Drought Communities Programme – Drought Community Support Initiative - Round 2


The Drought Community Support Initiative to provide financial help for farmers, farm workers and suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought has closed. Charities applied for funding to support drought-affected households in eligible local government areas. 

The grant opportunity to engage The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society to provide financial help for farmers, farm workers and suppliers/contractors facing hardship due to drought has closed. These two charities have received funding under this grant opportunity to support drought-affected households in eligible local government areas. If you are looking to apply for immediate financial support of up to $3,000, the funding is available through The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society.

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Application detail:

Drought Communities Support Initiative is currently closed to applications from further charities. If you are looking to apply for immediate financial support of up to $3,000, the funding is available through The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society.

 
What do you get?

Immediate financial support of up to $3,000 per eligible household.

Who is this for?

Individuals 18 years of age or older, who are farmers, farm workers or farm suppliers/contractors:

  • facing hardships as a result of drought
  • living or working in an eligible local government area

The financial assistance is provided through selected charity organisations.

Overview


The Drought Community Support Initiative provides immediate assistance to farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors who are facing hardship arising from the impact of drought in eligible Local Government Areas.

The intended outcomes of the Drought Community Support Initiative are to:

  • help with immediate assistance for farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors
  • improve levels of economic activity in regions and support local communities

Selected charity organisations will provide immediate financial support of up to $3000 cash to eligible recipients.

Eligibility criteria


To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be invited to apply
  • be one of the following charity organisations
    • St Vincent de Paul Society
    • The Salvation Army

Other charities may be invited to apply at the discretion of the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, natural Disaster and Emergency Management.

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • establish eligibility criteria for the provision of financial assistance to eligible recipients
  • keep a record of provided assistance and submit aggregated data reports to the department
  • be completed by 30 June 2020

To be eligible to receive a cash payment the recipient must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who
    • lives and/or works in an eligible Local Government Area specified by the Minister responsible for Local Government and listed on business.gov.au and GrantConnect under the Drought Communities Programme
    • is in need of financial assistance to pay for food, petrol, utility bills or another need, or is at imminent risk of not being able to pay for them

The benefit can be provided to eligible recipients who have had previous financial assistance from:

  • the Drought Community Support Initiative
  • drought relief funding provided by the Australian Government to the Country Women’s Association of Australia 

The benefit is limited to 1 per household up to a maximum cash payment of $3000.

For more information on eligibility you should read the grant opportunity guidelines.

Eligible local government areas


The following Eligible Local Government Areas were selected based on the level of need, determined using:

  • rainfall deficiency data from the Bureau of Meteorology
  • population and industry data (reliance on agriculture)

The Government will continue to closely monitor conditions across the country as the drought continues, and in consultation with the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, may consider expanding the program to reach more Local Government Areas. 

New South Wales

Armidale Regional Federation
Muswellbrook
Balranald Forbes
Narrabri
Bathurst Regional Gilgandra Narrandera
Bega Valley Glen Innes Severn Shire Narromine
Berrigan Greater Hume
Oberon
Bland Gunnedah
Parkes
Blayney Gwydir
Tamworth Regional
Brewarrina
Hay
Temora
Broken Hill
Hilltops
Tenterfield
Bogan
Inverell
Unincorporated Far West
Bourke Kyogle
Upper Hunter
Cabonne
Lachlan
Upper Lachlan
Carrathool
Leeton
Uralla
Central Darling
Lithgow
Walcha
Cobar
Liverpool Plains
Walgett
Coolamon Lockhart
Warren
Coonamble
Mid-Western Regional
Warrumbungle
Cowra
Moree Plains
Weddin
Dubbo Regional
Murray River
Wentworth
Edward River
Murrumbidgee

 

Queensland

Balonne  Goondiwindi   Richmond  
Banana  Lockyer Valley Somerset
Barcaldine  Longreach 
South Burnett 
Barcoo  Maranoa 
Southern Downs
Blackall Tambo  McKinlay 
Toowoomba
Bulloo  Murweh  Winton 
Boulia  North Burnett 
Western Downs
Diamantina  Paroo   
Flinders  Quilpie   
 

South Australia

Adelaide Plains Kangaroo Island Port Pirie City and District
Alexandrina Karoonda East Murray Renmark Paringa
Barunga West Kimba Southern Mallee
Berri & Barmera Light Streaky Bay
Ceduna Loxton Waikerie Tatiara
Clare and Gilbert Valleys Mid Murray The Coorong
Cleve Murray Bridge Unincorporated Far North SA
Copper Coast Mount Remarkable Wakefield
Flinders Rangers Northern Areas Wudinna
Franklin Harbour Orroroo/Carrieton Yorke Peninsula
Goyder Peterborough
 

 

Victoria

Buloke Mildura Wellington
East Gippsland Pyrenees Yarriambiack
Gannawarra Strathbogie  
Latrobe Swan Hill  

 

Tasmania

Break O Day
Glamorgan Spring Bay

Applications


Drought Communities Support Initiative is currently closed to applications.
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Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Drought Community Support Initiative Sample grant agreement

Drought Community Support Initiative Eligible Local Government Areas