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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 million is now available to help drought-stricken farmers and farming communities.

Many farmers in drought-affected parts of New South Wales and Queensland are now taking 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, here’s how it works

  • Farmers, farming families or farming-dependent contractors in drought-affected areas of NSW, ACT or Queensland can apply for grants of up to $3,000 from the Country Women’s Association.
  • Grants can help you meet household expenses, such as food, vehicle maintenance, school expenses, electricity, gas or rates, telephone expenses and dental or medical expenses.
  • Applications are being processed within days

Three ways to apply

  • You can apply online
  • Call the Country Women’s Association to get an application form sent to you
  • Or pick up an application form at selected Australia Post offices

In Queensland, contact the Queensland Country Women’s Association
online or call (07) 3026 1220

In NSW and ACT, contact the Country Women’s Association of NSW
online or call (02) 8337 0210

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