The Australian Government is inviting applications under the Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants.
The Program is focused on support for experimentation in NRM practices, systems and approaches that go beyond current best practice. This aims to foster innovation and transformational change in the management of Natural Capital to deliver drought resilience in agricultural landscapes.
The intended outcomes of the Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grants are:
- NRM is improved in Australian agricultural landscapes in ways that support primary producers’ capacity to prepare for and respond to future droughts and climate change;
- Primary producers and other land managers are enabled to experiment with adaptive or transformative NRM practices, systems and approaches that can build drought resilience in agricultural landscapes;
- Increased uptake of ”whole-of-system” natural resource management thinking and practices – that is, approaches that acknowledge the linkages between the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends; environmental and economic aspects of drought resilience on farms; and the social drought resilience of communities in agricultural areas;
- Networks are established or strengthened between stakeholders who partner and share responsibility for managing natural resources (including public and private land managers), which improves connectedness and diversity of approaches across the landscape.
- The Australian Government has announced a total of $10 million available.
- $4 million (GST exclusive) of this is available for smaller projects (between $20,000 to $50,000).
- $6 million of this (GST exclusive) is available for larger projects (between $50,001 to $200,000).
- This grant round will run-up to the end of the 2021-2022 financial year. For both smaller and larger projects, you will receive funding in 2020-2021 and must complete your project activities by 30 June 2022.
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be an individual, farming group or organisation based in Australia and capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth. This includes the following entity types:
- Commonwealth Company;
- Corporate Commonwealth Entity;
- Corporate State or Territory Entity;
- Incorporated Association;
- Indigenous Corporation;
- International Entity;
- Local Government;
- Non-corporate State or Territory Entity;
- Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority;
- Sole Trader;
- Statutory Entity;
- Trustee on behalf of a Trust.
You must meet the following additional eligibility requirements before you apply:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- be registered for the purposes of GST;
- have an account with an Australian financial institution;
- for individuals, be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia;
- for international entities, be registered with ASIC to carry on business in Australia.
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