Agriculture
Agriculture, Business

Producer Technology Uptake Programme

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Grant Background: AgriFutures Australia has developed an exciting new pilot program focused on supporting producers to increase the uptake and adoption of technology within their agriculture, fishing or forestry business. Digital technologies are critical to increased productivity through optimising input use, more timely decision-making, labour savings, and improved market access.

The program is designed to work with existing producer networks, who know and understand the needs of producers in their region as well as producer maturity in terms of digital literacy and capacity for technology uptake.

In addition to having access to an online technology adoption hub and delivering  a tailored workshop, eligible producer groups can develop a bespoke program to specifically support producers in their group to start or continue their technology adoption journey.

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Agriculture, Education, Rural & Regional

AgriFutures – Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors Course for Emerging Industries

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the people who are driving, and will drive, the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities.

The AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program is seeking applications from those working in an emerging industry to participate in the Australian Institute of Company Directors – Company Directors CourseTM.

This is a first for the AgriFutures Emerging Industries Program and an exciting opportunity for established industry leaders to hone their skills and make a valuable contribution to the future growth of their associated industry.

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Agriculture, Business

Biosecurity Business Grant

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Biosecurity Business Grants program is to provide funding which supports Indigenous businesses and not-for-profits to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait.

The objective of the program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
  • increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.

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water enviro
Agriculture

Seafood Innovation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: The NSW Government is offering low interest rate loans to assist commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers to identify and address risks to their business, improve permanent assets and infrastructure, ensure long-term productivity and sustainable use of the marine, estuarine and land-based environment.

The Seafood Innovation Fund will assist investment into four key areas:

  • Preparedness – adaptability to changing seasonal conditionals or climatic events of floods or droughts.
  • Environment – ensuring equipment has a minimal impact on the environment.
  • Fishing and Aquaculture Farming Equipment and Assets – replacement of unsafe or inefficient assets.
  • Transport & Logistics -ensuring that product reaches markets in optimum condition.

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Fire
Agriculture, Community

Supporting Our Neighbours – Public Land Boundary Fencing Program

Funder:  NSW – Local Land Services

Grant Background: The NSW Government has committed $209 million to help bushfire-affected landholders with the cost of rebuilding boundary fences adjoining public lands.

Private landholders who share a boundary with public land and were impacted by the Northern and Southern fires of late 2019 and early 2020 are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per kilometre to contribute to the replacement of damaged boundary fences.

For the purposes of this grant, public lands includes:

  • National parks
  • Forestry Corporation land
  • Traveling stock reserves
  • Crown reserves, tenured roads and leases
  • Roads managed by Roads and Maritime Services or Local Government.

Grants can be issued retrospectively to cover costs already incurred by landholders replacing fire damaged fencing where a boundary is shared with public lands.

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Agriculture, Arts & Creative, Business, Children & Youth, Community, Education, Environmental, Health, Heritage, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional, Seniors, Sport, Tourism & Events, Women

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Agriculture - Food
Agriculture, Business

Coles Nurture Fund

Funder: Coles

Grant Background: Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help small and medium sized businesses innovate and grow. Since then, they have offered more than $24 million in financial support to more than 60 Australian food and liquor producers.

From Australia’s first quinoa processing facility, to chickpea tofu, to home grown garlic and to Australian first prawn farming technology, the Coles Nurture Fund is helping Aussie producers bring their big ideas to life.

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Agriculture
Agriculture

Traceability Grants

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Traceability Grants Program provides opportunities for successful applicants to conduct projects that will enhance the supply chain traceability systems and arrangements that support the export of our agricultural commodities.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialling technologies that digitise information flow.
  • Provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets to assist them in maintaining their competitive edge.
  • Increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Education

AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders that will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and communities. The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is awarded to students studying an agriculture-related undergraduate degree or a Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths/Finance (STEM) degree with relevant majors which align to agriculture.

Suitable degrees include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Rural Science
  • Livestock/Animal Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agribusiness
  • Plant Science
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Resource Management
  • Sustainability
  • Food Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) with major studies and subject selections relevant to, and aligned with, agriculture.

The 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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Agriculture
Agriculture

Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs (Hubs).

This program will establish eight regionally-focused Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs. The Hubs will be located in regional areas that reflect the key agricultural and climatic zones across the country. The regions targeted are:

  • Southern NSW
  • Southern QLD/Northern NSW
  • South-West WA
  • Victoria
  • Top End NT/WA
  • Tropical North Queensland
  • South Australia

The Hubs will be multidisciplinary and inclusive ensuring that the focus of the Hubs is to support agricultural industries and communities to adapt, reorganise and transform so that they are more resilient to future droughts.

The Hubs will support networks of key stakeholders to work together, including primary producers, grower and community groups, industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, education institutions and governments to:

  • provide extension, adoption and commercialisation support
  • plan co-designed and demand driven drought resilience research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation (RDEA&C).

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