Agritourism

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation has partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver the Queensland Agritourism Grants Program offering a 50 per cent co-contribution up to a maximum of $25,000 to match farmers’ funds. This grant will assist farmers to establish or expand into agritourism by employing professional or specialist services or constructing or modifying on-farm infrastructure.

Applications for grant funding close 10 January, 2022.

Agritourism

Agritourism is a tourism-related agricultural experience, service or product that connects visitors with people, places or products on a farm. Agritourism is an important growth industry for Queensland’s economy, particularly in regional and rural areas over the next decade and is worth an estimated $4.5 billion by 2030.

  • Agritourism offers opportunities for farmers
    • Create brand, establish provenance, and build reputation by
      sharing their farming story in the context of their people, place
      and produce
    • Innovate and diversify through value-added products and services
    • Increase income through agritourism revenue streams
    • Smooth volatility of cashflow
    • Monetise underutilised assets such as farm buildings and natural
      aesthetic
    • Connect with locals and visitors to the area.
  • Eligible grant activities
    • Securing professional consultancy or specialist services to:
      • develop a business plan
      • develop the agritourism product offering / experience
        development
      • provide legal or tax advice pertaining to business structures for new agritourism ventures
      • develop architect or design plans
      • develop risk management audits and plans
      • develop marketing collateral and tools such as product
        packaging, website design and hosting or photography and
        videography
      • market research or customer/visitor experience analysis
      • assist with making applications such as food safety
        certification
    • Infrastructure construction and/or installation (which must have the relevant approvals and permits in place to receive the grant
      money)
    • Provision of trades and services to facilitate the agritourism activity including fees for qualified and licenced trades such as electricians and plumbers as well as ‘handyman’ services
    • Safety fencing and signage
    • Relevant training
    • Purchase of goods directly pertaining to the agritourism venture
      (furniture for a farmstay facility as an example).
  • Eligibility criteria
    • Farms must be in Queensland
    • Businesses must be registered as a primary producer with the ATO
    • Only one grant may be applied per property/business
    • The farm must meet the definition of a small business by the ATO or ABS (farm income for FY 2019-20 is under $2m and/or are employing under 20 people)
    • Grants cannot be used to fund local or state government fees such as land-use planning applications, food safety certification, or liquor licencing fees
    • Grants cannot be used to fund owner or employee salaries or on-costs.

Contact

Please contact QFF for more information

If there are any questions regarding eligible activities which are not defined above, please contact qfarmers@qff.org.au.

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