Drought Communities Programme - Drought Community Support Initiative

At a glance

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Funds selected charities to provide 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.

Who can apply

At a minimum, you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • be one of the following charity organisations:
    • Country Women’s Association of Australia (CWA)
    • Rotary Australia World Community Services
    • St Vincent de Paul Society
    • The Salvation Army.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Drought Community Support Initiative was announced by the Australian Government at the National Drought Summit on 26 October 2018. The objectives of the Drought Community Support Initiative are to provide 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 who are facing hardship arising from the impact of drought
  • improve levels of economic activity in regions and support local communities.

Selected charity organisations will provide immediate financial support to eligible recipients 18 years of age or older, who are farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors facing hardship as a result of drought and are living or working in one of the eligible Local Government Areas.

Immediate financial support may constitute up to $3,000 per eligible household using a combination of up to $2,000 in cash and up to $1,000 in vouchers.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • be one of the following charity organisations:
    • Country Women's Association of Australia (CWA)
    • Rotary Australia World Community Services
    • St Vincent de Paul Society
    • The Salvation Army.

Other charities may be invited to apply at the discretion of the Minister for Regional Services.

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • establish eligibility criteria for the provision of financial assistance to eligible recipients of cash payments and/or vouchers
  • keep a record of provided assistance and submit aggregated data reports to the department
  • be completed by 30 June 2019.

To be eligible to receive cash payments and/or vouchers the recipient of the benefit must be:

  • 18 years of age or older and a farmer, farm worker or farm supplier/contractor who:
    • lives and/or works in an eligible Local Government Area
    • 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 these goods and services.
  • the benefit provided is limited to one per eligible household to a maximum of up to $3,000 that can comprise a combination of up to $2,000 cash payments and up to $1,000 in vouchers (to be expended before 30 June 2019).

For more information on eligibility you should refer to 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, in conjunction with population and industry data (reliance on agriculture) to assess the overall economic impact of the drought in the region.

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 and Water Resources may consider expanding the program to reach more Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas marked with an asterisk were approved in March 2019 and these Eligible Councils must complete their project by 31 December 2019.

New South Wales

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

Queensland

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

South Australia

  • Barunga West
  • Berri Barmera*
  • Ceduna
  • Clare and Gilbert Valleys
  • Cleve
  • Franklin Harbour
  • Flinders Ranges*
  • Goyder
  • Karoonda East Murray
  • Kimba
  • Light*
  • Loxton Waikerie
  • Mid Murray
  • Murray Bridge*
  • Mount Remarkable
  • Northern Areas
  • Orroroo/Carrieton
  • Peterborough*
  • Southern Mallee
  • Streaky Bay
  • Wakefield
  • Wudinna

Victoria

  • Buloke*
  • East Gippsland
  • Wellington

Tasmania

  • Break O Day*
  • Glamorgan Spring Bay*

Merit Criteria

You must address both merit criteria in your application. Both merit criteria are of equal weighting.

The application form asks questions that relate to the merit criteria below.

We will only award funding to applications that score highly against the merit criteria, as these represent best value for money.

  • Merit criterion 1: Describe your organisation and its capacity to deliver the Drought Community Support Initiative.
  • Merit criterion 2: Explain how your organisation will deliver the Drought Community Support Initiative.

How to apply

Drought Communities Support Initiative is currently closed to applications.

How we assess applications

We first assess your application against the eligibility criteria.

Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against the merit criteria.

If the selection process identifies unintentional errors in your application, we may contact you to correct or clarify the errors, but you cannot make any material alteration or addition.

The program delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If you are successful, we will email you and include in the email any specific conditions attached to the grant.

If you are unsuccessful, we will email you and give you an opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements.

We will make an initial payment on execution of the grant agreement. We will make subsequent payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement. Payments are subject to satisfactory progress on the project.

The payment will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement
  • Progress report template
  • End of project report
  • Independent audit report
  • List of local government areas

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