Action on the Ground
Applications are now open for round two of Action on the Ground. Applications close at 5.00pm (AEST) 23 May 2013.If you experience any difficulties submitting a round two on-line application form, you must contact program staff on 1800 025 005 before 5.00pm (AEST) 23 May 2013. (See Section 8 of the program guidelines—‘how to apply’.)
Action on the Ground
Action on the Ground is a component of the Carbon Farming Futures Program and will invest up to $99 million of grant funding over six years to June 2017.
Action on the Ground assists farmers and land managers to undertake on-farm trials of abatement technologies, practices and management strategies to measure and demonstrate how these can reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions of methane and nitrous oxide or increase the sequestration of carbon in soil while maintaining farm productivity.
Under round two, individual grants up to $775 000 (GST Exclusive) are available for farmers, land managers, farming groups, researchers, industry sectors and non-government organisations to undertake projects that address at least one of the program’s three key priorities:
- reduced methane emissions from livestock production systems
- reduced nitrous oxide emissions
- increased carbon sequestration in soils
How to apply in round two
Applicants seeking to apply for funding under round two of Action on the Ground are encouraged to read the program guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions in conjunction with the terms and conditions in the DAFF standard funding deed.
An on-line application form will be available from 8 April 2013. Once an application form has been downloaded, it can be saved to your computer and completed off-line. If you are submitting more than one application, you must download a separate application form for each proposal.
Application support notes are provided to guide you through the application form.
On-line applications are preferred, but hard copies will be accepted. If you do not have access to the internet, you may request a hard copy application pack by calling the Action on the Ground hotline on 1800 025 005 or via email aotg.
Applicants should familiarise themselves with projects funded under the Climate Change Research Program and round one of the Filling the Research Gap and round one of Action on the Ground programs. This will ensure that new applications are underpinned by published research and will avoid direct duplication of existing projects in a region.
All projects funded under round two of Action on the Ground are required to carefully measure emissions abatement and/or soil carbon, using standard procedures.
We strongly recommend applicants review the Action on the Ground ‘Guidance for on-farm measurement of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon’.
- ‘Guidance for on-farm measurement of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon’ PDF [1.8 MB]
‘Guidance for on-farm measurement of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon’ Word [1.6 MB]
Action on the Ground webinar
On Friday 19 April 2013, the department held a web-based information session for prospective applicants. The webinar discussed the aims of Action on the Ground and the application and assessment process for round two. A recording and transcript of the webinar are available.
We have updated the round two Frequently Asked Questions document to include the questions that were asked during the webinar. If your question has not been addressed, or if you have further queries, please email project staff or call the Action on the Ground hotline: 1800 025 005.
Applications for round two close 5:00pm (AEST) 23 May 2013.
About round One
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the outcomes of round one of the Action on the Ground program on 17 May 2012. Under round one, the program invested $25.2 million in 59 multi-year projects (to June 2015) involving more than 400 farmers and land managers.
More information on round one, including a list of grant recipients, is available on the website.
- Grants help farmers take climate action - 8 April 2013
- Agriculture shares $70 million in research grants - 17 May 2012
- Landholders take Action on the Ground – 29 November 2011
For more information, please call the Action on the Ground hotline on 1800 025 005 or email the Action on the Ground team.
Action on the Ground is administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. To find out more about the other programs administered by the department under the Carbon Farming Futures program, please follow the links below:
16 May 2013