CRDC's Grassroots Grants program is now entering its fifth year, having invested almost $290,000 in 33 grower-led projects – from weather stations to crop nutrition workshops – over the past four seasons.
Under the program, up to $10,000 in funding is available to Cotton Grower Associations (CGAs) to help fund capacity-building projects in their local communities. Such projects aim to increase the engagement of growers in the industry, solve specific regional issues, and/or improve the skills, knowledge base and networks of growers.
The last round of grants again yielded varied and interesting projects including dryland cotton planter equipment assessments, weather stations, tools to manage soil compaction, trial result booklets for growers, cotton nutrition workshops and support for school-based traineeships and education days for school students.
Applications for the next round of CRDC Grassroots Grants open today, 1 July 2015, and close on 20 November 2015, with applications reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, or to apply, please click here.
To view a short video one one of CRDC's most recent Grassroots Grants, which helped growers in the Walgett area better predict weather events through the purchase of weather stations, please click here.