NUTRIEN Ag Solutions, Australia’s largest agricultural services and products provider has united with Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR), donating $250,000 annually to fund community projects in its name.
The joint program aims to award not-for-profit organisations in remote, rural and regional Australia grants of up to $5000 to deliver community nominated projects to assist the welfare of the local population.
Nutrien Ag Solutions’ director of government and industry affairs, Carissa Buckland, said their support for country Australia extends beyond the farm to the communities that support agriculture.
“The success of agriculture and the wellbeing of regional Australia are inextricably linked,” Ms Buckland said.
“There are unique challenges and incredible opportunities that go hand in hand with creating a life and a career in a country community.”
FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton said the new partnership and grant program would help ensure there is funding for grassroots solutions to local issues.
Applications need to meet a criterion that realises an opportunity and alternatively contributes to the community’s success, vibrancy, and wellbeing of the community.
“We’ve worked closely with the Nutrien team to design this program so that the needs of the community are front and centre,” Ms Egleton said.
“Because every community is different, the program can fund a wide range of initiatives that strengthen and support the community.
“This could be anything from improving access to the local community hall by adding a ramp or creating a community garden to encourage people to engage and connect.
“Or drive local tourism by hosting a local arts festival or delivering a community-based street art beautification project.”
Nutrien have 4,000 employees in over 400 retail outlets scattered across the country who live and work in regional towns.
Many of their team are involved in local sporting clubs, volunteer as firefighters, roll up their sleeves to help at the town’s agricultural show or school fundraisers.
Ms Buckland said Nutrien wants to build upon this existing connection and asks applicants to get in touch with their local branch manager to endorse the project.
“Nutrien Ag Solutions is proud to partner with our rural, regional and remote communities through the Community Grants Program to build their resilience, support them through the tough times and celebrate the joys of life in the bush,” she said.
FRRR is conducting a free interactive online grant seeker workshop to deliver important information and helpful tips on applying for the grants program on Tuesday, 10 August, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm AEST.
“I really look forward to reading the applications that come through,” Ms Egleton said.
Applications open Wednesday, 3 August 2021 and close Friday, 3 September 2021, with recipients announced in October 2021.