Up to $250,000 is available from REDG to bolster primary production related economic development and job creation in regional and remote areas.
Rural Economic Development Grants (REDG)
The Rural Economic Development Grants (REDG) are available to fund projects that contribute to primary production related economic development and job creation in rural areas. The Queensland Government program offers funding to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector.
The objective of the Rural Economic Development Grants (REDG) is to strengthen primary production sectors and bolster rural communities. The scheme will achieve its objective by assisting eligible applicants to carry out projects which will create employment relating to primary production value chains in rural areas.
Grants are available up to $250,000 as a co-contribution to be matched by applicants.
Eligible projects must be primary production related, generate job creation, provide value for money and significant economic benefit to a rural area. As an example, this may include projects which:
- implement new technologies and innovations that enhance productivity including technologies to improve internet connectivity, for example agri-tech products such as robotics or mobile apps
- add value to agricultural products, including developing new markets for value-added products
- assist with business development and expansion through provision of technical assistance, training and other activities
- assist businesses to achieve economies of scale by implementing collaborative business structures
- assist businesses to become investment and export ready
- improve energy use efficiencies, including transitioning to renewable energy sources.
Grants may be used for activities including, but not limited to:
- capital expenditure on buildings, plant and equipment for the exclusive use of the project
- new or used plant and equipment for the exclusive use of the project
- consumables used for the project
- travel and accommodation where supported by a full itinerary and travel outcomes
- training costs and technical support that are project specific
- salary and on-costs for staff and professionals working solely on activities for the funded project.
You can apply for a grant if you are one of the following:
- a medium sized business
- an association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981
- a cooperative registered under the Cooperatives Act 1997
- an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth)
- a primary producer
- an entity established to represent either:
- primary producers, or
- primary production enterprises
- a university in Queensland
- a tertiary education institution, or another institution or organisation that provides vocational training in Queensland
- a local government under the Local Government Act 2009
- a combination of the above.
To be eligible applicants must also:
- be able provide an equal cash contribution to the grant requested
- have adequate experience or qualifications and have reasonable prospects of successfully carrying out the project
- demonstrate sound prospects for long term commercial viability
- have not received other government funding (local, state or federal) for the project activities
- have not previously received a Rural Economic Development Grant for a substantially similar project activity.
Round 2 will be announced in 2019.