Grants to help boost food ex­port

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

GRANTS of up to $100,000 are avail­able for Queens­land food pro­duc­ers look­ing to break into new over­seas markets or boost their ex­port earn­ings.

Agri­cul­ture and Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Bill Byrne said the grants were part of the Palaszczuk gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to stim­u­late jobs and eco­nomic growth in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas.

The first round of fund­ing is now open, with con­cept pro­pos­als due no later than Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will then be in­vited to sub­mit a full ap­pli­ca­tion by De­cem­ber 1.

The pro­gram will pro­vide matched fund­ing of up to $100,000 (min­i­mum of $50,000) over two years per el­i­gi­ble project. Ap­pli­cants must co-con­trib­ute at least 50% of the to­tal funds re­quired.

Co-con­tri­bu­tions can in­clude up to half the value of in-kind con­tri­bu­tions, in­clud­ing freight costs, prod­uct and rea­son­able salary costs for key per­son­nel.

There will be a sec­ond fund­ing round in July 2018.

A DAF pro­gram man­ager is avail­able to dis­cuss pro­pos­als. Pro­duc­ers who would like to know more can phone 13 25 23 or email GQFE@daf.qld.gov.au.

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