Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Extension Programme

Research is at the core of the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change (SLMACC) programme – but communication of this research is also vital. Find out about the Extension Programme’s aims and the types of work it invests in.

Aims of the Extension Programme

The SLMACC Extension Programme focuses on communicating research findings to farmers, growers, and other primary industry professionals. It aims to:

  • directly influence engagement
  • encourage implementation
  • create lasting changes in behaviour.

The programme has up to $1 million to fund extension projects each year.

The application process

The 2020 funding round has closed.

Applications are assessed by a panel made up of government and industry experts. Final decisions are made by the Ministry for Primary Industries' investment programmes team. All applicants are notified whether their proposals were successful.

Successful applicants will then finalise their project milestones and sign SLMACC funding contracts. Projects can begin as early as 1 July 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Projects must:

  • be aligned with the themes for the funding round
  • have a duration of up to 1 year
  • have a budget of up to $300,000.

The proposed research can align with other government-funded projects, but must not duplicate their work.

Application assessment

Applications are assessed against 6 criteria to decide whether they qualify for funding, and how much they may receive. These criteria are:

  • cost and benefit
  • ability to deliver outcomes
  • alignment to research themes
  • impact and innovation
  • practicality
  • science excellence.

We encourage collaboration with:

  • local government
  • commercial entities
  • industry groups
  • catchment groups
  • farmers.

Applications should:

  • consider key risks
  • describe how the project will be successfully delivered
  • describe how you will achieve uptake or adoption of the initiative (the path to market)
  • consider Māori aspirations and opportunities (such as agribusinesses, business groups, and catchment groups)
  • include a realistic and appropriate budget (with a breakdown including milestones, and the budget for each stage of the work)
  • include a well-considered project plan.

To assess your application, we need robust information and as much evidence as possible.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the SLMACC Extension fund, email

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