Agriculture
Agriculture

AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Programme

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Grant Background: The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is calling for applications from emerging rural industries to partner with AgriFutures Australia to increase the production capacity and value of their industry. Applicants should be aiming to grow their industry by applying research, development and extension (RD&E) to overcome technical, market, supply chain and biological constraints.

AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is dedicated to identifying and supporting the development of new and emerging rural industries that can meet changing demand and make a valuable economic, social and environmental contribution to Australia. RD&E investment has a clear goal to identify and support the emergence of agricultural industries that can reach or exceed a target of $10 million per annum threshold within five years.

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Smoke Taint & Apple Recovery Grants

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The Commonwealth Government has announced new grants to support apple growers directly impacted by the 2019/2020 bushfires as well as wine grape producers impacted by smoke taint as a result of these bushfires.

While not directly impacted by flames, a number of wine grape producers were significantly impacted by smoke taint. This has led to a loss of approximately 4%, or 60,000 tonnes, of the national harvest for the 2020 vintage.

The 2019/2020 bushfires also caused significant localised damage to some apple growers in NSW. Grants for eligible businesses are available to assist with re-establishing damaged or destroyed apple orchards.

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Agriculture, Business, Rural & Regional

Rural Financial Counselling Service Programme

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open and competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Rural Financial Counselling Services Program in the 12 predefined service regions from 2021–22 to 2023–24. Applicants may apply for more than one service region, including across different states.

The RFCS Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The vision for the 2021 to 2024 RFCS Program is to empower clients to take control of their financial situation and cultivate financially capable primary producers that are profitable, self-reliant and resilient.

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Agriculture, Environmental

Fish Friendly Irrigation Screens

Funder:  NSW – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Grant Background: Irrigators seeking to install diversion screening technology on irrigation pumps along the Upper Macquarie River system are encouraged to register an Expression of Interest for subsidies.

The Upper Macquarie River system provides habitat to a variety of native freshwater fish and other aquatic species, some of which are listed as threatened. Significant numbers of native fish are caught up every year in water extraction pumps along our rivers. These unnecessary losses can be reduced with the installation of fish friendly screens.

Landholders can apply for funding towards the installation of a fish screen to an existing pump site.

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Agriculture, Environmental

Weeds In Bushfire Recovery

Funder:  NSW – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

Grant Background: The Weeds in Bushfire Recovery project provides on-ground incentives to private and public landholders in areas within the Central Tablelands impacted by the 2019 – 2020 bushfires for the mitigation and control of weeds.

Central Tablelands landholders can apply for financial support for work involving both environmental weeds and/or weeds in production areas such as pastures.

All proposed works need to demonstrate a strategic or targeted approach that contributes to weed management and control in the longer term.

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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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