THE AUSSIE Farmers Foundation has launched a national search for rural heroes.
The foundation is offering up to $50,000 for a winning idea making a difference to Australian rural and regional communities in need.
The Rural Hero Grant gives charities the chance to pitch innovative solutions that address key issues impacting on farming communities.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to create a short video demonstrating their project is the “Rural Hero” needed in their community, with the winning project decided via public vote.
Projects must address at least one of the foundation’s key areas of focus which include economic and environmental sustainability for Australian farmers, disaster relief for farming communities, country kid’s health and healthy eating, food waste and food relief, and mental health of farming communities.
Foundation Executive Officer Julia Hunter said projects focused on current or emerging rural issues would be highly regarded.
“In its first year, the 2016 Rural Hero Grant helped to highlight both the tough living conditions of many rural communities as well as the inspiring people and organisations that are out there making a difference,” she said.
“It’s a way to start a conversation about rural and regional issues, while supporting projects that make a positive impact on the ground.
“We hope the Rural Hero Grant draws attention to the challenges facing these communities, and inspires all Australians to get behind them.”
The video entry is required to be a maximum length of 90 seconds and should tell a story, however Ms Hunter emphasised that it doesn’t need to be professionally shot.
All eligible charities need to submit the expression of interest (EOI) application form by May 31.
All details and conditions at aussiefarmersfoundation.org.au/grants/aussiefarmers-rural-hero-grant/