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Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grant Program

The Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grant Program supports industry organisations to develop, trial and promote digital solutions in agriculture and food supply chains. The aim of this program is to assist the agribusiness sector to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by enhancing digital skills, creating regional jobs and driving efficiencies for businesses.

Available funding

We are providing up to $1.2 million to industry organisations in Round 1 of the program. Up to $200,000 (excluding GST) is available to successful projects that target industry-wide outcomes. A minimum co-contribution of 50% is required for successful projects, of which 20% is a cash contribution.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants (industry organisations) must meet each of the following criteria to be eligible. They must:

  • hold an ABN and be registered for GST
  • be a registered industry organisation with a headquarters in Queensland or represent a significant number of Queensland food and agribusiness enterprises
  • be able to contribute a minimum of 20% of the funding amount sought toward the project in cash at the outset of the project. A total co-contribution of 50% is required for successful projects
  • be in a financial position to pay up front for the approved product(s) and or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase
  • own, or have, a broad licence to use the product/service and share details about the operation and outcomes with the department, other industry groups and agribusinesses.

While state and Australian government agencies and universities are not eligible to apply, they may be engaged as part of the project.

How to apply

  1. Read the eligibility criteria.
  2. Ensure that you have read the program guidelines before making an application.
  3. Complete an online application via SmartyGrants.

Applications will close at 11.59pm 1 November 2020 (AEST).

Assessment process

We will assess eligible applications competitively on:

  • the ability to demonstrate their benefits to Queensland
  • accelerated adoption potential
  • project viability.

For more information on the selection criteria, see the program guidelines.

Further information

For technical assistance in completing an online application email service@smartygrants.com.au.

For more information on the program contact the DAF Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 or email DAFAgTech@daf.qld.gov.au.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered to ‘represent a significant number of Queensland food and agribusiness enterprises’?

Eligible groups that represent Queensland agricultural businesses or supply chain partners include:

  • Industry peak bodies
  • Regional grower groups
  • Regional irrigation groups
  • Economic development organisations
  • Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups
  • A producer cooperative or collective that have an ABN and are based in Queensland.

If you are operating as a sole entity that does not represent a significant number of enterprises in your industry, then you are not eligible to apply.

What is a significant number of agribusinesses?

The number of businesses will vary based on the size of the industry and region. You should demonstrate that you represent a significant number of enterprises in your application. The department may be in contact as part of the eligibility assessment process to seek information if required.

Does the project need to be delivered solely in Queensland?

It is expected that all Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grant Program funding will be expended in Queensland. Funding to be expended outside of Queensland must be demonstrated to be essential to the project. Project costs must be deemed appropriate for the project and reasonable in nature by DAF.

Is there a project delivery timeframe?

Funded projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.

Can my organisation submit more than one project?

Multiple project applications from industry organisations will be considered, however each organisation will be limited to a maximum of one funded project in this Round.

Successful projects need to demonstrate how they will make a transformational impact on industry.

Can an existing project receive funding?

Grant funding will not be granted to projects that are already being funded by the Queensland Government. However, opportunities to enhance or expand projects in order to accelerate digital transformation will be considered.

What does the 20% cash contribution mean?

By submitting the application you are declaring that  20% of your contribution is available in cash at the outset of the project. The 20% cash contribution equates to 10% of the total project cost.

Where can the cash contribution come from?

The cash contribution can come from a project partner, your organisation, or your members. There is no requirement to transfer cash to your organisation, however, it must be accessible to you at the commencement of the project as detailed in your application.

Can Queensland Government funding be used as a cash contribution?

No.

Does the cash contribution need to be transferred to the department?

There is no requirement to transfer cash to the department. However, you must be able to demonstrate it is available at the outset of the project for use in accordance with the project plan.

Can DAF in-kind contributions form part of the applicant contribution?

DAF in-kind work on the project does not count towards the applicant’s in-kind total.

If my application is successful, will I receive the entire funding amount I applied for?

The grant process is competitive and partial funding may be offered.

What types of jobs are considered to have been created by my project?

Any jobs directly created upon or following the execution of the grant within your organisation, partner organisations or the associated value chain, as a result of the project.

The re-direction of core staff should not be recorded as a job created, except if the position would have ceased without the project. New jobs created in project partner or supplier organisation should be included.

When will my organisation find out if it has been successful?

Applications will undergo eligibility assessment from 2 November 2020. Only eligible applications will proceed through an assessment process. Those that are not eligible will be advised at this stage.

Once the assessment process has been completed applicants will be notified. The time taken to assess all applications will depend on the total number of applications received by the department. Allowances should be made for the Christmas/New Year period.

If I am not able to submit my application by the due date, can I be granted an extension?

Late applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and only considered for exceptional circumstances. You must have started an application through SmartyGrants and be able to quote an application reference number when requesting an extension. Requests for extension must be submitted to DAFAgTech@daf.qld.gov.au prior to the closure date, 1 November 2020.

Can an applicant make changes to the application after it has been submitted?

You cannot change your application after it has been submitted. If you find a mistake in your application after it has been submitted, contact DAFAgTech@daf.qld.gov.au.