Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton pictured with members of the Warren Pastoral and Agricultural Association. The Warren Show was one of the lucky shows in the Parkes electorate that was able to go ahead last year.
Agricultural show societies and field day organisations in the Parkes electorate are being encouraged to apply for a cash boost under round two of the Coalition Government’s Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said a total of $7.9 million is available to give local show societies a much-needed cash injection after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Agricultural shows and field days are one of the biggest highlights on the social calendar for many communities in the Parkes electorate, providing a much-needed opportunity for locals to come together, catch up and support each other,” Mr Coulton said.
“As a former ag show president myself, I know just how much hard work and effort goes into ensuring they go off without a hitch, which is why the past two years of cancellations have been particularly difficult for local committees, and communities who rely on the social and economic benefits these events provide.
“These grants provide show societies and field day organisations with the confidence they need to go ahead and plan their events in 2022 and beyond.”
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said agricultural shows and field days generate over $1 billion in sales for small businesses every year.
“For some communities and charities, agricultural shows or field days are the financial boost they need to get them through the year,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Not only are they essential for business, agricultural shows and field days provide a way for people to show off their latest innovations and technology, increasing productivity and profitability for all involved in the agriculture sector.”
Applications for support under this second round of funding open on 28 January 2022 and close on 17 February 2022.
Grants from $10,000 to $70,000 will be available for eligible show societies and field day organisations to help cover significant financial losses over the past two consecutive years due to events being cancelled because of COVID-19.
Applicants will be able to claim for eligible expenditure incurred for events cancelled in the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to the maximum capped amounts listed in the following table:
|Grant groupings||Attendance numbers (2019 or 2018)||Maximum grant available (GST exclusive)|
|Small agricultural shows and field days||Up to 1,999 attendees||Up to $10,000|
|Medium agricultural shows and field days||2,000 to 4,999 attendees||Up to $15,000|
|Large agricultural shows and field days||5,000 attendees and up||Up to $70,000|
- The Coalition Government is providing over $83 million to support the growth and long-term sustainability of these important events.
- $21 million has been allocated for round two of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.
- The program is divided into two separate grant opportunities:
- $7.9m – Agricultural Shows and Field Days
- $13.1m – Capital City Royal Shows
- The Agricultural Shows and Field Days grant opportunity opens for applications on 28 January and closes 17 February 2022.
- Further information will be available on 28 January 2022 from the Community Grants Hub website (communitygrants.gov.au).