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 businesses, non-government organisations, researchers, training institutions, Māori landowners, community groups, and industry bodies. Applications are expected to prioritise value over volume.

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.

If you’re not sure what category your project falls into, we can work with you to find the best approach.

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

Project type

Project cost (MPI)

Project duration (years)

Assessment process

Maximum duration of contracting phase, post-approval

Small grant

Up to $100,000

Up to 1

MPI, based on Expression of Interest (EOI) plus additional information

2 months


Up to $2 million

Up to 3

Independent panel, based on EOI plus additional information

3 months

Small partnership

$2 million to $5 million

3 to 5

Independent panel based on EOI (stage 1) and business case (stage 2).

6 months


Over $5 million

5 or more

Independent panel based on EOI (stage 1) and business case (stage 2).

6 months

You also need to invest

SFF Futures is a co-investment fund, so you'll need to contribute some of the costs. With such a broad scope to the fund there are no fixed percentages, but as a guideline:

  • Community projects will need to provide at least 20% of costs
  • Profit-driven projects will need to cover at least 60% of costs.
  • These are minimums; typically your contribution will be higher.

Other Crown funding cannot make up part of your contribution. However, local and regional government 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 or finding out more?

Get in touch with MPI:

How to apply

Applications can be made at any time.

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