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Cash for grabs in sustainable primary sector

Increasing sustainable resource use is a key thrust of the Ministry for Primary Industries' Strategy 2030 and it's opening two funding rounds this month to promote sustainability in agribusiness.

Increasing sustainable resource use is a key thrust of the  Ministry for Primary Industries' Strategy 2030 and it's opening two funding rounds this month to promote sustainability in agribusiness.

On August 20, the MPI is opening its 2013 annual Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) round with up to $8 million of co-investment funding on offer for projects that will encourage sustainable resource use in the primary sectors.

The SFF provides co-funding for small to medium-scale innovation projects. Applications are invited for projects up to a total of $600,000 spread evenly over three years.

To be successful, a project application must show how economic, environmental and social benefits will be delivered through tackling a shared problem or developing a new opportunity. There must be an identified “community of interest” for each project.

There's also a special SFF round for Maori agribusiness that will offer $1 million of co-investment funding. The MPI aims to have funding contractually committed before the end of December (with most to be spent in the first year but possibly spread over three years).

Applicants will hear by the end of February 2013 and contracts will be in place by the end of May 2013. Click here for more info.