Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups in the South West can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to assist them to protect and improve the condition of soil, vegetation and biodiversity and support agricultural systems to adapt to change.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said called for applications from local farmers and community and industry groups for the competitive $50 million over six years Smart Farms Small Grants program, through the National Landcare Program, which is now open.
“Our farmers are invested in protecting and caring for the land so they are able to pass on productive and healthy farms to future generations,” Mrs Marino said.
“Many people have taken the opportunity to get involved in Landcare over the years and now we have extended the opportunity for more farmers and community groups to apply for grants that will help develop the next generation of smart farms.
“Smart Farms Small Grants will provide grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to develop and extend new tools, methods and technology for farmers to continue to be at the forefront of land management.
“Farmers have a natural instinct to care for their land. I encourage them and other locals to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farms programs and how to apply.
“I know that our farmers are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to profitably farm smarter, not harder.”
For more information on the grant and how to apply: nrm.gov.au