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FARMING TOGETHER E-BULLETIN:      19 December, 2016
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In this edition...

·NBN connectivity grants

·Build your agri-supply chain

·Launching Pad for export smarts

·Reusing fruit waste

·Fisheries seeking R&D suggestions

·Growing hort leaders

·Win a drone: GRDC photo competition

·PLUS: Funding, grants scholarships...

Quote of the month: …“Life has no remote control. Get up and change it yourself.”…
NATIONAL AGRIBUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

USING THE NBN TO GROW YOUR AG-IDEA?
The Australian Information Industry Association, with nbn™, is awarding up to $150k in grants to organisations leveraging nbn™ network connectivity to grow.  Grants will be awarded across three categories: business, community and education. More? www.growwithnbn.com.au

AGRI-SUPPLY CHAIN HELP TARGETED
Food and agribusiness are listed as priority industry sectors for Supply Chain Facilitation Assistance from the Australian Government. The program offers free access to a skilled advisor to strengthen your supply chain and improve your ability to access new markets. You must have been trading in at least three successive years with turnover (or operating expenditure) in the current, or one of the last two financial years, of more than $1.5m ($750,000 for applicants from remote or northern Australia). Producers not meeting eligibility rules can still register for information events. More? Phone 13 28 46
 
R&D FUNDING ON OFFER
Grants are worth between $50K and $500K are available through the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme to organise research teams, collect and analyse data. Applicants must have an Australian Business Number. They must also be an incorporated entity in Australia, an eligible research organisation, publicly funded research organisation, incorporated non-profit, or local government agency or body. Joint applications are acceptable, provided one of the applicants is eligible based on the above requirements. Projects must have a minimum duration of three years. The total annual budget is $1m. Deadline February 17. More? https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/inspiring-australia-science-engagement/citizen-science-grants.
 
INCUBATORS INCUBATION
The Incubator Support initiative helps establish new incubators in regions or sectors with high innovation potential, and for existing incubators looking to expand their services.
More? www.business.gov.au/incubator-support
 
ENTREPRENEURS SOUGHT
The Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme aims to boost business competitiveness and productivity through: Research Connections, Accelerating Commercialisation, Business Evaluations, Supply Chain Facilitation, Business Growth Services, and Business Growth Grants. Ongoing.  More? Visit the website
 
NATIONAL AG OPPORTUNITY
Applications are now open for the $14.9m national Farming Together program. This Federal Government initiative is a two-year campaign for primary producers and processors to collaborate and claim marketplace power.
Any Australian citizen who farms within the ATO-recognised guidelines can register to receive a free one-on-one consultation to discuss their opportunities and appetite to create a successful collaborative group.
This could be either as a co-operative, as a collective bargaining entity or as a collaborative group. Existing groupings may also apply.
The most-promising groups will be offered assistance for product research and development. Areas that are covered include advice on marketing, capital-raising, packaging, logistics and exporting as well as non-ongoing consultancy appointments. More? www.farmingtogether.com.au or 1800 00 55 55.
 
$10m TO FIGHT WEEDS & PESTS
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water seeks applications for its $10m program to develop chemical, biological or physical control tools/technologies to manage introduced pest animals/weeds that affect national productivity/profitability (excluding fisheries and forestry) and threaten ecosystems, habitats or native species. Deadline 23 January 2017. More? http://www.agriculture.gov.au/pests-diseases-weeds/pest-animals-and-weeds/wp-comp-grants-programme
 
IMB FOUNDATION FUNDS OPEN
IMB Community Foundation offers between $1K and $30K to encourage economic, social and environmental diversification. Deadline 5pm, 24 February, 2017. More? http://www.imb.com.au/community-community-foundation-about-the-foundation.html
 
EXPORT AID
 
AGRI-EXPORT FUNDING OFFER
Applications are sought under the national Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation programme for projects between $55K to $1.65m (GST incl) to boost access to overseas markets for Australian agricultural products. Projects may occur in Australia or overseas. Deadline December 31, 2018 or until funds are allocated. More? application form or 1800 868 175
 
LAUNCHING PAD FOR EXPORT SMARTS
Start-ups looking to start exporting are invited to join the Landing Pads program which offers use of innovation hubs in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore. Successful applicants get a workspace for up to 90 days, with access to coaching, introductions to mentors, investors and customers, training opportunities and tailored networking events as well as advice on how to negotiate the local business culture. The program, part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda is for market-ready Australian startups ready to go global. More? Landing Pads.
 
