New deadlines for Sustainable Farming Fund assessment process

1 July 2009

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is changing the timeline for the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) grant assessment process for the 2010/11 two-phase funding round - pushing forward the deadline for Phase 1 applications but allowing applicants approximately an extra three months to prepare their more detailed Phase 2 applications.

The changes are being made as a result of stakeholder feedback indicating a preference for an earlier funding round. These changes will also mean successful applicants are notified over two months earlier than in previous years.

The new closing dates for the next funding round are:

  • 7 October 2009 for projects of $20,000 and over; and
  • 2 March 2010 for projects of under $20,000.

Smaller projects of under $20,000 will now be assessed during the second phase rather than the first.

Phase 1 results will be announced in mid-December and short-listed applicants will then be asked to prepare a detailed Phase 2 proposal.

"SFF received an overwhelming response to the 2009/10 funding round, with applications being roughly four times oversubscribed," says Fund Manager Denis Packer. "We are committed to continuing our support of innovative projects that add real value to the overall performance of New Zealand's land-based sectors."

Applications for the 2010/11 funding round are now open. All final funding results will be available by mid-April 2010.

The Sustainable Farming Fund has granted funding to more than 600 projects since its inception in 2000, and currently provides up to $9 million (incl GST) per annum for applied research and extension initiatives that directly benefit New Zealand’s primary industries.

SFF project adviser contact details, application forms, guidelines, criteria, and information about funded projects are available on the MAF website at:



Media contact:

Iain Butler | Senior Communications Adviser | MAF Policy
Phone: 64-4-894 0471 | Mobile: 029 894 0471 | Email:

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