Rural & Remote
Agriculture

Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Programme

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications under the Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants. The Program is focused on support for experimentation in NRM practices, systems and approaches that go beyond current best practice. This aims to foster innovation and transformational change in the management of Natural Capital to deliver drought resilience in agricultural landscapes.

Through holistic management and adoption of new or existing technology and practices, this program will deliver a range of on-ground outcomes achieving benefits that meet local priorities and contribute to landscape-scale drought resilience.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Environmental

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.

The purpose will be achieved by supporting projects that contribute to achieving one or both of the program outcomes outlined below:

  • Outcome 1 – Increased adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Outcome 2 – Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

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Agriculture - Food
Agriculture

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.

There are ten industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); forest and wood products; grains; horticulture; meat and livestock; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

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Community
Agriculture, Community

Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Leaders

 Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The intended outcomes of the Drought Resilience Leaders Project are to:

  • design and deliver a drought resilience leadership course and a mentoring program that will develop the skills and capabilities of young and emerging leaders, and facilitate a culture of learning and knowledge sharing throughout agriculture dependent communities – building a national drought resilience leadership capability
  • empower young and emerging leaders across a range of sectors (Indigenous Australians, women, agri-business, entrepreneurship, natural resource management and industry) to share and apply their skills and knowledge developed and acquired through the DRL Training Course with their community
  • enable farmers (with demonstrated experience and capacity) as well as other drought and climate experts to share drought and climate resilience and adaptation skills and knowledge with their peers through mentoring (an informal learning program).

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Future Drought Fund: Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Future Drought Fund: Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program will:

  • improve community connectedness and collaboration through building community network members’ skills and social network diversity and sharing of learnings amongst agriculture dependent communities
  • increase social networking, support and engagement and wellbeing and reduce social isolation through increasing participation in community networking events/conferences, stimulating higher rates of innovation in the local economy and the agricultural sector over time
  • improve community networks access to risk management information and training, increasing the capacity of community networks to participate in regional drought resilience planning
  • increase community economic development and diversification opportunities to improve access to meeting places and facilities, reducing social isolation and improving community wellbeing over time
  • deliver small scale projects, such as improving meeting places for the network members, that assist the management of the network, and community facilities that support community drought resilience.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Environmental

Advancing Pest Control & Weed Control Solutions

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Advancing Pest Animal and Weed Control Solutions aims to research and develop innovative control solutions to improve the way established pest animals and weeds are managed.

Project applications must target invasive established pest animals or weed species that are not endemic to Australia or a particular part of Australia.

The outcomes of the grant round are to:

  • Advance a range of breakthrough control solutions that challenge traditional approaches to managing pest animals and weeds to enable better outcomes.
  • Deliver innovations that improve existing established pest animals and weeds control methods or tools, as well as improved detection and monitoring methods.
  • Further research into, and development of, new and enhanced ‘farm ready’ pest animals and weeds control tools to increase uptake and accessibility of these tools by farmers and land managers.

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Agriculture

Soil Erosion Project 20/21

Funder:  NSW – Local Land Services

Grant Background: The Soil Erosion project will assist land managers to improve their management of gullies and erosion sites across the Central Tablelands Local Land Services region. On-ground incentives will be offered to landholders to improve their management of gullies to prevent further soil erosion.

The incentive will assist to reduce the impacts of sediment movement whilst improving management and ground cover within the immediate areas.

Erosion control field days will be held around the region throughout the year with landholders encouraged to attend to learn about methods and techniques to reduce erosion and loss of soil.

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Ground Cover Confinement Feeding

Funder:  NSW – Local Land Services

Grant Background: The ground cover incentive project will assist landholders to prevent degradation of natural resources by ensuring that adequate ground cover is maintained across their property during periods of drought and adverse seasonal conditions.

The project provides training and financial assistance to land managers to construct farm infrastructure (confinement feeding areas) that will improve grazing management and ground cover outcomes.

Confinement feeding areas are carefully selected spaces set up to hold, feed and water livestock at high stocking rates. These areas enable maintenance or improvement of ground cover levels and reduce environmental degradation.

Funding is available to contribute towards the construction of confinement feeding areas. The following activities can be funded: Water troughs, pipe and fittings, fencing materials, non-portable feeders, shade cloth shelters and trees (other infrastructure may be approved upon application and negotiation with LLS staff).

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Energy Efficient Communities Program – Dairy Farming Business Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The objective of the Energy Efficient Communities Program grant opportunity is to support Australian dairy farming businesses to save energy through:

  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out on-farm energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions.

You can use your grant for one or more of the following:

  • replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing solar pre-heating for a hot water system, installing a variable speed drive on a vacuum pump, installing heat recovery from milk cooling equipment to pre-heat hot water, installing remote monitoring equipment for water storage or pasture condition)
  • energy audits
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • monitoring of energy consumption and emissions.

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Agriculture
Agriculture

National Product Stewardship Investment Fund

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The objectives of the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund grant opportunity are to support organisations across Australia to:

  • accelerate work on new industry-led product stewardship schemes, and
  • improve the rates of recycling across new and existing schemes

You can use your grant for one or more of the following activities:

  • business case development
  • scheme design
  • scheme implementation

$ Available: Up to $1million.

Eligibility:  To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following incorporated entities:

  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • an incorporated association
  • a company
  • a company limited by guarantee

Key Dates: Closes on 21 August 2020

Link: CLICK HERE

Happy to chat if you need a hand with your application and please share this grant opportunity with anyone who may be interested. Good luck, Melanie

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