SMART FARMS:Farmers and landcare groups in Flynn can apply to receive up to $50,000 through the Smart Farms Small Grants program.
SMART FARMS:Farmers and landcare groups in Flynn can apply to receive up to $50,000 through the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Thousands up for grabs for farmers

FARMERS and landcare groups in Flynn are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $50,000 under round three of the Australian Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Ken O’Dowd, Federal Member for Flynn, said the grants would help farmers turn innovative ideas into on-ground projects to improve the quality of their natural resources while increasing on-farm productivity.

“Farmers are the custodians of more than half of Australia’s land and they’re wanting to pass it on in a better state,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“These small grants can help our farmers, landholders and Landcare groups in Flynn source funding to help improve natural resource management so the environment, communities and regional economies all benefit.

“Up to $5 million will be provided under Round three of the Smart Farms Small Grants, with funding of between $5000 and $50,000 available.

“Projects funded under the first two rounds included innovative methods to manage soil acidity; virtual fencing to protect riparian habitat; improving orchard pollination and bee health using drone technology, as well as mentoring activities connecting farmers and students.

“Smart Farms Small Grants supports projects that increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of farming, forestry and fishing communities to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.”

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 projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.

Round three Smart Farms Small Grants applications are open until December 19.

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