Smart Farms Small Grants support big ideas

Farmers and landcare groups now have the opportunity to bring their clever sustainability ideas to reality, with grants of up to $50,000 under the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said up to $5 million was available nationally under Round Three of the program, for grants of between $5,000 and $50,000, and he encouraged Wide Bay producers to apply.

“Wide Bay’s farmers and landcare groups know and care for the land better than anyone, and have plenty of bright ideas on how to help keep it in top condition for generations to come,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These grants will help farmers turn innovative ideas into practical on-ground projects to ensure their land is healthy while increasing on-farm productivity.

“Producers are a significant part of the Wide Bay economy, so by providing this funding to help improve natural resource management, the environment, communities and regional economies all benefit.”

A total of $43.5 million is available for Smart Farms Small Grants across an anticipated six annual rounds (2017–18 to 2022–23).

Under Round one, 77 projects valued at $4.75 million were approved, with another 110 projects valued at $9.25 million approved under Round two.

Round three Smart Farms Small Grants applications are open until 19 December 2019. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.

For more information and to apply visit the Community Grants Hub website www.communitygrants.gov.au.
  

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Media Contact:
For Mr O’Brien:  Clementine Norton (07) 4121 2936