Four local not-for-profit organisations are chuffed with a funding grant that will help them get new projects off the ground.
Gunnedah Family Support, Boggabri Tractor Shed, Gunnedah Family and Children's Services and Gunnedah South Public School P&C were all recipients of $5000 for their projects.
The funding was provided by Bayer as part of the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grant program, in partnership with Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
Gunnedah Family Support chief executive officer Veronica Rodenburg said the organisation would be using the funding to develop its new 'Better Fathers Project'.
"We've had a 200 per cent increase in people seeking help and one of the things that's increased is men looking for support and resources to be better fathers, having better communication skills with their children, being better partners, dealing with relationship issues and stress," Ms Rodenburg said.
"We're wanting to put together a pack of resources ... we would go out and have a yarn with fathers and provide them with techniques on communication and ideas on how to play and spend time with their children."
Ms Rodenburg said the key part of the project was to put the resources "in front of the right people at the right time" because it could have "an enormous impact".
"That's what we're really hoping to do ... getting it and putting it in the hands of dads, not just on the wall or in brochures," she said.
Boggabri Tractor Shed president Geoff Eather said the group was "blown away that we managed to get a grant like that".
The group will be using its funding for a new kitchen.
"We had an open day in July and we had a lot of people in and we thought a kitchen would probably be a very good idea," Mr Eather said.
The next step for the group would be owning the shed itself one day.
"We've actually got the use of the shed on pretty good arrangements with the owner and the group would love to buy the shed down the track, so we're forever hopeful we night get a grant to do just that," Mr Eather said.
The FRRR was established in 2000 to support the renewal of rural, regional and remote communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.
A local cotton grower nominated each of the not-for-profits that received funds.