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Agriculture, Business

Coles Nurture Fund

Funder: Coles

Grant Background: In April 2015, Coles launched the Nurture Fund to help small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

From frozen raspberries and chickpea tofu to quinoa processing and cloud technology, the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) is supporting businesses to develop new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes. They aim to drive differentiation, extend growing seasons, improve productivity and reduce imports.

Through the Nurture Fund, existing small to medium businesses may apply for funding to enable them to take the next step in creating value for business and customers.

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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Young Farmer Business Programme

Funder:  NSW – Primary Industry

Grant Background: The Young Farmer Business Program is making grants of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) available to eligible groups across NSW. It will provide grants to groups who support young farmers and fishers to undertake training related to business and leadership development.

Activities should be targeting at least one of the following outcomes for young farmers and fishers:

  • knowledge and skills to improve social and business resilience;
  • knowledge and skills to manage risk;
  • knowledge and skills to execute effective plans;
  • knowledge and skills to make decisions that ensure the viability of their agricultural/fishing businesses;
  • access to new business ideas, tools and techniques; AND/OR
  • connect to other farmers/fishers and opportunities that enable entry and/or expansion of agricultural/fishing businesses;

What can we use the money for?

  • All costs associated with organising a project for young farmers or fishers to undertake activities related to business and leadership development.
  • Examples of projects include (but are not limited to) farm tours, commercial fishing business tours, workshops, events, business skills coaching, training, guest speakers.

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Agriculture

Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy NSW

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The Animal Welfare Transport Subsidy provides primary producers with a subsidy to help with the freight costs to transport stock whose welfare is at risk.

The subsidy is available if:

  • animals are at significant risk
  • there is little or no feed and / or water available, including both pasture and stored fodder
  • animals leave the farming enterprise permanently
  • the enterprise demonstrates a significant financial need

Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight cost are available per farm enterprise per financial year.

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Agriculture

Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy NSW

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy provides drought affected farmers in NSW with subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and stock.

Subsidies may be used to:

  • transport stock to and from agistment
  • transport stock to sale or slaughter
  • transport fodder or water to stock on drought affected properties

Subsidies of up to 50% of the total freight cost, to a maximum of $5 per kilometre (GST exclusive) to a maximum eligible distance of 1,500 kilometres are available.

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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Funder:  NSW – Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: As part of the NSW Government’s Drought Strategy, a Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.

The Farm Business Skills – Professional Development Program will provide:

  • the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to build improved resilience and adaptability in the agricultural business.
  • exposure to new ideas, tools and techniques that businesses can use.
  • a range of products and services that engage the wide diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the agricultural business sector.
  • a focus on building the skills and knowledge of agricultural businesses to manage risk, financial and business planning or decision making capacity.

Approved participants are able to claim reimbursement of costs (up to 50% of eligible costs, exclusive of GST) upon completion of the course/activity.

Three professional development priority areas have been identified:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness.

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Agriculture, Business

Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government, under the 2019 ACACA grant opportunity, is inviting applicants to apply to:

  • undertake a Project in Australia and/or China, or
  • undertake a Trade Mission to China.

The beneficiaries of the ACACA program are Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, organisations, businesses and individuals (and their respective industry or sector) who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China in agriculture.

The objectives of the ACACA program are:

  • promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and forestry between Australia and China
  • develop the trading relationship between Australia and China
  • exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China

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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Funder:  NSW – Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: As part of the NSW Government’s Drought Strategy, a Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.

The Farm Business Skills – Professional Development Program will provide:

  • the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to build improved resilience and adaptability in the agricultural business.
  • exposure to new ideas, tools and techniques that businesses can use.
  • a range of products and services that engage the wide diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the agricultural business sector.
  • a focus on building the skills and knowledge of agricultural businesses to manage risk, financial and business planning or decision making capacity.

Approved participants are able to claim reimbursement of costs (up to 50% of eligible costs, exclusive of GST) upon completion of the course/activity.

Three professional development priority areas have been identified:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

On Farm Energy Grants

Funder:  Agriculture Victoria

Grant Background: Victorian Farmers are now able to apply for an on-farm energy grant.

The on-farm energy grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.

Grants will be provided on a “dollar for dollar” cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.

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Agriculture, Education, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

Rural Bank Scholarship

Funder:  Rural Bank

Grant Background: In 2019, Rural Bank will be awarding up to 25 new scholarships to first-time undergraduate university students enrolled in studies that will enable them to contribute to the Australian agricultural industry.

The expanded program includes 10 additional scholarships to be awarded to students from communities affected by drought, alongside up to 15 scholarships on offer for regional and rural students across Australia.

This funding aims to support study-related expenses covering such things as accommodation costs, course costs, study materials and equipment, textbooks or tutoring.

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Agriculture, Education, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full-time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • A bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

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