Monday, February 28, 2011

More support for Young Farmers and Rural Women



Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig
Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare; Minister for the Status of Women the Hon. Kate Ellis MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP



The Australian Government is calling for applications under a new round of the Recognising Women Farmers and Next Gen Farmers grants which offer up to $50,000 (GST exclusive) for activities that promote young people and rural women in agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said these programs had already produced positive outcomes for rural women and young people since being introduced in 2008.
“These grants have improved the networking opportunities, leadership skills and industry knowledge of rural women and young people across Australia,” Minister Ludwig said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, said the latest funding round will continue to build on the progress already made under the initiative.

“This round of funding will provide ongoing benefits for our rural communities and help keep Australian primary industries productive and sustainable in an ever changing climate,” Dr Kelly said.

To date over $6.2 million in funding for 72 Next Gen Farmers projects and 91 Recognising Women Farmers projects has been provided.

The grants will support activities which aim to:

•build and share knowledge and experience;

•develop leadership and management skills;

•boost participation in primary industries;

•develop skills to contribute more effectively to government and industry decision making; and

•build networks among rural, regional and remote Australians.

Minister for the Status of Women, Ms Kate Ellis, acknowledged the importance of building the capacity of youth and women in regional areas.

“About one third of all Australian women live in rural or remote areas and they are the backbone of rural and remote families and communities,” Ms Ellis said.

“I am determined to ensure that the talent and hard work of rural women is recognised and supported and that’s what these grants are all about.”

The Recognising Women Farmers and Next Gen Farmers grants are awarded through a competitive process based on the merit of the proposals, and are a part of Community Networks and Capacity Building, which supports the government’s Australia’s Farming Future.

Submission of applications for funding through the Recognising Women Farmers grants and Next Gen Farmers grants closes at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time, 28 March 2011.

For more information or to apply for grant funding please visit www.daff.gov.au/cncb.

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