Funding opportunities and grants
NOOSA COUNCIL FARMING TOGETHER Farming Together, supporting primary producers to value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns and grow their farming enterprise. Visit https://www.facebook.com/farmingtogetherprogram/ or www.farmingtogether.com.au NATIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES HELP FOR REGIONS Selected regions of Australia are eligible to apply for up to $200K for regional employment trials. Businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies can apply to trial local approaches to delivering employment-related projects. Ongoing. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/regional-employment-trials FOOD/AGRIBUSINESS FOR NEW FUNDING ROUND Up to $1.5m is offered to support the establishment and/or operation of a Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hub, with food and agribusiness being a preferred industry. The minimum grant amount is $150,000. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs. The maximum grant period is four years and you must complete your project by 30 June 2022. More? https://www.business.gov.au/smeeh/ INSURANCE ADVICE REBATE The Managing Farm Risk Programme provides one-off rebates for 50%, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive), to prepare and apply for a new insurance policy to assist with drought and other production/market risks, but not for insurance policy premiums. Deadline 31 May 2019. More? 1800 837 857 (toll free) or email email@example.com $ FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CHANGEMAKERS The English Family Foundation is open for grant applications. More? http://www.englishfoundation.org.au/ignitor-fund FUNDING FOR CHINA LINKAGES Agriculture is a priority in the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement Program. Funding is offered to assist with international airfares, Australian domestic fares, small daily allowances or conference fees. More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-accesstrade/acaca MONEY FOR NBN LEVERAGING The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), in partnership with nbn, is awarding $150,000 in grants to organisations which are leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow. Grants will be awarded across business, community and education. More? www.growwithnbn.com.au HELP TO DEVELOP SUPPLY PLAN Use Ausindustry to develop your supplier improvement plan and be eligible to apply for $20K funding. More? https://www.business. gov.au/assistance/supplier-improvement-plan AG ENTREPRENEURS SOUGHT Ausindustry’s Entrepreneurs’ Program offers experienced specialist business advisers at no cost for food and agribusinesses that have been in operation for at least three years and have a turnover of $1.5m/year. SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES Read the latest food and agribusiness opportunities through Ausindustry’s active supply chain project at https://www.business.gov.au/ assistance/supplier-improvement-plan/active-supply-chain-projects#FoodAgribusiness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org SUPPLY CHAIN SMARTS ON OFFER The Australian Government’s Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia), however producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. Phone 13 28 46 LANDCARE LOTTERY Landcare Australia has launched a charity lottery with $1 million worth of prizes and 60% of ticket sales going directly to Landcare Australia. Tickets cost $25, and can be purchased at https://playforpurpose.com.au/landcare 13/2/19 Farming Together, supporting primary producers to value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns and grow their farming enterprise. Visit https://www.facebook.com/farmingtogetherprogram/ or www.farmingtogether.com.au NATIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES HELP FOR REGIONS Selected regions of Australia are eligible to apply for up to $200K for regional employment trials. Businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies can apply to trial local approaches to delivering employment-related projects. Ongoing. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/regional-employment-trials FOOD/AGRIBUSINESS FOR NEW FUNDING ROUND Up to $1.5m is offered to support the establishment and/or operation of a Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) export hub, with food and agribusiness being a preferred industry. The minimum grant amount is $150,000. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs. The maximum grant period is four years and you must complete your project by 30 June 2022. More? https://www.business.gov.au/smeeh/ INSURANCE ADVICE REBATE The Managing Farm Risk Programme provides one-off rebates for 50%, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive), to prepare and apply for a new insurance policy to assist with drought and other production/market risks, but not for insurance policy premiums. Deadline 31 May 2019. More? 1800 837 857 (toll free) or email email@example.com $ FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CHANGEMAKERS The English Family Foundation is open for grant applications. More? http://www.englishfoundation.org.au/ignitor-fund FUNDING FOR CHINA LINKAGES Agriculture is a priority in the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement Program. Funding is offered to assist with international airfares, Australian domestic fares, small daily allowances or conference fees. More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-accesstrade/acaca MONEY FOR NBN LEVERAGING The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), in partnership with nbn, is awarding $150,000 in grants to organisations which are leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow. Grants will be awarded across business, community and education. More? www.growwithnbn.com.au HELP TO DEVELOP SUPPLY PLAN Use Ausindustry to develop your supplier improvement plan and be eligible to apply for $20K funding. More? https://www.business. gov.au/assistance/supplier-improvement-plan AG ENTREPRENEURS SOUGHT Ausindustry’s Entrepreneurs’ Program offers experienced specialist business advisers at no cost for food and agribusinesses that have been in operation for at least three years and have a turnover of $1.5m/year. SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES Read the latest food and agribusiness opportunities through Ausindustry’s active supply chain project at https://www.business.gov.au/ assistance/supplier-improvement-plan/active-supply-chain-projects#FoodAgribusiness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org SUPPLY CHAIN SMARTS ON OFFER The Australian Government’s Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen supply chains and improve access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia), however producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. Phone 13 28 46 LANDCARE LOTTERY Landcare Australia has launched a charity lottery with $1 million worth of prizes and 60% of ticket sales going directly to Landcare Australia. Tickets cost $25, and can be purchased at https://playforpurpose.com.au/landcare FOR START-UPS INVESTMENT FUND OPENS Up to $250K is available to start-ups chosen to be supported by Skalata, Australia’s first companion investment fund for start-ups. More? https://www.skalata.co/about-2 AG-PRENEURS GET HELPING HAND Agribusinesses have been swift to take up the opportunities of the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs Program which offers support 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 3/12 through: Accelerating Commercialisation; Business Management; Innovation Connections and Incubator Support. More? Visit Entrepreneurs’ Programme $5K FOR CSIRO PRE-ACCELERATOR CSIRO’s entry level, part-time pre-accelerator offers $5K for research teams, helping validate their research and discover a real-world application for it. Next intake opens 4 February. Deadline 27 March. More? http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/Apply/Apply-for-ON-Prime FEMALE-FOCUSED ANGEL INVESTORS Scale is a female-focused angel investor network that includes men who share the vision of maximizing returns by supporting early stage businesses that value gender-diverse leadership. https://scaleinvestors.com.au/ GLOBAL FUNDS FOR AG INNOVATIONS Funding ranging from $50K to $15m for the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations that improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. Ag-projects especially for smallholders, are favoured. More? https://globalinnovation.fund/our-investments/ ENTREPRENEURS SOUGHT The Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to boost business competitiveness and productivity through: Research Connections, Accelerating Commercialisation, Business Evaluations, Supply Chain Facilitation, Business Growth Services, and Business Growth Grants. Ongoing. More? Visit the website INCUBATORS INCUBATION The Incubator Support initiative helps establish new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services. More? www.business.gov.au/incubator-support MONDELEZ SEEKS NEXT BIG FOOD THING Mondelez International is seeking products in its Open Innovation Portal, including solutions to help them to create high-protein snacks, reduce sugar, find novel natural flavours, coolers and more. More? https://mondelezinternational.yet2.com/ $1m COMMERCIALISATION PUSH Up to $1m is available for commercialisation costs of new ventures – with food and agribusiness named as a target area. More? http://www.bulletpoint.com.au/accelerating-commercialisation/ WANT TO EXPORT? BREXIT TRADE FAIR OFFER The Australian-British Chamber of Commerce is planning three focussed delegations from industry representatives to visit the UK as part of the Brexit preparations. More? Catherine Spence email@example.com $1.65m FOR EXPORT AID Looking for financial assistance for an export project? The Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) project has $55K to allocate. More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/market-access-trade/atmac#available-funding AID FOR SMALLER EXPORTERS The Australian Government is offering funds to help smaller exporters improve market access across the dairy, eggs, fish, horticultural, grain and meat sectors. More? Package Assisting Small Exporters NOTHING TO WINE ABOUT Up to $25K matched funding is available to small and medium Australian wine businesses under the Wine Export Grants program, to secure new distribution channels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA. Deadline 1 May 2020, or earlier if funds allocated. More? firstname.lastname@example.org $25K FOR EXPORT EXPERTS Incubators helping Australian start-ups to win international markets are eligible for up to $25K matching funding for an Expert-inResidence for up to 12 months under the Australian Government’s Incubator Support Initiative. More? https://www.business.gov.au/ news/help-start-ups-succeed-internationally GET ON THE GLOBAL GRID Make use of a free directory with global reach for your producer group. Food Innovation Australia Ltd has worked with CSIRO’s Data61 and other collaborators to create an easy-to-use searchable map of Australia that will help you connect with other stakeholders from across the entire industry value chain.https://fial.com.au/australian-food-agribusiness-directory EXPORT GRANTS FROM AUSTRADE AUSTRADE’s Export Market Development Grants reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses over $5K if total expenses are at least $15K. Up to eight grants per eligible applicant. Ongoing. More? https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Export/ExportGrants AWARDS ADVANCE AWARDS SEEK NOMINATIONS Agriculture and food is one of the categories in these Australian Government-backed awards. celebrating the global community of highachieving Australians. Deadline 1 March. More? https://advanceawards.com/categories 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 4/12 ANGUS YOUTH AWARD ON OFFER The Angus Youth program is seeking nominations for the 2018 Stewart Award 2018 (previously named the Angus Youth Helper of the Year Award). More? Candice Liddle at email@example.com. R&D CALLS FISHING RESEARCH IDEAS SOUGHT FRDC’s latest competitive round call is open. Deadline February 15. More? http://www.frdc.com.au/Research/Call-for-applications FUNDS FOR RED MEAT PROJECTS Red meat industry projects targeting business issues can receive matching funding from MLA Partners in Innovation. Potential applicants can include producers, lotfeeders, live exporters, meat processing companies, retail butchers, value adding companies, supermarkets, and food services operators in the red meat industry any projects can cover aspect of the production, processing, storage, transport, retailing and marketing of meat and livestock. Ongoing. More? https://www.mla.com.au/globalassets/mla-corporate/mla-partners-ininnovation-program.pdf NEW HORT FUND OPEN Hort Innovation has launched a multi-million-dollar initiative and is looking to partner with suitable co-investors and research providers – such as universities and technology companies – to deliver a host of new projects through the Advanced Production Systems Fund. More? http://horticulture.com.au/major-initiative-to-drive-aussie-smart-farms/ FREE MARKET RESEARCH FOR VEGETABLE GROWERS Understand consumer buying preferences on a range of hort products from the innovative Harvest to Home website backed by Hort Innovation using national Nielsen sales data. More? https://www.harvesttohome.net.au/ VEGNET PARTNER SOUGHT Hort Innovation is seeking a partner for the VegNET project: Deadline February 14. More? www.tenders.net WHAT KIND OF STRUCTURE SUITS YOUR GROUP? Pty Ltd … Inc … co-op?… Thinking of forming a farmer group, but unsure what it should be? Have a look at this simple ‘Business structure basics guide’ on our website. www.farmingtogether.com.au. Click on Resources>Must see>Fact File. MLA AID FOR FUTURE MEAT INNOVATIONS Beef, lamb and goat meat producers can get expertise, co-funding and support through the MLA Donor Company’s Producer Innovation Fast-Track. The program can co-invest up to 75% of costs and offers future-focussed producers access to the latest R&D and innovations in livestock production and technical and business expertise. More? www.mla.com.au/fasttrack CODLING MOTH FUNDS Horticulture Innovation invites tenders to partner on a project on Piloting Sterile Codling Moth Releases for the Apple Industry. Tenderers will partner on a project on piloting sterile codling moth releases for the apple industry. Deadline February 15. More? https://horticulture.com.au/hort-tender/pilot-sterile-codling-moth-releases-for-the-apple-industry/ $75K IN SUGAR FUNDING Sugar Research Australia’s Small Milling Research Project is offering up to $75,000/project to develop a product, service or process that will solve targeted problems in sugar mills and deliver tangible outputs with almost-immediate outcomes. All successful projects are expected to be completed within 12-months of the starting date. Deadline 16 February 2019. More? https://sugarresearch.com.au/ research-investment/small-milling-research-project-initiative/ HOT HORT IDEAS SOUGHT Hort Innovation encourages all growers and industry participants to share their thoughts and ideas for the research. Watch the video to see how ideas are collected and grown into projects, then submit your suggestions for new projects here. HORT RESEARCH IDEAS SOUGHT Hort Innovation is seeking suggestions for new research, submitted by a member of the horticulture community through its Innovation Concept Pipeline. Growers are also encouraged to reach out to the Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP) for their industry to share ideas for levy investment. Find lists of SIAP panellists on Hort Innovation’s grower pages. GROWING GREAT R&D Hort Innovation is seeking funding EoIs for its annual investment of more than $100m for programs that benefit Australian growers, the horticulture sector and the community. Ongoing. More? http://edms.horticulture.com.au/Forms/ConceptFormV2 VOLUNTEERS OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Crawford Fund offers opportunities through its conference scholar program, through volunteering for projects overseas, and through 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 5/12 work with researchers in agriculture. More? https://www.crawfordfund.org/awards/the-2018-crawford-fund-student-awards/ SHARE YOUR FARM SMARTS A new initiative is placing Australian farmers in overseas projects where they can share their experience and skill. The Farmers Without Borders program is looking for individuals, partners or groups who have a genuine interest in sharing their knowledge, experience and technical skills. Volunteers don’t need any particular qualifications, as long as they have the confidence to step outside their comfort zone. Volunteer in-country placements are typically three-six weeks, with logistical arrangements like flights and accommodation managed and funded by the program. More? Click here EMERGENCY VOLUNTEERS SCHOLARSHIPS Volunteers involved in firefighting, flood