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What is the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants?
The Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants is an inititiave that offers co-contribution grants of up to $100,000 to support projects which result in the trialling and adoption of digital technologies into supply chains within agricultural, fishery or forestry industries in Queensland.
The Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants Scheme aims to improve the resilience of the agribusiness sector or primary production industries by supporting industry organisations to implement digital technologies and systems that increase preparedness for future disruptions and risks related to biosecurity, climate and food safety. This grant is intended to promote the adoption of digital solutions within supply chains in the agricultural, fishery, and forestry sectors throughout Queensland.
The Queensland government has allocated a budget of $1.3 million for Round Two of the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants.
The primary objective of the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants Scheme is to promote the resilience of the agribusiness sector and primary production industries in Queensland. By supporting eligible projects, the scheme aims to enable the trialing and adoption of digital solutions that can benefit agricultural, fishery, and forestry industries. These projects are expected to have a positive impact on supply chains within these sectors, paving the way for enhanced preparedness and competitiveness in the face of future challenges.
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Co-contribution grants of up to $100,000 are available on a competitive basis to industry organisations and other entities established to advance or promote the economic development of the agribusiness sector, a primary production industry or part of a primary production industry.
To qualify for the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants funding, projects must implement digital solutions that benefit the agribusiness sector, primary production industries, or specific segments within Queensland. Additionally, these projects must contribute to the resilience of these sectors and allow for knowledge sharing and benefits across the wider agribusiness community.
Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to:
- Integrated data management solutions.
- Real-time farm monitoring, including digital dashboards for traceability in food safety and biosecurity management.
- Decision support tools to manage greenhouse gas footprints.
- Adoption of digital technologies for emission reduction, carbon farming, or renewable energy uptake.
- Enhancing digital capabilities throughout the agribusiness supply chain.
- Development of digital systems to replace paper-based solutions.
To be eligible for the Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants, applicants must meet specific criteria. They must hold an ABN and be registered for GST. Additionally, eligible applicants can be either industry organisations or entities established to promote the economic development of the agribusiness sector or primary production industries in Queensland. It is essential that applicants have their headquarters in Queensland.
Furthermore, the following conditions must be met to be eligible:
- Not be a government entity or higher education provider.
- Have not received other government funding for the eligible project.
- Have completed any previously approved eligible projects.
- Be financially capable of paying the remaining cost of the eligible project.
- Own or hold a broad licence to use the product/service and agree to share project details and outcomes with QRIDA, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and other industry groups and agribusinesses.
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Applications close 18 August 2023.