Events, grants and scholarships


DPIRD supported events

Plan, Prepare, Prosper - Key to financial management, 15 June 2018, Wanneroo

‘A Key to Financial Management’ workshop is an opportunity to look beyond the physical production of your farming business to acknowledge and understand the farm business finances.

Plan, Prepare, Prosper: Succession, a business strategy, 20 June 2018, Newdegate

Understand how and why succession forms an integral part of the business plan.

Agristart CONNECT, 20 June, Manjimup

The CONNECT regional workshop series focuses on connecting to the local innovation community and developing strategic business skills. 

Agristart CONNECT, 22 June, Geraldton

The CONNECT regional workshop series focuses on connecting to the local innovation community and developing strategic business skills.  

What lies beneath? - soil constraints tour, 17-18 July, Muresk

An opportunity to interact with WA's soil experts and innovative growers at both large scale and intensive research sites over two days. 

Plan, Prepare, Prosper: six-day program, 25 July - 3 August, Beverley

In partnership with the Beverley Women in Farming Enterprises Group, DPIRD is pleased to offer the suite of Plan, Prepare and Prosper workshops.  These are free workshops designed to assist businesses involved in farming, fishing and food processing to plan for and manage variability in the seasons, global markets and other challenges they may face. 

Ag-Tech Hackathon, 27-29 July, Perth

DPIRD's eConnected Grainbelt Project team is working with the Ministry of Data (MoD) to bring you an agriculture-themed hackathon that will bring together ag-tech savvy industry participants with talented developers to solve real-world problems. 

Mingenew Midwest Expo, 15-16 August, Mingenew

An opportunity to chat with DPIRD staff at the 'Connecting people and building futures' exhibit. 

WA Hoticultural Update, 16-17 August, Perth 

Western Australia’s horticulture industries will have access to timely market information, grower case studies and industry research at the upcoming State Horticulture Update.

Biosecurity Blitz, 18-30 September, Statewide

Biosecurity Blitz 2018 will give everyone an opportunity to discover and report to us as many interesting or damaging pests (animals, insects, diseases and weeds) as possible across Western Australia over a period of two weeks.

Grants - new this edition

Collie Futures Small Grants Program, round 1 closes 18 July 2018

The Collie Futures Small Grants Program has been launched to drive economic growth and stimulate job creation in the South West town of Collie. Organisations can apply for grants from $5,000 to $250,000 to support local opportunities in a range of industries.

COGGO Research Fund 2019 EOI, closes 3 July 2018

The Council of Grain Grower Organisations Limited (COGGO) in Western Australia has established a 'COGGO Research Fund' to invest in research, development and extension projects that address issues affecting the profitability of Western Australian grain producers.

Expert for a day, Expressions of Interest

Food and beverage manufacturing businesses are invited to register their interest to participate in Food Industry Innovation (FII) programs, which support Western Australian businesses working in the value-added premium food and beverage sector to better capture market opportunities and enhance business viability and growth opportunities. 

Export Market Development Grants, closes 30 November 2018

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

Grants - ongoing

Accelerating Commercialisation, no closing date provided

Accelerating Commercialisation, previously Commercialisation Australia, is focused on helping start-up companies commercialise new technology.

Advanced Production Systems Fund, no closing date provided

Hort Innovation is forging partnerships with top local and international researchers, innovators, commercial enterprises and Australian growers through a new and exciting multi-million dollar Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative – the Advanced Production Systems Fund.

Certain Inputs to Manufacture, no closing date provided

Provides Australian manufacturers importing chemicals, plastics, paper goods and metal materials, or goods used in food packaging, with duty-free tariff concessions to help reduce their importing costs.

Entrepreneurs’ Program, no closing date provided

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme uses experienced Advisers and Facilitators, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support needed to improve their competitiveness, productivity and to seek growth opportunities.

Farm Co-operatives & Collaboration, no closing date provided

A $14,934,000 Federal Government initiative that aims to provide farmers, fishers and foresters with knowledge, skills and materials on collaborative ideas, co-operative structures and collective strategies.

Farm water supply planning scheme, no closing date provided

Commercial broadacre farmer experiencing water shortages can apply for rebates to fund an audit and site inspection of farm water supply and improvements.

NACC Habitat Fencing Initiative, closes 30 June 2018

This project provides funding to land managers to protect the habitat of threatened flora and fauna and areas of priority remnant native vegetation in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR). 

Package Assisting Small Exporters, closes 30 June 2018

The Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) is a $15 million programme for small exporters administered by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The PASE programme funds activities aimed at improving market access for small exporters.

Pastoral Water Grants Scheme, closes 30 June 2018

Provides grants of up to $20 000 for commercial pastoralists looking to develop alternative watering points to reduce grazing intensity around existing overgrazed and degraded water supplies.

New industries fund, rolled out over 4 years from 2018 

The State Government’s New Industries Fund, will allocate $4.5 million across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives.

Supplier Improvement Plan, no closing date provided

Provides tailored advice to help your business to develop a better understanding of your customer’s needs and requirements, increase your supplier capability, and improve your access to new and existing markets.


Combine Scholarship

A DPIRD sponsored scholarship assisting ag-tech start-ups develop innovations that address the challenges and opportunities encountered by the agriculture and food industry in Western Australia and globally.

Curtain Ignition Scholarship, closes 13 July 2018

Ignition is an intensive, one week entrepreneurial training program for aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators to trial and then prepare high growth business ideas for the commercial environment.

Food Safety Training Scholarship, closes 31 July 2018

The Duane Leadbetter Memorial Award gives funding of up to $5,000 AUD to complete a Lead Auditor Food Safety Training course.

Growing Leaders Scholarship Program, closes 29 June 2018

The Grower Group Alliance (GGA), in partnership with the CBH Group, are facilitating opportunities for up to three individuals to access the highly esteemed Leadership WA Signature and Rising Leadership Programs.

NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative, closes 29 June 2018

The NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative provides participants with the opportunity to network with some of Australia’s key beef industry leaders and provide contacts that will contribute to participant's career progression within the beef industry.

Nuffield Australia, closes 15 June 2018

Annually, Nuffield awards primary producers scholarships to support overseas travel and study.