Grants of up to $7,500 are available for things like equipment purchases, staff training, marketing and promotion, with the successful applicants to contribute at least 25 per cent of the project’s total cost.
The funding package forms the the second round of the Queensland government’s Market Diversification and Resilience Grants package, which is part of a $27.25 million coronavirus industry recovery package.
The first round of the Market Diversification and Resilience Grants program was supported with $500,000 of funding.
Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the latest funding round recognises the severe impact of coronavirus restrictions on Queensland’s fishing industry.
He said the priority for the new grants will be fisheries businesses directly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic who can increase their resilience by diversifying into new markets.
“Commercial fishers and aquaculture businesses have lost significant markets both here in Australia and overseas, while charter operators were forced to close due to social distancing rules,” Mr Furner said.
“An overwhelming number of fisheries businesses applied for round one of these grants but weren’t eligible because they don’t supply export markets.
“The Palaszczuk government has listened to feedback about the eligibility criteria and responded by providing the new funding package especially for the fishing industry.”
Applications will open on 30 July and close on 28 August. Fisheries businesses can apply by calling the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or visiting www.daf.qld.gov.au.