About Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures

Do you have an initiative that could make a difference to New Zealand’s food and fibre sectors? It could be eligible for funding through Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFF Futures). 

Co-investment at every level

SFF Futures can provide support at any level on a co-investment basis. From small grassroots community projects to large-scale industry development, we can help bring your ideas to life.

SFF Futures co-investment requirements

This can include:

  • the development of a new product or service, or a better way of doing something
  • feasibility studies, such as exploring the development of a solution to an industry issue, or the viability of a new product
  • applied research which has a practical application and addresses a real issue in the industry or helps pursue an opportunity.

We fund projects from all over New Zealand, created by:

  • businesses
  • non-government organisations
  • researchers
  • training institutions
  • Māori landowners
  • community groups
  • industry bodies.

How much funding is available?

About $40 million is available each year.

We can provide funding in several ways, depending on the length and complexity of your project. A small grant may be enough to cover the costs of a short-term project. With larger, longer-term programmes, we could provide multi-year funding.

There are 4 funding categories covering very small to very large projects, as set out below. These are flexible and if you’re not sure what category your project falls into, we can work with you to find the best approach.

The following table shows approximately how much funding projects can get from MPI.

Funding type

MPI amount

Length

Small grant

Up to $100,000

Up to 1 year

Grant

Up to $2 million

Up to 3 years

Small partnership

$2 million to $5 million

3 to 5 years

Partnership

Over $5 million

5 years or more

How long does the application process take?

The time it takes to process and contract an application will depend on how quickly you respond to requirements at each stage. Estimated timeframes are as follows.

Project type

Assessment process

Development of business case

Expected time from receipt of complete application or business case to decision

Maximum duration of contracting phase, post-approval

Small grant

MPI, based on application

N/A

6 weeks

6 weeks

Grant

Independent panel, based on application

N/A

2 months

2 months

Small partnership

Independent panel, based on application (stage 1) and business case (stage 2)

Within 6 months

2 months

4 months

Partnership

Independent panel, based on application (stage 1) and business case (stage 2)

Within 6 months

2 months

4 months

Business cases

Business cases are required for small partnership and partnership applicants that pass the first stage of assessment. We can give you advice on your business case, but we expect you to fund its development yourself. We may consider providing funding assistance in exceptional circumstances.

Outcome logic model

Where MPI’s contribution is $2 million or more, applicants that have passed the first stage of assessment must also complete an outcome logic model. Logic models are narrative or graphical depictions of a process, showing the activities that need to happen to achieve a specific result. Logic models link the problem (situation), the intervention (inputs and outputs), and the impact (outcome).

Capital expenditure

Funding cannot be used for capital expenditure purchases that subsidise commercial operations. However, it can be used for pilot capital expenditure purchases like enabling new product development or making a prototype.

If you think you’ll need funding for capital expenditure, get in touch to find out whether your project is eligible.

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