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Coles Nurture Fund Round 9 Applications Open

Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help small and medium sized businesses innovate and grow.

Since then, we have offered more than $24 million in financial support to more than 60 Australian food and liquor producers.

From Australia’s first quinoa processing facility, to chickpea tofu, to home grown garlic and to Australian first prawn farming technology, the Coles Nurture Fund is helping Aussie producers bring their big ideas to life.

Small and medium sized businesses can apply for a grant of up to $500,000 to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes.

Round Nine of the Coles Nurture Fund is now open and closes at 5pm AEST on Friday 19 March 2021.

Arahura Farms, Swan Hill, Victoria

During Round 3, organic producers Arahura Farms received a $300,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to expand into new organic products by freeing up resources usually dedicated to packaging. Tony Croft used the Nurture Fund grant to install automated processing and packaging equipment, which has encouraged the family business to focus on growing more organic vegetables for Aussies to enjoy, including carrots, beetroot and mini cos lettuce.