Food Source Victoria Grants
Planning Grants support farmers, growers, processors and manufacturers to work together to grow their businesses. This may involve other supply chain partners in developing ideas about how to add value to agricultural produce sourced from regional Victoria.
Funding will help engage independent, skilled advisers to test the feasibility of these ideas, explore growth opportunities and develop a growth plan with clear actions.
A growth plan will lead to an application for a growth grant to kick start actions to drive growth and jobs – a key outcome of Food Source Victoria.
- Food Source Victoria Planning Grant application guidelines (PDF - 211.1 KB)
- Food Source Victoria Planning Grant application guidelines (WORD - 1.3 MB)
- Food Source Victoria Planning Grant application and assessment processes (PDF - 268.8 KB)
- Food Source Victoria Planning Grant application and assessment processes (WORD - 1.4 MB) .
A previous successful planning grant: Central Highlands grain growers
Awarded a Food Source Victoria planning grant
A group of grain growers in the Central Highlands of Victoria is looking at the potential of converting waste from their crops into something of value.
A project backed by FSV will look at the feasibility of using straw for bio-energy fuel and other purposes.
A business case will then be undertaken, potentially leading to construction of a $3 million straw pellet plant near Lismore.
Straw is considered a waste product of cropping, and is usually mulched or burned by farmers.
Converting straw to energy already occurs in Europe so the project will assess whether it is possible to do something similar under Australian conditions.
Additional contributions are being made by a group of growers, Cultivate Agribusiness Central Highlands, the Pyrenees Shire Council and the City of Ballarat in multi-pronged support for the project.
"For every tonne of grain that is produced there is about a tonne of straw, and here we can get eight tonne crops, so there is a lot of straw that could be put to use." – Colin Fraser, Member of the farmer group.
Applicants who receive a Food Source Victoria Planning grant and developed a Growth Plan can apply for a Growth Grant to support the actions in that plan. Applicants can also apply for a Growth Grant if they have an existing equivalent plan.
A wide range of activities will be considered. Projects should address supply chain issues that present barriers to growth or to export development. Projects that maintain alliances and are catalysts to innovative activities will be given priority.
Your existing plan can substitute for a Food Source Victoria Growth Plan if it:
- covers your whole partnership
- describes the structure of your partnership
- identifies the key resources and capabilities of your partnership
- identifies at least one strategically attractive market
- analyses the competitive forces at play within the target market(s)
- identifies the actions your partnership will need to take to leverage its competitive strengths and overcome or mitigate its weaknesses to address competitive threats and capitalise on opportunities in its target market(s)
- provides a timeline and budget to implement these actions
- provides an assessment of risks associated with implementation, and an appropriate strategy to manage them.
- Food Source Victoria Growth Grant application guidelines (PDF - 211.0 KB)
- Food Source Victoria Growth Grant application guidelines (WORD - 1.3 MB)
- Food Source Victoria Growth Grant Application and Assessment Processes (PDF - 268.8 KB)
- Food Source Victoria Growth Grant Application and Assessment Processes (WORD - 1.4 MB)
Submit an Expression of interest for a Growth Grant.
A previous successful growth grant: Gippsland Natural Meats
Awarded a FSV planning grant and growth grant
Gippsland Natural Meats is a vertically integrated meat company which markets high quality grass fed beef on behalf of a group of farmers.
It was one of the earliest groups to recognise the brand power of beef produced under free range, grass fed production systems, underpinned by environmental credentials and Meat Standards Australia grading.
Gippsland Natural Meat is sold through high-end butchers across Victoria and into better quality restaurants. It also supplies major sporting events like the Australian Open as well as Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Park.
With an established domestic brand, the company recognised a place for their naturally produced meat on the export scene.
The FSV grant will be used to take the expertise the company has in the domestic market to markets in East Asia and the Middle East. "This grant will allow our beef brand to grow, which will enable producers to be paid a fair and sustainable price for their beef." – Paul Crock, Director, Gippsland Natural Meats