The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Future Drought Fund: Networks to Build Drought Resilience (NBDR) Project. The aim of this project is to build community capacity by strengthening social and community networking, support, engagement, and wellbeing. These actions will build an enduring resilience to the impacts of climate change, including drought, and enhance the public good in agriculture-dependent communities.
Drought resilience includes the ability to adapt, reorganize or transform in response to changing temperature, increasing variability and scarcity of rainfall, and changed seasonality of rainfall, which may lead to improved economic, environmental, and social wellbeing.
- Applicants can apply for Future Drought Fund grant, which includes administrative funding, up to a maximum of $3.75 million (exclusive of GST).
This Future Drought Fund program will:
- improve community connectedness and collaboration through building community network members’ skills and social network diversity and sharing of learnings amongst agriculture dependent communities
- increase social networking, support and engagement, and wellbeing and reduce social isolation through increasing participation in community networking events/conferences, stimulating higher rates of innovation in the local economy and the agricultural sector over time
- improve community networks access to risk management information and training, increasing the capacity of community networks to participate in regional drought resilience planning
- increase community economic development and diversification opportunities to improve access to meeting places and facilities, reducing social isolation and improving community wellbeing over time
- deliver small scale projects, such as improving meeting places for the network members, that assist the management of the network, and community facilities that support community drought resilience.
- To be eligible under Future Drought Fund the applicant must be a legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN), have an account with an Australian financial institution, and be capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth. For example:
- an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organization, council or incorporated association
- Incorporated Association
- Sole Trader
- Trustee on behalf of a Trust
- Consortia applications are eligible to apply, providing all partners are eligible entities individually.
For more information, visit https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/networkstobuilddroughtresilience