North-east Victorian organisations, farmer groups and individuals with innovative ideas to build drought resilience can now apply for grants of up to $200,000, Nationals Senate Leader and Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie announced.
“Applications are now open for the $10 million grants component of the Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program,” she said.
“Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 are available for delivery of a range of on-ground activities that build drought resilience.
“Through the adoption of new technology and innovative practices, this program will deliver a range of on-ground outcomes achieving benefits that meet farmers’ priorities and contribute to landscape-scale drought resilience in agriculture dependent communities.
“For example, innovative projects that regenerate and maintain groundcover can deliver drought resilience by improving the soil’s water infiltration and storage capacity, reducing run-off and associated water and wind erosion.
“The Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program forms part of the first round of investments the Liberal and Nationals Government is making through the $5 billion Future Drought Fund to help farmers better prepare for dry times.
“These projects will continue to deliver lasting benefits, even during the good years, by helping to lift the productivity and profitability of the agriculture sector and enhance the health and sustainability of our farming landscapes.”
Interested organisations, farmer groups and individuals can now apply via the Community Grants Hub. Applications close 30 October 2020. Further details on each program is available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund.