Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program

Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program


Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program

A competitive grants program has been established to drive investment in innovative water use for agriculture, supporting local industry development in regional, remote and rural areas.

The $20 million Water Irrigation Innovations Grants program will run for four years, providing up to $5 million each year through two funding rounds, encouraging industry-led ideas and solutions to optimise use of the State’s water assets to further drive economic growth.

The program will:

  • Encourage industry-led ideas and solutions for water use to create industry and jobs.
  • Increase focus on how regional communities might be able to use water resources to create agrifood industries.
  • Increase diversity of supply chains and risk management by having production more widely dispersed around Western Australia.

Funding will be considered for regional projects such as closed system technologies for horticultural enterprises, the development of feasibility and market studies, demonstration and infrastructure projects.

Projects will need to be proponent driven and must demonstrate the capacity to leverage investment for the community, the region and the economy.

Proposals must include:

  • How the proposal is innovative and clearly articulate what the benefits are to industry and the regional community
  • The level of co-contribution either in kind or cash from the recipient
  • The ability and capability to undertake the proposed works
  • Adequate concept development, including indicative budget, timelines and deliverables will also be required
  • The Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program is part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Water for Food program.

Who can apply?

The following groups are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Local government authorities
  • Community groups that are incorporated bodies
  • Businesses, provided a clear community benefit can be demonstrated
  • Consortia of any of the above

Funding Timeline

Two funding rounds will be conducted each year over the next four years.  The first round of funding will open in May 2017.

For more information please contact us direct at waterforfood@water.wa.gov.au