Apply for the Sustainable Farming Fund

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) is a contestable fund offered each year for applied research and projects led by farmers, growers, and foresters. Find out how to apply.

Fund round dates

SFF Main 2018 – now closed for applications. We expect the next round to be held in mid-2019. 

SFF Tere 2018 – opened 9 July 2018 and closes 30 June 2019 (subject to available funding).

About SFF funding

The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) is available for applied research and projects led by farmers, growers or foresters. Projects should benefit New Zealand, and often have support from industry organisations, agribusinesses, researchers or consultants.

What makes a successful SFF application?

SFF projects should have at least 2 of the following benefits to New Zealand:

  • economic
  • environmental
  • social.

They should also:

  • involve a wide range of stakeholders
  • have a large number of benefactors and industry support
  • provide good value for money from government investment.

SFF Tere is for smaller projects

Tere means to be quick. In 2018, MPI is providing the SFF Tere pilot to support investment in small SFF projects that:

  • require less than $100,000 in funding
  • will run for up to one year.

The application process for SFF Tere is different from the process for SFF funding.


Apply for SFF main funding

Download our detailed guidance for applying or follow the steps on this web page.

How we'll assess your SFF application

We assess applications for the main SFF fund in 2 stages.

1. Eligibility and expert assessment

  • MPI checks your application against the eligibility criteria. Only those that meet the criteria progress.
  • MPI-appointed subject matter experts assess your application against the 8 assessment criteria.

2. Panel assessment

  • A panel of external experts does a final assessment of your application. Panel members are appointed outside of MPI but are well-recognised within the primary industry sector.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about the SFF:

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