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16 November 2006
The government's fund for supporting the sustainable growth of New
Zealand's primary industries is now open for new proposals for the
Each year the Sustainable Farming Fund, which is administered by the
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), provides up to $9.5 million in
grants for projects that contribute to the on-going economic, environmental,
and social wellbeing of the country's primary producers.
There is one funding round per year and Fund Manager Craig Grant says now is
the time to plan an application for funding commencing in July 2007.
Applications close on Monday 12 February 2007.
There are two categories of grant funding available – those for less
than $20,000 (including GST), which are particularly aimed at small/local
projects, for new crops or small sectors; and grants over $20,000 and up to
Craig Grant says that the Fund supports farmer and grower-led projects to
tackle specific problems or opportunities, and to share best practice.
The success of previous projects, however, means that the Fund is very popular
— with 222 applications being received in the last round from which 63
projects were supported.
These included projects across the horticultural, agricultural and forestry
sectors, and involved a wide range of activity, including the following:
For more information on these, and other previously funded projects, go
Applications must be on the official electronic application forms. These forms, together with guidelines, criteria and contact details for fund
advisors who can help with applications, are available from the Sustainable
Farming Fund website: www.maf.govt.nz/sff
For further information, please contact:
Craig Grant, SFF Fund Manager, Ph: 04 894 0247 or 029 894