The NSW Government opened the $20 million Farms of the Future grants program on 3rd February 2023, which will provide up to $35,000 to eligible farm businesses to purchase the latest Agtech equipment and connectivity solutions to address their farm needs.
Applications open 3rd February 2023
Applications close 31st August 2023
Claim period closes 29th February 2024
Program closes 30th June 2025
The availability of grants is subject to funds being available. No grants will be offered beyond the allocated funding.
Minimum grant amount - $5,000 ex GST
Maximum grant amount - $35,000 ex GST
Connectivity solution cap - $15,000 ex GST
Grant contributions for connectivity solutions are subject to a specific cap of $15,000, within the overall maximum grant amount of $35,000.
The subscription cost for apps and devices, up until the program closing, can be included in the grant amount.
Applications are limited to one application per Australian Business Number (ABN) for the first round of the program (3rd Feb 2023 – 31st Aug 2023).
Additional applications may be made for any subsequent rounds provided the total grant applied for by any one applicant does not exceed $35,000.
Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
Please refer to the programs Grant Guidelines for the full official information on eligibility including terms and conditions.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must:
- have a primary production enterprise in any agricultural industry (see Definitions for the list of eligible ANSZIC Codes), hold an active ABN in respect of the primary production enterprise
- operate the primary production enterprise as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company, or a combination of these structures
- obtain a turnover of at least $40,000 per annum from primary production or otherwise operate an ATO recognised bona fide primary production enterprise
- have completed the Farms of the Future Training Program “Monitoring your farm with Agtech”, in-person, or online and received a Certificate of Completion
- operate the primary production enterprise in an eligible local government area: Armidale, Ballina, Byron, Cabonne, Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton, Lismore, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Orange.
Proposed Agtech, connectivity and dashboard solutions must be selected from the Program Partners in the Farms of the Future Agtech Catalogue. Applicants will create a Tech List in the Agtech Catalogue and submit this list with their application.
The Farms of the Future program is delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and funded through $48 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Digital Connectivity program.