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Grants for grabs

Published 13 September 2012 05:00

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Reckon you know a thing or two about carbon farming? Then this is your opportunity to put your know-how to the test and stake your claim in a cool $7.2 million.

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is looking for new methods of carbon farming and also ideas for measurement.

If you’re a farmer, a large landholder or manager, or have a bright idea and experience in the area, get involved – there’s no reason not to. The eligibility criteria is as broad as they come.

Applicants need to have an ABN. They also need to be undertaking business activities in Australia. Entry is open to individuals and collaborations including indigenous organisations, natural resource management groups, research organisations and tertiary institutions.

The program has similarly broad terms of what the money can be used for. Money can be put towards expenses solely associated with the project, such as salary and travel costs. Project administration, management and governance costs can also be covered, as can costs associated with field operation, testing and licensing. Costs associated with estimation and reporting are also eligible. There is scope for capital costs to be covered including new equipment and depreciation. See the website for more details.

When it comes to making the cut, applicants need to be aware that the department is serious about coming up with methodologies for carbon farming that are versatile and effective. This means methodologies that can be applied across different landscapes, regions and industries, and carry significant abatement potential.

The capability of the team carrying out the project will also be assessed, as will the value for money delivered by the project.

Name: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Phone: (02) 6159 7436

Web: www.climatechange.gov.au

This information is provided to BRW by GrantReady which maintains the largest source of grant and funding information for Australian businesses.

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