What is the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Apple Growers?

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Apple Growers is a grant opportunity to help apple growers impacted by the 2019 bushfires to re-establish or repair damaged apple orchards.

 

Background

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Apple Growers is funded by the Australian Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and is administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) for Queensland primary producers in the apple industry.

The purpose of the scheme is to assist apple growers whose orchards were damaged by the 2019 bushfires by providing a grant for the re-establishment or repair of apple orchards.

All activities proposed to be undertaken with funding from the scheme need to be detailed in the Bushfire Recovery Grants for Apple Growers Application Form and funding provided under the scheme must be spent by 30 June 2022. Where stock shortages result in a completion delay, adequate evidence of progress of works and plan to completion must be provided.

 

Funding

The Bushfire Recovery Grants for Apple Growers will provide matched funding of up to $120,000 per hectare of apple orchard.

 

Eligible Projects

Eligible activities must be directly linked with re-establishing damaged or destroyed apple orchards, including:

  • replacement of apple trees (any variety of apples)
  • repair or replacement of damaged irrigation infrastructure
  • repair or replacement of damaged poles, trellises and netting
  • costs directly associated with clean-up of damaged infrastructure and other site preparation.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a grant under the scheme, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are an apple grower who is a primary producer. For the purposes of this scheme, a primary producer is a person or a partner in a partnership, company or trust who spends more than 50% of their labour on and derives more than 50% of their gross income from a primary production enterprise, including income earned from value-added products, e.g. cider made directly from primary produce grown on the property.
  • You are a property owner, share-farmer or lessee of an apple farm.
  • Your property was within a DRFA disaster activated area for Category C clean up and recovery grants for the 2019 bushfires.
  • Your application is received in Brisbane before 31 December 2020.
  • You are able to match the assistance being sought from this program.  For example if you are seeking $100,000 you are able to provide a co-contribution of $100,000.  Eligible co-contributions include:
    • cash-on-hand
    • in-kind contributions
    • commercial or concessional finance (loans), or
    • expenses already incurred on eligible activities since the 2019 bushfire impacted your property.

Ineligible matching co-contributions include other government or non-government grant programs, including funding from state and territory programs.

 

Timing

Applications close 31 December 2020.

 

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