Up to $100,000 is available from Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) to help food producers build their export capability.
Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE)
The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) initiative will support producers to improve their export competitiveness through better understanding their market/s, trade, technical, logistics and market development needs. Through building the export capability of Queensland food businesses, the Program aims to increase Queensland’s total exports and contribute to the Queensland Government’s target to increase all exports to 22% of the national total.
The Queensland Government has allocated $1.3 million over two years to the Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) pilot Program to focus on food value chains with strong market opportunities that will benefit from improved export performance through market development support, supply chain facilitation, post-harvest quality, and/or market research.
Australia benefits from access to a number of international markets under bilateral trade arrangements as well as a number of markets through Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). These FTAs substantially reduce or remove tariffs on a range of food and agribusiness export products which represent a large share of total agricultural production and exports in Queensland. The Australian Government has, and continues to, work towards agreement on market access protocols which underpin the potential to expand horticultural exports including opportunities resulting from these FTAs.
The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports (GQFE) aims to help businesses:
- capitalise on export opportunities
- undertake market research and development
- implement best practice supply chain management
- build new supply alliances
- improve their competitiveness and profitability.
Matched funding of up to $100,000 (minimum of $50,000) will be provided over two years per eligible project. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50% of the total funds required. Up to half the value of co-contributions (25% of total project costs) can be in-kind contributions such as freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.
Projects will be assessed by an assessment panel on the following criteria:
- Commitment by project businesses to co-invest a minimum of 50% of the total project cost with cash or in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) (essential)
- Evidence of export readiness or current export success. (essential)
- Description of the economic benefits for Queensland – the potential exports the project will generate and the timeframe for achieving export growth
- Provision of a clear rationale for the selection of target market/s
- An outline of how the project aligns to industry export priorities, the benefits to industry, and how the benefits will be shared
- Enhancements to relationships/linkages/collaborations across the targeted supply / value chain
- Description of the business / project plan and how it will be implemented.
Examples of Eligible Activities include (but are not limited to):
- Development and implementation of market entry strategies
- Strengthening regional supply chain through:
- building new supply / value chain alliances
- supporting supply chain facilitation
- Provide incoming buyer support
- Product training for in market supply chain partners
- Business systems improvements to support exporting
- Strengthening market knowledge through:
- targeted research into key markets
- in-market consumer research.
To be eligible, you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be able to demonstrate export readiness or current export success
- be able to co-invest cash or in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) to at least the value of grant sought
- be a business in the food supply chain (eg food producer, grower collective, or wholesaler / exporter).
Applications close 1 August 2018.