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Agriculture, Community, Rural & Regional

Networks to Build Drought Resilience

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.

The Networks to Build Drought Resilience Program is one of the Fund’s foundation programs. It is designed to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement and wellbeing.

The aim is to build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.

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Special Disaster Grants – Storms & Floods

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)

Grant Background: The Special Disaster Grant – Storms & Floods is available to eligible primary producers, following the declaration of a Natural Disaster by the NSW Government and approval of the Australian Government. This assistance measure is only provided in event of Natural Disasters that have severely affected communities, regions or sectors.

To make it easier for you to apply, the RAA has access to third party damage assessment information, for example high-resolution imagery, to confirm the extent of the impacts in declared storm & flood-affected local government areas in NSW. However, it is important that you provide reasonable evidence of storm and/or flood damage with your application so they can fully assess your situation.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Together with the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot, the Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot is trialling mechanisms to pay farmers for improving biodiversity on farms under the Agriculture Stewardship Package.

This pilot aims to trial market-based approaches to enhancing native remnant vegetation on farms through locally adapted management protocols developed by the Australian National University in consultation with Natural Resource Management organisations in six trial regions.

Successful farmers could be eligible to receive payments to manage and enhance existing remnant native vegetation on-farm over a period of 10 years.

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Agriculture, Environmental

National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The National Landcare Program: Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities grant round will support soil extension activities that contribute to achieving the program outcomes. These activities will be supported by a National Community of Practice.

Eligible extension activities will be delivered to farmers, land managers and the wider network of farm advisers. They will promote management practices that leads to better soil health including promoting the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program, soil testing and interpretation of results, and lead to improved sustainable soil management practices through the development and promotion of communication products, education awareness and training sessions, and on-ground trials and demonstrations.

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Agriculture, Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program – Large Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background:   The Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program (Small Grants) aims to support community-led, on-ground projects to improve the health and ecological condition of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin, whilst also supporting economic development and jobs.

The intended outcomes are:

  • improved health and ecological conditions of rivers and wetlands in the Murray–Darling Basin
  • improved community involvement in restoring the environmental health of the Murray–Darling Basin
  • increased economic activity and employment in Basin communities as a result of grant funding.

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Agriculture, Education, Rural & Regional

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Grant applications are now open for the 2022 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.  The Science Awards have already helped 272 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are 12 industry Science Award categories open for applications.

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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Future Drought Fund – Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Future Drought Fund – Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program has 3 grant types available:

  • Ideas Grants will provide $50,000 for one year.
  • Proof-of-Concept Grants will provide funding of up to $120,000 for one year.
  • Innovation Grants will provide funding of between $300,000 to $1.1 million per year for a maximum of 3 years.

This grant opportunity will run through a 2-part process.

You can express interest in an Innovation Grant, Proof-of-Concept Grant, or an Ideas Grant. You may submit more than one application.  The EOI process will be used to move applications into the most appropriate funding stream to support merit worthy proposals of varying scale and development, and to manage risks.

If your proposal is assessed as suitable in the EOI process for an Innovation Grant or a Proof-of-Concept Grant, you will be invited to apply for these through a targeted competitive grant round.

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Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority (RAA)

Grant Background: The Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) scheme is designed to support NSW primary producers to invest in drought-proofing infrastructure to build resilience now and in future dry periods.

The rebate provides eligible primary producers access to a 25 per cent rebate on purchases, delivery and if applicable, the labour cost to engage a person to install water infrastructure for animal welfare needs or drought resilience.

Applicants completing new works will have three months from approval of their application to complete the proposed works and provide invoices to the RAA to claim the rebate.

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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, 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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