and storm response, road rescue, search and rescue, and patrolling beaches, and recovery are eligible to apply for Federal Government scholarships of up to $12K for completing vocational education and training and up to $25K for higher education. More? https://aidr.org.au/programs/scholarships-for-volunteers. BIO-SECURITY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT The Crawford Fund is seeking EoIs from Australian volunteers to travel to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to deliver training in integrated pest, disease and weed management, biosecurity and food safety, and workshops for farmers to improve the safe use of pesticides. More? https://www.crawfordfund.org/news/news-know-bugs-want-make-difference-like-travel-overseas-volunteeringopportunities-available-june-2018/ SCHOLARSHIPS SCU WASTE SCHOLARSHIP $5K a year offered jointly by the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, in partnership with Southern Cross Plant Science, for students who have applied for admission to Bachelor of Science with Honours, to undertake projects looking at developing techniques to convert organic wastes into energy through methane production, or to produce soil amendment products. Deadline 13 March. CSIRO AG RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP The Curtin University Digital Agriculture Honours Scholarship is to support and encourage students undertaking an honours program in a field aligned to CSIRO’s research into information sciences and agriculture. Deadline 15 March. More? http://www. careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/digital-agriculture-honours-scholarship/ RUSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP The Bill Ruse Memorial Scholarship is available to applicants enrolled in year three of the agriculture program or year two of the agribusiness program at Marcus Oldham College. Deadline 25 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/bill-rusememorial-scholarship/ IAN COCKS WINE SCHOLARSHIP $5K to an Honours viticulture student at the University of Adelaide. Deadline 1 March. More? https://scholarships.adelaide. edu.au/scholarship/ug/sci/ian-cocks-memorial-trust-wine-research-scholarship RASWA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP $10K over three years from the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia, with the support of the Bendat Family Foundation for a student commencing undergraduate tertiary studies in an agricultural-related discipline to Bachelor level at an Australian university. Deadline 18 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/raswa-youth-scholarship/ TASSAL AQUACULTURE SCHOLARSHIP For Tasmanian student startring of the Associate Degree in Applied Science at University of Tasmania in Term 1 2019, specialising in Aquaculture. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed the majority of their secondary schooling in Tasmania and have no prior experience working in the Aquaculture industry. Deadline 28 February. More? http://www.careerharvest.com. au/scholarship/tassal-scholarship-in-applied-science-aquaculture/ HANSEN SCHOLARSHIP Up to $108K Starting in 2020, for financially disadvantaged University of Melbourne students, providing accommodation, an allowance and financial and personal support. Deadline 30 March. ANU FENNER SCHOLARSHIP $1K to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is enrolled in a degree program administered by the Fenner School of Environment and Society in Bachelor of Science (Forest Sciences or Resource and Environmental Management), Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability), Environment and Sustainability or Environmental Studies. Deadline 31 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/fenner-school-of-environment-and-society-scholarship-for-an-aboriginal-ortorres-strait-islander-student/ ROWE SCIENTIFIC SCHOLARSHIP $5K a year for University of Adelaide student studying a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 6/12 GROSSET GAIA SCHOLARSHIP $9.3K over two years for a University of Adelaide student undertaking a Master of Viticulture and Oenology. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au ROYAL AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP $3K a year for two years for a University of Adelaide student studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science or Animal Science. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au CRAWFORD SCHOLARSHIPS The Crawford Fund Committees are offering competitive research funding awards for tertiary students in a relevant biophysical or socioeconomic aspect of agriculture, animal production, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management or food security. Deadline 29 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/the-crawford-fund-2019-student-awards/ NRM RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP $1.5K for one semester honours study at University of Adelaide. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au HORT SCHOLARSHIP Hort Innovation is offering $8K per student to target internships in the horticultural industry which may otherwise be constrained by financial cost. The scholarship funds may be used for travel, accommodation and living expenses to support the final year of study and internship placement within the horticultural industry. The internship must be horticulture focused, relevant to the module of university study and compliant with the university requirements. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/hort-innovation-internshipprogram/ RANSON MORTLOCK SCHOLARSHIPS $10K a year for University of Adelaide Honours study relevant to soil erosion and regeneration of pastoral land. