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Melbourne City Flood

Rural Landholder Grant – Victorian Primary Producer Flood Recovery Package

  • Applications Open:  This program is open on an ongoing basis until 4 pm on 30 April 2023.
  • Grants: up to $5,000 – $25,000

The program seeks to support relief and recovery costs, and clean-up for rural landholders that have a smaller-scale primary production enterprise that suffered direct loss or damage to their primary production enterprise as a direct result of the 2022 Victorian Floods.

Key Requirements

Applicants that apply for funding from this program undertake the following process:

  • Step 1 – Check your eligibility and apply via the Business Victoria website and:
    • provide proof of identity
    • attest to having incurred significant direct damage from flooding to the place of business, business assets, stock or equipment
    • provide the following information: ABN, entity registration details (e.g. ACN), trustee details, Workcover Employer Number if available, location of business.
  • Step 2 – Submitted applications are assessed by the department for eligibility.
  • Step 3 – Applicants are notified of the assessment outcome. If the application is successful, payment is made into the nominated bank account.

What is eligible for funding?

Eligible businesses can apply for the grant to cover expenses incurred from direct flood damage including for (but not limited to):

  • Qualified tradespeople to conduct safety inspections, repair premises, and internal fittings
  • Equipment, materials, and services needed for clean-up
  • Removal and disposal of debris, damaged materials, or damaged stock
  • Equipment, stock, and materials essential for immediately resuming operations.

What companies are eligible for funding?

The eligible applicants include rural landholders that must:

  • Have a primary production enterprise that is undertaken for commercial purposes and:
    1. Not receive the majority of income from primary production
    2. Devote part of their labour to the primary production enterprise.
    3. Hold an ABN and have held that ABN at the time of the disaster.
    4. Earn at least $20,000 per annum from the primary production enterprise.
    5. Earn no more than $180,000 per annum from off-farm income, including each individual, director or shareholder involved in the primary production enterprise. That is, if there are three people involved in the primary production enterprise, they can each earn up to $180,000 per annum from income that is not derived from the applying primary production enterprise. The applicant will need to submit one or multiple self-declaration(s), confirming that each individual involved, does not earn more than $180,000 per annum from off-farm income.
    6.  located in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster and have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.
    7. Intend to re-establish the primary production enterprise in the same community, region, or sector as the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.
    8. Have been engaged in carrying on the primary production enterprise when affected by 2022 Victorian Flood Events
    9. Be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the applications.
  • Be normally charged rates under the Local Government Act 1989 and hold property of at least 10 hectares (24.7 acres) in size.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.