Grants of up to $100,000 are now 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.
“These grants are part of the $1.3 million, two year Growing Queensland’s Food Exports pilot program announced in the recent Palaszczuk Government state budget.
“The first round of funding opens today with concept proposals due no later than close of business Thursday 5 October 2017,” Minister Byrne said.
“Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full application by 1 December 2017.”
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 per cent of the total funds required.
Co-contributions can include up to half the value (25 per cent of total project costs) 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 on a one-on-one basis, and producers who would like to know more can contact 13 25 23 or email GQFE@daf.qld.gov.au. For more information, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.
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