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Expressions of interest are being sought from the irrigation industry and community groups in the North East CMA region to support their farming enterprises.

Grants between $20,000 and $40,000 (ex GST) are available under the North East Sustainable Irrigation Framework project to improve the resilience and adaptability of North East Victoria’s irrigation sector to variable water availability and climate change.

The North East CMA is looking to explore opportunities for irrigated enterprises and industries to adapt to a lower and more variable water future whilst improving productivity and sustainability. The funds can support the identification of climate adaptation needs, the development of climate adaptation plans and the implementation of priority activities.

Activities could include on-ground works, research and capacity-building for adaptation or transformation. The project also involves the development of case studies and engagement events to share learnings and knowledge in the region and state-wide. The funding has been made available by the Victorian Government through the Sustainable Irrigation program.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis, with priority given to industry groups to deliver actions already identified in existing climate adaptation plans. Projects must be completed by 31 May 2024.

Submit your EOI by 5pm, Monday 12 December 2022 to incentives@necma.vic.gov.au with "2022-24 Sustainable Irrigation Grants EOI" as the subject.

If you have any questions contact the NECMA Project Officer, Lachlan Campbell on 0400 852 482 or lachlan.campbell@necma.vic.gov.au

Download the EOI registration information fact sheet

Download the 2022-24 Sustainable Irrigation Grants EOI form

Download and print the flyer