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Smart Farms Small Grants applications open

By Jamie Salter

Farmers can now apply for up to $100,000 in funding to support their sustainable farming efforts.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said applications for round four of the Smart Farms Small Grants Program were now open.

“This is a hugely popular program that provides a real bang for buck when it comes to delivering benefits for farms, the environment and local communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Aussie farmers not only produce the best food and fibre in the world, but they are also our greatest environmentalists.

“Our farmers have always looked after the land, and through these grants we can give them a helping hand to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices.”

Round four of the Smart Farms Small Grants Program has $6.5 million available to support one- to two-year projects that improve best practice sustainable farming awareness, skills and capacity.

“We’re looking for projects across a range of areas such as pest control, vegetation management, farm input efficiency, climate and market management, and the use of new technologies,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Previous rounds of this program have delivered benefits across the length and breadth of the country — from indigenous fishers and aquaculturists in Cape York to pistachio growers in Robinvale, Victoria.

“I want to continue that trend and get innovative practices out on the ground and delivering real benefits to our farmers.”

Applications for the the Smart Farms Small Grants Program close on Friday, October 9 at 11 pm.

For more information and to apply, visit the Community Grants Hub at: www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants