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The Rural Economic Development (RED) Grants offer up to $200,000 as a co-contribution grant to strengthen primary production sectors and bolster rural communities.

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Program information

The RED Grants Scheme was initially funded to an amount of $10 million over three funding rounds. An additional $3.3 million has been made available for a fourth funding round.

Round four expressions of interest (EOI) closed on 20 December 2021.

QRIDA is leading a competitive selection process for the grants, with successful EOI applicants invited to submit a full application. Key application dates can be found below.

It is essential that you read the guidelines prior to applying for information relating to eligibility, application and assessment processes, timeframes and your obligations as an applicant.

Grants are available up to $200,000 with a 50 per cent cash contribution requirement from applicants to fund projects which provide unique opportunities to generate economic and employment opportunities related to primary production value chains across rural and remote Queensland.

Example projects eligible under the scheme could include:

  • improved business processes where such investment creates employment
  • training costs and technical support that are project specific.

Read the guidelines for more information.

Key dates

28 October 2021

Expressions of interest open

20 December 2021

Expressions of interest close at 11:59pm

7 February 2022

Expressions of interest outcomes will be advised and successful submissions will receive an invitation to submit a full application including an application pack

22 April 2022

Applications to apply close at 11:59pm

20 June 2022

Applicants will be notified of application outcomes

Following this, successful applicants will be announced by the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries

Upon approval and funding agreement

Successful applicants will receive funding to agreed milestones as their project progresses


The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) administers the RED Grant Scheme on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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Last updated
21 December 2021