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AGRICULTURE/MARITIME

Smart Farms Small Grants

Smart Farms Small Grants is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support projects to increase farming, forestry and fishing communities’ awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

The purpose of Smart Farms Small Grants is to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia’s biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia meet its international obligations.

Amount Available: From $5,000 to $100,000
Closing Date: 09 October 2020 

Science and Innovation Award for Young People

Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

Amount Available: $22,000
Closing Date: 02 October 2020 

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant

The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support producers who add value by attracting visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism.

Amount Available: $100,000
Closing Date: 30 October 2020 

Wine Export Grant

Small and medium wine producers may be eligible for up to $25,000 in reimbursement for the cost of promotional activities in any export market, including:

  • Free samples including freight or transport
  • Trade fairs and forums – including online and virtual promotions, marketing and advertising collateral specific to your international audience
  • Specific travel costs (includes a daily allowance, limits apply).

Up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses incurred on or after 1 July 2020 will be reimbursed for eligible applicants.

Amount Available: Up to 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $25,000
Closing Date: 01 May 2021 or until funds are fully allocated 

Fight Food Waste

 This program provides access to funding, skills and expertise to find the best food waste solutions for SMEs to assist in their efficiency and sustainability.
Amount Available: matched funding to a maximum of $50,000
Closing Date: Open until funds are fully allocated ($200k total)

Pollination Fund Grant

The Pollination Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative, aims to enhance and support existing pollinators, and identify the most effective pollination methods for various horticulture crop types. To help in safeguarding the horticulture industry, the Pollination Fund will identify putting practical measures in place to support honey bee health and identify and develop new pollination opportunities and techniques..
Amount Available: matched funding to a maximum of 30% of the project
Closing Date: no current closing date

Sustainability Loan – Primary Producer

Sustainability Loans provide you with finance up to $1,300,000 to assist in achieving a more productive and sustainable primary production enterprise
Amount Available: Loan up to $1.3 million
Closing Date: no current closing date

First Start Loan – Primary Producer

First Start Loans can assist you into primary production.First Start Loans can help your first steps towards achieving this goal by assisting you purchase a property or supporting your leasing or share farming arrangements. First Start Loans can assist you to purchase property from your parents or other family members, or enter a family partnership.
Amount Available: Loan up to $2 million
Closing Date: no current closing date

Farm Investment Loans

Farm Investment Loans provide farm businesses with loans to help build and maintain a strong, resilient and profitable business.
Amount Available: Loan up to $2 million
Closing Date: 30 June 2026

International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) Grant

If the scheduled IFAM supported flights do not meet an exporter’s needs, the exporter may discuss their options with their freight forwarder and consider applying for grant assistance through IFAM. Freight forwarders can apply for grant assistance on behalf of the exporter.

Amount Available: Dependent on Requirements
Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Tax deductions for primary producer deposits

The Farm Management Deposits Scheme provides primary production businesses with tax deductions on farm management deposits to help them deal with inconsistent income from natural disasters, climate and market changes
Amount Available: Tax deductions on Farm management deposits
Closing Date: no current closing date

Science and Innovation Awards for Young People

Grant applications are now open for the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35 and want to make a difference in agriculture, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. 
Amount Available: $22,000
Closing Date: 02 October 2020

Vessel Tracking Rebate Scheme

The Queensland Government Vessel Tracking Rebate Scheme offsets the costs incurred by commercial fishers to purchase and have installed approved vessel tracking units on their fishing boats.
Costs eligible for the rebate include those for the purchase and installation of approved vessel tracking units.

Amount Available: as above
Closing Date: 31 December 2020

First Start Loan – Commercial Fisher

First Start Loans provide you with with finance up to $2,000,000 to assist you in the early years of establishing your first commercial wild-catch fishing enterprise. Obtain the finance you need to enter into a wild-catch fishing enterprise or become a full-time commercial wild-catch fisher.
Amount Available: Loan up to $2 million
Closing Date: no current closing date

Sustainability Loan – Commercial Fisher

Sustainability Loans provide you with finance up to $1,300,000 to cover capital costs to achieve a more productive and sustainable commercial wild-catch fishing enterprise.
Amount Available: Loan up to $1.3 million
Closing Date: no current closing date