$10 million in agriculture grants now available.

Local jobs in rural and regional Queensland will receive a boost thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s new $10 million Rural Economic Development Grants Program.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said applications were now open for “shovel-ready” projects.

Expressions of interest are now open. Funding Round 1 closes 26 October 2018.

These grants are available to fund rural economic development projects that contribute to primary production related economic development and job creation in rural areas. The Queensland Government program offers emerging projects up to $250,000 in co-contributions to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector.

Most individual farmers will not meet the criteria but some processors might who may be considering new value add markets may.

Eligibility criteria:

For a full description of an eligible applicant, please refer to the program guidelines. 
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must:

  • propose a rural economic development project in a rural area in Queensland

  • demonstrate an ability to provide a sufficient cash contribution to fund their portion of the project

  • propose a project that has not already received approval or acceptance under another government scheme

Eligible projects may include those which:

  • implement new technologies and innovations that enhance productivity

  • add value to agricultural products, including developing new markets for value-added products

  • assist with business development and expansion

  • work to achieve economies of scale

  • enable businesses to become investment and export ready

  • improve energy use efficiencies, including transition to renewable energy sources.

For more information on eligibility criteria for applicants as well as projects, please refer to the program Guidelines.

Further information on the grants and how to apply can be found at qrida.qld.gov.au or by calling 1800 623 946.