Growing Carbon Farming Pilot
NOW CLOSED TO APPLICATIONS
Applications closed on 22 September 2022.
The Growing Carbon Farming Pilot is a $1 million initiative to encourage carbon farming adoption and build the carbon market in SA.
Funding will help cover establishment costs for carbon farming, including technical advice and carbon measurement.
Funding can also be used to participate in PIRSA-led demonstration activities that improve carbon farming knowledge and capability.
Grants of up to $100,000 are available for a minimum of 6 commercial carbon farming projects.
Read the Growing Carbon Farming Pilot guidelines ().
To be eligible for a grant under this pilot, all of the following conditions must be met:
- The applicant must be a legal entity capable of entering into a grant agreement.
- The applicant must be a landholder or company operating a primary industries business, or an organisation representing a landholder or group of landholders operating a primary industries business. Where a landholder is a lessee, the application must include a copy of the current lease agreement and evidence of landowner approval to undertake pilot activities on the land.
- The applicant must hold an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST.
- On-ground pilot activities must be undertaken within South Australia and the majority of total project activities completed within South Australia.
- Funded carbon farming activities must be able to be completed within 12 months of the applicant executing a grant agreement with the Minister.
- Applicants will need to provide a certificate of currency evidencing public liability insurance that covers the proposed pilot activity for at least ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for each occurrence.
- Proposed pilot activity must not have received funding from another South Australian or Australian Government program.
- Applicant group members must have met all the terms and conditions placed on any previous South Australian Government funding, grant or concessional loan provided to them.
- The applicant must agree to provide data and information to PIRSA on carbon methods, practices and estimated carbon abatement, and potential co-benefit outcomes, for broader publication.
- The applicant must agree to participate in PIRSA-led extension activities, including development of case studies, workshops and potential site visits/field days.
All grant funded activities must be completed and the full amount of funding expended within 12 months of the applicant executing a grant agreement with the Minister. Applicants must:
- conduct a carbon farming project/s on land in South Australia
- demonstrate carbon sequestration and/or emission reduction method/s suitable to South Australian primary industries:
- emission reduction fund (ERF) methods:
- non-ERF projects that sequester carbon, support sustainable agriculture practices, and deliver co-benefits
- demonstrate activities that deliver one or more carbon farming co-benefits.