The CRDC Grassroots Grants program is now entering its eighth year and continues to support Cotton Grower Associations (CGAs) to undertake capacity building projects in their regions.
Up to $10,000 in funding is available from CRDC for CGAs to help fund a project aimed at increasing the engagement of growers in the industry, solving specific regional issues and improving their skills, knowledge base and networks.
Since the Grassroots Grants program commenced in 2011, CRDC has invested $548,000 in 62 projects across the cotton growing valleys – from weather stations to crop nutrition workshops.
Ten projects were funded in 2017-18, including in-field research trials in Mungindi comparing dryland cotton to dryland sorghum across various row configurations; a spreader calibration workshop in the Upper Namoi; silverleaf whitefly and mealybug meetings in the Gwydir with leading industry researchers; and grower development programs to improve skills and capacity in the Dawson Valley and the Darling Downs.
Applications for the 2018-19 round of Grassroots Grants will open on 1 July 2018 and close on 30 November 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis during this period, so CGAs are strongly encouraged to get their applications in when the program opens.