Rural Grants

Seeking applications for Round 3 - ACT Rural Grants 2016/2017

ACT NRM, Environment and Planning Directorate, is seeking grant applications from ACT rural landholders to undertake sustainable farming activities as part of the third round of the ACT Rural Grants Project. Applications close on 27 October 2016.

The ACT Rural Grants project is supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Up to $150,000 will be available in Round 3 in 2016/17 and will support:

  • Natural Resource Management advice to support farm planning and implementation of sustainable farming practices – advice to groups of farmers will also be considered.
  • On-ground works to increase the adoption of sustainable farming activities – up to $10,000 for individual landholders; up to $50,000 for groups of landholders.

Activities that will be funded include those that:

  • improve groundcover, native vegetation, soil health and/or water quality
  • minimise off-site impacts of farming activities
  • protect biodiversity and improve biosecurity
  • demonstrate coordinated regional or landscape-scale partnerships including development (advice) and implementation (on-ground works) of district biosecurity plans to address animal and plant health and priority weed and pest animal issues
  • prepare for climate variability and climate change.

Information Session – ACT Rural Grants

ACT NRM and Greening Australia will be holding an information session on the ACT Rural Grants 2016/17 and other funding opportunities for ACT rural landholders. Information on some of the new natural resource management data that is available (as explained below and in the Guidelines) will also be presented.

When: Wednesday, 21 September 5.30-7.00pm
Where: Ground Floor Conference Room, North Building, Dame Pattie Menzies House, 16 Challis Street Dickson
RSVP: Anna van Dugteren, NRM Facilitator, T: 6205 2914; E:
Noting it is also OK to just turn up.

Data that may help with your application

The ACT Government makes land management and environmental data publicly available. This data may be useful in planning your ACT Rural Grant project, particularly if you are considering applying for funding to address erosion on your property or prevent erosion in areas of erosion hazard; or you are considering applying for funding to improve biodiversity on your property. More information on this data will be presented at the information session about the ACT Rural Grants and is also available in the Guidelines. The Erosion Hazard Map for ACT is attached below to assist you if you are planning a project that aims to prevent erosion in an area of erosion hazard – through fencing, tree planting or other activities. You will be able to determine if areas of your property have been mapped as having high or low erosion hazard.

Natural Resource Management advice

To assist landholders take the leap from learning to doing, under the ACT Rural Grants program, support is available to rural landholders to engage a specialist (such as an agronomist, a soil conservationist, a water management specialist) to do a ‘farm visit’ and develop a farm action plan and a timeline for implementation of the plan. Examples of what will be supported under the NRM advice include:

  • Assistance in developing a farm or district biosecurity plan
  • Assistance in developing a farm plan
  • Advice on pasture identification and management
  • Help with grazing systems/management
  • Mapping land classes to identify land use/management
  • Managing how water runs across your property
  • Managing riparian zones (river edges)
  • Advice on cross property planning; soil management; management of native vegetation
  • Drought preparedness and planning; preparing for climate change and climate variability

This part of the ACT Rural Grants is supported by the National Landcare Programme, ACT NRM and Greening Australia. For more information on how to apply for Natural Resource Management Advice go to the Guidelines attached below.

ACT Rural Grants On-ground funding

Examples of activities that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

Construction of subdivisional fencing/relocation of existing fencing and provision of alternative stock water supply (troughs and pipes only) to address at least one of the following:

  • protect areas of high conservation value
  • protect riparian area- priorities include Jerrabomberra Creek, Woolshed Creek, Naas River, Gudgenby River and Paddys River and their tributaries
  • isolate and destock areas of erosion
  • improve grazing management and groundcover
  • support using land within its capability based on topography and/or aspect and/or soils
  • creation of on-farm quarantine areas (fencing, stock water as part of a farm biosecurity plan)
  • Cross-farm collaborative projects, involving several landholders in a district, which address shared land management issues such as weeds, pest animals, erosion, improve biodiversity on private land adjacent to conservation areas
  • Cost-effective approaches to protection of large, mature, native paddock trees to stop livestock damage and allow natural regeneration
  • Erosion management – including activities which stabilise or mitigate erosion of gullies, river banks or creeks where it can be demonstrated that the work will reduce soil erosion, and directly improve the condition of the site – see the map of Erosion Hazard in the ACT which identifies priority areas for addressing erosion hazard or risk under this funding
  • Drought preparedness and planning and climate change preparedness and planning
  • Demonstrations/trials of grazing and/or other land management actions to reduce or control weeds and enhance native pasture grasses (such as Microlaena).

For more information on how to apply for On-ground funding, go to the Guidelines attached below. Also attached is the application form for On-ground funding.

Closing date

Applications for on-ground funding need to be submitted to ACT NRM, Environment and Planning Directorate, by 5.00pm Thursday 27 October 2016. Details on how to submit your application are provided in the Guidelines.

To find out more about the ACT Rural Grants project you can:

Would you like help putting together your application?

If you have any questions about the ACT Rural Grants project or need any help putting together your application – please feel free to contact Anna van Dugteren: p: 62052914; email:

Is it allowed under your Land Management Agreement?

You need to ensure that whatever you choose to do on your property under the ACT Rural Grants is consistent with and is allowed under your Land Management Agreement and under ACT and Commonwealth legislation. Details are provided on whom to check with, in the Guidelines.

Watch this space

Over September 2016, stories about previous ACT Rural Grant funded projects will be available to view on-line. As these stories are loaded up – we will provide a link to these stories from this web page.