Show societies in north-east Victoria and across the state are encouraged to apply for the Liberal-National government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions.
Nationals Senator for Victoria and Minister for Agriculture, Bridget McKenzie, said applications were now open for the $20 million AgShows program.
“The Nationals in government are delivering on an election commitment to boost regional agricultural shows,” she said.
“Eligible local show societies and agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the AgShows program.
“Agricultural shows are part of the identity of country communities and they are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community.
“They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how.
“Most of the 580 agricultural shows held annually across the country are regionally based and they bring communities closer together especially in times of drought and other hardships.”
Senator McKenzie is encouraging councils and showground owners to support local regional agricultural show societies in their applications for grants.
“The Liberal-National government’s $20 million AgShows investment will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost regional communities, increase local employment and purchases from local businesses,” she said.
“Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as a grandstand, assets like portable sheep holding yards or attractions such as an agricultural virtual reality exhibit.
“AgShows is about ensuring our communities can continue staging their local shows—and other events such as pony clubs and farmers markets—for many years to come.”
Applications are now open and close 13 December 2019, with successful applicants expected to be announced in the first half of 2020. For more details and to apply, visit GrantConnect at www.grants.gov.au