Funding open for Smart Farms small grants

Funding is now open for Round Two of the Smart Farms Small Grants, being offered by the National Landcare Program.

More than $9 million is available in grants of between $5000 to $200,000 to help farmers and groups to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud has encouraged Landcare groups, NRM bodies, Indigenous organisations and community groups to apply.

He said farmers are looking for new practices and tools to stay sustainable and profitable.

“The future of Aussie agriculture relies on sustainable farming and land management practices,” he said.

“These grants support new projects to improve Aussie soil, biodiversity and vegetation. They will also help support water security and promote climate-smart farming.

“Ultimately, this leads to more profitable agriculture, fishing and forestry industries.”

Minister Littleproud said the grants could make many exceptional ideas a reality.

More than $5million was awarded to 77 projects in round one, with all applicants encouraged to reapply in round two.

The grants are part of the National Landcare Program’s $134 million Smart Farms Program.

More information is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/natural-resources/landcare/national-landcare-program/australian-government-investment-in-landcare. Visit the Community Grants Hub to apply at https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/ or speak to our new Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator Sarah Voumard on 8648 5124.

Grant applications close on 11 January 2019.