Agriculture, Rural & Regional

AgUp Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via a targeted competitive process to contribute towards outcomes under the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Outcome 3 – More sustainable, productive, internationally competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries through policies and initiatives that promote better resource management practices, innovation, self-reliance and improved access to international markets commencing in the 2021–22 financial year.

The AgUP grant program provides grants to co-fund industry-led (agriculture, fisheries and forestry) initiatives aimed at supporting jobs and retaining the Australian workforce by building skills, establishing and enhancing career progression pathways and mentoring opportunities. The grants will support initiatives that encourage the development of innovative approaches to career progression and support the retention and sustainability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector workforce.

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Agriculture, Community

Special Disaster Grants – NSW Storms & Floods – February & March 2021

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)

Grant Background:  In response to the storm and flood events that occurred across NSW from 19 February and 10 March, the RAA is delivering three programs to support the recovery of primary producers. The Special Disaster Assistance Grant will assist with costs associated with the immediate clean-up and repairs to infrastructure.

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Agriculture, Education

AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders that will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities. The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture.

Suitable degrees include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Rural Science
  • Livestock/Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Plant Science
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Resource Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) with major studies and subject selections relevant to, and aligned with, agriculture.

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • A bursary for the final two years of your degree
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

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Agriculture, Environmental

Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applicants/organisations for the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program.

The objective of the program is to trial and demonstrate how scaling of particular practices (or combinations of practices) to improve management of natural capital can build drought resilience.

Through this, the program aims to create and communicate an evidence base and case studies that contribute to scaling out the successful practices.

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Farm Investment Loans

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Farm Investment Loans provide farm businesses with loans to make farms stronger, more resilient and more profitable.

The loans may be used to:

  • strengthen your farm business
  • access markets interstate or outside Australia
  • prepare for, manage through or recover from drought
  • refinance existing debt
  • pay for operating expenses or capital
  • enhance productivity
  • fund drought-related activities

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Agriculture, Business

Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme

Funder:  NSW – Legal Services

Grant Background: The Commonwealth Government has provided funding for legal assistance to NSW primary producers and small businesses dealing with legal issues relating to the 2019/2020 bushfires. Under the Scheme, private lawyers will have access to funding to provide legal services.

If you are an eligible small business owner or primary producer, your solicitor can apply for funding to assist you to resolve your legal matter arising from the 2019/20 bushfires, and for related expenses like expert reports. If you have more than one bushfire related legal problem your solicitor may receive separate funding for each problem.

The funding is available for legal issues including, but not limited to:

  • Insurance disputes
  • Commercial leases
  • Contract disputes
  • Planning and building law
  • Local Government disputes
  • Entitlements to government grants and schemes
  • Credit and debt
  • Banking
  • Fencing issues
  • Property law
  • Employment law issues for employers

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Agriculture, Environmental

Environment Restoration Fund Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan – Priority Species

Funder: Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Environment Restoration Fund Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan – Priority Species grant program provides funding to undertake activities that will protect, enhance, rehabilitate, recover and/or restore priority species and their habitats.

The program reflects the Government’s efforts to protect and restore Australia’s threatened species through the Threatened Species Strategy‘s first Action Plan 2021 – 2026.

The objective of this program is to assist efforts to improve the trajectories of priority species.

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Agriculture, Environmental

National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge: Feasibility Study Grants support successful applicants to conduct feasibility studies that demonstrate the technical viability and commercial potential of your soil carbon measurement solutions.

The objectives of the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge program are to:

  • fast-track the development of lower-cost, accurate technical approaches to enable land managers to quantify the impact of their land management activities on soil organic carbon
  • secure co-investment and foster partnerships that trial and deploy novel soil carbon measurement technological solutions.

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Agriculture, Environmental

Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program

Funder:  NSW – Local Land Services

Grant Background: NSW Local Land Service is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from landholders under round one of the NSW Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program. The Fencing Northern Basin Riverbanks Program in NSW provides practical support for landholders to protect valuable ecological sites and improve native fish habitat across the northern Basin.

Other eligible activities under the program include off-stream stock watering points, control of exotic woody weeds, minor erosion control works, revegetation and river re-snagging to protect native fish and contribute to a healthier river system.

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