The Quarry Life Award
The Quarry Life Award is organised by the Heidelberg Cement group and is an international research competition for the promotion and education of biodiversity in quarries.
The national award is hosted by Hanson at its participating Gaskell Sand Quarry in Western Australia.
Hanson invites researchers, students and citizens to submit a biodiversity project in its participating quarry.

Research stream categories:
•Biodiversity management
•Habitat and species research
•Beyond quarry borders

Community stream categories:
•Biodiversity & education
•Connecting quarries and local communities
•Student class project (for primary and secondary students)

Project registration by 20 Nov 2017. More

2017 Farmer of the year sought
Nominations are being sought nationally for The Weekly Times Coles 2017 Farmer of the Year awards in the following categories: Beef, cropping, dairy, horticulture, sheep and innovative farmers of the year. From the winners of these six categories, one farmer will ultimately be crowned Farmer of the Year. Each category winner will receive $5K in prizes, with the Farmer of the Year receiving $10K cash. Winners will be announced in February. More

$22K for young Ag Innovators
Applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. People aged 18-35 can apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. There are 11 categories: cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology and wool. Winners of the industry category are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources’ Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project. Deadline Friday 13 October. More? Email the team at Science Awards or phone 02 6272 2303.

Plant a Banksia campaign
Birdlife Australia is calling for expressions of interest from community groups and schools in the Perth and Peel region to access between 200-1000 banksia seedlings to improve habitat for Black Cockatoos. More

Water Irrigation Innovation Grants
$20 million is available for projects such as closed-system technologies for horticultural enterprises, the development of feasibility and market studies, demonstration and infrastructure projects. Applications open soon. More

Heritage and Conservation Grants
Lotterywest has funding available to help organisations conserve, protect, explain and share various aspects of our heritage. More

Farming Together  – Farm Cooperatives and Collaboration
The $14.9m Farming Together initiative is open for applications to boost farmer-based collaborations.  The national, two year campaign is a resource for primary producers to help value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns. More

Aid for smaller exporters
The Australian Government is offering funds to help smaller exporters improve market access across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticultural, grain and meat sectors. More

Inspiring Entrepreneurs grants
Grants of up to $20K are offered by the Australian government for community organisations to set up spaces offering students hands-on experience blending science, technology, engineering and maths with entrepreneurship. Ongoing until funds exhausted.
The Incubator Support initiative helps establish new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services. More

Entrepreneurs Sought
The Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to boost business competitiveness and productivity through: Research Connections, Accelerating Commercialisation, Business Evaluations, Supply Chain Facilitation, Business Growth Services, and Business Growth Grants. Ongoing.  More

National Ag Opportunity
Applications are now open for the $14.9m national Farming Together program. This Federal Government initiative is a two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.
Any Australian citizen who farms within the ATO-recognised guidelines can register to receive a free one-on-one consultation to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group.  This could be either as a co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a less-formal collaborative group. Existing groupings may also apply.
The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments. More or 1800 00 55 55.

Export grants available
Australian Government grants are available to promote cooperation in accessing international markets. Applications may be submitted for projects valued from $55,000 to $1.65m (GST inclusive). There are no set funding rounds and applications for program funding can be submitted at any time until 31 December 2018 or until all funds have been allocated. More 

Conservation project grants
FNPW funds conservation all around Australia. The conservation of habitat, threatened species, and cultural heritage are priorities, as are accessible National Parks and environmental education.
Grants are available for both field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation in Australia. All proposals are evaluated by FNPW’s Projects Committee based on funding priorities, funds available and quality and quantity of projects submitted.
More information can be found here.

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