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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.

Available funding

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 project funds. Up to half the value of co-contributions needs to be cash while in-kind contributions can include costs such as freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.

The Queensland Government will invest $1.3 million in this pilot program.

Eligibility criteria

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 and in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) to at least the value of the grant sought.

Important dates

Round 1

Opened on 7 September 2017 and closed on 5 October 2017.

Round 2

Opened on 1 July 2018 and closed on 1 August 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:

The program manager will provide you with further guidance, as well as contacts in 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 close of business 1 August 2018.

If your proposal is successful, we will ask you to submit a Stage 2 full application by close of business 8 October 2018.

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.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, refer to the application guidelines or phone 13 25 23.