What is the Food to Market Grant?
The Food to Market Grant is a program to help businesses and organisations in the agri-food supply chain to undertake projects that invest in and improve supply chains.
The Food to Market Grant is a $15 million commitment by the Victoria Government to encourage food producers and their supply chain partners to add value to food grown and processed in Victoria. The program was announced as part of the Strategy for Agriculture in Victoria – a 10-year plan for growing and supporting the Victorian agriculture sector.1
The Food to Market Grant supports investment into the Victorian agri-food supply chains to create new job opportunities in food manufacturing, grow exports and build the resilience of the sector.
Key objectives of this program include to:
- increase supply chain efficiency and productivity
- grow existing export markets and access new export markets
- close critical gaps in domestic production and supply chains
- increase value add to Victorian production
- increase collaborative and shared resources along the domestic supply chain.
The Food to Market Grant will provide funding of $50,000 up to $1 million on a co-contribution basis to businesses for eligible projects that align with the objectives of the program.
A wide range of projects that support the objectives of the program may be considered for funding.
Examples of projects that may be considered for funding include to:
- address a supply chain issue that presents barriers to domestic processing capability
- take up new technology and innovation
- grow export markets including access to new markets for existing or new products
- improve supply chain productivity and cost competitiveness
- improve data collection and analysis for improved decision making along supply chains
- provide import replacement or re-onshore supply chains
- design and implement new systems that improve supply-chain networks and partnerships
To be eligible for funding applicants must demonstrate that:
- projects align with program objectives
- benefits to be delivered by the project will extend to other agri-food participants along the supply chain, or to the agri-food sector or supply-chain more broadly.
Grant funding may be used for:
- investment in plant and equipment
- research and development for pilot projects or new product development
- market promotion
- business and marketing plans or feasibility study development
- website development and network costs.
Eligible applicants may include private sector businesses, industry associations, marketing cooperatives and local government authorities able to demonstrate a connection to the Victorian agri-food supply chain.
Applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:
- have a business operation located in Victoria
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 31 March 2021
- directly employ staff.
Applications close 30 June 2022.