The grants seek to expand industry knowledge and skills to secure the industry’s future. Individuals and organisations with a project or idea which can benefit the Australian honey bee and pollination industry are invited to apply for a grant from AgriFutures Australia valued at up to $5,000. Applications close 12 noon Thursday, 13 August 2020.
Annelies McGaw, Manager, Research AgriFutures Australia said the industry development grants were introduced to address current challenges.
“It’s been a tough few years for the industry. While research and development will play a role in rebuilding the industry, participation and innovation are key to ensure the profitability and sustainability of the industry,” said Ms McGaw.
For the 2020/21 industry development grant round the Advisory Panel is looking for applications to support business and industry development, personal development within the industry, seed funding to explore a research problem and/or travel grants.
Ms McGaw added: “Ultimately applicants must clearly demonstrate a strong benefit for the industry at large and not just to one organisation or individual.”
Applications must also address one or more of the strategies outlined in the Strategic Plan.
- Increasing productivity and profitability of beekeepers.
- Reducing the incidence and impact of pests and diseases.
- Increasing understanding of the role of flora in honey bee management.
- Understanding the role of pollination in productive systems.
- And promoting extension, communication and capacity building.
If you or your organisation are involved in the Australian honey bee and pollination industry, apply now for a industry development grant, valued at up to $5000, Get your application in before 13 August 2020.