The Australian Government is inviting Expression of Interest applications via an open competitive process for grants under the Future Drought Fund – Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program.
- to grow the self-reliance and performance (productivity, profitability and sustainability) of the agricultural sector
- to improve the natural capital of agricultural and for better environmental outcomes
- to strengthen the wellbeing and social resilience of rural, regional and remote agricultural dependent communities.
- Ideas Grants: The Ideas Grants are designed to assist applicants who have submitted a proposal that has merit but requires further development before larger investments are considered. This funding is intended to support grantees to undertake further co-design and idea development, for example, engaging experts to support project development, or provide commercialisation advice.
- Proof-of-Concept Grants: The Proof-of-Concept Grants support feasibility and/or viability testing for innovative ideas intended to deliver products, new processes and services that help to build drought resilience for farmers and agricultural-dependent communities and businesses.
- Innovation Grants: The Innovation Grants support projects that contribute to improved drought resilience and are focused on development, extension, adoption and activities to prepare for commercialisation.
- 3 grant types are available in this EOI and grant opportunity.
- Ideas Grants will provide $50,000 (GST inclusive) for one year.
- Proof-of-Concept Grants will provide funding of up to $120,000 (GST inclusive) for one year.
- Innovation Grants will provide funding of between $300,000 to $1.1 million (GST inclusive) per year for a maximum of 3 years.
- For the Proof-of-Concept Grants and the Ideas Grants, all grant activity must be completed within 12 months, and the final report must be submitted by 30 June 2023.
- For the Innovation Grants, all grant activity must be completed by 30 June 2024 with a final report submitted by September 2024.
- Applications are sought from eligible entities or consortia with a lead that is an eligible entity. To be eligible to apply for a grant, the lead applicant must be based in Australia and capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth.
- Eligible entity types are outlined below:
- Sole Traders
- Incorporated Associations
- Indigenous Corporations, registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
- a registered higher education provider for the purposes of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Cth), that is registered in a provider category that permits the use of the word ‘university’
- Local Governments
- Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
- Corporate State or Territory Entity
- Statutory Entity
- Trustee on behalf of a Trust
For more information, visit https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/future-drought-fund