DROUGHT ASSISTANCE FUND
The Drought Assistance Fund provides a $50,000 interest free seven year loan to transport stock, fodder and water; genetic banking of breeding herds, fodder and water infrastructure and activities which promote profitability and resilience as a result of the on-farm investment. No repayment is required in the first two years.
FARM INNOVATION FUND
The Farm Innovation Fund provides a low interest loan scheme to build permanent infrastructure to a maximum of $1,000,000 per project. The Farm Innovation Funds helps to improve farm productivity, managed adverse seasonal conditions and ensure long term sustainability. The Interest rate is fixed at 2.5% and the loan is for a maximum 20 year period.
EMERGENCY DROUGHT TRANSPORT SUBSIDY
The Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy is a transport subsidy of up to 50% of the total freight cost and can be applied to the cost of transporting fodder, water to a property for stock or domestic use, stock to and fromagistment, and stock to sale or slaughter. For applications received from 1 July 2019 the subsidy also includes transporting of farm chemicals, fertiliser and seed to farms.
Round Three of the Drought Transport Subsidy has been announced and can be applied for from 1 July 2020. Farmers have until 30 September 2020 to submit invoices for the period 1 January 2018 – 30 June 2020.
Apply at www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/transport-subsidyemergency-drought-relief
EMERGENCY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE REBATE SCHEME
Funding for the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) Scheme has been exhausted and the EWIR scheme is now closed to new applicants.
DROUGHT COMMUNITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE (DCSI) – Round 2
Farmers, farm workers, farm suppliers and farm contractors who are struggling financially can apply for a $3,000 grant funded by the Australian Government's Drought Community Support Initiative (DCSI) – Round 2. Recipients must live in specified Local Government Areas (LGA) – these include Hilltops, Cootamundra-Gundagai*, Cowra*, Bland*, Weddin*, Parkes and Forbes*. The funding is administered by the Salvation Army (indicated with a *) or Vinnies depending on the LGA. To apply online, go to salvationarmy.org.au/drought or vinnies.org.au/droughthelp
CWA OF NSW DROUGHT AID
Farmers, farming dependent contractors and farming dependent families located in drought areas can apply for a $3,000 grant to help meet household expenses. To apply online, go to cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid
Rural Aid is offering Primary Producers a one off $1,000 payment to assist with bill expenses. To apply, you must first register with Rural Aid and then complete the online application form. To register, go to buyabale.com.au/can-we-help-you To apply, go to ruralaid.org.au/faa
Drought Angels provide support to registered primary producers by providing food hampers, care packs, prepaid visas and local store vouchers. To apply, go to droughtangels.org.au/apply-for-assistance