The Future Drought Fund is calling for Expressions of Interest in a $34.2 million grants scheme which is aimed at helping farmers and agricultural-dependent communities.
The grants are designed to drive development, extension, adoption and commercialisation of drought-resistant practices and technologies. The competitive grants process is open to organisations, not-for-profits, community groups or consortiums to support drought innovation projects.
The grants are split into three categories:
- Ideas grant: $50,000 for 1 year to develop a good idea
- Proof-of-Concept grant – up to $120,000 for 1 year
- Innovation grant – between $300,000 and $1 million per year for up to 3 years
Drought innovation is vital to the sustainability of the agricultural sector, especially in places like the Wheatbelt where drought impacts are an ongoing reality. The grant process is looking at ideas, practices, technologies and ways of doing business that support innovation in this area.
Given the nature of our climate, we encourage Wheatbelt innovators with a great idea to register – even in the idea is only partially formed.
Expressions of Interest close at 9pm on 8 September 2021. For more information and to register visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought/future-drought-fund/research-adoption-program