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Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4 is open from 24 August 2020 to 9 October 2020.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000 (GST exclusive).
  • The maximum grant amount is $100,000 (GST exclusive).

The maximum project period is two years. You must plan to complete your project by 30 June 2023.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations. The purpose will be achieved by supporting projects that contribute to achieving one or both of the program outcomes outlined below:

  • Outcome 1 – Increased adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Outcome 2 – Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture

What can Smart Farms Small Grants be used for?

For projects contributing to Outcome 1 or both Outcomes 1 and 2, eligible project activities will undertake, demonstrate or extend sustainable agriculture practices that are already, or are emerging as, best practice for industries or regions relevant to the project but that may not yet be widely adopted. For more information on eligible and ineligible project activities please refer to section 5 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Applicant Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be one of the following entity types and an individual or an organisation capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth.

  • Commonwealth Company
  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • International Entity
  • Local Government
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Partnership
  • Person
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust

Applications from consortia are eligible, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and who is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible organisations can form a consortium with ineligible organisations.

For more information visit Community Grants Hub

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