Food to Market Grant Program

Food to Market is a $15 million commitment under the new strategy for Agriculture in Victoria to provide financial support for projects investing in our agri-food supply chain.

Program overview

The Food to Market Program will invest in projects to support jobs, deliver productivity improvements and capitalise on new opportunities across the agri-food supply chain. Projects will help to fast-track economic recovery and deliver more resilient supply chains.

The Food to Market Program will provide funding of $50,000 up to $1 million on a co-contribution basis to businesses for eligible projects that align with the objectives of the program.

Objectives of the program

Key objectives of this program include to:

  • increase supply chain efficiency and productivity
  • grow existing export markets and access new export markets
  • close critical gaps in domestic production and supply chains
  • increase value add to Victorian production
  • increase collaborative and shared resources along the domestic supply chain.

Projects eligible for funding

A wide range of projects that support the objectives of the program may be considered for funding.

Examples of projects that may be considered for funding include to:

  • address a supply chain issue that presents barriers to domestic processing capability
  • take up new technology and innovation
  • grow export markets including access to new markets for existing or new products
  • improve supply chain productivity and cost competitiveness
  • improve data collection and analysis for improved decision making along supply chains
  • provide import replacement or re-onshore supply chains
  • design and implement new systems that improve supply-chain networks and partnerships

To be eligible for funding applicants must demonstrate that:

  • projects align with program objectives
  • benefits to be delivered by the project will extend to other agri-food participants along the supply chain, or to the agri-food sector or supply-chain more broadly.

What can the grant be used for?

Grant funding may be used for:

  • investment in plant and equipment
  • research and development for pilot projects or new product development
  • market promotion
  • business and marketing plans or feasibility study development
  • website development and network costs.

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants may include private sector businesses, industry associations, marketing cooperatives and local government authorities able to demonstrate a connection to the Victorian agri-food supply chain.

Applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:

  • have a business operation located in Victoria
  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 31 March 2021
  • directly employ staff.

What support is available?

Grant recipients will be eligible for funding from $50,000 up to $1 million on a co-contribution basis, with projects funded up to 50 per cent of total eligible project costs.

When can I apply for a grant?

The Food to Market Grant Program opened on 31 March 2021. An Expression of Interest may be submitted at any time from opening of the program until its close.

Program dates

The Food to Market grant program is proposed to be open until 30 June 2022 or until funding is expended, whichever is earliest. The program close date may change. Interested parties are advised to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

Submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) is a prerequisite to applying for Food to market grant funding.

Prior to submitting an expression of interest form, applicants are advised to read the program guidelines to establish eligibility.

Applicants must submit an expression of interest online via the 'Begin an EOI' button on this page.

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Once my Expression of Interest is submitted, what happens next?

Once submitted, a departmental staff member will contact you to discuss your expression of interest.

Applicants that meet applicant eligibility criteria and projects that align with the Program Objectives and meet project eligibility criteria will be invited to formally apply for funding. A link will be then provided to complete an online application form.

Applicants should note that projects may not proceed to the formal application and assessment process where the project does not meet the objectives of the program.

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Page last updated: 06 Apr 2021