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Optimism and resilience are characteristics found in abundance in rural and regional Australia. The notion of community means more than where you live, it's about what you give to others and the support you get back.
These are the principles behind the new Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants Program - supporting the resilience of regional Australia and contributing to the inherent optimism of the bush.
In partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), Nutrien Ag Solutions is this week launching the first round of the new program.
The program intends to contribute to the success, resilience and wellbeing of rural and regional communities by investing $250,000 each year back into rural and regional communities, through grants of up to $5,000 to eligible, charitable projects across Australia.
The partnership between Nutrien Ag Solutions and FRRR brings together two organisations with regional Australia at the heart of their missions.
FRRR is a national not-for-profit organisation with a focus on delivering grants to grassroot, not-for-profit community groups in smaller remote and rural areas and regional communities across Australia.
FRRR's CEO Natalie Egleton said grant programs from businesses like Nutrien Ag Solutions were invaluable for regional Australians.
"It's the kind of support that gives a sense of hope and optimism to communities," she said.
For Nutrien Ag Solutions, rural and regional Australia has been its home for more than 180 years.
Nutrien Ag Solutions Director of Government and Industry Affairs Carissa Buckland said the business was thrilled to fund projects that communities themselves deemed to be of the most value.
"Big and small communities are a vital part of making a life and having a career in regional Australia," she said.
"Farmers and the ag industry rely on strong communities and when the ag sector does really well, it results in strong and thriving regional communities.
"This is why we're such passionate advocates for regional Australia and this is the reason we're rolling out this grants program to invest in its future."
The Nutrien Ag Solutions Community Grants program will award more than 50 grants of up to $5,000 to meaningful community projects that meet a need in their community, deliver a positive, long-term effect on the wider community and that contribute to the resilience, success and wellbeing of the community.
As part of the application process, projects will be endorsed by local branch managers, said Ms Buckland.
"Nutrien Ag Solutions see their branches as an important link between the business and the communities in which they operate," she said.
Applications open August 3 and close September 3. For more information or to begin your application, please visit www.nutrienagsolutions.com.au/nutrien-ag-solutions-community-grants-program
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