The Aussie Farmers Foundation has granted out over $200,000 to projects run by charities working in rural and regional communities in the past 12 months, with the majority supporting drought impacted farming areas.

Under our Grassroots grant program, we awarded grants worth over $70,000 in total to three fantastic projects run by CareFlight, Rural Aid and Albury Wodonga Regional Food Share. Read more here.

To help support communities impacted by drought, in August 2018 the Foundation granted $15,000 to the Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) drought program to support affected communities in NSW and Queensland. The TTTT program – run by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – provides grants for community-led projects that aim to relieve current stressors and symptoms of drought, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Read more details here.

In September 2018, we followed up with a $15,000 grant to Foodbank’s campaign to help communities in NSW and Queensland impacted by drought under our Meals for Mates rural food relief partnership. Read more details here.

In October 2018 – to support the mental health and wellbeing of farming communities – we donated $20,000 to Lifeline split equally between Lifeline Central West NSW’s Gatekeeper Training program and Lifeline Gippsland’s Farmer Mentor Program. In addition, $15,000 has been donated to the Australian Red Cross’ Community Drought Support Program targeting NSW and Queensland and $15,000 to support Aussie Helpers’ Virtual Psychologist program.

In December 2018, a total of $10,500 was donated across three states via Foodbank Vic, Foodbank NSW & ACT and Foodbank Queensland towards their drought and Christmas food relief campaigns in rural communities.

To support farming communities devastated by the unprecedented monsoonal floods in north west Queensland in February 2019, a total of $20,000 was split equally between Drought Angels and GIVIT to provide relief in the aftermath of the floods.

We’re thrilled to be supporting the Young Farming Champions program for a third year running to help develop the skills of future leaders in Australian agriculture and to take the message out about the industry to secondary schools via the innovative Art 4 Agriculture schools-based program. Read more about the Young Farming Champions and Art 4 Agriculture programs here.