Australian Government - Smart Farming Partnerships
November 1, 2017


The Australian Government is currently seeking applications via an open process to apply to deliver services under the National Landcare Program – Smart Farming Partnerships in the next phase in 2017-18.

The Program is offering multi-year grants totalling $60 millio to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

The purpose of the Smart Farming Partnerships are to:

  • Develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that support industry practice changes that will deliver more productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries
  • Protect Australia’s biodiversity
  • Protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular soils and vegetation)
  • Assist Australia to meet its obligations under relevant international treaties


Closes 7th December 2017, 2pm AETD

What funding is available?

$60 million over six years (2017-18 to 2022-23) is available for Smart Farming Partnerships. This grant opportunity is expected to contribute up to $30 million to support projects. Funding between $250 000 to $4 million (GST exclusive) per grant is available.

Eligibility criteria

To be elibile, a project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Total funding sought must be between a minimum of $250K and a maximum of $4M (GST exclusive)
  • Applicants must form partnerships as part of delivering project outcomes
  • The funding activities must be planned to be completed on or before 30 April 2002
  • The project must contribute to delivering against at least one of the priority outcomes
  • The project must address a natural resource requirement
  • The project must contribute to innovation
  • Project activities must be eligible

The following can apply for funding and comprise of individuals and organizations that are legal entities capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable agreement with the Commonwealth:

  • Aboriginal Corporation
  • Australian Government
  • Private Company
  • Public Company
  • Incorporated Cooperative
  • Trustee on behalf of Trust
  • Incorporated Association
  • Organisation established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or State/Territory legislation
  • Individual/Sole Trader
  • Local Government
  • Partnership
  • State/Territory Government

To be eligible for funding, applicants must also:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be weighed equally:

  • Demonstrate how the development and implementation of your project will contribute to the Smart Farming Partnership outcomes
  • Demonstrate how your project contributes to innovation in delivering against the Smart Farming Partnership outcomes
  • Demonstrate your capability to successfully deliver the grant project in the chosen location(s), on time and within budget
  • Demonstrate how you will establish parternships and engage with the community to achieve project outcomes

How to apply?

To apply, click here.