Grants to help improve market access for small exporters close soon
15 April 2015
Australian exporters keen to grow their industry through market access opportunities still have two more weeks to apply for a share of $11 million in grants as part of the Coalition Government’s election commitment to small exporters.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, is calling on organisations or companies with ideas on how to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, meat, eggs, fish, horticulture and grain products to apply.
“The Australian Government remains steadfast in our support for Australian exports and offers these grants for projects that support small exporters to improve international marketplace opportunities,” Minister Joyce said.
Submitted project proposals will be assessed by the Government-Industry Consultative Committees. They will recommend the projects that will provide the most significant and direct benefits to improving market access for small exporters to the Minister.
Funds will be provided for successful projects under the Australian Government’s four-year Package to Assist Small Exporters announced in May 2014.
“No idea is too big or too small, as we’re seeking project ideas that address our long-term objective of improving market access for Australia’s small exporters,” Minister Joyce said.
“We have seen some significant milestones achieved through our efforts in setting historic free-trade agreements with some of our major partners in Asia and are keen to ensure the benefits of overseas business opportunities keep flowing back to the farmgate.
“Project proposals should be received by the end of this month and I strongly encourage those exporters with big ideas to take advantage of this opportunity and apply.
“I have also asked Industry Consultative Committees to consider options for funding future ideas that may come to their attention during the next three years.”
Applications must be received by 5pm (AEST) Thursday 30 April 2015.