Drought assistance Drought Agriculture

Drought grants for farmers closing this month

21 August 2020

Support for farmers affected by drought and dry seasonal conditions is still available.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is encouraging farmers across the north east to check their eligibility.

“While thankfully the season has broken, farmers across the north east faced difficult drought conditions in 2019-20 and the recovery will take some time,” Ms Ryan said.

“The government programs available are to help farmers build greater resilience into their operations.”

The two grant support programs open for the north east region are:

  • The On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant, providing up to $5,000 for farm business planning activities and an additional $5,000 for drought infrastructure investments. This grant is administered by Rural Finance.  It can include new eligible technologies to improve mobile phone connectivity, and items such as soil moisture probes, https://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/on-farm-drought-resilience-grant-program; and
  • Household Financial Relief, a $3,000 payment to assist farming families, farm workers and contractors with household expenses.  This grant is administered by the Country Women’s Association, http://cwaofvic.org.au/drought-relief/.

Farmers are encouraged to contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service to discuss the support available, and for help with applications on 1300 834 775.

“I urge all farmers to look at these programs and access the assistance available to make their operations better able to handle difficult conditions in the future,” said Ms Ryan.

Applications under the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant close on 28 August 2020 and applications for Household Financial Relief close 31 August 2020.

For more information about drought and dry seasonal conditions support and advice, please visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons or call 136 186.


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