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New National Landcare Program round focuses on soil extension

Soil extension activities are the focus of a new funding round of the National Landcare Program’s Smart Farms Small Grants initiative.

Successful projects will promote management practices that lead to better soil health including promoting the National Soil Monitoring and Incentives Pilot Program and soil testing and interpretation of results. 

The program will run from February 2022 to 30 June 2023. Available grants are over 2 years for a minimum of $100,000 ($50,000 per year) and a maximum of $250,000 ($125,000 per year). You can apply for multiple activities/grants in the one application but the maximum total grant amount per application cannot exceed $2 million. 

There are two outcomes of this program:

  1. Increased adoption of best practice sustainable agriculture.
  2. Increase the capacity of land managers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

Applications for the Smart Farms Small Grants program focussing on soil extension close 12 October 2021.

Guidelines for this component of the National Landcare Program can be found here

FAQ about the Smart Farms Small Grants Soil Extension initiative can be found here

And everything else you might need to know if found here