Grants available for local farmers

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for farmers improving their property's natural resources and grants of up to $500,000 are available for agricultural show societies for showground infrastructure.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said these initiatives could help farmers turn an innovative idea into reality, plus improve showground facilities.

"Our government is focussed on supporting rural Australians as it is a challenging time for people on the land," he said.

"I encourage farmers and landcare groups to look at our Small Farms Small Grants options and show societies to upgrade their showground facilities and infrastructure through the AgShows program."

The Small Farms Small Grants Program encourages projects that provide best practice sustainable agriculture or an action that increases the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture. Funding of between $5,000 and $50,000 is available.

For more information visit www.business.gov.au/assistance/smart-farms-small-grants. Grants close December 19.

The Regional Agriculture Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) helps to keep regional communities strong and resilient.

It offers grants to upgrade, maintain, rent or build new showground infrastructure in regional areas. It also provides a boost to businesses in regional areas and stimulates local economies.

Funding of up to $500,000 is available.

AgShows grants close December 13.

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