Growing Queensland's Food Exports Program grants
The Growing Queensland's Food Exports pilot program (GQFE) encourages sustainable economic development in regional communities by supporting food producers to build their export capability.
The program will provide matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) over 2 years per eligible project. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50% of the total funds required. Up to half the value of co-contributions (25% of total project costs) can be in-kind contributions such as freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.
The Queensland Government will invest $1.3 million in this pilot program.
To be eligible the business must:
- be able to demonstrate export readiness or current export success
- be a business in the food supply chain (e.g. food producer, grower collective, or wholesaler/exporter) with an ABN
- co-invest cash or in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) to at least the value of the grant sought (maximum total in-kind contribution of 25% of total project value).
Opens on 7 September 2017 and closes 5 October 2017.
Anticipated to open July 2018.
Who should apply
The GQFE program focuses on food value chains with strong market opportunities that will benefit from improved capability through market development support, supply chain facilitation, post-harvest quality, and market research.
Note: Although this pilot program is focused primarily on horticulture, as this has been identified as having high export growth potential, it is not exclusive to horticulture. High quality proposals from any food producers will be considered on their merits.
Before applying, read the application guidelines.
How to apply
Before submitting an application:
- familiarise yourself with the application guidelines
- discuss your project ideas with the GQFE program manager by emailing GQFE@daf.qld.gov.au or phoning 13 25 23.
The program manager will provide you with further guidance, as well as contacts in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and other organisations who have relevant expertise.
After discussing your proposal with the program manager, you can submit a Stage 1 concept proposal, before 5pm on 5 October 2017.
If your proposal is successful, we'll ask you to submit a Stage 2 full application by close of business on 1 December 2017.
How you will be assessed
Projects will be assessed on:
- the commitment by the businesses to co-invest a minimum of 50% of the total project cost with cash or in-kind support, e.g. product or freight (essential criterion)
- evidence of current export success or export readiness (essential criterion)
- the description of the economic benefits for Queensland - the potential exports the project will generate and the time frame for achieving export growth
- a clear rationale for selecting target markets
- an outline of how the project aligns to industry export priorities, the benefits to industry, and how the benefits will be shared
- the enhancement of relationships and collaborations across the targeted supply/value chain
- the description of the business/project plan and how it will be implemented.
For further information about the program and application process, refer to the application guidelines or phone 13 25 23.
- Last reviewed: 07 Sep 2017
- Last updated: 07 Sep 2017