Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on agricultural shows and field days. Most will be cancelled for 2020. This will have a devastating impact on regional Australia.

The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will provide operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days that cancel their scheduled show or agricultural field days in 2020 because of COVID-19.

The program will help relieve cash flow pressures. It will provide one-off payments to eligible agricultural show societies and agricultural field day organisers to reimburse their eligible expenses for cancelled shows and field day events.

Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy each year. They attract more than 6 million patrons and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers. This program will help to ensure the sustainability of:

  • agricultural show societies and the agricultural shows they conduct
  • the organisers of agricultural field days and the agricultural field days they conduct.

We are providing funding under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund. This fund supports regions, communities and industry sectors disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program complements the existing Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program of $20 million.

Eligibility

Capital City Royal show societies

Operational support will be available for eligible capital city Royal Agricultural Show societies, up to the maximum cap specified for their show.

Rural and regional show societies and agricultural field days

Operational support will be available for eligible non-capital city show societies and agricultural field day organisers.  Funds will be reimbursed for eligible expenses, with the maximum grant value based on the size of the event:

  • up to $10,000 for small shows/field days (attendance was less than 2,000)
  • up to $15,000 for medium shows/field days (attendance was between 2,000 and 4,999)
  • up to $70,000 for large shows/field days (attendance was more than 5,000).

Eligible expenses

You may be reimbursed for:

  • bank fees
  • utilities
  • rates
  • insurance
  • fire alarms and equipment
  • cleaning supplies
  • telecommunications
  • IT system licensing costs
  • website costs
  • bank fees
  • fire alarms and equipment
  • cleaning supplies and services
  • national and state show body affiliation fees and rent
  • audit fees – annual
  • audit fees – relating to this grant opportunity
  • marketing
  • ticketing
  • hire of equipment
  • contractors
  • set-up costs
  • security.

How to apply

Grant applications are now open. Agricultural show societies and field day organisers have until
9 October to apply. 

You will need to apply through the Community Grants Hub. Information relating to available government assistance can be found at the GrantConnect and Community Grants Hub websites.

Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA) Rural Ambassador Program

There will be $100,000 available in operational support for the Agricultural Shows Australia’s Rural Ambassador Program. This program highlights and celebrates young people who have a genuine interest in rural and regional Australia.

It will identify and recognise the next generation of leaders who have a strong commitment to agricultural industries and an involvement or a genuine interest for the agricultural show movement at the local, state or national level.

Association of Agricultural Field Days Australasia (AAFDA)

There will be $100,000 available in operational support to the Association of Agricultural Field Days Australasia to support its annual conference scheduled for 30 April 2021 to 2 May 2021. It will also provide training and assistance for members on recovery management planning.

Last reviewed: 18 September 2020
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