Horticultural Netting Grants for the Victorian Apple and Pear Industry

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 $4.67 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.

When can I apply for a Grant?

The application period for this grants program has closed.

Further information

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

Page last updated: 02 Jun 2022