$40m to support drought resilience research

Applications open today for a new grants program to support innovative and experimental methods of building drought resilience in a changing climate.

The Albanese Government’s Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices Grants program is part of the Future Drought Fund (FDF), which provides $100 million each year for programs that build drought resilience.

The grant program aims to fill gaps in research and scientific data relating to farming practices that may prove effective in building drought resilience.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Murray Watt said the grants of up to $8 million per application, are targeted at the grain cropping and livestock grazing sector.

“This program reflects the Albanese Government’s commitment to climate action and resilience,” Minister Watt said.

“Evidence suggests that the grain cropping and livestock grazing sectors – which account for around 60 per cent of all Australian farming businesses – are particularly susceptible to productivity losses due to climate change.

“It continues the work of the FDF in supporting farmers and regional communities to better manage dry conditions in the future and improve and apply drought resilience to increase profitability and sustainability in a changing climate.

“The eligibility is broad, but ideas for projects could include technology to conserve pastures, soil or water management or diversification works.”

To learn more about the Long-term Trials of Drought Resilient Farming Practices Grants Program, visit GrantConnect.