Dry seasons support
Household financial relief is now available
The CWA of Victoria’s Drought Relief program has been provided a funding boost by the Victorian Government for the provision of household financial relief.
A grant payment of up to $3,000 per individual applicant and/or household is available for farming families, farm workers and contractors that are drought-affected and reliant on farming as their primary source of income.
This program is being funded through the Victorian Government’s Farmers’ Drought Fund - Household Financial Relief program announced on 2 October 2019.
To access an application form or to find out more, visit the CWA of Victoria’s website.
The On-Farm Drought Resilience Grants program has been expanded
Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Agriculture has announced changes to the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grants program:
The maximum value of the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grants has increased from $5,000 to $10,000 to boost farmers’ access to professional services whilst still enabling farmers to invest in drought preparedness infrastructure. Eligible farm businesses can now apply for:
- Up to $5,000 for business decision making activities (with no-contribution required)
- Up to $5,000 for infrastructure investments (with at least 50 per cent co-contribution required)
There are three new eligible infrastructure investments under the Resilience Grants:
- technologies to improve mobile phone connectivity
- weed control (e.g. purchase of registered herbicide)
- soil moisture probes (as an explicit investment under soil moisture monitoring activities).
Farmers in drought affected areas of East Gippsland and Wellington Shires also impacted by the bushfires can reapply for the grant where previously funded investments through the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants, Pasture Recovery and Management Grants or the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grants were destroyed or damaged.
For more information and to access the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grants program, call Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit ruralfinance.com.au.
Farmers are encouraged to apply early to ensure they do not miss out on funding.
Additional funding for the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants program
Jaclyn Symes, Minister for Agriculture has announced that more farmers in the Millewa region will be able to apply for the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants with a $480,000 boost to extend the program.
Grants continue to be available up to $10,000 per eligible dryland farm business located in the Millewa to assist in the maintenance of essential on-farm machinery and equipment to meet key operational requirements and prepare for the 2020 growing season.
For more information and to access the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants program, call the Victorian Farmers Federation on 1 300 882 833 or visit vff.org.au.