Drought Resilience grants to encourage innovation in New England

13th Oct 2020
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, says organisations, farmer groups and individuals can now apply for a share of grants worth $10 million which are aimed at building drought resilience in New England.
  
Grants of between $20,000 and $200,000 are available from the Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program, which is part of the Coalition Government’s Future Drought Fund.
 
“The grants can be used for innovative ideas and new technology which will tackle droughts head-on,” Mr Joyce said.    
 
“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.
 
“Grants could also be sought for things like alternative rotational grazing methods or better weed management.
 
“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”, Mr Joyce said.
 
The Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program forms part of the first round of investments the Australian Government is making through the $5 billion Future Drought Fund to help farmers better prepare for dry times.
 
Interested organisations, farmer groups and individuals can now apply via the Community Grants Hubhttps://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/nrmdroughtresilienceprogram . 
 
Applications close 30 October, 2020.
 
Further details are available at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund

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