DEVELOP YOUR EXPORTS
Export Market Development Grants encourage small-medium businesses to develop export markets. The Australian Government grants reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5K provided that the total expenses are at least $15K. The program can provide up to eight grants to each eligible applicant. More? Visit https://www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants
 
AG-COMMODITIES OPPORTUNITIES
 
POME WASTE PROJECT
Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) wants to hear from the apple and pear industry about innovative ways to dispose of waste, to explore possible end-use markets or further processing opportunities. More? Olivia Tait APAL Market Development Manager on 0409 554 078 or otait@apal.org.au
 
FISHERIES SEEKING R&D IDEAS
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest that address priority areas nominated by the Research Advisory Committees,,Industry Partnership Agreements and FRDC Subprograms. Deadline February 15, 2017. More? http://frdc.com.au/research/applying_funding/Pages/call_for_applications.aspx
 
DRONES ON OFFER
Go into the draw for a drone by posting photos of healthy crops for GrowNotes Alert, the Grains Research and Development Corporation’s digital disease, pest and weed early warning and surveillance system. Every picture submitted to GrowNotes Alert before December 31 puts you into the draw to win one of six drones. More? www.grdc.com.au/grownotesalert
 
HORT LEADERS SOUGHT
Applications are open for the vegetable industry Growing Leaders program funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia. More?  Click here

FREE DAIRY ADVICE
Dairy Australia’s Taking Stock program providing free one-on-one business support to analyse financial and physical data. Available to all levy-paying farmers. More? Click here
 
DAIRY CONFERENCE ASSISTANCE
Young dairy farmers across Australia are invited to apply for assistance to attend the 15th Annual Australian Dairy Conference on February 14 to 16 at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.  Support to attend the conference is available through your Regional Development Program. To apply contact your regional RDP . More? Click here
 
COTTON FUND FOR UNDERGRADS
Cotton Australia Final Year Undergraduate Project Scholarship (10 @ $1500 each) for final year undergraduate students who undertake a final year project relating to the cotton industry.  Students must be studying agricultural science, one of the sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, engineering, economics, business, social sciences, education, textiles, design or similar at an accredited Australian university or Marcus Oldham College in 2017. Education students must be studying at an institution in Queensland or NSW. Deadline 5pm, 10 March 2017. More? Click here
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
 
BRUSSELS SUMMIT OFFER
Bayer and Future Farmers Network are offering 18-25 year olds the opportunity to win a trip to Belgium to attend the 2017 Youth Ag Summit in Brussels, where 1000 like-minded individuals will come together to discuss agriculture. Applicants must submit an essay. More? Click here
 
AGRIBUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP
The Rural Bank 2017 scholarships provide $5000 for the first year of study to nine first-time undergraduate students in the Australian agribusiness sector. The scholarships can contribute to the costs of accommodation, course materials, equipment and tutoring.  The funding will also be extended to support the second year of studies, subject to academic performance.  Deadline 27 January 2017. More here
 
HELP FOR YEAR 12 STUDENTS
RIRDC’s $5000 a year Horizon Scholarships are offered to Year 12 students who will study agriculture at any university. More? Horizon Scholarship terms and conditions.
 
ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL STUDENTS
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding, but disadvantaged students from a rural or regional area attending university for the first time who, due to social or financial circumstances, would not have been able to further their education. Valued at $5,000 (based on previous year amount) these scholarships are for one year with possible extension for further years. Deadline January 27.
More? Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
 
STATES ROUNDUP: SOUTH AUSTRALIA
 
SA AGRIBUSINESS GROWTH PROGRAM
The Agribusiness Growth Program from Food South Australia offers business performance/plan reviews and recommendations for improvement. It also includes one-on-one business coaching to $10K with 25% co-contribution. Applicants must be ag/food businesses of 2+ years with turnover of $300K to $1.5m. Ongoing. More? http://foodsouthaustralia.com.au/2015/09/agribusiness-growth-program/

SA FOOD BUSINESS VOUCHERS
SA-based food manufacturing businesses are eligible for the matched-funding Business Transformation Voucher Program to develop new business models, undertake R&D, training or buying capital equipment to boost efficiency/capability. Applicants must be a financially viable business of 12+ months with most trade conducted in SA. Ongoing. More? http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/manufacturing/manufacturing-programs-and-initiatives/btvp
 
LOAN GUARANTEE SERVICE
SA’s Department of State Development is offering bank guarantees for small to medium enterprises who meet normal lending criteria but are unable to provide security for a loan. Participants pay a fixed fee of 2-3% during the five-year term. Deadline: 30 March 2018. More? State Development SA
 
