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Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program

ClosedGrant Closed: 11th of January 2022 - 9:00 pm Value: $500,000 to $1 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=f86a2a71-749a-4cce-ba1a-50c7f90bfbcc

The Future Drought Fund is a long-term investment fund that provides a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and agricultural-dependent communities and businesses become more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of drought.

The objective of this component of the Future Drought Fund is to trial and demonstrate how scaling of particular practices (or combinations of practices) to improve management of natural capital can build drought resilience. Through this, the program aims to create and communicate an evidence-base and case studies that contribute to scaling out the successful practices.

The practices to be trialled and demonstrated must target improved drought resilience as a primary focus. That is, they must seek to support:

  • continued agricultural productivity and profitability during times of drought
  • faster recovery of agricultural productivity and profitability following times of drought
  • the provision of common and public good ecosystem services during and following times of drought. Those services underpin or are co-benefits to agricultural productivity and profitability.

Projects must be focused on:

  • improved drought resilience
  • management of natural capital
  • demonstrating impact at scale
  • scaling relatively mature practicies

The intended output of the program is the generation of “case studies” of successful practices that can inspire and inform others who may become interested in implementing some or all of the practices in question. This aims to support “scaling out” of the practices, and through this, widespread transformational changes in land management across Australia that support drought resilience.

Last Updated: 22nd of December 2021
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