Nominations have opened for a grants program aiming to boost cotton communities.
The Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grants program is in its fifth year and is run by Monsanto Fund and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
A total of 30 grants of $5000 are available for projects to be undertaken in cotton communities by non-profit and community organisations.
Previous years’ grants have been spent on projects addressing rural mental health, education, disability services, infrastructure, health and the arts.
Cotton Australia General Manager, Michael Murray, said cotton growing communities 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.”
“We value the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program because it supports rural towns and groups while giving cotton growers a chance to play their part. When communities benefit, the industry benefits.”
Monsanto Fund Representative in Australia, Jessica Douglas, said the grants program’s goal is to make an enduring impact toward the wellbeing, success and liveliness of cotton growing communities.
“The positive feedback we receive year after year has proven to us the real and lasting effect these grants are having on local communities,” she said.
“The program gives cotton farmers an opportunity to support local organisations, [and] through their nomination, community organisations have increased capacity to commit to projects that will have an enduring and meaningful impact within the local area.”
Cotton farmers are urged to directly apply via the website.
Community organisations can suggest a project for which cotton growers can make a nomination. Community suggestion forms can be found on the website.
Nominations will be accepted online or by mail until 5pm, August 31st, 2018.