Applications are now open for the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) grants. Applications close on December 13, 2019. This program will provide funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions. These funds will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost regional communities, increase local employment, and encourage purchases from local businesses.

Organisation eligibility

To apply you must meet the conditions summarised below. For the full details of the eligiblity criteria click here.

1. You must be one of the following entity types:
      • Indigenous Corporation
      • Company
      • Cooperative
      • Incorporated Association
      • Statutory Entity
      • Partnership
      • Unincorporated Association
2. You must be a regional agricultural show society who is:
      • A member of Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA)
      • A member of a state and territory regional agricultural show society that is a member of ASA
      • A regional agricultural show society intending to become a member of ASA or a state and territory regional agricultural show society that is a member of ASA.
3. You must be able to meet the following conditions:
      • The regional agricultural show society must conduct a regular agricultural show at a showground located in a defined regional area.
      • The regional agricultural show society can provide evidence that the entity with responsibility for the relevant showground and related showground infrastructure affected by the proposed project supports the application.
4. You must also:
      • Have an ABN
      • Be registered for GST
      • Have a bank account with an Australian financial institution.

Grant details

The grants are split into four streams as below. Each organisation may submit one application for each stream that they are eligible for (i.e. you can apply for both a small grant and a large grant).

  • Small grants for small shows
        • Shows that collect less than $20,000 in gate receipts
        • Funding available for up to $124,999.
        • 0% co-contribution required
  • Small grants for large shows
        • Shows that collect more than $20,000 in gate receipts
        • Funding available for up to $124,999.
        • 25% co-contribution required
  • Large grants for small shows
        • Shows that collect less than $20,000 in gate receipts
        • Funding available for between $125,000 and $500,000.
        • 25% co-contribution required
  • Large grants for large shows
        • Shows that collect more than $20,000 in gate receipts
        • Funding available for between $125,000 and $500,000.
        • 100% co-contribution required

Project details

  • The objectives of the program are to help keep agricultural shows running and to bring communities together.
  • Funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent, or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show on regional showgrounds.
  • Outcomes from your project are expected to include:
        • Improved showground infrastructure to improve the experience of showground users and visitors. The amenities can include but are not limited to, for example, new and/or improved exhibiting and seating facilities, upgrading existing buildings to meet contemporary accessibility standards, building new or upgrading existing roads and buildings.
        • Improved flexibility of use of showground infrastructure to increase the opportunity for it to be used for other events that bring the community together through the year.
        • Use of modern construction methods and materials that reduce on-going maintenance and repair of infrastructure.
        • Reduced operational costs for events conducted at and using showground facilities.
        • Greater variety of attractions to improve shows’ ability to attract visitors.
  • Example projects include: demolition, construction, maintance or repairs (incl. plumbing, electrical, removal of asbestos, painting, and insulation) irrigation and drainage, shade sails, replacement of lighting, disability access improvements, solar systems, car park, airconditioning, addition of an exhibit or attraction, fencing, holding yards, phone and internet (incl. WIFI), kitchen and bathroom facilities, seating, scoreboard or electronic display, running track, roads and paths, playground, and/or water and sewer connection.

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