Individuals and organisations in Cowper can apply for a share of $13 million in Smart Farms Small Grants funding from the NSW Nationals in the federal government for activities to assist farmers and land managers improve their understanding and management of their soil.
Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said the grants provide an exciting opportunity for raising awareness and knowledge of our nation’s soil.
“This round will continue to support the Smart Farms Small Grants Program outcomes while also supporting outcomes under the National Soil Strategy,” Mr Conaghan said.
“We all know that healthy soil is the basis for great agricultural output as well as environmental benefits, so this final round of Smart Farms Small Grants is getting back to basics.
“Soil extension activities will take action to improve soil health with evidence-based interventions leading to improved soil management practices.
“If we get this right, our farmers and land managers will see increased productivity and profitability, which will help the entire agriculture sector reach its Ag2030 goal to grow agriculture to $100 billion by 2030.”
The final round of Smart Farms Small Grants will fund a diverse range of soil extension activities across Australia.
Eligible activities could include engaging a soil extension officer; conducting soil management workshops, seminars, roadshows or field days; creating communications products, webinars or online materials; and/or establishing trials, demonstrations and monitoring sites.
“These grants will promote knowledge and awareness of soil and lead to better soil management practices for our local farmers and land managers at the grass roots level,” Mr Conaghan said.
“This will also deliver benefits for our communities and natural resources in Cowper. Better soil management will deliver productivity benefits to our farmers and land managers and help to improve our air and water quality.”
Grants are available for between $100,000 to $250,000 per activity and will be delivered over two years. Applicants may apply for a maximum of $2 million per application.
For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Community Grants Hub www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants
Applications close at 9pm on October 12, 2021.