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Grants and Funding Opportunities

  • Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund

    ​​​The Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to support Australian agricultural industry.

    The Fund’s objective is to support national agricultural industry organisations to develop leadership capability within agricultural industry representative bodies. It aims to build farm leaders’ skills so they can better represent their agricultural industry.

    Applications for this grant funding are open until 12 noon (Canberra local time) on Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

    Access the application form through the Australian Government’s grant information system GrantConnect. You will need to register before you are able to access the grant guidelines and the application form.

    Individual grants are expected to be between $100,000 and $500,000, lesser amounts will be considered.

    The Fund is a competitive grant process open to Australian national agricultural industry representative bodies.

  • Farm Business Concessional Loans

    Farm Business Concessional Loans scheme is open for applications until 30 June 2017, or when funding is fully committed, whichever occurs first.

    In brief, the details of the loan scheme include:

    Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans to assist commercially viable dairy farm businesses through the short-term crisis caused by the May 2016 decision of Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to reduce farm gate milk prices. Loans of up to $1 million are available for debt restructuring; and to provide new debt for operating expenses and productivity enhancement activities.

    Drought Assistance Concessional Loans to assist commercially viable drought affected farmers to continue to operate through drought, recover once the season breaks and prepare for future droughts. Loans of up to $1 million are available for debt restructuring; and to provide new debt for operating expenses, drought recovery (planting and restocking) and drought preparedness activities.

    A concessional interest rate is currently set at 2.47% per annum and reviewed by the Australian Government every 6 months. A maximum loan term of 10 years, with interest only repayments for the first five years; and principal and interest payments for years six to ten.

    Potential applicants are requested to call PIRSA toll free on 1800 182 235 to arrange an appointment time or to obtain further information about the loans.

  • NRM Agricultural Small Grants

    The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017/2018 NRM Agricultural Small Grants.

    What is the application criteria?

    The NRM Agricultural Knowledge Small Grants funding can be used to undertake the following activities including but not limited to:

    ·         Access a key note or guest speaker/s to present to the group

    ·         Organise a field day for the group

    ·         Host a workshop or webinar

    ·         Host a forum or information session

    In addition, projects must demonstrate the following:

    ·         Projects must be driven from an agricultural or horticultural farming group perspective

    ·         Projects must be conducted within the SAMDB NRM region

    ·         Project outcomes must build agricultural training, knowledge or skill of the group.

    ·         Projects must facilitate improved management of natural resources


    How much can be applied for?

    Each project can apply for up to $3,000+Gst.


    What is the opening and closing date for applications?

    Applications can be submitted on 1 April 2017 with final submissions due for submission by 5pm 15 May 2017


    When do projects need to be completed by?

    Projects must be completed, all funding acquitted, and project reports completed and submitted on or before Friday the 1 June 2018. There will be no opportunities for project extensions due to external project funding requirements.


    Further information on how to apply?

    Further information can be found at Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin’s webpage at


    Need assistance or more information?

    For assistance, more information, or to discuss your project proposal, please contact:

    Mark May, Sustainable Agriculture Officer,

    on or (08) 8580 1800, or 0400 889 023.

  • Managing Practice Change in Agriculture Grants

    Agriculture and farming systems based groups on Eyre Peninsula are invited to submit an application for small grants (up to $4,000 exclusive of GST) from the Australian Government National Landcare Funding, under the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board 'Managing Practice Change in Agriculture' 2017-18 grants round.

    The two documents you need to begin are:
    1. Application Form
    2. Application Guidelines

    Important: Please read the application guidelines thoroughly before starting your application.

    If you have questions about applying, or require an application form in Word document format, please contact Mary Crawford, Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, phone: 0407 187 878, email:
Agricultural Bureau of South Australia

C/- Rural Business Support
555 The Parade
Magill SA 5072


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