Regional food producers innovation and productivity grants announced

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 24th December 2008

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry have announced that the Australian Federal Government is calling for Expressions of Interest from eligible companies with eligible projects for  the long awaited ‘Regional Food Producers Innovation & Productivity Grants’.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST MUST BE LODGED BY 9 FEBRUARY 2009.
If a company’s expression of interest is successful they will be invited to lodge a full application.
Matched funding grants between $50,000 and $2 million will be offered to successful applicants.

Activities which will be funded by this program include:
· Design and implementation of new technologies, production or processing techniques;
· The adoption of food production or processing technologies developed overseas;
· The innovative re-design of existing production/processing lines to improve efficiencies and productivity.

The key objective of this program is to assist the regional food industry to improve productivity through innovation in processing and value-adding.

Key points to note include:
· The program applies to food & beverage businesses (including seafood);
· There is no turnover CAP applied to this program;
· A project does not have to be located in a regional area;
· Grant applications smaller than $50,000 (or larger than $2 million) may still be eligible;
· Businesses may make more than one application (more than one project);

For full details on this program go to www.daff.gov.au/foodinnovation