About Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures

Do you have a project that could make a difference to New Zealand's food and fibre sectors? It could be eligible for funding through Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures. Find out about the fund and the types of projects it supports. 

About Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures

Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures) funds innovative projects that will create more value from the food and fibre industries. 

Projects could be about developing new products or services, or ideas for creating new jobs, increasing skills and capability, or encouraging better collaboration and information sharing. They can range from small, one-off initiatives requiring a small grant, to long-running, multi-million-dollar partnerships.

SFF Futures supports projects from all over New Zealand, created by individuals, businesses, non-government organisations, researchers, training institutions, Māori landowners, community groups, and industry bodies.

How much funding is available?

Depending on the length and complexity of your project, we can provide funding in several ways. For example, if you are working on a short-term, one-off project, a small grant may be enough to cover your costs. With larger, longer-term projects, we could provide ongoing funding and would need you to document your progress.

When you apply for funding, you don’t need to decide on your level – we work with you to find the best approach.

Here’s a general guide to project costs and funding types:

Funding typeProject costLength (years)


Over $5 million

5 or more

Small partnerships

$2 million to $5 million

3 to 5

Grants/conditional grants

Less than $2 million

Up to 3

Small grants

Up to $100,000

Up to 1

You also need to invest

We're a co-investment body, so you'll need to contribute some of the funding costs:

  • Community projects will usually need to provide at least 20% of costs.
  • Profit-driven projects will need to cover 60% or more of costs.

Other Crown funding cannot make up part of your contribution. However, local and regional co-funding may be an exception for community-driven proposals.

Your co-investment contribution will usually need to be supplied in cash. If this isn't possible, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) may allow you to provide labour, materials, or facilities to make up the difference.

Interested in applying for SFF Futures?

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