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Two competitive grant rounds of the Future Drought Fund opened recently for the Networks to Build Drought Resilience and Drought Resilience Leaders programs

Background of the Future Drought Fund

The Future Drought Fund foundational programs have been established to build drought resilience. Regional Australia is set to benefit from these grant initiatives that the Australian Government has invested $3.9 billion in, which will grow to $5 billion towards building national wide drought resilience in the forward-thinking Future Drought Fund

Drought is an enduring feature of the Australian landscape. It has significant economic, social and environmental impacts. The $5 billion Future Drought Fund provides secure, continuous funding for drought resilience initiatives. It will help Australian farms and communities prepare for the impacts of drought in the future. The foundational programs focus on giving Australian farmers the tools they need to face up to future drought. Funding will be made available for:

  • best practice business planning
  • information for decision-making
  • the adoption of research and technologies
  • ways to improve the resilience of the soil and vegetation on which farmers depend

Communities will also benefit through improved regional planning, networks and leadership capabilities. $100 million will be allocated each year for programs that help farmers and communities become more prepared for drought

$11 million in Future Drought Fund competitive foundational grant rounds just announced ….

The $3.75 million Networks to Build Drought Resilience program is about strengthening the community networks and facilities that can help people when the next drought inevitably comes

Find out more about this program

The $7.45 million Drought Resilience Leaders program will support young and emerging leaders from across a range of sectors to develop, share and apply their skills and knowledge within their community, building a national drought resilience leadership capability

Find out more about this program

“The programs are to be managed by external providers who have specialist expertise to deliver the program activities tailored to regional needs. These competitive grant rounds will select providers to deliver these programs, connecting communities and building stronger networks to support well-being and resilience. Applications are open to single organisations and consortiums. The government is looking for providers that can achieve national reach, as well as respond to regional needs,” Minister Littleproud said.

Applications close 25 September 2020 via the Grants Connect website link on the find out more about each program page above

For more information visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – Future Drought Fund

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All Future Drought Fund Programs Overview

The eight programs, totalling $89.5 million, are:

  1. The $20m Farm Business Resilience program will provide farm businesses with training to strengthen their strategic business management skills and develop a farm business plan to build risk management capacity and drought resilience.
  2. The $10m Climate Services for Agriculture program will fund the development and delivery of interactive digital ‘climate information services’ for the agriculture sector to assist farmers to make real-time decisions.
  3. The $3m Drought Resilience Self-Assessment Tool will provide an online self-assessment tool for farmers to self-identify drought risks based on a range of social, economic and environmental indicators, and take action to build the drought resilience of their farm business.
  4. The $20.3m Drought Resilience Research and Adoption program will establish two regionally located Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs, and Innovation Grants will become available to research organisations, private sector, industry, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.
  5. The $15m Natural Resource Management (NRM) Drought Resilience program will fund regional NRM bodies to undertake projects to build drought resilience of natural resources on agricultural landscapes, and there will also be grants available to organisations, farmer groups and individuals to undertake NRM projects to build the drought resilience of natural resources on small scales.
  6. The $3.75m Networks for Building Drought Resilience program will support community-driven projects that enhance drought resilience and strengthen networks, including small-scale infrastructure projects to make community facilities drought resilient.
  7. The $7.45m Drought Resilience Leaders program will develop leadership capability in communities and include a mentoring component to foster uptake of innovative practices to build drought resilience of farmers and their businesses.
  8. The $10m Regional Drought Resilience Planning will provide funding to consortia of local councils or equivalent entities to develop Regional Drought Resilience Plans for agriculture and allied industries.