North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants

The North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants were for projects that broadened and diversified economic opportunities in areas impacted by the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough. 

QRIDA Program

Program information

Co-contribution grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 were available on a competitive basis for projects in the agricultural and non-agricultural sectors that diversified existing industries, started new ones and led to more jobs.

For further details, including eligible areas, guidelines and frequently asked questions see below.

The North Queensland Economic Diversification Grants are funded by the Australian Government and administered by QRIDA.

Successful projects

To view a listing of the successful applicants from Round 1 of these grants and the projects they will undertake, visit the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website.

Eligible areas

  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Douglas Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Townsville City Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council

Round 2 key dates

3 March 2022 Applications open
20 May 2022 Applications close 11.59pm AEST
To be announced Applicants will be notified of outcome

Frequently asked questions

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Primary production enterprises and small to medium sized businesses applying for the grant must be registered for GST. All other applicant entities need to indicate whether or not they are registered for GST in the form.

Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis in each stream against the following criteria:

  1. Public benefit
  2. Co-contribution and value for money
  3. Capability and capacity
  4. Project attributes.

For more information on how applications will be competitively assessed read the guidelines on this page.

Grant funding is not guaranteed at any stage of the application process and applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

You must immediately notify QRIDA if there is a change to the scope of the project. Contact us here.

Yes, applications can be made on this basis and are in fact preferred in the competitive assessment process. 

Yes. If eligible for the grant, you will be given conditional approval by QRIDA. This approval would be subject to you arranging your co-contribution to the equivalent amount.

The calculations of your in-kind contribution is based on your best estimate.

The following figures may help guide you:

  • Calculate general labour at $20 per hour
  • Calculate volunteer specialist labour (for example, engineer or architect) at $45 per hour
  • Calculate donated goods at the price you would pay for them if they were not donated.

Questions concerning your personal taxation circumstances should be directed to your taxation advisor or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 72 86.

Primary producer

Last updated: 18 November 2022