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SA farming communities encouraged to apply for assistance

Drought-hit farmers say applying for the grants is painless and quick.

We know you farmers are a resilient and strong bunch; you need to be when droughts are part of your existence.

But these are particularly tough times and Australia wants to help.

$11.5 million was raised back in August 2018 and made available to help drought-affected farmers and farming communities. We partnered with the Country Women’s Association in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, and with the Rural Financial Counselling Service (Gippsland) in Victoria to get the funds out through their aid programs. Applications for grants in NSW, QLD and VIC have now closed.

Applications are still being taken from farmers and farming communities in South Australia.

As of 30 April, more than 7,364 farming families have taken up the grants and tell us the process is fast and simple.

We’re hearing about bills being paid, families having enough to make it through the next few months and children joining friends on school excursions after their family applied for drought funds.

We applied to the QCWA for food vouchers. A painless one-page application. Thought I’d have to apply every time I needed a voucher, worth $500. Within five days of sending the form a fat little brown padded envelope arrived with $3000 worth of vouchers. I was both stunned and thankful. A most humbling experience

Queensland dairy farmer

If you’re a farmer in South Australia, here’s how it works

  • Farmers, farming families or farming-dependent contractors in drought-affected areas of South Australia can apply for grants of up to $3,000 through the Country Women’s Association. Red Cross appeal funds support these grants.

Three ways to apply

  • You can apply online
  • Call the phone number in your state, below, to have an application form sent to you
  • Or pick up an application form at selected Australia Post offices

In South Australia, the SA Country Women’s Association is working with Rural Business Support to facilitate grant applications. To apply, call Rural Business Support 1800 836 211, email or visit the Rural Business Support website.

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