Sustainable Farming Fund

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests in applied research and projects led by farmers, growers, or foresters. Find out more about the fund and how to apply.

Funding from the grass-roots up

The SFF funds 'communities of interest' to do applied research and extension projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity. 

Applicants can apply for up to $200,000 a year for a maximum of 3 years. The maximum total grant available is $600,000. Projects require a non-government funding contribution of at least 20%. Most successful projects are able to leverage a high proportion of other funding or in-kind support to complement the SFF grant.

Extension programme handbook available

MPI's handbook Over the Fence provides guidance and useful tips for anyone planning an extension programme:

  • within the primary industries
  • as part of a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) project.

The handbook provides practical guidance on how to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a successful extension programme. It covers topics such as barriers to making change and how to select the right extension activities for specific audiences.

Over the Fence features a number of case studies from past SFF projects and resources, including:

  • a team-building checklist
  • an overview of different delivery options
  • quick tips for getting your programme started.

The handbook also includes an MPI-developed extension framework to assist in building an overall strategy for your extension programme.

Download the Over the Fence handbook [PDF, 3 MB]

Funded project information and publications

Download publications outlining the SFF fund:

Evaluation of the Sustainable Farming Fund 2013

MPI contracted the Kinnect Group to do an evaluation of the SFF during 2013. The evaluation was a formal, independent assessment confirming the SFF's value. It also helped ensure the SFF was well-positioned for the future by aligning it more closely with Government objectives. Read Kinnect's reports:

Who to contact

If you need more information, email

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