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Growing Queensland’s Food Exports Program


This program aims to encourage sustainable economic development in regional communities by supporting food producers to build their export capability. It seeks to enhance trade outcomes in current and new markets by co-investing with export businesses in export development activities including product development, supply chain development, market research and market development.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Contribute to regional economic growth and jobs through increasing exports of agriculture and food products.
- Co-invest with Queensland agriculture and food businesses that are either export ready or currently exporting to develop export capability.
- Foster collaborative relationships between export businesses, industry associations, research agencies and government to develop export capability.
- Capitalise on current markets as well as opportunities arising from new and existing Free Trade Agreements.
- Enhance agriculture and food businesses understanding of markets and global trends in order to achieve sustainable long-term export growth.

Grants between $50,000 and $100,000 are available. Applicants must co-contribute at least 50% of the total funds required. Co-contributions can include up to half the value (25% of total project costs) of in-kind contributions including freight costs, product and reasonable salary costs for key personnel.

A total funding pool of $1.3 million is available over two years.

The 2017-18 funding round dates are:
- Round 1: Opened 7 September and closed 5 October 2017
- Round 2: Opened 1 July and closed 1 August 2018

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be a business registered in Queensland.
- Be able to demonstrate export readiness or current export success.
- A business in the food supply chain (eg food producer, grower collective, or wholesaler/exporter) with an ABN.
- Co-invest cash or in-kind support (e.g. product, freight) to at least the value of grant sought.

Although this pilot program is focused primarily on horticulture, as this has been identified as having high export growth potential, it is not exclusive to horticulture. High quality proposals from any food producers will be considered on their merits.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Development and implementation of market entry strategies.
- Strengthening regional supply chain through:
a) Building new supply/value chain alliances
b) 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:
a) Targeted research into key markets
b) In-market consumer research

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of ineligible activities and costs.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- 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.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
Stage 1 - Concept Proposal 2017-09-08 Download
Stage 2 - Application Form 2017-09-08 Download
Guidelines 2018-07-03 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 1 Jul 2018
Start By Date 18 Jul 2018
Closing Date 1 Aug 2018
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Min.Funding $50,000
Max.Funding $100,000
Total Funding Pool $1.3M
Co-contribution Yes 1:1
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Innovation and R&D
Who Can Apply?
Food and Beverage
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Program Administrator
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit