AgShows grant applications now open

Show societies in Wide Bay are encouraged to apply for Australian Government Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions.

Federal Member for Wide bay, Llew O’Brien MP, said applications were now open for the $20 million AgShows program.

Eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the AgShows program.

“Agricultural shows are part of our national identity and are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community,” Mr O’Brien said.

“They showcase the animals, produce, machinery and farm equipment and share knowledge that often spans generations of tradition and know-how.

“Agricultural shows also bring communities closer together especially in times of drought and hardship.”

“I encourage local councils and showground owners to support the electorate’s regional agricultural show societies in their applications for grants.

“The government’s $20 million AgShows investment will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost regional communities, increase local employment and purchases from local businesses,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as a grandstand, 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 close on 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
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Media contact:
Llew O’Brien: Simon Kelly 0418 824 779