Horticultural Netting Grants for the Victorian Apple and Pear Industry

NOTE: Section 3.5 of the Guidelines has been updated to allow for businesses that do not have audited records. In these circumstances, records from an accountant will be accepted.

Research indicates that netting delivers productivity benefits by:

  • protecting crops from extreme weather and predators
  • increasing water use efficiency.

Netting helps producers to:

  • maintain fruit quality
  • ensure continuity of supply
  • manage production risks.

What is the Horticultural Netting Program?

The purpose of the Horticultural Netting Program (the Program) is to provide funding to eligible apple and pear producers for the purchase and installation of new netting over established apple and pear orchards (a ‘project’)

The Commonwealth Government has provided $4 million for the Program. The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) has agreed to implement the Program on the Commonwealth Government’s behalf.

About the Program

Grants are available for eligible apple and pear producers operating in Victoria. The Program will provide for up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to purchase and commercially install new horticultural netting (fixed and demountable), to a maximum of $150,000 (ex GST). Applicants may also self-install, subject to some exclusions, such as wages and installation equipment.

The number and value of individual grants allocated by the Program will depend upon overall demand. If the Program is oversubscribed, funding will be allocated to successful applicants on a pro-rata basis (a proportion of the amount applied for).

Example: If the Program is oversubscribed by 20 per cent ($4.8 million total), each applicant will be offered 20 per cent less than their requested amount for example, under this scenario a $150,000 application will be offered $120,000.

Eligibility and guidelines

Applications can be submitted by eligible producers who have had netting already installed after 16 December 2019, and from eligible producers who seek to purchase and install netting before 31 December 2022.

Further detail on edibility for the program can be found in the Program’s Guidelines. Please ensure you read the Guidelines thoroughly prior to applying to ensure you are eligible.

Horticultural Netting Program Guidelines (WORD - 481.0 KB)

Horticultural Netting Program Guidelines (PDF - 303.9 KB)

When can I apply for a Grant?

The application period for this grants program will be:

  • 28 April to 04 June 2021

How do I apply for a grant?

Ensure you read the guidelines first to confirm your eligibility, then if eligible, select the ‘apply now’ button. This will take you to the Business Victoria website, where you should follow the prompts. Please ensure you have all required documentation ready to include with your submission, incomplete submissions will be rejected.

Apply now

NOTE: Section 3.5 of the Guidelines has been updated to allow for businesses that do not have audited records. In these circumstances, records from an accountant will be accepted.

Once my application is submitted, what happens next?

You will receive an automated email, stating your application has been received. Once the grants close, the assessment process will commence and you will be notified in approximately 8–12 weeks of the outcome.

What is a legal entity?

A legal entity is an association, corporation, trustee of a trust, or individual that has legal standing in the eyes of the law.

A legal entity has legal capacity to:

  • enter into agreements or contracts
  • assume obligations
  • incur and pay debts
  • sue and be sued in its own right
  • to be held responsible for its actions.

Further information

All enquiries on the Program should be directed to the Program team at: hort.netting@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 30 Apr 2021