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Farms of the Future Grants Program

The NSW Government opened the $20 million Farms of the Future grants program in February 2023, which will provide up to $35,000 to eligible farm businesses to purchase the latest Agtech equipment and connectivity solutions to address their farm needs. The grants program will be available for primary producers in the target Local Government Areas (LGAs). The grant will be for purchasing approved connectivity solutions and digital Agtech devices with a level of co-contribution required to participate in the program.

Agtech Grant Program Details

NSW Government Grant Finder Website

Grant period

Applications open 3rd February 2023

Applications close 31st August 2023

Claim period closes 29th February 2024

Program closes 30th June 2025

The availability of grants is subject to funds being available. No grants will be offered beyond the allocated funding.

Grant amounts

Minimum grant amount - $5,000 ex GST

Maximum grant amount - $35,000 ex GST

Connectivity solution cap - $15,000 ex GST

Grant contributions for connectivity solutions are subject to a specific cap of $15,000, within the overall maximum grant amount of $35,000.

The subscription cost for apps and devices, up until the program closing, can be included in the grant amount.

Applications are limited to one application per Australian Business Number (ABN) for the first round of the program (3rd Feb 2023 – 31st Aug 2023).

Additional applications may be made for any subsequent rounds provided the total grant applied for by any one applicant does not exceed $35,000.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Please refer to the programs Grant Guidelines for the full official information on eligibility including terms and conditions. {link}

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must:

  • have a primary production enterprise in any agricultural industry (see Definitions for the list of eligible ANSZIC Codes), hold an active ABN in respect of the primary production enterprise
  • operate the primary production enterprise as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company, or a combination of these structures
  • obtain a turnover of at least $40,000 per annum from primary production or otherwise operate an ATO recognised bona fide primary production enterprise
  • have completed the Farms of the Future Training Program “Monitoring your farm with Agtech”, in-person, or online by 30 June 2023 and received a Certificate of Completion

Eligible locations

  • operate the primary production enterprise in an eligible local government area: Armidale, Ballina, Byron, Cabonne, Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton, Lismore, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Orange.

    How were the LGAs selected?

Eligible solutions

Proposed Agtech, connectivity and dashboard solutions must be selected from the Program Partners in the Farms of the Future Agtech Catalogue. Applicants will create a Tech List in the Agtech Catalogue and submit this list with their application.

The Farms of the Future program is delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and funded through $48 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Digital Connectivity program.