New Grants

A total of $5 million is available for this round 3 of the Australian Smart Farms Small Grants. These grants support the adoption of best practices that improve the management and quality of our natural resources and increase on farm productivity.

The grant opportunity is open from 31 October 2019 to 19 December 2019.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000 (GST exclusive)
  • The maximum grant amount is $50,000 (GST exclusive).

What is the funding for?

Smart Farms Small Grants help individuals and organisations across a wide range of food, fibre and forestry businesses across Australia to improve Natural Resource Management to the benefit of the landscape, community and economy.

Projects may relate to any form of food, fibre and forestry production, including cropping, pasture and rangelands grazing livestock, dairy, horticulture, mixed farming, forestry, farm forestry, fishing and aquaculture.

The purpose will be achieved by supporting projects that contribute to achieving one or both of the program outcomes outlined below.

Outcome 1:

  • Directly improve eligible natural resources and improve on-farm adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Increase the number of Australia’s farming, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry entities that have adopted best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Maintain or improve Australia’s soil, water and vegetation resources and accommodate the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Outcome 2:

  • Increase the awareness, knowledge and skills of Australia’s farming, fisheries, aquaculture andforestry entities and managers in best practice sustainable agriculture
  • Increase the capacity and capability of community and Landcare groups to assist in the adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture.


Projects must contribute to improving Australian food, fibre and forestry business sustainability, productivity and profitability, and must contribute to protecting or improving one of the following natural resources in Australia:

  • soil, including marine sediments
  • water, freshwater or marine
  • vegetation
  • threatened species
  • threatened ecological communities listed for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth)
  • Ramsar sites
  • World Heritage properties
  • native biodiversity (including both terrestrial and marine)
  • sequestration and reduction of agricultural systems’ greenhouse gas emissions
  • capacity of Australia’s farming, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry systems to adapt to significant changes in climate.

Eligibility – who can access this grant?

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be an individual or an organisation capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth. To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Commonwealth Company
  • Company*
  • Cooperative
  • Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • International Entity
  • Local Government*
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority
  • Partnership*
  • Person*
  • Sole Trader
  • StatutoryEntity
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust*.

* Refer to link below for specific details relating to these items.


You must have the following additional eligibility requirements in place before you apply, or be willing to put them in place prior to the execution of a grant agreement:

  • have an Australian Business Number, or be willing to obtain one prior to the execution of the grant agreement
  • be registered for the purposes of GST, or be willing to register prior to the execution of the grant agreement
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • for individuals, be a permanent resident of Australia
  • for international entities, be registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to carry on business in Australia.


How do I apply?

Applications close at 19 December 2019 – 11:00pm AEDT

Essential reading and details on how to apply can be found here.


About Treadstone

We provide expert advice and deliver professional grant applications. Allow us to manage this aspect of your business while you stay focussed on your core business.

Treadstone is an experienced, outcome focused business with a proven track record of success since 2008.

Call us to find out what other grants you may be eligible for on 03 90085937 or email.

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