New grants open for dairy farmers

By Country News

Dairy farmers in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District impacted by drought and dry seasonal conditions are encouraged to apply for two grant programs offering on-farm assistance and direct financial household relief.

The Country Women's Association of Victoria’s Drought Relief program provides up to $3000 per individual applicant for household financial relief.

The grant is for farming families, farm workers and contractors affected by drought and reliant on farming as their main source of income.

It can be used to pay for household expenses such as groceries, school necessities, electricity, rates, telephone and emergency dental and medical bills.

In addition to the drought relief program is the $5000 On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant program for eligible farm businesses to invest in drought infrastructure.

The funding will help to improve on-farm business practices when managing drought, including engagement with professional services to upgrade business plans.

Eligible business decision making activities must be purchased and undertaken on or after Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and do not require co-contribution.

Infrastructure improvements that are eligible are those that will prepare farms for drought and are listed on the Rural Finance website.

Eligible infrastructure improvement activities must be purchased and undertaken on or after Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and require dollar-for-dollar co-contribution.

Eligible irrigation farm businesses include those that have transitioned from irrigation production systems to dryland production in the GMID since July 1, 2018.

For more information on these grants, visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons or your closest Agriculture Victoria office.