Australia’s soils, water, vegetation and biodiversity underpin the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, but these natural resources are under threat. Pressures on Australia’s natural resources can limit the viability and productivity of food, fibre and forestry businesses. The Australian Government’s National Landcare Program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.
As the managers of approximately 61 per cent of the Australian landmass, farmers have an essential role in protecting and rehabilitating natural resources. Sustainable agriculture practices that improve and protect the condition of soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity can also assist farming, forestry and fishing industries to adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets.
Funding for farmers to adopt best practice and improve management and quality of natural resources is now available through the fourth round of the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farms initiative. The initiative runs until 2023 and will see a total of $43.5 million invested via competitive small grants.
The first round saw 77 projects receive $4.75 million (GST exclusive). The second round approved 110 projects totalling $9.246 million and the third round saw $5.03 million shared between 113 projects
This grant opportunity is the fourth round and applications close 9 October 2020 at 11.00pm.
Check out the guidelines here.