Agriculture Grants2018-08-22T23:33:09+00:00

Agriculture Grants

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The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities’ Drought Communities Programme (DCP) is being extended, and local councils will have access to a pool of $75 million allocated in 2018-19 to support drought-stricken communities.

The Australian Government announced on Sunday that additional funding for the program would initially provide $1 million in grants funding to 60 individual councils to provide immediate and short-term support for their communities.

Eligible projects can include:

  • Employing local contractors to undertake repairs and maintenance
  • Upgrading or building new community facilities
  • Holding events and undertaking drought-relief activities
  • Carting potable water into communities for drinking and bathing

A list of eligible councils is available on the Department’s website; however, the program is currently being updated to reflect the extension.

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Farm Innovation Fund – NSW

Provides loans to meet the cost of carrying out permanent capital works that will have a significant beneficial impact on the land, long term profitability of the enterprise and address adverse seasonal conditions.

Eligibility :
Applicants must be the owner or operator of the property where the work is to be carried out. Additionally the farm must provide at least 50% of your total gross income and applicants must not have off farm assets exceeding $5,000,000. Please consult the website for more criteria which may apply.
Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.
Agency : Rural Assistance Authority
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Farm Household Allowance

Help for farmers and their families experiencing financial hardship.

The amount of the allowance will depend on your circumstances.

Eligibility :To apply, you must:
– be a farmer or the partner of a farmer
– meet an income and assets test
– be willing to enter into a Financial Improvement Agreement to help you improve your financial circumstances.

Please visit the agency website for more eligibility criteria.

Program Status :Applications may be made at any time.
Agency :Department of Human Services
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Overview / Purpose

This program is part of the Australian government’s Digital Enterprise Program, which aims to assist businesses to improve the way they operate and deliver services online.

VAP will help participants take advantage of high-speed broadband to connect with customers online, create new business opportunities and reduce ongoing costs. The program will assist participants to:
– Use the internet to improve their online presence
– Offer new products and services
– Grow their business or community organisation
– Improve competitiveness
– Increase customer service

Participants can tailor the program to suit their business needs by selecting from a range of topics and can also register for up to four hours of free one-on-one mentoring to discuss issues specific to their business” requirements.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include individuals, small to medium businesses and not-for-profit organisations in rural and regional Australia.

Eligible Activities

Eligible applicants will receive free training sessions on the following topics:
– Getting started: Creating an online presence
– Planning their online business
– Marketing online: Tips and tools
– Online selling: Bringing in the dollars
– Online storage (“the Cloud”), privacy and security
– Communicating online and working remotely

Program Administrator – TAFE

The Rural Research & Development for Profit programme aims to realise productivity and profitability improvements for primary producers through:

generating knowledge, technologies, products or processes that benefit primary producers
strengthening pathways to extend the results of rural R&D, including understanding the barriers to adoption
establishing and fostering industry and research collaborations that form the basis for ongoing innovation and growth of Australian agriculture.

Round one research projects must address one or more of the research priorities, which fall into four areas:
Increase the profitability and productivity of primary industries
Increase the value of primary products
Strengthen primary producers’ ability to adapt to opportunities and threats
Strengthen on-farm adoption and improve information flows

Funding for more rural financial counsellors

Farm Finance will provide an additional $5.9 million over the next two years to fund around 17 additional full-time rural financial counsellors in the areas they are needed most.

As part of the nation-wide Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), rural financial counsellors provide free, impartial and confidential financial counselling to help farmers, fishers and agriculture-dependent small businesses in decision-making.

For updates and more information on visit the Rural Financial Counselling Service website or call 1800 686 175.
What can rural financial counsellors do?

Rural financial counsellors can:

help clients identify financial and business options
help clients negotiate with their lenders
help clients develop an action plan
help clients meet their mutual obligations under the Transitional Farm Family Payment
provide clients information about government and other assistance schemes
refer clients to accountants, agricultural advisors and educational services
refer clients to the Department of Human Services and to other professionals for succession planning, family mediation and personal, emotional and social counselling.

Where will the additional counsellors be placed? The additional counsellors will focus on regions and industries experiencing debt stress and where recent natural disasters have had a heavy impact on farm businesses.

These positions will be ‘mobile’, working in various locations over time, depending on where the need is greatest.

Am I eligible for rural financial counselling?

The RFCS provides free and confidential financial counselling services to farmers, pastoralists, fishers and small rural businesses who are experiencing financial hardship and have no alternative sources of impartial support.

The Natural Disaster Relief Scheme assists communities and individuals directly affected by flood, fire, storm damage or any other declared natural disaster.
To support relief and recovery following a declared Natural Disaster a range of measures are made available by the NSW Government. These measures include low interest rate loans to primary producers, small businesses, non-profit organisations and sporting clubs and transport assistance for primary producers.

Additional assistance in the form of Recovery Grants may also be made available following extreme and widespread disaster events.

To report damage following a severe weather event Primary Producers are encouraged to contact their closest Local Land Services (LLS) office or telephone on 1300 795 299.


Sporting Clubs

A special scheme is available to assist sporting clubs in meeting the costs of restoration of essential club facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. The assistance is made available to those clubs which do not have the financial capacity to meet restoration costs from their own resources, but which have the capacity to repay any loan that may be granted.

Under these arrangements the maximum assistance available is $12,000, including a grant of up to $2,000 and the balance by way of repayable advance with interest.

NSW Treasury administers this scheme. The public enquiry number is (02) 9228 5062. This finance is available to those unable to obtain assistance through normal channels.

Churches and voluntary non-profit organisations

Loan assistance is available to churches and voluntary non-profit organisations for the restoration of essential facilities that have been damaged or destroyed. Eligible groups will usually perform a service for the community or environment and are funded by grants or donations.

Non-profit organisations that perform a commercial function, charge a fee for a service or represent commercial or industrial groups, e.g. industry bodies are not eligible for assistance. As with other schemes, assistance is only available to those organisations which do not have the financial capacity to meet restorations costs from their own resources, insurance and are unable to obtain assistance through normal channels. Advances are subject to a maximum of $25,000 at a concessional interest rate per annum.


We know that finding out what is going on the the industry can be difficult. Events, courses and funding opportunities are spread out across so many websites, social media platforms, flyers and direct email and endless searches on Google often leave us feeling overwhelmed and a little lost!

BOOST is an online database connecting you to the vast array of opportunities across the Australian agricultural industry.

Who? Refer to the Farm Risk Programme guidelines.
When? Now. Applications within 12 months of the first claimed costs being incurred.
What?  One-off rebates will be for half of the costs incurred by eligible farm businesses, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive). The rebates are not for insurance policy premiums.
How? Refer to the Australian Government website.

The 2018 grant budget totals $10,000 and grant applications in amounts from $500 to $2000 will be accepted for rehabilitation enclosure and equipment projects. To be eligible for a Grant applicants must:

  • Have 2 or more years rehabilitation experience
  • Be authorised under a NPWS licensed rehabilitation group or be an independent general licensee (IGL)
  • Have their application endorsed by their licensed group management committee (in the case of a group member)
  • Lodge application no later than 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018

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