The Muswellbrook South Public School P&C Association is among more than 50 community groups across rural and regional Australia to share in funding as part of the Nutrien Ag Solutions community grants program.
In partnership with the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR), the first round of funding from Nutrien Ag Solutions will see more than $250,000 distributed to 57 community organisations in the form of small grants for projects aimed at creating long-term positive outcomes that benefit and strengthen their communities.
Muswellbrook South Public School P&C will receive $4,732 to purchase equipment for school recycling and sustainability programs to provide students with hands-on sensory learning experiences.
As part of the Supporting Sustainability Project, many of the learning opportunities provided will be inclusive of students with varying abilities and emotional, social, cognitive and behavioural needs.
Natalie Egleton, CEO of FRRR, said the grants program had been one of the most popular programs run by FRRR in recent years.
"Most of the requests were for infrastructure and equipment, such as mowers and generators, or to upgrade community spaces, and to improve access to services and activities," Ms Egleton said.
"These things can often be hard to fund, especially in really small communities.
"Thanks to Nutrien's support, we've been able to give some really important community projects the boost they need to address local needs and take advantage of opportunities that will encourage engagement and foster community wellbeing."
Carissa Buckland, Nutrien Ag Solutions Director of Corporate Affairs, said the company proudly supports the rural and regional communities that play a central role in the agriculture industry.
"With the ongoing impacts of disasters, including fires, floods and drought, and of course the restrictions of COVID, local fundraising has been a challenge, so we are delighted to be able to fund these important community projects, and help relieve the pressure that many groups are under," Ms Buckland said.
Approximately 75 per cent of the applications received for the grants program cme from outer-regional, remote or very remote areas, which FRRR said reflected the challenges associated with securing funding in those parts of Australia.