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au BAROSSA VALLEY ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP $1.5K a year for two years for first-year University of Adelaide student from Barossa/Eden Valley. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au JE JENKINS SCHOLARSHIP $1.2K a year for undergraduates at University of Adelaide studying Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. Preference to students from regional areas or those who have served with the Commonwealth armed forces. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide. edu.au AUSTRALIAN SUGAR INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP $2.5K plus paid work placement and a living away allowance awarded to a penultimate-year student undertaking an engineering, science or technical degree at an Australian university or tertiary institution and able to undertake up to three periods of work placement over 18 months during semester breaks at an Australian sugar mill. Deadline 11 March. More? Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship. WA SHEEP INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP For postgraduates to help solve industry relevant issues across the sheep supply chain through academic research and to encourage employment in the agrifood supply chain. Deadline 31 July 2021. More? Katherine Davies 0475 834 480 ROTARY/WALLACE SCHOLARSHIP $4K to assist with accommodation and other costs associated with attending work placement, for new and continuing students in any course within CSU Agriculture and Wine Sciences or School of Nursing and Midwifery. Preference will be given to long-term residents of Griffith City and surrounding LGA’s or in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/rotaryclub-of-yenda-dick-and-lavelle-wallace-memorial-scholarship/ AGRIBUSINESS LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP $10K for a year to support a full-time student at the University of Adelaide studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Deadline March 1. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au COSTA AVOCADO SCHOLARSHIP $5K for commencing students studying a Bachelor of Agriculture through CSU. Scholarship includes at least one period of paid employment at Costa Group during university session break. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/the-costa-avocadoagricultural-scholarship/ SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HORT WOMEN Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia, with contributions from the Australian Government, are offering leadership development scholarships worth up to $10,941 for women who work in levy-paying horticultural businesses. 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 7/12 SHEEP INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP The Peter Westblade Scholarship offers young people practical skills, mentoring and travel opportunities within the sheep and wool industry. More? http://www.pwscholarship.com.au/ CASELLA FAMILY BRANDS SCHOLARSHIP $15.5K a year for undergraduates commencing a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide, Preference to students from remote/rural areas. Deadline 1 March. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au UNE NIVISON SCHOLARSHIP $5K for higher degree research study at UNE in pasture improvement, animal husbandry, farm management, wool research or promotion, water conservation or environmental protection. Deadline 30 April. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/a-snivison-memorial-scholarship/ SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN The ‘behind closed doors’ scholarships provide professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities in an environment specifically tailored to women. Annual scholarships are offered in the categories of Executive Assistant, Luminaries and Entrepreneurs. Scholarships provide a 12-month membership. More? http://behindcloseddoors.com/scholarships/ AUGUSTUS SHORT SCHOLARSHIP $6.5K a year for up to four years for University of Adelaide students. Preference to students from remote/rural areas. Deadline 1 March. More? https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au VAUGHAN BEQUEST SCHOLARSHIP To assist JCU Marine Biology Masters or Doctorate research students, in particular Aborigines from Thursday Island or the Torres Strait Islands. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/joyce-and-george-vaughan-bequest-scholarship/ NICK PEDERSEN SCHOLARSHIP $5K for first-year Agriculture Program students at Marcus Oldham College. Deadline 25 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/ scholarship/nick-petersen-memorial/ DAVID DAN PRIZE Up to 20 scholarships of USD15K to registered doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who study at recognised universities throughout the world. Deadline 10 March. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/dan-david-prize/ SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AG STUDIES The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program improves access to and completion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses and will support up to 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and Vocational Education and Training students to undertake a STEM course for Certificate IV to PhD courses including Natural and Physical Sciences, Engineering Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies. Scholarship recipients may receive total scholarship funding up to $18K. A further $500 is available to scholarship recipients to support an internship. The minimum is six months full-time and the maximum is four years full-time (or parttime equivalent). QUEENSLAND OVERSEAS BURSARY Up to $2K offered by the Queensland Overseas Foundation Global Connections Bursary aims to assist early and mid career VET trainers and assessors (VET graduates) presently employed in Queensland to undertake short-term training, professional development and knowledge exchange opportunities abroad. More? http://www.careerharvest.com.au/scholarship/queensland-overseas-foundation-globalconnections-bursary/ WINE SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER The Wine Australia R&D Fund offers support for targeted research and development projects, and study and travel scholarships. Funding is available to support a number of activities including: travel and visiting scholars’ bursaries as well as PhD, masters and honours scholarships. Ongoing. More? Wine Australia – Research and Development DIGITAL AG SCHOLARSHIPS A Food Agility CRC project “Data Driven Profitability in the Grains Industry through On Farm Experimentation” at Curtin University is offering research scholarships for candidates within the digital agriculture fields. The Food Agility CRC is a newly established Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), funded over the next 10 years at $150+ million, with 50+ partners. More? www.foodagility.com TRAINING CAPACITY-BUILDING FOR REMOTE TEENS Remote schools are invited to apply for a Project Empower workshop that provides inspiring, free leadership training to regional/remote young women. More? http://countrytocanberra.com.au/projectempower RICE PROGRAM LAUNCHED AgriFutures’ rice extension program is running a program for new industry entrants at Deniliquin. More? https://riceextension.org.au/ 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 8/12 events/rga-rice-industry-leadership-program-introduction-to-the-rice-industry?_cldee=c3VzYW53QHB0YXJtaWdhbi5jb20uYX U%3d&recipientid=contact-63804141248ee81180dc000c29260fc8-ebc73a52dc5c4addb72d1f4dae5bfad8&esid=2ae4c076-44d6-e81180e0-000c29260fc8 WINE TRAINEESHIPS ON OFFER Two Concordis traineeships in viticulture and cellar operations support high school students and young adults otherwise prevented from tertiary education in the wine industry because of financial disadvantage. The two-year traineeship provides up to $5K/year towards TAFE study expenses and provides paid work and mentoring through Barossa-based wineries. More? Samantha Sundberg 08 8562 4892. TOP TRAINING RECOGNISED The national Australian Training Awards recognise excellence in training. Ag-related businesses have been pre-eminent in the industry collaboration award of past years, and there are separate sections for small, medium and large employers. More? https://www. australiantrainingawards.gov.au/ INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURS GRANTS Grants of up to $20K are offered by the Australian government for community organisations to set up spaces offering students hands-on experience blending science, technology, engineering and maths with entrepreneurship. Ongoing until funds exhausted. SMOKO SURVEYS GBR SURVEY The Office of the Great Barrier Reef has launched a survey for agricultural extension officers to better understand the benefits and challenges of landholders’ changing their farming practices and improve the way agricultural practice projects are designed and delivered. FHA SURVEY The Australian Government is reviewing the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) to ensure it can meet farmers’ needs during hard times and wants to hear from you – even if you don’t receive the FHA. Register to take part in online and/or in-person surveys and discussions at www.haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/fha-review-2018. HORT COLLABORATIVE MARKETING PROJECT The hort industry’s collaborative marketing project is asking vegetable growers to complete a survey that will be used in a report for Hort Innovation and AUSVEG. CYCLONE INSURANCE EXPERIENCES SOUGHT QFF is looking to work with farmers who want a real-world understanding of the insurance options and is seeking case study examples to understand how this insurance works on farm and give us an understanding of the pricing. Farmers affected by tropical cyclones are encouraged to get involved. More? http://www.farmerdisastersupport.org.au/get-involved-in-cyclone-insurance-case-studies/ DIGITAL SURVEY FOR FARMERS A national survey on the needs and issues using digital technology and agricultural data. The P2D (Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture) survey is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program. CLIMATE CHANGE BENCHMARK SURVEY A national online survey is being conducted by the CSIRO and the Department of the Environment and Energy, asking people with a long-term (>10 year) relationship with a piece of land to share observations about the features that have changed and those that haven’t. You need to be able to select an area (eg a farm) and complete the survey taking about 30 minutes. SHEEP HEALTH SURVEY Sheep producer feedback is needed for animal health monitoring and preparedness study. This online questionnaire takes around 30 minutes and is anonymous. It is being conducted by Charles Sturt University, Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences and CSIRO as part of a Rural Research and Development for Profit project. By submitting a survey response, you will have the opportunity to go into a prize draw to win an iPad or one of 20 of $50.00 retail gift vouchers. Click here to complete the survey, or use the following address in your browser. