Australian Government investment in Landcare

We recognise and support the important role that community, farming and industry organisations play as part of the Landcare movement.

This involvement builds community capacity to sustainably manage natural resources including reducing adverse impacts and improving the condition of:

  • soils
  • water
  • vegetation
  • on-farm biodiversity

Good condition of natural resources underpins the productivity and profitability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. It also delivers wider community and environmental benefits.

The second phase of the National Landcare Program (NLP) provides financial support for Landcare activities until June 2023. NLP is being delivered by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

Information about environment and joint agriculture and environment projects of NLP are on the nrm website.

The agriculture only components of NLP are detailed below.

Smart Farms

The Australian Government has allocated $134 million to the Smart Farms program (2017-18 -2022-23). The funding supports the development and uptake of best practice, tools and technologies for:

  • farmers and land managers
  • fishers
  • foresters
  • regional communities.

This will help improve the protection, resilience and productive capacity of our soils, water and vegetation  which underpin successful primary industries and regional communities.

Smart Farms will focus on improving land management practices and biodiversity. It will also support agricultural systems to adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets.

The program is made up of the following three elements:

Smart Farming Partnerships

Smart Farming Partnerships ($57.5 million over 6 years) offer grants ranging between $250,000 and $4 million (GST exclusive). These larger, innovative projects are delivered through effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals. Smart Farming Partnerships:

  • develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that lead to practice change and more sustainable, productive and profitable agricultural industries and systems
  • protect Australia’s biodiversity
  • protect and improve the condition of natural resources
  • assist Australia to meet its obligations under relevant international treaties.

Round 2

Applications for the second and final round of Smart Farming Partnerships closed on 17 May 2019. Further details on round 2 can be found in the guidelines which are accessible through the Community Grants website.

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Round 1

Applications for round 1 closed 21 December 2017. This round funded 15 projects to a value of up to $27.35 million (GST exclusive). Projects are planned to be completed by April 2022 and are now underway. Further details on round 1 are contained in the round 1 guidelines which are accessible through the Community Grants Website.

Projects funded in round 1 are listed below:

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Smart Farms Small Grants

Smart Farms Small Grants (up to $43.5 million over 6 years) range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $200,000 (GST exclusive). Smart Farms Small Grants (SFSG) funds organisations and individuals to undertake sustainable agriculture projects and build the capacity and capability of Australia’s farmers, fishers and foresters to adopt best practice natural resource management methods.

SFSG funding will:

  • deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and forestry industries
  • protect and improve the condition of natural resources
  •  assist in protecting Australia’s biodiversity.

Organisations and individuals may apply for funding for projects that promote and support adoption of best practice sustainable land management. Applicants may also apply for projects that strengthen the capacity of Landcare groups and others to improve adoption of best practice. Projects may be delivered locally, regionally and multi-regionally.

Round 3

Applications for the third round of Smart Farms Small Grants closed on 19 December 2019. This round funded 113 projects to a value of up to $5.03 million (GST Exclusive). Projects will commence in May 2020 and be completed by 30 June 2022. Further details can be found in the round 3 guidelines on the Community Grants Website.

Projects funded in round 3 are listed below:

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Round 2

Applications for round 2 closed on 11 January 2019. This round funded 110 projects to a value of up to $9.25 million (GST Exclusive). Projects are planned to be completed by September 2021 and are now underway. Further details can be found in the round 2 guidelines on the Community Grants Website.

Projects funded in round 2 are listed below:

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Round 1

Applications for round 1 closed on 7 December 2017. This round funded 77 projects up to a value of up to $4.75 million (GST exclusive). Projects are planned to be completed by April 2020 and are now underway. Further details can be found in the round 1 guidelines on the Community Grants Website.

Projects funded in round 1 are listed below:

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A further three rounds are expected under the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Building Landcare Community and Capacity

The Building Landcare Community and Capacity Program ($34.9 million over 6 years) provides ad-hoc grants for initiatives that directly support the Landcare community and farmer organisations. Activities suitable for funding are based on consultation and emerging issues.

Twenty-seven projects have been funded at this stage of the program. These activities include, but are not limited to:

  • awards and recognition for excellence among the Landcare community
  • leadership development opportunities
  • conferences and networking events
  • communication and community engagement activities and other projects that strengthen the social and technical capacity that underpins the delivery of Landcare
  • efforts by Landcare and farming groups to deliver on-the-ground improvements in land management.

Further information on the Smart Farms Program is available on the nrm website.

Projects funded under the BLCC are listed below:

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Last reviewed: 22 May 2020
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