Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow CommunitiesOverview
This program aims to give farmers the opportunity to support their communities by nominating a local not-for-profit organisation for one of 30 grants on offer. It is presented by the Monsanto Fund in partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) which aims to support local communities in cotton growing regions.
Community groups themselves are not eligible to apply - they must be nominated by a cotton farmer. Community groups and local community members can suggest an idea, which a local cotton farmer may choose to nominate.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available.
A total funding pool of $150,000 is available per year.
Eligible applicants include cotton farmers aged over 18 years who are actively engaged in farming cotton in one of the 14 Cotton Grower Association areas in NSW and QLD.
An eligible not-for-profit organisation is one which:
- Supports projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations in Australia.
- Contributes to rural and regional renewal, regeneration and development in Australia in social, economic, environmental, health, education, or cultural areas.
- Is located in one of the Cotton Grower Association areas.
The Cotton Grower Association areas include:
- Darling Downs
- Central Highlands
- St George
- Dawson Valley
- Macintyre Valley
2. New South Wales
- Lower Namoi
- Gwydir Valley
- Southern Valleys (Lachlan/Murrumbidgee)
- Upper Namoi
- Mungindi Water Users
- Darling River Food and Fibre (Bourke)
The main assessment criteria include how the nominated not-for-profit community groups demonstrate the following:
- Have a charitable purpose (i.e. address a need in the community and not benefit an individual).
- Demonstrate clear community support (for example, be based on a community plan endorsed by the community).
- Have a good prospect of longer-term viability and impact.
- Involve partnerships or leverages financial and/or in-kind contributions.
- Be supported by viable project management arrangements (and a financially sound organisation).
- Offer value for money.
- Demonstrate innovation.
- Use the grant to undertake a project anytime between December 2019 and November 2020.
The following are ineligible for funding:
- Projects that benefit an individual rather than a community.
- Scholarships or endowments.
- Projects outside of the 14 eligible Cotton Grower Association areas in NSW or QLD.
- Purely social, sporting or recreational activities.
- Underwriting deficits.
- Religious, politically partisan, or similar groups.