$700k fund for dairy ideas
Applicants sought with projects to grow sector
UP TO $700,000 will become available next week to support projects contributing to the success of the dairy industry.
The money, offered through the State Government’s Dairy Industry Fund, aims to boost the growth, profitability, sustainability and resilience of the NSW dairy industry.
Chair of the fund’s steering committee, Michael Bullen, said the money was “a significant opportunity to boost the value of NSW’s dairy industry, which produces more than one billion litres of milk and contributes $584 million to the state’s economy each year”.
Project proposals that were aligned with the strategies developed in the NSW Dairy Industry Strategic Action Plan were potential recipients, Mr Bullen said.
Funding applications are open to individuals, universities, research organisations, consultants, not-for-profit organisations, state and local governments, farmers and community groups.
Joint applications showing collaboration are encouraged.
Mr Bullen said Project 20:20 Pathways to Change, was a good example of a successful project showcasing the feedbase, people, business, natural resource management and herd performance of best-practice farms across the state.
Applicants should first submit a brief preliminary project proposal, which will be assessed by the steering committee and the two farmer advocacy bodies – NSW Farmers Dairy Committee and Dairy Connect.
Successful applicants will be invited to prepare a full project proposal and have the opportunity to present a summary to the fund’s advisory committee for feedback prior to their final submission.
Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate significant scale to the benefits they would bring to the NSW dairy industry.
Detailed guidelines are available outlining the application process and the types of projects are eligible for funding. Applications are open from July 18 until August 18, 2017. Information and application forms are available from the Department of Primary Industries at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.
WAY FORWARD: Grants of up to $700,000 will be available to support the dairy industry.