Rural Agricultural Development Grants to Support Economic Development

Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority

Relevent Country: Australia

The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) has announced its Rural Agricultural Development (sheep and goats) Grants Scheme – Round 2 to support economic development in relevant rural areas, strengthen primary production involving sheep and goats and support growth within Queensland’s sheep and goat meat supply, processing and value chains.

Funding Information

  • Grants are available up to $200,000 as a co-contribution to be matched by applicants.
  • An amount of $1.9 million has been made available to fund grants under Round Two of the Scheme.
  • Grants are subject to the availability of funding and applying for a grant is no guarantee funding will be approved.


Grant funding may be used for an eligible activity, including, but not limited to:

  • Developing a new market for a product derived from sheep and goats; or
  • Expanding the capabilities of businesses within the supply chain for production, processing, manufacturing or selling products derived from sheep or goats; or
  • Providing specialised training or equipment to an eligible primary production enterprise.

Eligibility Criteria

The following entities or combination of entities are eligible to be considered for a grant under the Scheme:

  • A medium sized business;
  • An association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981;
  • A cooperative registered under the Cooperatives Act 1997;
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth);
  • A primary producer;
  • An entity established to represent either:
  • Primary producers; or
  • Primary production enterprises;
  • A university in Queensland;
  • A tertiary education institution, or another institution or organisation that provides vocational training in Queensland; or
  • A local government.

To be eligible applicants must also:

  • Be able to provide an equal cash contribution to match at least the grant requested;
  • Have adequate experience or qualifications and have reasonable prospects of successfully carrying out the activity;
  • Demonstrate the activity has sound prospects and commercial viability in the long term;
  • Have not received funding under the scheme for a substantially similar activity;
  • Have not received other government funding for the activity; and
  • Demonstrate the activity will provide a significant economic benefit to the stated rural area.