Horticultural primary producers across NSW can access grants of up to $100,000 for the purchase and installation of protective netting over crops as part of the Australian Government’s $35 million nation-wide Horticultural Netting Program Trial Expansion.
Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW, Dugald Saunders said the program will supplement half the cost of purchasing and installing netting, enabling growers in NSW to protect their crops and secure their investment.
Who can access this grant?
To be eligible, applicants must:
- be a primary producer;
- draw at least 50 per cent of gross income from the horticultural primary production enterprise;
- contribute a part of their labour to the horticultural primary production enterprise; and
- hold an active ABN.
What can the grant be used for?
This grant can be used to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new protective netting over existing horticulture crops. This includes the cost of a third-party provider to supply, or supply and install, new netting and associated structures.
How much is the grant?
Eligible horticulturalists can apply for a grant of up to 50 per cent of the estimated cost to purchase and install new protective netting, to a maximum grant amount of $100,000.
In NSW, the Horticultural Netting Program trial is administered by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) and they expect demand for this program to be high so get your application in early, as funding is limited.
For more information about the program, please phone the RAA on 1800 678 593 or visit the RAA website: http://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/netting
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