Grants and Funding News

Grants and Funding News is produced each month to inform local not for profit and other organisations across Farrer electorate about the latest grant programs available.

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National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Development and Demonstration Round 1

The grant opportunity gives research and commercialisation organisations up to $20 million to develop lower-cost, accurate technological solutions for measuring soil organic carbon stocks. This delivers on the Technology Investment Roadmap’s stretch goal to lower the cost of accurate soil carbon measurement, by 90%, to $3 per hectare per year.

Veteran Wellbeing Grants program

The Australian Government is investing $27 million to help fund bigger, better and more innovative programs to support the wellbeing of current and former Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. The new Veteran Wellbeing Grants program will help find and develop new ways to bring veterans together, improve their mental and physical health, and make the difficult transition from military to civilian life easier.


Funding for new Regional University Centres in 2022

On 19 June 2020, as part of the the Government announced further funding to establish up to eight new Regional University Centres. A competitive grant round will open in early 2022 for eligible community-owned organisations to apply to establish a Regional University Centre. Further information regarding the application process will be released shortly and made available on this site.


Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) program

Round four of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) program opens today, with $13 million available to strengthen and expand projects that are driving lasting and systemic change by removing barriers to STEM for women and girls. Round four of the WISE grants will focus on supporting successful existing projects that reduce or remove systemic and cultural barriers to participation in STEM education, careers and entrepreneurship.



The Australian Government has released the guidelines for Round 9 of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade (RAU) Program, which enhances the safety and accessibility of aerodromes in remote and very remote areas of Australia. I encourage eligible owners or operators of existing aerodromes in remote or very remote areas of Australia to apply for a grant, which can range between $5,000 and $3 million. Applications will close on 17 March 2022.


Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program

Round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program will close on 17 February 2022.  Applicants will be able to claim for eligible expenditure for events cancelled in the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

The $1.38 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Grant funding is available through two funding streams:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream: Supports projects that involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure
  • The Community Investments Stream: Funds community development activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, leadership and capability building activities

Applications close 10 February 2022.


Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot – Round 2

Applications for Round 2 of the Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot open today on the National Stewardship Trading Platform. The Carbon + Biodiversity Pilot (C+B Pilot) trials market arrangements for farmers to create new income from plantings that deliver biodiversity improvements and carbon abatement.

Further information, including frequently asked questions, is available at


National Shed Development Programme (NSDP)

The NSDP conducts 2 rounds each year ($500,000 for each round). Funding is not automatically guaranteed. Sheds must apply for funding and all requests are evaluated all requests based on appropriateness and need.

The next round will open on 17 January 2022 with applications to close 25 February 2022.

Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Program

Farmers and interested organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of $23 million in funding as part of the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Program. This is an opportunity for partnerships involving farmers and organisations such as the local Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, farming system groups, Rural Research and Development Corporation, and NRM regional bodies. Grants of $500,000 to $1 million (GST exclusive) are available.

The grants process is open until 11 January 2022. For more information and to apply, visit:


Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI)

Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), giving community and industry groups the chance to share in this record funding pool. Projects must be implemented during the 2022-23 financial year and be completed within two years of commencement.

Applications for Round 7 funding are open until 14 February 2022. For more information or to view the submission guidelines visit


Off-farm Efficiency Grants Program

Applications are now open for the Off-farm Efficiency Grants Program, which a key part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to put communities back at the heart of the Murray-Darling basin Plan.

Funding will be made available over three years from 2021-22 to 2023-24 for smaller-scale projects with a minimum grant amount of $50,000. These grants are aimed at supporting projects that may not be brought forward separate to the $1.33 billion committed by the Commonwealth to the Off-farm stream managed by states.

Applications close 27 May 2022 at 5pm. For more information on the guidelines around the Off-farm Efficiency Grants Program and to apply, visit:


Soil science challenge grants open

Up to $20 million in Australian Government grants is available for innovative research that addresses priority knowledge gaps in soil health and soil management as a part of the ‘Soil Science Challenge’. The new research grants will tackle soil research priorities around carbon dynamics, hydrology, biology and nutrients, and the soil/root interface

Information on how to apply for the Soil Science Challenge can be found on the GrantConnect and Community Grants Hub websites. Information about the National Soil Strategy can be found here.

Destination Australia Program scholarships

The Liberal and Nationals Government is encouraging more people to live and study in our regions, investing more than $1 billion in regional and remote education since 2016, including $93.7 million for the Destination Australia Program scholarships.

For more information, visit


Stronger Communities Programme

The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects. These projects aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.

For more information


Preparing Australian Communities Program

Guidelines are now available for grants under Round One of the Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local. This round will provide $150 million for community projects that will improve the resilience of communities to bushfires, flood and tropical cyclones.

The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to supporting communities to be better prepared for the impacts of future natural disasters.

Get a head start by visiting to preview the application form. You can also find support materials and FAQs:


Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

Students living in regional or remote Australia who have recently started tertiary study could be eligible for scholarship funding through the Australian Government’s Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program.

The Scholarships are open for study from Certificate IV to PhD level, whether face-to-face or online by distance. Get in now for Round 5 scholarships!

Visit for more detail





The Local Sporting Champions Grants program

The Local Sporting Champions Grants program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.

If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships



Saluting Their Service Commemorations Grants (STS)

STS grants support projects and activities that directly commemorate Australia’s servicemen and women who served in wars, conflicts and peace operations. STS grants also promote appreciation and understanding of the role those who have served have played in shaping the nation.

Further information is available on the Saluting Their Service (STS) page.


Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme Round 2

The NSW Government and Commonwealth have together contributed $30 million in additional funding to reopen the highly successful Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) program. New applicants in NSW can now access funding under the expanded EWIR scheme through the Rural Assistance Authority.

The EWIR scheme is designed to support NSW primary producers to invest in drought-proofing infrastructure to build resilience now and in future dry periods. The rebate provides eligible primary producers access to a 25 per cent rebate, up to $25,000, on purchases and installation costs of water infrastructure.

Applicants completing new works will have three months from approval of their application to complete the proposed works and provide invoices to the RAA to claim the rebate. Claims can only be paid until the closing date or earlier if available funds are expended.