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Rural Economic Development Grants

Expressions of interest for Round 1 have now closed.
Funding Round 2 will be announced in 2019.

Rural Economic Development Grants are available to fund projects that contribute to primary production related economic development and job creation in rural areas. The Queensland Government program offers emerging projects up to $250,000 in co-contributions to build industry and grow employment opportunities across the agricultural sector. The program will offer funding rounds over a three year period ending 2021.

Eligibility criteria:

For a full description of an eligible applicant, please refer to the Round 1 program guidelines.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
  • propose a rural economic development project in a rural area in Queensland
  • demonstrate an ability to provide a sufficient cash contribution to fund their portion of the project
  • propose a project that has not already received approval or acceptance under another government scheme

Eligible projects may include those which:

  • implement new technologies and innovations that enhance productivity
  • add value to agricultural products, including developing new markets for value-added products
  • assist with business development and expansion
  • work to achieve economies of scale
  • enable businesses to become investment and export ready
  • improve energy use efficiencies, including transition to renewable energy sources.

For more information on eligibility criteria for applicants as well as projects, please refer to the program Guidelines.

Application process:

Expressions of interest for Round 1 of funding closed on October 26, 2018. Additional rounds will be announced over a three year period ending 2021. Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will be disqualified from entry.

For further information please review the program Guidelines and application form. Specific queries can be lodged during business hours to

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Last updated
12 July 2019