BAROSSA TERTIARY SCHOLARSHIP
The Barossa Valley’s Thomas Scholarship provides financial support of up to $18K to support tertiary students, and offer work placement and mentoring to young people with family involved in the Barossa or wine communities. Deadline: 25 November 2017. More?
http://foundationbarossa.org.au/scholarships/thomas-scholarship/
 
KANGAROO ISLAND SCHOLARSHIP
The annual open-age Kangaroo Island Freemasons Scholarship offers $3K to any island resident wishing to obtain experience, knowledge or skill in a particular field of endeavour in Australia or overseas. There are no prescribed qualifications. Deadline 30 June 2017. More? http://www.masonic-foundation.asn.au/ki_scholarship.html
 
SA/NORTHERN TERRITORY
 
$20K SCHOLARSHIP FOR SA/NT
The annual Trevor Prescott Freemason Memorial Scholarship offers up to $20K to allow SA and NT residents aged under 30 to fulfil their potential. Deadline: 30 June 2017. More? http://www.masonic-foundation.asn.au/trevor_prescott.html
 
NT SUPPORT GRANTS
Matched-funding industry grants to develop agriculture, horticulture and fisheries industries. Applications sought from incorporated bodies and legal entities, local partnerships between private enterprise organisations or NT-based not-for-profit community organisations or groups and local governments. Applications from individuals and businesses need to show significant economic development benefits to the region. Support can be in-kind. Ongoing. More? https://nt.gov.au/industry/start-run-and-grow-a-business/regional-economic-development-fund
 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 
NORTHERN WA BEEF GRANTS
Nearly half of WA’s northern beef businesses have received support from the Department of Agriculture and Food (to undertake business improvements to better meet export and domestic specifications and demand for WA beef and live cattle. The Northern Beef Futures Business Improvement Grants offer an incentive of up to $25K to connect beef enterprises with business advice and mentoring to improve their competitiveness. More? Click here.
 
WA COMMUNITY WATER GRANTS
In WA, Community Water Supply grants of up to $100,000 aim to help secure reliable non-potable water supplies in dryland (less than 600mm average annual rainfall) agricultural areas of WA. Deadline 31 December 2016.  More? http://www.water.wa.gov.au

UP TO $300K for WA PROJECTS
WA’s Royalties for Regions initiative offer two types of grants. Funding ranging from $20K to $300K is available under the Regional Grants Scheme while up to $20K is available under the Community Chest Fund. Ongoing, but subject to regional deadlines. More? http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/projects/Economic-Development/Pages/Regional-Grants-Scheme-and-Community-Chest-Fund.aspx
 
$10K WA COMMUNITY AID
WA’s Community Capability Grants support the efforts of NRM volunteers and not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to $10,000 with a time frame of up to 12 months. Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline noon AWST 29 May 2017 subject to funds availability. More? Click here 
 
NEW SOUTH WALES
 
FUNDS FOR NSW REGIONAL PROJECTS
The NSW Government has just announced Regional Solutions. This is a competitive funding round, requiring 50% matching funds. There is no limit to the amount requested but projects must create the equivalent of at least 10 full-time new jobs in regional NSW, within two years of project commencement. More? http://www.jobsfornsw.com.au/how-we-help/support-for-the-regions/regional-solutions
 
AID FOR NSW FARMER UPSKILL
NSW farmers can take subsidised pre-approved courses through the State Government’s $45m Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program. Or farmers can apply for other professional development activities. Participants can claim reimbursement of up to 50% (GST-exclusive) up to $5000/farmer or $9000/farm business. Ongoing. More? http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/assistance/professional-development-program
 
ACT ASSISTANCE
Canberra BusinessPoint helps existing and intending businesses in Canberra and the surrounding region with free and paid services including general business advice, monthly workshops/networking and referrals. More? Canberra BusinessPoint
 
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
NSW Small Biz Connect, funded by the NSW Government offers expert advice for small businesses. More? 1300 134 359 or Small Biz Connect

NSW DAIRY SCHOLARSHIP
The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, is offering an open-age tertiary scholarship of $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. Applicants can be studying any type of course but must demonstrate a passion for the NSW dairy produce industry. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-dairy-produce-scholarship/
 
NSW REGIONAL TRADES SCHOLARSHIP
The annual RASF VET (Vocational Education and Training) Scholarships offer $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. The open-age scholarship is not limited to any type of course but the applicant must demonstrate a commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW. Students completing school-based apprenticeships and traineeships ineligible. Deadline midnight, 12 February. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/ras-foundation-vet-scholarships/
 
NSW WINE SCHOLARSHIP
The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship offers $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. The open-age scholarship is not limited to any type of course but the applicant must demonstrate a strong wine industry career pathway through their course of study. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-wine-scholarship
 
