Traceability Grants Program

Traceability Grants Program

  • Applications are open until 18 March 2024.
  • The Australian Government has announced a total of $4 million for the grant round $2 million in 2023-24 and $2 million in 2024-25.
    ▪ The minimum grant amount is $50,000.
    ▪ The maximum grant amount is $500,000.

The Traceability Grants Program (TGP), an integral part of the Modernising Agricultural Trade – Protecting Australia’s Clean, Green Brand initiative. Traceability refers to the ability to track product movement through stages of production, processing, and distribution (ISO 2007). Australia's agricultural traceability systems include government regulations as well as industry arrangements for tracking and tracing agricultural commodities and products.

Agricultural traceability plays a critical and fundamental role in emergency response and Australia's economy and prosperity. In recognition of this, the Australian Government has jointly co-designed the National Agricultural Traceability Strategy 2023-2033 (the strategy) with industry, state and territory governments, and other interested stakeholders to guide research, as well as government and industry investment in order to improve existing strong systems, increase efficiency, and deliver farmers benefits.

Key Requirements

All assessment criteria must be addressed in your application, as each criterion carries equal weight. When submitting your application, ensure that the level of detail and evidence you include is appropriate for the size, complexity, and funding amount being requested. 

Your application will be evaluated using the information provided in the application form, budget template, and risk management template.

The application form has a maximum limit of 5,000 characters (about 750 words) per criterion. Any characters exceeding this limit will not be accepted by the application form. It’s important to keep in mind that spaces are also counted within the character limit.

Funding will only be allocated to applications that achieve high scores across all evaluation criteria. 

Criterion 1: Project alignment to the grant program purpose, objective and outcomes

You must demonstrate this by identifying:

  • the project’s overall purpose and why it is important, including how it aligns with the three priority areas for action (4, 6 and 9) of the strategy
  • which priority action areas the project will deliver against and how will it achieve them
  • partnership(s) and collaboration in the project, for example across industries, scientific organizations, cooperative research centres, state, territory or local governments, and corporations. Commonwealth entities; universities; or, public and private research organisations
  • the long-term benefits that your activities will deliver to industry and Australian agriculture

Criterion 2: Suitability and effectiveness of the project to achieve its aims

You must clearly identify the following when addressing this criterion:

  • the activities you will be engaged in, along with how, where, and when they will occur
  • describe how the proposed method(ies) or approach(es) will aid in achieving the project’s goals
  • the specific partner(s) involved in the project and the activities they will undertake to provide support in achieving project outcome(s)
  • how progress towards achieving the project’s outcome(s) will be assessed
  • potential threats to the project’s success and the strategies in place to manage or reduce them are essential considerations

Criterion 3: Capacity, capability and resources to deliver your project

In addressing this criterion, you must clearly demonstrate:

  • your organisation’s capacity to achieve the desired results, your track record (if any) in delivering similar projects, and access to (and availability of) personnel with the right skills and relevant expertise for the project
  • taking proactive steps to manage and monitor your project, while also assuming responsibility for oversight
  • how your organisation plans to collaborate with partners, and involve the agricultural industry and other relevant stakeholders to inform the design and delivery of grant activities
  • how progress towards achieving the project’s outcome(s) will be assessed
  • how you will pro-actively monitor and manage risks for grant activities

Criterion 4: Value for money

In addressing this criterion, you must demonstrate:

  • how the requested funding aligns with the goals of your project and is appropriate in relation to its aims
  • any co-contributions by your organisation or collaborative partner(s) in the project (including financial and in-kind contributions)
  • any future financial or private benefit(s) that may accrue from delivering on the project
  • the potential applications of your project outcomes in other agricultural sectors or the supply chain in the future are significant. They can effectively reduce barriers to the adoption of agricultural traceability and enhance regulatory and commercial compliance capability

What is eligible for funding?

To be eligible for the grant, your proposed activity or activities must meet the specified criteria.

  • address the program objective.
  • target at least one of the three priority areas
  • make sure to clearly and explicitly state in the application form and associated templates how your project aligns with the objective and priority areas of action.

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • Reasonable expenses linked to carrying out the activities, such as the wages and additional costs of individuals directly involved in the project’s delivery.
  • Eligible travel expenses, such as accommodation, flights, travel insurance, and general travel costs, must be directly connected to the project and approved as part of the grant agreement or the activity work plan.

If your application is approved, verification may be requested of the project expenses listed. This may entail submitting supporting documentation, such as quotations for significant expenditures.

Guidelines on eligible and ineligible expenditure from time to time. If your application is approved, the guidelines in effect at the time of your application submission will govern your grant activities 

Not all expenditure on your grant activities may be eligible for grant funding. The decision maker or their delegate makes the final decision on what is eligible expenditure.

What companies are eligible for funding?

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • being registered for GST
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution. and be one of the following entity types:
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

 

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.