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sheep03 FREE BEER FOR SURVEY REPLIES Commonwealth fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) are being asked to complete an audit of their fishing gear. The audit will help understand how fishing capacity has changed over time and may even help with the stock assessment process. All SESSF fishers completing a 10-minute valid survey will be offered a BWS voucher (one per vessel!). SEARING QUESTIONS ABOUT MEAT Research by the University of New England is collating input from red meat producers and processors from all over Australia. FOOD-WASTE MAP SURVEY CSIRO is investigating producing products/ingredients from potentially lost produce and by-products obtained on-farm and during processing. It is seeking national data to map the amounts of losses in specific locations. The data could be used to create value-adding regional hubs and producer clusters for value capture. CSIRO will provide you with a diagnostic of your food loss status in comparison with the average national and state benchmark. CO-OPS LATEST CO-OPS MADE SIMPLE Could you be a co-op? If there’s five of you who want the benefits of a co-op structure, including tax benefits, visit the FREE online DIY co op builder at www.farmingtogether.com.au. There’s a clickthrough on the second slider picture, or click to the page at Resources. And we can offer further assistance with developing your constitution or disclosure documents. ARE YOU CO-OP CURIOUS? Want to know what’s what about a co-op? You can now take a Farming Together online course – an Australian-first that will help your group understand collaborative business structures. It includes information on governance, financing and member engagement. The course comprises six, 10-minute video lessons with quizzes. While it is designed for agricultural groups, it is relevant for other potential co-ops – such as housing or energy co-ops – anywhere in Australia. Complete the entire course and pass the tests and you receive certification from Farming Together. At www.farmingtogether.com.au>Learn>Online, you’ll find two versions: a simpler ‘how-to’ course preview and the full certification course. Both are currently at no cost. The video lessons are self-paced, you can begin and stop them at any time and each lesson provides access to support resources. 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 9/12 EXPANDED FREE CO-OP TOOLKIT ONLINE Farming Together recently launched an expanded toolkit for forming and running a co-op. These no-cost, online DIY resources include complete instructions on how to register your co-op, how to transfer shares and how to compile membership and director registers. The resources range from print-out samples to animated, self-paced learning courses. These were the tools most-requested by the 132 coops we are supporting through the Farming Together website http://co-opbuilder.agworks.com.au. OTHER NEWS R&D TAX INCENTIVE You could be eligible for deductions of at least $20K if you have a company or co-op incorporated in Australia with an ABN. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/research-and-development-tax-incentive NEW LISTINGS MAKE AG-SEARCH EASIER Need an ag-expert … but don’t know where to start? The 200-plus advisors selected for Farming Together are now listed by their areas of expertise as well as the standard alphabetical listing. You can research your preferred expert at https://agworks.com.au/about-theprogram/consultants-by-service/ FOOD PACKAGING INPUTS AID Duty-free tariff concessions are available for some imported goods used in food packaging. Ongoing. More? https://www.business. gov.au/assistance/certain-inputs-to-manufactureUSEFUL FREE AG-RESOURCE LIBRARY A free agribusiness-linked resource library is available from the Agribusiness Development Institute, which is also running some MLA and Queensland Government-subsided courses. More? http://www.abdi.com.au/resources RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES UNIVERSITY OPENS DOORS TO CLEAN ENERGY A Clean Energy Accelerator Lab has launched at Southern Cross University, offering free co-working space, mentoring and up to $50K in funding. More? https://energylab.org.au/acceleration $US100K FOR SUSTAINABIILTY IDEAS Expo2020 Dubai: Innovation Impact Grant Program – US$100K for novel and innovative susatainability solutions. More? https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/expo-live/Innovation POWER TO THE PEOPLE CSIRO has developed the CSIRO Energise app for Australian households to participate in energy surveys. RENEWABLE ENERGY FUNDING AVAILABLE Funding is available for renewable energy projects to bridge the gap between bright ideas and commercialisation. Ongoing. More? https://arena.gov.au/funding/programs/ LEARN MORE HERE https://www.scu.edu.au/enterprise-lab/clean-energy-accelerator/ GLOBAL AWARD ON OFFER Energy Globe Awards recognise innovative projects and smart technologies which focus on resource conservation, improving air and water quality, energy efficiency and renewable energies. Every individual, private or public institution, companies, NGOs, etc. can submit a project. Entry is free. More? https://www.energyglobe.info/en/participation/ QUEENSLAND STATE TRAINING AWARDS OPEN Apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers and trainers, employers, training providers and community-based organisations are encouraged to nominate for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards. Deadline 17 March. $100K IN HORT GRANTS Grants of up to $100,000 are available for producers in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin to help set up new high value horticulture enterprises. Deadline 22 February 2019. More? http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/12/12/government-backs-new-crops-inmurray-darling-basin STUDY AT THE SMITHSONIAN Up to $25,000 is offered through the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships, enabling an individual to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution in the US. Projects lasting eight to 16 weeks must address either: develop clean, sustainable energy production; build resilience and managing climate risk, particularly in tropical environments; ensure sustainable water use, including collecting water quality data to inform research; develop and applying digitally-enabled technologies, including advanced modelling; protect marine and terrestrial biodiversity and heritage. 