Up to $10,000 is available from Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants to support agricultural communities and enhance the promotion of livestock and agricultural activities.
Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants
Agricultural and Pastoral Societies contribute significantly to the Victorian culture and community. They bring rural communities together and promote the merits of agricultural industries to consumers statewide. The Victorian Government provides funding to Agricultural and Pastoral Societies to support a calendar of vibrant events celebrating Victoria’s agricultural communities, industry and produce.
The Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program is administered by Agriculture Victoria, which is part of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
The objectives of the Grants Program are to:
- Encourage greater community involvement in show activities
- Create opportunities for local agricultural businesses to promote and engage with the community
- Improve and upgrade amenities for community use during shows, and encourage multi-purpose community use beyond show activity
- Enhance business management and planning of shows.
The Victorian Government is offering funding up to $10,000 to selected applicants.
The Victorian Government will fund up to 75 per cent of the total cost of the project, with applicants required to fund 25 per cent of the total cost, with a maximum grant of:
- Facilities (up to) $10,000
- Business activities (up to) $10,000
Please note that each society may apply for multiple grants/projects, however the total amount awarded per society is a maximum of $10,000.
The grants may support projects that have an emphasis on upgrading or establishing new facilities. Funding may also be used for business activities that assist in the planning of shows.
Projects that will be considered include (but are not limited to) initiatives that:
- Provide new or upgraded facilities for the exhibition and/or judging of commercial and stud animals
- Improve facilities for staging competitions and displays, such as upgrading fencing and stables or areas used for shearing demonstrations and wool exhibits
- Create opportunities for displaying art and craft, and artisan produce
- Enhance public amenities at showgrounds such as toilets, seating and disabled access
- Improve essential infrastructure such as for electricity and water supply
- Enhance business management, planning for shows and marketing strategies targeting the broader community
- Promote reporting of livestock movements to the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) database such as the purchase of scanning wands
- Enhance public safety of the community attending shows.
To apply for a grant, applicants must be a registered Victorian Agricultural and Pastoral Society. For applicants seeking to upgrade facilities, societies must own their own land or have security of tenure.
Applications close 30 October 2019.