Show societies and field days cancelled because of COVID can now apply for a one-off payment under the Australian Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey encourages all ag shows and our Field Days’ organisers to get their applications in.
“Applications close on October 9, so I really encourage shows and field days to ensure they have their application submitted so they don’t miss out on funding.
“I have a number of ag shows in Grey that have been integral parts of their communities for more than a century, are well supported and are part of our cultural identity.
“It has been a severe blow to these communities to cancel their annual show and the security provided by this offer will be a great comfort to those who sit on the local committees.
“I was really pleased when field days were added to this funding program as I know how difficult it has been managing costs when events are cancelled.”
The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show or field day in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Mr Ramsey encouraged eligible local show societies / field day organisers to apply as soon as possible.
“This is a welcome initiative to ensure great local events can recover and continue supporting the economy and rich agricultural heritage of Grey,” he said.
“I want to assure local communities and the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to stage these events that the Australian Government is with them all the way during these times.
“Agricultural shows and field days that have cancelled their event in 2020 because of COVID‑19 will be eligible to apply and they will not have to compete for assistance.
“I encourage show societies and field day organisers to jump on the Government’s Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect sites now to check their eligibility and apply.”
- Agricultural show societies and field day organisers will have until 9 October to apply.
- Funds will be reimbursed for eligible expenses, with the maximum grant value based upon 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 over 5,000).
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