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 10/12 Nominees must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and reside and work in Queensland. They must be nominated by a Queensland agency, and work for that agency either full or part-time. Deadline 25 February. More? https://advance.qld.gov.au/ universities-and-researchers/queensland-smithsonian-fellowships-program BUSHFIRE SUPPORT ON OFFER Financial assistance available for primary producers/small business owners recovering from the bushfires in Rockhampton, Mackay and Gladstone. More? Farmer Disaster Support website FENCING FUNDS AVAILABLE $7m funding available from the Queensland Government for cluster fencing projects in drought-affected sheep and wool production areas with wild dogs and other regional invasive plant and animal management projects. More? https://sqnrm.com.au/qfpi-round-3/ NB: Landholders in Southern Downs Regional Council and Goondiwindi Regional Council areas please contact their respective council. $80K FOR MENTORING The Queensland Government and the QFF-led Rural Jobs & Skills Alliance are offering up to $80K each to six host organisations needed to mentor early career extension officers as part of the 12-month Agricultural Work Placement program. SOUTHERN GULF FUNDING ON OFFER Grant funding is available for southern Gulf grazing trials under the National Landcare Program to develop and implement an extension program and be eligible for on-ground grants. Individuals and groups of graziers are invited to registering your interest. More? firstname.lastname@example.org SCHOLARSHIPS ON OFFER T J Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships 2019 worth of up to $10,000 over five years for young people successfully completing Year 12 at a Queensland state or non-state school in 2018 and starting a recognised undergraduate degree in Semester 1, 2019. REEF CHAMPIONS SOUGHT Outstanding land managers, extension officers, organisations and members of the community working to reduce their impact on the iconic Great Barrier Reef are invited to apply for the 2018 Reef Champion Awards, run by the Reef Alliance with support from the Australian and Queensland governments. Deadline 20 September. More? www.qff.org.au/projects/reef-alliance/awards $100K EXPORT GRANTS OPEN Grants of up to $100,000 available for eligible food businesses ready to export their produce as part of the Growing Queensland’s Food Exports grants program, applications are now open. HELP FOR FOOD START-UPS Brisbane is seeking food start-ups to participate in new accelerator programs through the eight-week Future Food Brisbane program. More? http://www.futurefoodbrisbane.com.au $1m REGIONAL PLAN OFFER A $1m, three-year project to fuel economic growth in the Darling Downs/Maranoa region has been launched. More? Advancing Regional Innovation Program. CO-FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES The Queensland Business Development Fund offers $125K to $2.5m for co-investment funding in companies with high growth / innovations in emerging industries. Must be Queensland-based. Ongoing. More? http://advance.qld.gov.au/industry/businessdevelopment-fund.aspx FARM SUCCESSION PLANNING REBATE Up to $2500 rebate (up to half of total cost) offered for Queensland farming families to undertake farm succession planning. Deadline 30 June 2019. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/farm-management-grants-qld UP TO $50K FOR SMEs Business Growth Fund offers up to $50K in co-funding for SMEs to buy specilised equipment or services. More? https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/business-growth-fund $20K FOR AG-PRENEUR TRAINING Up to $20K (total 70% of costs) for organisations providing events and activities to encourage entrepreneurship in Queenslanders aged 15-24. Ongoing. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/young-starters-fund EXPORT HELP Trade and Investment Queensland is offering mentoring, networking and skills development assistance for export-ready business. Ongoing. More? Consultation and Planning 11/21/2019 Funding Opportunities and Grants – Country Noosa www.countrynoosa.com/resources/funding-opportunities-grants/ 11/12 $2m LOANS FOR QLD START-UPS Young primary producers in Queensland are being offered start-up loans of up to $2m. The no-fee, low-interest loans are available for terms up to 30 years. To be eligible you must have lived in Queensland for six months and hold 50% purchase equity, or 50% of set-up costs for leasing/sharefarming. Loans subject to funding availability. More? 1800 623 946 or First Start Loan guidelines. FREIGHT SUBSIDIES Freight subsidies of up to $5K per disaster event are available for eligible primary producers within a NDRRA-declared area or who hold a current IDSP declaration. Subsidies can cover emergency fodder for livestock to the primary producer’s home property, building, fencing materials, machinery and equipment and restocking animals. QFF PROJECT FOR AG-RESILIENCE The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) will be delivering an Agricultural Recovery and Resilience project as part of the $96.2 million provided in Category D funding in partnership with other industry members.