2 November 2018
Final round Farmers’ Fund grants allocated
The Victorian Farmers Federation has today announced the allocation of more than $440,000 in grants for
dairy farmer-led projects as part of the final round of the Farmers’ Fund partnership.
The Farmers’ Fund Panel sat earlier this week to assess applications, with priority given to projects
encouraging infrastructure development, resilience building, management planning and sustainability,
particularly in the context of current drought conditions in parts of the Southern Milk Pool.
Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to 46 projects, ranging from upgrades of on-farm infrastructure
to irrigation and drainage improvements to business planning.
“The final round Farmers’ Fund grants will give dairy farmers opportunities to invest in much-needed
projects to improve the efficiency, resilience and productivity of their operations,” said VFF President David
“The VFF knows the operating environment is difficult for dairy farmers, particularly given the drought
conditions many are facing.
“With this final round of Farmers’ Fund grants we have prioritised projects which will go some way to
promoting preparedness and resilience, while assisting dairy farmers, their businesses and communities in
The allocation of final round grants combined with a donation of $1 million from the Coles Nurture Fund
brings the total funds raised for dairy farmers to more than $2.6 million since September 2016.
The Farmers’ Fund agreement has been a two-year partnership between VFF, Farm Connect and Coles,
instigated to deliver grants to dairy farmers in the Southern Milk Pool.
“With the Farmers’ Fund partnership having now concluded, the VFF will continue its advocacy efforts to
support all of our member farmers across the state, particularly in light of worsening drought conditions in
parts of Victoria,” said Mr Jochinke.
David Jochinke, Victorian Farmers Federation President, 0427 834 524
Andrew MacDonald, Stakeholder Media & Communications Advisor, 0418 282 875
About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.