It’s not just farmers feeling the effects of this on-going drought, but also farming contractors and local rural businesses. Currently, Vinnies, the Salvos, the CWA and Lions are distributing $3,000 cash injection grants to many in need.
Please note you do not have to be a primary producer to apply for these grants. Ag-related businesses (for example, farm machinery mechanics and fencers) are also eligible.
This grant will remain open until funds are exhausted. The closure date will be announced on the CWA website.
We know that many rural businesses not directly related to primary production – our retailers, grocers and our hairdressers for example – are also being affected by a downturn in business due to the drought.
While there is not currently any direct financial drought assistance available to these second-tier businesses, there are financial counselling and mental health services you can contact. The ATO, for example, may be able to provide assistance to individuals and businesses in financial difficulty.
Please refer to this comprehensive Government Drought Assistance document for more information.
Primary producers and ag-related businesses who need help with expenses such as a grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, rates, telephone, dental and medical (gap payments or cost of travel to access treatment) etc, should contact the agencies below who are doing a wonderful job of distributing help as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Vinnies Drought Assistance;
Salvos Drought Assistance;
CWA Drought Assistance;
CWA contact information: 02 8337 0210 – email@example.com.
Rotary Australia World Community Service;
Federal Government Drought Assistance Guide.