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Rabo Community Fund Idea Submission

Rabo Community Fund criteria and examples

As a cooperative Rabobank has a rich history of community engagement and now, thanks to the Rabo Community Fund, we can make an even bigger impact across rural communities. With the aim of tangibly and meaningfully contributing to the vibrancy and resilience of rural New Zealand, the Rabo Community Fund will be used to support local grassroots initiatives, identified by our clients in the heart of the community.

Our network of Rabo Client Councils are our eyes and ears in the community. With a vision of owning the food and agribusiness space in New Zealand, the Rabo Client Councils play a vitally important role in both helping the bank to identify and address the concerns of New Zealand’s regional communities and in ensuring that its strategy, products and services remain relevant to its client’s needs.

This fund is not intended as a grants program, but is there to address the wider challenges in agriculture at a local level, such as building industry capacity, addressing labour and skills shortages and helping rural communities transition to the future of farming.

Check our criteria and examples first, if you tick all the boxes, please complete the form below and we will respond to you as soon as our team has reviewed your idea.

Please read and agree to our privacy notice and consent before completing the form to submit your idea.


  1. Support the food and agribusiness industry and/or rural communities in New Zealand
  2. Align with one or more of the five Rabo Client Council themes:
    - Long-term industry capacity & agricultural education
    - Environmental sustainability
    - Rural / urban divide
    - Rural health
    - Adaptation / disruption

Examples that meet the criteria:

  • A rural health event in your community
  • An agricultural careers fair for students
  • A program to connect rural and metro schools with each other

Examples that do not meet the criteria:

  • Sponsorship of the local Footy club
  • Political or religious events / organisations
  • Donation to an animal sanctuary


The personal information we collect from you in this form will be used for the purposes of assessing your idea for the Rabo Community Fund. If you do not identify yourself in the form, we will not be able to contact you to discuss your idea. The information we collect will be shared with the Rabobank New Zealand Group (including Rabobank New Zealand Limited) and may also be shared overseas with the Rabobank Australia Group. For more information about how we handle your privacy or if you want to gain access to or seek correct or your personal information or have a privacy-related complaint, please refer to our Privacy policy Statement available on our website at

Share your idea

Fill in the form below to share your idea for rural communities or the agriculture industry

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