On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Program
A grant of up to $5,000 per farm business is available to assist eligible farm businesses to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements and or undertake business planning and advice activities.
Business decision making (no co-contribution)
Funding is available to engage professional services to help farmers make business decision about how to manage drought conditions, including:
• Prepare, review or update strategic business plans
• Engage agronomic services for the purpose of converting the farm to be more drought resilient (e.g. pasture restoration or improvement plan, feed budgets for drought, managing soils)
• Undertake financial management assessment and planning
• Undertake succession planning
Infrastructure investment (dollar for dollar co-contribution required)
Eligible infrastructure improvements are those that will improve drought preparedness and better position the farm business into the future.
Infrastructure improvements include the following:
• Items to construct a new or upgrade an existing Stock Containment Area
• Reticulated water systems using pumps, piping, tanks and troughs for livestock
• Irrigation system upgrades (e.g. automated systems, irrigation pumps)
• Grain and fodder storage (e.g. silos, silage bunkers, hay sheds)
• Pasture restoration (e.g. associated seed and fertiliser costs)
• Establishment of ground cover (e.g. fodder crops) as a remedial action before pastures can be established
• Adoption of precision farming techniques (e.g. auto-steer tramlining, yield mapping and weed-seeker technology)
• Mechanical seeding (e.g. hire or purchase of seeding machines, roller).
Click here for a full list of infrastructure investments.
This grant is available in the following locations:
Far North West Victoria – Millewa
Eligible dryland farm businesses located in the far north west corner of Victoria, generally known as the Millewa and surrounding areas (Carwarp, Cullulleraine, Lindsay Point, Meringur, Merrinee, Neds Corner, Wargan and Werrimull).
Goulburn Murray Irrigation District
Eligible irrigation farm businesses, including those that have transitioned from irrigation production systems to dryland production since 1 July 2018, located in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).
For more information you can read the guidelines here.
If you have any questions or would like some assistance to apply, a Rural Financial Counsellor can assist. This is a cost free service. Phone our office on 1300 769 489.