More funding available for agricultural shows

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Round we go again: Echuca-Moama’s annual show received first-round funding from the federal government’s show funding program and district event coordinators are hoping for additional support in the second round of funding. Photo by Luke Hemer

The second round of grant applications under the federal government’s Agricultural Shows and Field Days Support Program is now open.

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud and MP for Nicholls Damian Drum said the Farm Shows and Field Days Support Scheme was a way to give companies show a much-needed cash injection after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Drum said grants of between $10,000 and $70,000 were available to eligible entertainment companies and field day organizations to help cover significant financial losses caused by canceled events.

“These grants give entertainment companies and field day organizations the confidence they need to move forward and plan their events this year and beyond,” said Drum.

“Aside from the economy, agricultural shows and field days are a great day and provide communities with a much-needed opportunity to come together, catch up and support each other.

Claimants can claim eligible expenses incurred for events canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to the capped amounts:

  • Small agricultural shows and field days with less than 1,999 people in attendance can request up to $10,000, while medium agricultural shows and field days (2,000 to 4,999 attendees) can receive up to $15,000. $.
  • Large agricultural shows and field days, with more than 5,000 people in attendance, can receive up to $70,000.

Drum said nine Nicholls organizations shared nearly $230,000 in federal funding through the first round of the Farm Show and Field Day Support Program.

Among the recipients were the agricultural societies Shepparton ($70,000), Seymour ($15,000), Cobram ($13,938) and Nathalia ($10,000).

Elmore District Machinery Field Days received $70,000, while Pastoral Societies Echuca-Moama ($15,000), Kyabram ($15,000), Numurkah ($15,000) and Yarrawonga ($3,777 dollars) also received funding.

Littleproud said farm shows and field days generate more than $1 billion in annual sales for small businesses.

“For some communities and charities, agricultural fairs or field days are the financial boost they need to get through the year,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Not only are they essential for business, but agricultural shows and field days provide a way for people to show off their latest innovations and technologies, increasing the productivity and profitability of everyone involved in agriculture.”

Applications close February 17.

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