The forestry industry plays a key role in building and supporting rural and regional communities through its business activities and by sponsoring local community events and activities.
VicForests assists organisations that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities by providing grants of up to $2000 to charity groups, sporting groups, educational and community groups located across Western Victoria, Central Highlands, Gippsland and East Gippsland.
Since the inception of the Community Support Program in 2010, VicForests has donated over $300,000 to almost 200 community groups and services through the Program as well as establishing ongoing three year sponsorship arrangements with 16 organisations.
This excludes the thousands of dollars of in-kind wood donations VicForests makes to groups as required throughout the year.
Examples of the type of initiatives VicForests will provide funding for include local community festivals, the re-establishment of gardens affected by the Black Saturday bushfires and outside broadcast equipment for a community radio station.