or accessibility of community facilities.
“This reflects the increasing costs and dereliction of ageing community infrastructure and the challenges of fundraising locally to maintain these assets.”
“Even though the grants may be considered small, these improvements will have a big impact on ensuring that these local meeting places are safe and secure so that locals can maintain their social connections.”
Some of the 57 organisations and projects being supported include:
“No matter what this may look like, we are inspired by the persistence of rural communities, to create a more vibrant and connected Australia,” added Karena.
A full list of grant recipients is available on FRRR’s website.
Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.