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    Australian Geographic Project Sponsorships

    Twice yearly, up to $30,000 is made available for Australian Geographic Society Project Grants. Up to $10,000 in four categories (science, environment, adventure, community) is available for Project Sponsorships with applications closing 30 April 2020. Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

    Litres for the Land

    Litres for the land is a new charity seeking nominations for people who need free water for livestock or for their own consumption. They will work with local water carting companies to secure free water for people on the land who need it. They are starting in Tamworth and Dubbo and delivering to the surrounding towns. More information at https://www.clubsnsw.com.au/LitresfortheLand

    Regional Investment Corporation Drought Loans

    Improved terms for Drought Loans (Regional Investment Corporation) :

    • The new terms enable loans of up to $2 million over ten years
    • After ten years there is an option to refinance any remaining balance.
    • Loans can be used to prepare for, manage and recover from drought. The loans can refinance existing debt, fund drought-related activities, enhance productivity or pay for operating expenses or capital.
    • Drought Loans are offered by the Regional Investment Corporation along with a range of other products including Farm Investment Loans and AgRebuild Loans.

    For more information visit https://www.ric.gov.au/

    Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Drought Assistance

    Up to $3,000 is available in immediate financial assistance to eligible farming households who are facing hardship due to drought. The funding is available through The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society, in all eligible Drought Communities Programme Extension Local Government Areas. Only one DCSI (Round 2) payment is allowed per household from one of the delivery organisations. To register online visit https://tinyurl.com/sr33mr8 or Phone 1300 551 030.

    Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Grants

    The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Grants program provides funding for local communities to address climate change impacts in their region. It provides grants between $10,000 to $30,000 to community organisations, with a total of $600,000 available for the program. Closing date 31 January 2020.

    Fires - Community Recovery Information

    This is the recovery information you need to know if you or someone you know has been impacted by the November fires across Northern New South Wales:

    Replacement Water for Fire Affected Landholders

    The fire situation in NSW remains extremely serious with 5,500 landholders across the State estimated to have been affected to date.The Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area (AASFA) is supporting fire affected landholders through the provision of emergency water removed by the RFS for fire fighting purposes. Impacted landholders are encouraged to contact 1800 814 647 to discuss their needs.

    Emergency Fodder for Bush Fire Affected Landholders

    Landholders who need assistance with animal welfare issues, emergency fodder, water, livestock and domestic animal assessment as a result of bush fires should register their request on the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. The hotline will be open between 8:00am and 8:00pm weekdays and between 8am and 5pm weekends. Download the information flier by DPI and LLS here.

    Bushfire affected Landholders who require emergency water for animal welfare over the Christmas period are advised to call 1800 814 647 by Friday 13 December as we aim to coordinate delivery by 20 December. Accessing water contractors over the Christmas period will be difficult and may delay delivery. This includes cases where water has been removed by fire-fighting authorities from dams/storages where this has resulted in an immediate animal welfare risk.   

    Drought Angels Disaster Assistance

    Drought Angels is a not for profit charity registered to provide relief to primary producers, Australia wide, experiencing financial hardship due to natural disasters such as drought, fire or flood. Their level of support consists of providing stock feed, financial support via Pre-paid visas and local produce vouchers from within the communities, moral support through personal face to face or phone contact and referrals to other support networks as needed.For more information and to apply for assistance, click here

    Need for Feed Disaster Relief

    Since 2006 Need For Feed have been supporting communities and farmers. Over that time, Need For Feed has been a major supplier of emergency fodder and transport. They are supplying the stock and animal feed needs of affected larger properties by semi loads and supplying smaller properties by ute convoys. The team from Need For Feed have recommended that if receiving fodder for drought relief interests you, please register at their website. http://www.needforfeed.org/apply-for-assistance.html This will help identify your property and our region as an area of need on their database for consideration for future hay runs.

    Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3

    The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 3 - which closes on 20 December 2019. Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

    The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations. More information here.

    Rural Aid Disaster Assistance

    Rural Aid provides assistance to farmers in times of drought, flood and fire. They know farmers are a proud bunch, many of whom won’t ask for help! We know that many suffer in silence, however hey want to change that through our Assistance Program.

    If you’re a farming family in need of help, please register at: https://www.buyabale.com.au/can-we-help-you/  Farmers must be registered with to receive this assistance. Download a flier here.

    PHN Wellbeing Grants

    Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) will again offer grants of up to $50,000 for community-led activities that promote mental and emotional wellbeing during the big dry.

    CWA of NSW Drought Aid Fund

    Assistance to meet household expenses for drought affected families, up to a maximum of $3,000 per family/household. Expenses can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, medical treatments etc. For more information and or to apply visit www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html or phone 02 8337 0200.

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