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Future Drought Fund: Building drought resilient networks and leaders in regional communities

Providers have been chosen to deliver the Networks to Build Drought Resilience and Drought Resilience Leaders programs, two programs under the Future Drought Fund.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the providers were selected through a competitive grant process.

“The $5 billion Future Drought Fund provides secure, continuous funding for resilience initiatives that will give farmers and communities the tools they need to prepare for, manage and sustain their livelihoods during droughts,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The networks program will build community capacity and boost the presence and reach of rural and regional community networks and build small-scale infrastructure projects. This will boost community connectedness and collaboration which builds drought resilience.

“The leaders program provides an invaluable opportunity for young people and emerging leaders to receive practical training and enable farmers to share skills and information with their peers through mentoring.”

“The Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Limited will deliver the $7.45 million Drought Resilience Leaders program.

“The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will deliver the $3.75 million Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.

“Both providers have an extensive national reach and capability to tailor support to different regional contexts, ensuring the programs deliver maximum benefits for our agriculture-dependent communities facing future droughts,” Minister Littleproud said.

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