Agriculture Grants

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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.

Nuffield are proud to announce the opening of the 2018 round of Nuffield Farming Scholarships. We are offering  scholarships again this year and the application period is 1st April to 30th June 2017.

Application process

The process for being awarded a 2018 scholarship includes an application and interview process in 2017. For example, applications are required by 16, June 2017, interviews are held in July and August 2017, scholarships are awarded in September 2017 and travel commences in 2018.

Please note – the application phase for 2018 scholarships is 1st April to 16th June 2017.

Application Form
Applicants must fill out the fields below to download the application form.

Completed applications must be submitted, along with an electronic high-resolution portrait photo (minimum size 1MB) suitable for media releases and promotion (to be used if selected for a Nuffield Scholarship), to

Funding Amount: $0 to $150,000 – Total pool: undisclosed

The Australia-India Council’s mission is to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India.


To maximise impact, the Australia-India Council is looking for high quality applications that foster ground-breaking and catalytic collaborations and improve perceptions.

In 2017-18, priority will be given to projects on education and skills, science, energy and technology advancement, resources and energy, agriculture, and infrastructure.

Grant applicants need to submit a project proposal to address one of the following:

  1. Develop new innovative mechanisms for lifting education outcomes between Australia and India, such as through the New Colombo Plan or mobile platforms for the delivery of training and skill programs.
  2. Develop new innovative social entrepreneur schemes that build on either India’s unique identifier or outcomes from successful projects, such as, the Australia India Strategic Research Projects on bio, agri or water technology and urban infrastructure.
  3. Recognise and capitalise on Australian and Indian shared cultural identity, for example, through common parliamentary and legal systems; social entrepreneur platforms that support women in leadership, children or tech-savvy young people; or Indigenous culture.
  4. Build connections between Australia and India by drawing on major events as inspiration for collaborations and joint projects that establish linkages between India and Australia in a school, business or community setting.

A key project deliverable for successful applicants will be a one to two-page policy paper to inform government on the key considerations relevant to the grant topic. The paper should explain key learnings, future challenges, opportunities or needs and recommended appropriate actions in the relevant area.

In 2017-18 between $600,000 and $700,000 in total is expected to be available for this grant opportunity, subject to appropriation. Grants will be provided to a number of small, medium and one to two large projects (up to a maximum of $150,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-breaking and catalytic collaborations.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations.


Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible you must:

  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • a consortium with a lead organisation
    • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
    • an Australian local government body
    • an Australian State/Territory government body
    • a corporate Commonwealth entity
    • an Australian statutory authority
    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main contact and driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.

Who is not eligible to apply for a grant?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • Not an Australian, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation or
  • A previous applicant who has failed to provide a full and proper acquittal of an earlier IRGP grant.
    • You may provide an interim report with the agreement of the relevant Secretariat where existing grant funding will be expended prior to the commencement of the new grant requested.

Coles has established the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) to help small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.


The Coles Nurture Fund will allocate $50 million over five years in grants and interest-free loans to fund the development of new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes.


The Coles Nurture Fund is one way Coles can offer support and encouragement to small Australian businesses looking for assistance to take the next step in creating more productive and innovative ways of working.


Applications to the fourth round of the Coles Nurture Fund will close at 5.00pm. (AEDT) on Friday 21st April 2017.


Please read the Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions before completing the Application Form.


To find out more about the Coles Nurture Fund please click here.

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.


Who? Australian Farmers, Fishers & Foresters. A farmer group must include at least two people or businesses. The program aims to support 2,000 farmers within 2 years of the program’s pilot phase.|
When? Now, until June 30, 2018.
What?  The Australian Government has invested $14,934,000 (including GST) into Farming Together, the two-year Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program. Your great idea gets personalised feedback by a business expert. If your idea shows promise, it will be considered for Farming Together funding to help bring your idea to fruition. Funds can be used for product marketing, consultancy and research and development.
How? Check out the Farming Together website and complete the Self Assessment Tool.

Who? Small businesses with a turnover of less than $2m.
When? Now, until June 30, 2017.
What?  Businesses can buy any machinery or equipment related to their business if each item is valued at less than $20,000 and can claim the full amount to reduce your tax bill. There is no limit to number of items you can claim.
How? See some easy to read information from the Australian Financial Review.

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.