Up to $4M is available through the Smart Farming Partnerships Grant to develop and implement new and innovative tools and farm practices.

National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Grant

National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Grant

Smart Farming Partnerships supports four to five-year projects to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools and farm practices. As well as increasing on-farm profitability and productivity, projects should promote the uptake of sustainable agriculture practices across agricultural, fishing, aquaculture, and farm forestry industries.

The Smart Farming Partnerships grant opportunity will be administered by the Community Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources under a Whole-of-Australian Government initiative to streamline grant processes across agencies.



Smart Farming Partnerships is an open competitive grant opportunity that supports four to five-year projects to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools and farm practices. Two rounds of funding ($30 million each) are expected: the initial round in 2017-18 followed by a second call for applications in late 2018-19.

Smart Farming Partnerships is seeking to support projects capable of delivering all aspects needed to develop and maximise the appropriate uptake of these new tools and farm practices. Applicants must form partnerships, also known as consortia as defined in Part 7.5, as part of delivering project outcomes. Each partnership will have a nominated lead proponent. It is expected that organisations with relevant experience/expertise in developing/trialling such tools will partner with groups that possess the networks/resources to ensure appropriate delivery of large scale implementation and extension phases.



The purposes of the Smart Farming Partnerships are to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that support industry practice changes that will deliver more productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries; protect Australia’s biodiversity; protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular soils and vegetation); and assist Australia to meet its obligations under relevant international treaties.



$60 million over six years (2017-18 to 2022-23) is available for Smart Farming Partnerships. This grant opportunity is expected to contribute up to $30 million to support projects. Funding between $250 000 to $4 million (GST exclusive) per grant is available.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible, a project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • total funding sought must be between a minimum of $250 000 and a maximum of $4 million (GST exclusive)
  • applicants must form partnerships as part of delivering project outcomes
  • funded project activities must be planned to be completed on or before 30 April 2022
  • project must contribute to delivering against at least one of the priority outcomes
  • project must address a natural resource requirement
  • project must contribute to innovation
  • project activities must be eligible
  • funding sought must not be for ineligible activities

Your application will not be progressed if it does not satisfy all the eligibility criteria.


Eligible Applicants

The following can apply for funding:

  • Individuals and organisations that are legal entities capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth. This includes:
    • Aboriginal Corporation
    • Australian Government
    • Private Company
    • Public Company
    • Incorporated Cooperative
    • Trustee on behalf of Trust
    • Incorporated Association
    • Organisation established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation
    • Individual/Sole Trader
    • Local Government
    • Partnership
    • State/Territory Government

To be eligible for funding, applicants must also:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution.



Applications close 21 December 2017.


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