Below are the different browsers that can be used to complete your application:
Yes, you can leave the application, just hit the "Save and Next Page" button first at the base of the page. To continue your incomplete application form, simply refer to the email sent to you labelled 'User Application link' and use your allocated application password to log back in and complete your application form.
PLEASE NOTE: Any incomplete applications that remain after the closing date will be deleted.
No. Only mandatory fields are required, however the more information you enter, the more consideration the Committee will be able to give your application.
When completing the area requiring financial information regarding your application, you will be asked to enter that information in to a “table” structure, please ensure that you complete this in full.
You will be required:
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is a global community grant program focusing on the dairy communities where our staff and suppliers and their families live and work.
Fonterra is dedicated to supporting communities where we operate. Our community goal in Australia is to make a valued difference to the social wellbeing, nutritional health and long term sustainability of the communities that support our business and allow it to prosper. The aim of the fund is to support communities to get their projects, ideas and initiatives underway.
Since 2011 we have supported over 340 initiatives that focus on bringing communities together, caring for the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles and dairy nutrition. Our sponsorship funding has helped to build school vegetable gardens, supported sports, community and surf lifesaving clubs, and aided the purchase of essential equipment for emergency response services.
We are committed to programmes which share our vision, values and cooperative spirit. Specifically, initiatives must fall into one of three categories:
Support is provided from $500 to a maximum of $5,000 per application.
Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application
The Fund requires a simple Accountability Report to be completed along with the uploading of verification of expenditure (receipts and a photo/s of your completed initiative.). The Accountability Report, is an online document and a link to this Report is found in your Applicant Dashboard,
A link to access your Dashboard and will be sent once you submit your application
A guide of the accountability report will be send to you in the submitted email
Another link will also be included in the Approved Grant email that you will receive upon the grant being approved.
The Report must be completed and all receipts and a photo must be loaded and returned within 2 months of the initiative being completed.
No, but if you have some relevant information as part of your pitch, which you think would well support your application then it would be advisable to attach it. There is the ability to attach a Word, PowerPoint or image file; please be aware that the maximum file size is 50MBs.
Any unspent amounts greater than $100 must be returned to the Fund and can’t be applied for any other purpose the funding was granted against.
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 seven 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 and our farmers.
Please complete the online application form on our website Applications will only be accepted via the Fonterra Australia website. If you need any assistance with the online process, please contact your local champion contact details are outlined at the bottom of this FAQ.
For the bank account that you nominate you will need to supply either
Applications will be reviewed upon closing date for applications.
You will be contacted by a member of the committee 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. Make sure your application fits within one of the three criteria and make sure you read our Fonterra Grass Roots Fund Guidelines to check your organisation is eligible. Clearly outline how you will use the grant if successful. Keep it short and concise. Source a costing quote for the equipment/work to be done (include the cost of including the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund Logo if this is possible).
If requesting funding as part of a larger project please include information on what other 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.
We would love you to promote our support of your initiative, whether it be on social media, your local community noticeboards or with the local media – just let us know. We also want to hear about how your project is going so we can share it with our staff, farmers and local community.
You can share your stories with our Communications team via, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will consider applications from all areas within New Zealand, and have split these into eight areas.
The best way to get in touch with us is by sending an email to our grants team at email@example.com.
It is most likely because you have not filled in an entry into a mandatory field. Check if there are any highlighted questions. If there are you will need to enter information into the mandatory field.
If you are having a technical system or program issue with making an application, then please click on the support link to lets us know by completing the email support request form.
We will endeavour to respond the same day if your request is filed before 12 noon or the following day if your request is filed after 12 noon. The help desk response will only be available Mondays to Fridays and not on public holidays.