The second round of Smart Farms Program grants has been released giving Australian farmers more than $9 million to assist with innovative projects, adapting to change and to become more sustainable.
The new round of grants – for projects between $5,000 and $200,000 – forms part of the National Landcare Program’s $134 million Smart Farms Small Grants Program.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud encouraged Landcare groups, NRM bodies, indigenous organisations and community groups to throw their hat in the ring.
“The future of Aussie agriculture relies on sustainable farming and land management practices,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Our farmers are looking for new practices and tools to stay sustainable and profitable.”
These grants support new projects to improve Aussie soil, biodiversity and vegetation.
According to the National Farmers’ Federation’s President Fiona Simson, the health the environment is key to the future prosperity and sustainability of Australia’s farm sector with Aussie farmers care for more than 48 per cent of Australia’s landmass.
“Landcare is a wonderful Government initiative that has seen, over many years, farmers, land managers and community members work together on projects that protect the environment from degradation and encourage native flora,” she said.
The first round of funding was highly competitive, attracting more than 800 applicants.
“I urge farming communities who missed out on round one to apply for a Landcare Community Grant. Landcare Community Grants can bring to fruition projects such as tree planting, erosion control and waterway protection and more.”