By admin       2018-07-06

AUSTRALIAN cotton growers can nominate not-for-profit and community organ­isations undertaking inspir­ational projects for one of 30 $5000 grants, courtesy of the Monsanto Fund’s Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program. This year marks the fifth year the grants program, in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal has been in operation. Since its inception, $600,000 has been distributed to 120 community projects across 14 cotton growing areas The program gives cotton farmers an opportunity to support local organisations, and commit to projects that will have an enduring effect within the local area. This year will see a further $150,000 injected into rural cotton areas, supporting an additional 30 community projects. Monsanto Fund representative Jessica Douglas said the aim of the program was to make an impact on the wellbeing, success, and liveliness of cotton growing communities through­out Queensland and NSW. “We are very proud to partner with FRRR for the fifth consecutive year to deliver this program,” Ms Douglas said. “The positive feedback we receive year after year has proven to us the real and lasting effect these grants are having on local communities.” Cotton Australia general manager Michael Murray said communities in cotton growing valleys were the driving force behind the success and resilience of the industry. “Australia’s cotton industry derives its strength from, and in turn supports, rural and regional communities,” Mr. Murray said. “These communities often face challenges, but the services and support provided by local community groups help to fill some of the gaps and play a vital role in our industry’s success.” Cotton farmers can apply via the Monsanto website at Community suggestion forms can be found on the website, with all applications due until 5pm on August 31.

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