Grant Opportunity: Climate-Smart Agriculture Program

The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) is the Australian Government’s key investment platform for achieving its natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and environmental protection outcomes.

Through the NHT the Australian Government has established the $302.1 million Climate-Smart Agriculture Program over five years from 2023-24. This program will drive agricultural sustainability, productivity, and competitiveness. It supports the following program outcomes:

  • The agriculture sector is adopting practices to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.
  • The agriculture sector is supported to harness carbon and biodiversity incentives and implement industry sustainability frameworks.
  • Farmers are supported to drive agricultural growth, while adopting sustainable natural resource management practices that protect and conserve natural capital and biodiversity.

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Program is comprised of the following investment streams:

Partnerships and Innovation Grants

Partnerships and Innovation grants are comprised of up to 2 rounds of open-competitive grants with a total of $45 million available over 4 years (2024-25 to 2027-28) for medium to large scale projects to drive the development, trialling, adoption and roll-out of climate-smart, sustainable, innovative tools and on-ground farm practices that increase the agriculture sector’s productivity and profitability.

Capacity Building

Capacity Building grants are providing up to $15 million in funding over 4 years (2024-25 to 2027-28) through 2 rounds of open-competitive grant opportunities. These grants focus on increasing community capacity and capability for climate-smart, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management practices in Australia to drive on-ground adoption. The grants will build on the success of existing climate-smart, sustainable agriculture projects, initiatives and information sources.

Small Grants

Small Grants are providing up to $13 million in funding over 4 years (2024-25 to 2027-28) through up to 4 rounds of open-competitive grants for on-ground focussed projects led by a range of community groups, Landcare groups, First Nations groups and research organisations. These small grants will support the adoption of sustainable agriculture best-practice that improves management of our natural resources and increases on-farm productivity.

The program has multiple investment streams, including $45 million Partnerships & Innovation grants and $9 million Capacity Building grants that are now open.

  • Applications for Partnership and Innovation grants close 8 April 2024.
  • Applications for Capacity Building grants close 28 March 2024.

For more information, visit agriculture.gov.au/climate-smart

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