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On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants

The Victorian Government recently established the “On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants” program. The purpose of the program is to assist farm businesses implement on-farm infrastructure to improve drought management and preparedness.

What is on offer?

A grant of up to $5,000 (ex-GST) for on-farm infrastructure.

Eligibility – basic conditions

Only available to farm businesses in one of the listed 22 Local Government Areas/Shires:

Alpine Benalla Buloke Campaspe
East Gippsland Gannawarra Greater Bendigo Greater Shepparton
Hindmarsh Horsham Indigo Loddon
Mildura Moira Northern Grampians Strathbogie
Swan Hill Towong Wangaratta Wellington
Wodonga Yarriambiack

Important: West Wimmera Shire is currently not included

  • Farm must match the grant on at least a dollar for dollar basis;
  • Only one grant per applicant, even if they operate multiple farm businesses;
  • Written approval must be received before commencing infrastructure works;
  • Must purchase infrastructure investment within 3 months of approval;
  • Must keep tax invoice(s), and proof of payment for the grant to be paid;
  • Works must not be eligible under another Government funding program;
  • Minimum grant amount is $1,000 (ex-GST);
  • No income or assets test;
  • Must improve the drought preparedness and better position the farm business into the future

Examples of eligible improvements

  • Items to construct a new or improve an existing Stock Containment Area;
  • Reticulated water systems using pumps, tanks and troughs for livestock;
  • Grain and fodder storage (eg. silos, hay sheds);
  • Internal re-fencing to better match property layout and land capability;
  • Fencing for the exclusion of wildlife to protect crops and pasture;
  • Shelter belts for shade and associated fencing;
  • Feeding system upgrades;
  • Adoption of precision farming techniques;