Sustainable Farming Fund

What does the Sustainable Farming Fund do?

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests in farmer, grower and forester led projects that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand's primary industries. Since 2011, the SFF has been open to aquaculture projects that support economic, environmental and social performance in the marine and land-based aquaculture sector.

The SFF funds "Communities of Interest" to undertake applied research and extension projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity. SFF projects are led by rural land owners and managers often with the support of industry organisations, agribusinesses, researchers or consultants. Most successful projects are able to leverage a high proportion of other funding or in-kind support to complement the SFF grant.

2014-2015 Funding Round

2014-2015 SFF fund round results announced.

Applications for the 2014-2015 funding round are managed using the online grants portal. You can access this by going to: We recommend you bookmark this site.

2014-2015 Round Key Dates

Step Description Date
Fund round opens Fund round criteria and process are published.  Interested parties are able to begin preparation of applications 19  August 2013
Online portal opens MPI online portal opens. Applicants can now register and submit applications through the online portal
21 October 2013
Fund round closes Fund round closes. All applications must be submitted through the portal by the time 2pm 18 November 2013
Applicants notified of outcomes All applicants will be notified on whether they have been successful via the portal and email Late April 2014
Successful projects contracted All successful applicants have signed contracts in place with MPI
SFF Contract
By 30 June 2014
Projects commence All funded projects commence 1 July 2014

Funded Project Information and Publications

All current and previous project information can be found in the 2000-Now Database: a searchable database of all projects since 2000.

Further project information can be found in:

Publication information can be found in:

Other Useful Information

Reporting documents for 2012 and onwards projects

Reporting documents Pre 2012 projects

Evaluation of the Sustainable Farming Fund 2013 - out now

The Ministry for Primary Industries contracted the Kinnect Group to conduct an evaluation of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) during 2013. The results have now been published:

  1. SFF Evaluation Summary Report (18 pages) – for a general audience
  2. SFF Main Evaluation Report (69 pages) – full evaluation findings and methodology
  3. Three Case Studies: companion document to the SFF Evaluation (46 pages):
    1. Protecting the sustainability of New Zealand vineyards
    2. Top of the South: Setting an example for sustainable water quality
    3. Sustainable development and podocarp restoration on Tuawhenua lands

The evaluation provides an independent, formal assessment confirming the SFF's value. It also provides information to help ensure the SFF is well-positioned for the future by aligning more closely with Government objectives.

Anyone with questions specifically about the evaluation should contact the evaluation project manager, Clare Bear.

Help and Support

If you require further information, please contact MPI using one of the methods below:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Sustainable Farming Fund
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
Tel: 0800 00 83 33

Project Advisers

Janine Alfeld 
Senior Project Adviser 
Tel:  03 943 3802

George Strachan
Senior Project Adviser
Tel:  03 943 3242

Macaela Flanagan
Senior Project Adviser
Tel:  04 894 0542 

Louise Askin
Senior Project Adviser
Tel:  04 894 0446


Last Updated: 14 April 2014

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