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Drought Ready and Resilient Fund - Low Interest Loan

Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $250,000 Run By: Rural Assistance Authority Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/drrf

Low interest loans of up to $250,000 are available to primary producers in NSW to fund a broad range of products, activities and services aimed at improving drought preparedness and climate variability resilience.

The DRRF loan can be used to fund a broad range of purchases, activities and services as listed below:

Animal Welfare:

  • purchasing and transporting fodder up to a maximum value of $100,000
  • purchasing and transporting stock and domestic water
  • purchasing livestock feed storage, mixing and feeding equipment
  • transporting stock to sale or agistment
  • veterinary/professional nutrition or animal welfare advice
  • genetic banking where destocking of stock is demonstrated
  • fencing for rotational grazing, exclusion and cluster fencing, construction of containment feeding pens, stock shade structures
  • planting of trees.

Farm Preparedness:

  • on-farm water infrastructure (tanks, stock water systems, pumps, new dam construction, drilling bores, irrigation efficiency upgrades, water conservation infrastructure)
  • on-farm grain and fodder storage infrastructure (silos, grain bunkers, hay sheds, silage pits)
  • livestock feeding equipment
  • infrastructure repairs/maintenance (dams, channels, fencing)
  • upgrades and additions to planting machinery (moisture seeking points and minimum til conversions).

Income diversification:

  • income diversification funding to promote and finance diversified income streams within the farm gate
  • funding to promote and finance alternative primary production income streams within the farm gate.


  • pest and weed control
  • on-farm solar power conversion to mitigate the impacts of drought
  • soil conservation and earthworks (including erosion control, contour banks, overbanks (keyline), water ponding and the management of vegetation and maintaining groundcover)
  • soil biology, or compost making equipment.

Training and Business Development:

  • training and professional development activities that improve business resilience to drought
  • professional consulting services directly related to drought preparedness, for example, animal nutrition consultation and planning.
Last Updated: 23rd of January 2024
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