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Current grants and assistance

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​​​​​​​​Rural Australia

Drought and rural assistance

In the face of an increasingly variable climate, the Australian Government provides a range of assistance to farmers and primary producers. These measures are aimed at helping farmers prepare for and manage the effects of drought and other challenges.

Farm Finance

Farm Finance is an initiative of the Australian Government comprising four measures designed to build the ongoing financial resilience of farmers who are struggling with high levels of debt.

Research and Development (R&D)

Rural R&D for Profit

Rural R&D for Profit is a competitive grants programme that will fund strategic research aimed at delivering real, practical outcomes for Australian primary producers, to improve farm gate productivity and profitability.​

Agricultural Cooperation

Australia – China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement

The ACACA programme has been established to enhance agricultural cooperation between Australia and China and provide funding for a broad range activities including, but not limited to technical exchanges, training programs, conferences, missions, workshops, information exchanges and/or programs, officer secondments, industry scoping missions, feasibility studies.

Package Assisting Small Exporters

Project Funding​

The $15 million Package Assisting Small Exporters initiative will fund projects designed to help small exporters across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticulture, grain and meat sectors improve market access.

The project guidelines and application forms can be found on Package Assisting Small Exporters.

On-going and recently closed grants and funding rounds

Carbon Farming Future Program​

Carbon Farming Initiative

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture

Natural Resource Management Grants

Other grants and funding opportunities

You can find more grant and funding opportunities from the following websites:


The Australian Government Disaster Assist website provides information on financial assistance available for current disasters and information on previous disasters.

Nat​​ional Landcare Programme

New Colombo Plan provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region.

Information about grants awarded can be found at Grants reporting requirements.

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Last reviewed:
03 Mar 2015