Smart Farms Small Grants Final Round Now Open

The final round of the Smart Farms Small Grants Program is now open. The $13 million Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities grant round will deliver outcomes under the National Soil Strategy, announced in the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This includes supporting farmers to participate and benefit from the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program.

The Smart Farms Small Grants program supports improved land management practices and on-farm biodiversity through sustainable agriculture projects that build the capacity and capability of farmers and landholders. Organisations and individuals can now apply for grants to fund soil extension activities.

The Australian Government has increased grant amounts to between $100,000 ($50,000 per year over two years) and $250,000 ($125,000 per year over two years). Multiple activities can be applied for in the one application, with applications not to exceed a total of $2 million.

Successful soil extension activities will promote the value and benefits of soil testing and educate land managers and farmers on how to appropriately test soil, interpret soil test results and act on those soil test results to improve the protection, resilience and productive capacity of soils. This will help improve on-farm soil management, leading to increased productivity and profitability as well as helping industry reach its goal of $100 billion by 2030.

Soil extension activities include engaging a suitably qualified soil extension officer, undertaking an extension program, establishing trials, demonstrations and monitoring sites, conducting workshops, seminars, roadshows, field days and/or creating communications products, webinars or online materials.

Activities can be delivered locally, regionally and multi-regionally.

Applications for Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities close at 9:00 pm AEDT, 12 October 2021. To find out more or to apply, visit the Community Grants Hub website.