Victoria offers Ag Show grants

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Grants up to $10,000 available for agricultural and pastoral shows in Victoria

Victoria offers Ag Show grants
The grants, of up to $10,000 each, can be used to encourage participation, develop infrastructure and implement COVIDSafe measures

 

The Victorian government has announced that $300,000 is being made available to support agricultural and pastoral societies plan their shows, which will be particularly welcome after events across Victoria in the past 18 months were hit with cancellations and uncertainty due to COVID restrictions. 

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas has opened the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program for this year, with grants of up to $10,000 available to successful applicants. 

"From the very young to the very old, Victorians love their local show and the pandemic has again played havoc with these local institutions – that’s why we’re providing this vital support," says Thomas. 

"Agricultural shows are a significant part of not only regional Victoria but the entire state, providing opportunities for up to 50,000 volunteers and attracting around two million patrons annually." 

"We are supporting our agricultural and pastoral societies with more funding and look forward to them welcoming visitors through the gates again when it’s safe to do so."  

Grants can be used for a range of purposes, including to implement COVIDSafe measures and support the use of technology to encourage remote participation in show activities. 

They will also allow agricultural and pastoral societies to develop infrastructure, increase community involvement and improve show planning activities. 

The annual grants program continues to support up to 90 per cent of the total cost of projects. Earlier this year, the government announced 46 recipients from the 2020 program, which shared in almost $300,000. 

Recipients used the grants for a range of initiatives, including purchasing a grandstand, extending a shearing pavilion, providing sanitiser stations, the installation of solar panels and the purchase of portable animal yards. 

Applications for the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program are open until October 3, 2021. For more information visit the grant's web page here. 

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