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2019 Funding Opportunities

National Funding

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund
AMP will grant up to $1million to recipients working in a diverse range of fields and include artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, disability advocates, technologists, filmmakers, fashion designers, medical researchers and musicians. The grants can be used for a range of activities, including travel, equipment, study costs, research and more. Apply Here

Grant for Employment Ideas
The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. Regions are primarily based on Regional Development Australia boundaries.The maximum grant amount is $200,000. Apply Here

Managing Farm Risk Program
The Managing Farm Risk Program provides rebates for advice and assessments to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy that assists with the management of drought and other production and market risks.These one-off rebates will be for half of the costs incurred by eligible farm businesses, up to a maximum of $2500 (GST exclusive). To be eligible, farm businesses must meet the requirements of the program guidelines. You should consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria before you incur costs. Applications due 31st May 2019. How to apply – Go to GrantConnect, search for GO625 €“ Managing Farm Risk Program. You may need to register for GrantConnect if you have not accessed the website previously. This requires minimal information to register. Submit your completed application form following the instructions in GrantConnect.

The Drought Communities Programme (DCP) 
This program is designed to deliver benefits in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years, commencing in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.Eligible projects must relate to economic, social and cultural infrastructure; safety and accessibility upgrades; and/or town facility developments and upgrades. Applications close 30-Jun-2019 5:00 pm. Apply Here

Global Innovation Fund
Funding will go towards development, testing and scaling of innovative ideas to improve people’s lives living below the poverty line. This funding can range anywhere between $50 thousand to $1 million. Specific interest in smallholders. Apply Here

Australia-China Agriculture Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) Program
The program works to develop Australia’s agriculture and agricultural trading relationship with China. It also helps our farming, fishing and forestry industries unlock the new opportunities afforded through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The ACACA program operates under this agreement as an ongoing and competitive grant program, with calls for applications every year. The 2019 ACACA grants round is being administered by the Australian Government Community Grants Hub on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. More Info Here

The Wine Export Grants Program
This grant encourages small and medium wine producers to capture export opportunities in China (including Hong Kong and Macau) and the USA, by offering a reimbursement grant for specific export promotion activities incurred on a single promotional visit on or after 1 January 2018.Eligible applicants may claim up to A$25,000. Applications can be made online via Wine Australia’s grants portal until 5pm ACDT 1 May 2020 or until the funds are exhausted.

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
The scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries. EMDG encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets. Will reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000 and provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant. Apply Here

Regional New Industries Fund€¹
The State Government is committed to building regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven to create sustainable job opportunities for regional people. The State Government’s Regional New Industries Fund will allocate $4.5 million across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives. Any regionally-based organisation or individual interested in innovation and business development is encouraged to register to their interest with their local Regional Development Commission. Applications may be made at any time, there is currently no set closing date. Apply Here.

Young Farming Champion (YFC)
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is seeking applications from early career professionals in the Australian wool industry to join the prestigious YFC program. Young people aged under 30 who currently work in the wool industry are invited to apply for the leadership development program. Successful applicants will receive an incredible two-year package of support including media training, networking and mentorship opportunities to help them share their stories with the nation. Apply Here.

NSW Farmers’ Association Tertiary Scholarship Program
This program is offered by NSW Farmers Association, who aims for excellence in the future workforce by awarding annual scholarships. This scholarships is offered to NSW Farmers members who are enrolled in the following, University, studying at TAFE or at a private Vocational Education College or undertaking a post-graduate course. Apply Here.

Hort Innovation Internship Program
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has identified a need to build capacity in people in the horticultural industry to ensure the development of leaders for the industry in the future. The program aims to increase graduate interest in careers across the Australian horticulture sector by offering scholarships of $8000 to successful studens. For more and to see eligibility – Apply Here.

Western Australian sheep industry university scholarship program
Researchers and supervisors from Western Australian universities are invited to apply for WA sheep industry scholarships. The Sheep Industry Business Innovation (SIBI) Scholarships program is designed to support and encourage individuals who wish to pursue further study by addressing key industry questions relevant to the sheep industry supply chain in WA. The program offers financial support for eligible research projects as follows:

  • up to $5000 for Honours plus negotiable levels of operating
  • up to $38 000 per annum for
    • two years for Masters plus negotiable levels of operating;
    • three years for PhD plus negotiable levels of operating
  • students can be invited for vocational or internship opportunities.

For more information on funding, see Here.
Applications will be open in two rounds per year and will close on 30 April and 31 October respectively each year. Apply Here.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships
This aim for this project is to support students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 each and are available to support students studying for six months full-time or up to 8 years part-time, on campus, or through online and distance education. For more on the programs guildlines, see Here.
Apply Here.

On-farm energy grants program
Farmers are now able to apply for an on-farm energy grant. The on-farm energy grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out. Grants will be provided on a œdollar for dollar