Agriculture
Agriculture, Education

National Farm Safety Education Fund: Improving Farm Safety Practices

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply to deliver services under the National Farm Safety Education Fund Program from 2021 to 2023. Funding will be available to eligible organisations to support projects that result in improved farm safety outcomes nationally.

The objective of the grant opportunity is better and more effective communication to farmers and those that live and work on Australian farms and in related industries, to improve their understanding and take up of the behaviours and practices associated with farm safety.

The grant opportunity will support projects focused on education and capacity building in 2 priority areas:

  1. the next generation of farmers
  2. industry-endorsed training and continued learning.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Environmental

Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Methane Emissions Reduction in Livestock: Research Grants support on-ground trials involving Australian producers to collect data on emissions and productivity impacts from the use of low-emissions feed technologies.

The objectives are to:

  • engage livestock producers and build an evidence-base to support calculation of livestock emissions reductions and productivity outcomes (e.g. dose-responses) in livestock, from the use of feed technologies
  • increase livestock producers’ and service providers’ experience with feed technology products
  • verify claimed productivity and emissions reduction benefits
  • leverage co-investment in technologies that have the potential to reduce livestock emissions
  • support partnerships between producers and industry to advance emissions reduction in livestock.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Business

AgriStarter Loan

Funder:  Federal – Regional Investment Corporation

Grant Background: The Regional Investment Corporation provides loans to assist first time farmers and loans to support farm succession arrangements.

Use this loan to​:

  • fund the purchase of an existing farm business, including land, infrastructure and other farm business assets
  • fund the purchase of land, infrastructure and other farm business assets as part of establishing or developing a farm business
  • buy out relatives during farm business succession
  • pay costs associated with the succession planning process
  • pay for legal costs or stamp duty

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Rural & regional
Agriculture, Environmental

Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot is trialling arrangements to reward farmers for improving on-farm biodiversity together with carbon projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Under the pilot, farmers who plant native trees will receive payments for biodiversity outcomes. These payments will be in addition to earnings a landholder might receive for their carbon abatement.

Eligible activities will build on ERF carbon projects. Examples could include:

  • Planting, managing and looking after vegetation
  • Regenerating gullies, waterways and degraded hillsides

These plantings can also benefit farmers by providing shelter for livestock, improving soil moisture and reducing erosion.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Business

Producer Technology Uptake Programme

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Grant Background: AgriFutures Australia has developed an exciting new pilot program focused on supporting producers to increase the uptake and adoption of technology within their agriculture, fishing or forestry business. Digital technologies are critical to increased productivity through optimising input use, more timely decision-making, labour savings, and improved market access.

The program is designed to work with existing producer networks, who know and understand the needs of producers in their region as well as producer maturity in terms of digital literacy and capacity for technology uptake.

In addition to having access to an online technology adoption hub and delivering  a tailored workshop, eligible producer groups can develop a bespoke program to specifically support producers in their group to start or continue their technology adoption journey.

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Agriculture, Education, Rural & Regional

AgriFutures – Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course for Emerging Industries

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the people who are driving, and will drive, the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities.

The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is seeking applications from those working in an emerging industry to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors CourseTM.

This is a first for the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program and an exciting opportunity for established industry leaders to hone their skills and make a valuable contribution to the future growth of their associated industry.

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Agriculture, Business

Biosecurity Business Grant

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Biosecurity Business Grants program is to provide funding which supports Indigenous businesses and not-for-profits to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait.

The objective of the program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
  • increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.

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water enviro
Agriculture

Seafood Innovation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The NSW Government is offering low interest rate loans to assist commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers to identify and address risks to their business, improve permanent assets and infrastructure, ensure long-term productivity and sustainable use of the marine, estuarine and land-based environment.

The Seafood Innovation Fund will assist investment into four key areas:

  • Preparedness – adaptability to changing seasonal conditionals or climatic events of floods or droughts.
  • Environment – ensuring equipment has a minimal impact on the environment.
  • Fishing and Aquaculture Farming Equipment and Assets – replacement of unsafe or inefficient assets.
  • Transport & Logistics -ensuring that product reaches markets in optimum condition.

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Fire
Agriculture, Community

Supporting Our Neighbours – Public Land Boundary Fencing Program

Funder:  NSW – Local Land Services

Grant Background: The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands.

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences.

For the purposes of this grant, public lands includes:

  • National parks
  • Forestry Corporation land
  • Traveling stock reserves
  • Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases
  • Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.

Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.

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Agriculture, Arts & Creative, Business, Children & Youth, Community, Education, Environmental, Health, Heritage, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional, Seniors, Sport, Tourism & Events, Women

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