Funding, grants and assistance for agricultural industries
You can receive financial assistance to support your agricultural business, start a new one or assist you during hardship. You may be able to access loans, one-off grants and partnerships. These opportunities vary over time and you should seek further advice from regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups, Regional Development Australia's network of local leaders and industry associations.
Find key information below about what is available. You may also find opportunities through:
- local councils
- philanthropic funding bodies
- government agencies.
To search for specific grants, you can also use:
- the Queensland Government Grants finder
- the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) to find industry-specific grants and funding programs
- Australian Government's GrantConnect or Grants and programs tool
- the coronavirus (COVID-19) business assistance finder for COVID-19 related grant programs.
Drought and disaster assistance
Find out if you are in a Queensland disaster-declared area and what funding and assistance is available to help you recover.
Disaster recovery assistance
Learn about financial assistance available for primary producers, small businesses and non-profit organisations affected by disasters in Queensland.
Drought assistance for primary producers
If you are a Queensland primary producer affected by drought, you may be eligible to receive drought assistance including financial subsidies, rebates, loans and allowances, as well as free counselling.
Drought assistance contacts
Financial and social support is available for farm families, business and rural communities to help you prepare for, manage during, and recover from drought.
Provision of fodder and aerial drops
Read about guidelines and funding for fodder and aerial drops to help the welfare of your livestock during and after a natural disaster.
Recovery help after a disaster
Learn about emergency hardship assistance and help with housing, cleaning up, managing stress and finding a community recovery hub if you've been affected by a disaster.
Business and export
Back to work in agriculture incentive scheme
Learn about the accommodation and transport assistance payments of up to $1,500 for eligible employees as part of the back to work in agriculture incentive scheme. This scheme is initially targeted for the Wide Bay and Darling Downs regions.
Farm business assistance programs, loans and grants
The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority administers government farm business assistance programs, productivity loans and grants to help establish and improve primary production enterprises.
Queensland business grants
Learn about Queensland business grants, including how to find grants and guidelines to give your application the best chance of success.
Australian business grants, tenders and financial assistance for farming
Grants and financial assistance programs are available to help your farming or farming-related business boost productivity and exports.
Australian business grants and assistance programs finder
Use this personalised, interactive search tool to find relevant business grants, funding and assistance programs.
Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
Find out about the Export Market Development Grants—a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.
Fight Food Waste SME Solutions Centre
Fight Food Waste SME Solutions Centre provides dollar-for-dollar support for agribusinesses to conduct short-term research finding solutions to their agrifood waste problems.
Queensland's Agricultural Workforce Network (QAWN)
Offering practical help for farmers, Queensland's Agricultural Workforce Network delivers responsive workforce development services for the agriculture industry to help you attract, retain and upskill your workforce.
Commercialisation Partnership Program
As a Queensland innovator, you can be part of Advance Queensland's Commercialisation Partnership Program and be placed in Chinese incubators to collaborate with global expertise, access top facilities and accelerate your commercial outcomes.
Investment finance for Northern Australian infrastructure
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a $5 billion lending facility to provide loans to infrastructure projects in northern Australia. Find out about NAIF's application and approval procedure.
Partnerships and support within reef catchments
The Reef Alliance (also on Facebook) is a partnership between agricultural industry, regional NRM groups and the conservation sector with the common goal of securing the future health of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Alliance Program is funded by the Australian Government and delivered through the Reef Trust.
Farming in reef catchments
Learn about a range of programs and tools to support growers and graziers with better business and farming practices in reef catchments.
Support for banana growers
Read about support for banana growers to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
Clean Energy Finance Corporation investment in agriculture
Reduce your operating costs by using clean energy finance to invest in energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy upgrades.
Science and innovation
Learn how Advance Queensland's programs and funds can help turn your agricultural ideas into commercial projects with access to finance, new business opportunities and management support. Programs are available for entrepreneurs and startups, industry, investors, small business, universities and researchers.
AgriFutures Rural Women's Award
Apply for the AgriFutures Rural Women's Award to receive a bursary and access to professional development opportunities for innovative ideas and projects.
Improve your business competitiveness and productivity by participating in the Australian Government's Entrepreneurs' Programme.
Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) project fund
Develop new products and services to grow your food and agribusiness through the FIAL project fund, which encourages collaboration between small and large businesses to increase productivity and competitiveness.
Ignite Ideas Fund
Apply for support to commercialise innovative products, processes or services to enable them to grow and compete in a global market through the Ignite Ideas Fund.
Queensland feral pest initiative
Manage invasive plants and animals with support from the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative.
Rural research and development for profit
Improve your farm-gate productivity and profitability with funding and research support from the Rural Research and Development for Profit program.
Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)
CRCNA is investing $75 million of Commonwealth funds over 10 years to support industry-led research collaborations to develop new technologies, products and services.
- Last reviewed: 8 Jan 2021
- Last updated: 26 Feb 2021
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