Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien is encouraging local landholders and community groups to apply for funding in Round 2 of the Federal Government's Smart Farms Small Grants program.
"Landcare groups, NRM bodies, Indigenous organisations and community groups in the Wide Bay community can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $200,000," said Mr O'Brien.
"The Coalition Government is supporting farmers and community groups to make a difference through innovation and become more sustainable by adapting to change.
"Anyone with a good idea about how to improve soils, vegetation and biodiversity should put in an application as soon as possible, and make that idea a reality. This is a chance for locals to receive funding and build on the work they've already started.
"I know there is a lot of work being done locally to support smart farming practices and to protect and improve natural resources," Mr O'Brien said.
"We are providing funding for new projects to improve our soil, biodiversity and vegetation.
"They will also help support water security and promote climate-smart farming.
"The first round of funding was highly competitive and I strongly encourage those who missed out to apply again," said Mr O'Brien.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said smart farms grants could make a real difference locally.
"The future of Aussie agriculture lies in sustainable farming and land management, and we want to help kick that along."
- Smart Farms Small Grants is a competitive grant funding opportunity.
- It supports projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities' knowledge and capacity to adopt sustainable agricultural best practice.
- Almost $5 million in funding was awarded to 77 projects from Round 1.
- More than $9 million is available for Round 2.
- The National Landcare Program's 2nd phase is investing more than $1 billion over six years to 2023, with $134 million for the Smart Farms Program.