Smart Farms Small Grants

November 2, 2019 by in News

Round 3 of Smart Farms Small Grants are open

The Smart Farms Small Grants opportunity is being offered by the Australian Government.

The outcomes are to:

  • Increase adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

Amounts between $5,000 and $50,000 are available.  The maximum project period is two years.

The purpose of the grant is to:

  • Encourage change to deliver a more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business
  • Protect Australia’s biodiversity
  • Protect and improve the condition of natural resources
  • Assist Australia meet its international obligations.

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity or 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.

Requirements in the application

  • General questions and short title
  • Brief description of activity (150 words/1000 char)
  • What do you want to achieve/objectives (525 words/3500 char)
  • Why is it important and worthwhile / what will happen if you don’t do your project (525 words/3500 char)
  • Describe the project activities, when they will occur, who will participate, who will deliver them, how each will contribute to overall outcomes (525 words/3500 char)
  • Describe how your project will contribute to the outcomes 1 and/or 2 (525 words/3500 char)
  • How the amount requested is appropriate to the outcomes you will achieve (300 words/2000 char)
  • Describe the public benefits that will occur because of your project (300 words/2000 char)
  • Details of any private benefits from the project (300 words/2000 char)
  • Your experience with comparable projects / capability to implement, monitor and report (300 words/2000 char)
  • How you will engage with stakeholders (300 words/2000 char)
  • How you will promote the project outcomes and maintain the project in the future (300 words/2000 char)
  • Budget (using template)

The closing date is the 19 December, 2019.

Indigo Gold’s tips

  • Check out some of the successful recipients from previous rounds as this will give you some great ideas of what makes a winning project.
  • It’s important your project collaborates with other farmers and groups.

You can read more about this grant on the relevant webpage.

Do you need to learn how to create a great application?  If you do, my 5-part grant writing webinar series is just the thing you need.  Read more about it here.