NSW RURAL SCHOLARSHIP
RASF Rural Scholarships offer $5000 for full-time study or $2500 for part-time study. The open-age scholarship is not limited to any type of course but the applicant must demonstrate a commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW. More? http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/ras-rural-scholarships/
 
CENTRAL-WEST NSW SCHOLARSHIP
The Australian Federation of Graduate Women NSW Inc. Central West Branch awards an annual $2000 scholarship to a female student who lives and attends school in the Cowra–Canowindra area and has been accepted for university. Deadline 25 January 2017. More? afgwcwhsc@gmail.com
 
QUEENSLAND
 
$2m LOANS FOR QLD START-UPS
Young primary producers in Queensland are being offered start-up loans of up to $2m. The no-fee, low-interest loans are available for terms up to 30 years. To be eligible you must have lived in Queensland for six months and hold 50% purchase equity, or 50% of set up costs for leasing/sharefarming. Loans are subject to the availability of funding. More? 1800 623 946 or First Start Loan guidelines.
 
ACCELERATE SMALL BUSINESS
The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides matching funding to established Queensland-based businesses. Up to $10K is available for business mentors, coaches or an advisory board for 6-12 months. Applicants must have been trading for at least four years, with a turnover of at least $750,000 and 20 or less employees. More? Accelerate Small Business Grants Program
 
UQ BURSARY
The James and Everingham Bursary for third-year undergraduates enrolled in University of Queensland programs relating to food technology or rural agriculture who are facing financial hardship. Deadline 24 March. More? https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/james-and-everingham-bursary
 
NORTH QLD SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship for students with no previous tertiary study, whose home residence is in north Queensland, and who can demonstrate financial need is the R D Arida scholarship valued at approximately $6,700 for one year. Applications from Charters Towers, Hughenden or Cloncurry will be given preference. Deadline: 3 March 2017. More? R D Arida Scholarship
 
VICTORIA
 
DAIRY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS
The Gardiner Foundation will fund the dairy leadership participants in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program. Applications open in April 2017 and close early June 2017. More? Visit Gardiner Dairy Foundation 
 
FOOD MANUFACTURING FUTURE PLANS
The Future Industries Manufacturing Program is a Victorian Government initiative offering grants of up to $500,000 to Victorian businesses implementing new food manufacturing technologies and processes. There's a 3:1 funding requirement. More? http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/future-industries-manufacturing-program
 
ISRAELI TRADE SUPPORT
Victorian food and fibre industries are listed as a priority area for funding under the Victoria-Israel Science Innovation and Technology Scheme. The scheme allows for up to $2K reimbursement for accommodation and travel expenses to attend trade missions, conferences, meetings or other events in Israel as well as the opportunity to attend a trade mission in Israel. There is also provision for up to $50K for innovation projects and up to $250K grant funding for R&D projects. Different eligibility criteria apply depending on the funding stream. More? VISITS.        
 
$50K BUSINESS HELP IN VICTORIA
Victoria’s Stronger Regional Communities invests in community-led initiatives and to drive change in regional and rural towns with grants of up to $50,000. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. Ongoing. More?  SRCP application guidelines 
 
DAIRY GRANTS ON OFFER
Applications are now open for the Victorian Government's Dairy Development Grants of up to $5000 per dairy farm applicant / business to implement on-farm infrastructure improvements that assist business rebuilding, restructure and production efficiencies. Deadline 30 June 2017. More? http://www.ruralfinance.com.au/industry-programs/dairy-development-grants
 
VICTORIAN REGIONAL JOBS FUND
Victoria’s Regional Jobs Fund aims capitalise on the potential of emerging industry sectors through the following four public grant program streams: Investment Attraction, Innovation and Productivity, Employment Precincts and Market Access. Eligible applicants include businesses and for-profit organisations, local councils and not-for-profit community organisations. Ongoing. More? RJF program application guidelines 
 
FOOD SOURCE GRANTS
Food Source grants are a $20m initiative aimed at supporting Victorian agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline 30 June 2019. More? food.source@ecodev.vic.gov.au
 
RURAL DEVELOPMENT AID IN VICTORIA
Victoria’s Rural Development program stream allows for grants of up to $50K for projects such as a feasibility study, a demand study, or a business case to enable prospective applicants to investigate the technical and or economic viability of an infrastructure project. 2:1 funding with in-kind accepted. Ongoing. More? http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/programs-and-grants/rural-development
 
This monthly ebulletin was prepared by Farming Together, a resource for primary producers to help you value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns. Visit www.farmingtogether.com.au  phone 1800 00 55 55 or contact us on info@farmingtogether.com.au.
 
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