What is Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program?
The Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program is designed to provide funding for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchasing and construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional
Agricultural shows provide an authentic and accessible showcase of Australian farming. They are at the very heart of regional communities, bring rural and urban communities together, showcase new technology, and promote competition and improvement in agricultural sectors.
The objectives of the program are to help:
- keep agricultural shows running
- bring communities together
- bridge the divide between country and city.
The Australian Government has announced $20 million (GST exclusive) in funding for the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program. There will be one funding application round only and the program will end on 30 June 2021. The value of money awarded under this grant
opportunity cannot exceed the total funding available.
There will be no minimum grant amount. The maximum grant amount will be $500,000. No additional grant funding will be available if a project comes in over budget.
Grants can be used for activities such as:
- repairing or upgrading existing showground infrastructure
- constructing new showground infrastructure
- purchasing or renting tangible infrastructure-related assets that will boost the capacity and sustainability of a regional show, or a number of regional shows across a particular state or territory
- purchasing, renting or constructing attractions that increase the attractiveness of shows and encourage visitors.
Eligible expenditure includes, but is not restricted to, expenditure on:
- management and administration of the grant, including independent audit if required
- purchasing, renting or constructing attractions
- professional services
- project management.
There are three key eligibility criteria that applicants must satisfy.
To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:
- Indigenous Corporation
- Incorporated Association
- Statutory Entity
- Unincorporated Association.
If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must have an eligible entity type as listed above.
To be eligible you must be a regional agricultural show society who is:
- a member of Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA)
- a member of a state and territory regional agricultural show society that is a member of ASA
- a regional agricultural show society intending to become a member of ASA or a state and territory regional agricultural show society that is a member of ASA.
To be eligible you must be able to meet the following conditions:
- The regional agricultural show society must conduct a regular agricultural show at a showground located in a defined regional area (note: special consideration may be given if a regular agricultural show was not held in 2017, 2018 or 2019 owing to exceptional circumstances, but it is intended a show will be held in 2020 and/or subsequent years).
- The regional agricultural show society can provide evidence that the entity with responsibility for the relevant showground and related showground infrastructure affected by the proposed project supports the application. The responsible entity may be, for example, a trust or other constituted body responsible for the management of Crown land, a local council, or a user or tenant of the showground.
ASA member state peak bodies representing regional agricultural shows are eligible to apply for state-wide grants for infrastructure or related projects. Applications must provide evidence that the grant funding and co-contributions will be used to benefit regional agricultural shows and show societies.
To be eligible the applicant should:
- have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be registered for the purposes of GST
- have an account with an Australian financial institution.
Applications close 13 December 2019.