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Bushfire Industry Recovery Package

This NSW Government funding package will help forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the recent bushfires to rebuild, recover, regrow and remain the heartbeat of regional economies.

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Regional NSW relies on agricultural industries to sustain employment and economic activity. This funding package provides the direct assistance many businesses need to recover from devastating losses due to the fires, in turn helping their wider, related industries to remain viable.

The Bushfire Industry Recovery Package offers two funding streams – Sector Development Grants and Supply Chain Support Grants. Both streams will facilitate the immediate, medium and long-term rebuilding of regional NSW’s agricultural industries by:

  • helping producers to re-establish and support functional supply chains
  • creating and retaining jobs
  • strengthening local supply chains
  • increasing value-add production and diversification.

Supply chain support grants

This funding stream supports the short-term recovery and resilience of the forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects to help producers and businesses rebuild and recover in the immediate to short term, underpinning job security and enabling future production.

Guidelines and eligibility

Overarching Supply Chain Support Grants Guidelines (PDF, 4.53 MB) are available.

Eligible applicants, projects, costs, grant amounts and other information for individual industry sectors are set out in the industry fact sheets and application forms below.

Please note that Supply chain support grant applications for all industry sectors apart from Haulage are now closed. Haulage industry applications are open until 19 May 2021 or until funding is fully allocated.

Key dates

Applications open: 19 May 2020

Applications for all sectors apart from Haulage close: 12 June 2020 (5pm AEST)

Applications for Haulage industries close: 19 May 2021 or until funding is fully allocated

Assessment: Rolling as applications are submitted 

Notifications: Within 10 days of submission 

In extenuating circumstances, late applications may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Department of Regional NSW.

Get support for supply chain support grants, including assistance or advice with your application

Access support for Apiculture, Aquaculture, Dairy, Horticulture and Viticulture via www.raa.nsw.gov.aurural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 678 593.

Access support for Forestry via regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 for a referral to the appropriate regional team. Department of Regional NSW Business Development Managers are available to support applicants with their applications. 

Sector development grants

This funding stream supports the medium to long-term recovery and resilience of forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects focussing on job creation and that increase value-add production, support supply-chain efficiencies, product diversification and market expansion.

Guidelines and eligibility

Guidelines, including eligibility and assessment criteria are available:

Sector Development Grants Guidelines (PDF, 1.18 MB)

Industries eligible to apply for Sector Development Grants include forestry, horticulture, dairy, aquaculture, viticulture or apiculture producers, and businesses in the close supply or value chain of these industries. The minimum grant per application is $50,000. The maximum grant per application is $10 million.

If you are requesting $5 million or more in grant funding, a Business Case is mandatory. A NSW Government template Business Case is available to assist you with the process.

Eligible applicants should complete an application form and data sheet as outlined below. 

Key dates

Applications open: 19 May 2020 

Applications close: 17 July (5pm AEST)

Assessment: Complete end of August 2020

Announcements: From September 2020

Get support for sector development grants, including assistance or advice with your application

Access support for sector development grants via regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 for a referral to the appropriate regional team. Department of Regional NSW Business Development Managers are available to support applicants with their applications.

The following pre-recorded video provides guidance to Stream 2 applicants on how to complete a mandatory datasheet.

Bushfire Industry Recovery Package Webinar

Sector development FAQs

Projects will be assessed against the assessment criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines including the projected benefits and costs and other supporting evidence. An expert panel including representation from industry will assess projects in line with broader objectives of the funding package. Projects may be disaggregated by industry sector, project type, region and other themes for equitable funding distribution.

Yes. Applicants should outline the priority order for each application. They should also ensure they are distinct and not sequential or dependent on all applications being approved.

You can claim costs already incurred as your co-contribution to the grant but not as part of the grant funding amount requested.

You should seek your own independent financial and accounting advice regarding tax treatments applicable to your individual proposal(s).

Yes, however, proposals must demonstrate linkages to one of the three industries (forestry, horticulture, agriculture) and to bushfire impacted LGAs.

All information submitted by an applicant may be provided to other organisations for the purposes of eligibility and project proposal appraisal. Summary information about successful project applications will be posted on NSW Government websites unless applicants advise that they do not agree to this. Applicants should identify any information submitted which they wish to be considered as confidential, supported by reasons for the request. Except as disclosed, the Department will keep all information confidential and secure.

A local Business Development Manager will be able to provide information on the program to assist applicants to develop applications.

To find your local Business Development Manager, please email regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au and ask for a referral.

Yes, however the project must be located in NSW and primarily generate NSW jobs.

No. The minimum grant per application is $50,000. The maximum grant per application is $10 million.

The Guidelines identify within 12 months of Announcement however the department recognises the challenging environment our stakeholders are working in and are allowing additional time to enable Announcement to Funding Deed. The date is extended to 31 December 2021 to accommodate a range of potential scenarios.

Fill out the data sheet to the extent that you can and what you anticipate the final project would be, noting that some of the details would ultimately be delivered by the exercise.

Business Data Sheet first and then also complete relevant sections of the Industry Data Sheet to capture those benefits which may improve the success of your project.

Choosing a council area in the Business data sheet will show which Functional Economic Region (FER) a project relates to which may include additional councils. In the industry data sheet multiple FERs may be selected or alternatively you can choose state-wide impacts.

The industry datasheet.

If your project has benefits that go beyond job creation/retention for your own business and flow on impacts to your supply chain and customers. Fill out the industry datasheet if it benefits the broad industry.

About the same level of detail required in the datasheet for your project, but if more details are available, they could make your application stronger.

The BIRP website has a link to a business case template with sections on scope and risk management.

Cash or in-kind and these can be for activities already paid, as long as they relate to the project post the impacts of the bushfire season.

Use the fair market value for a good or service. If this is a space, it has to be calculated as current rental. For purchase of goods, invoices, receipts or evidence of ownership can be used; for labour, timesheets.

Any situation that caused financial hardship to the organisation as a direct result of bushfire impacts, where the capacity to pay is constrained and the business would cease to exist.

No, however assessors will take into account if these are in place or if they are likely to be in place. It is important to at least consider and start necessary contacts to see what is required.

Successful applicants will enter into a Funding Deed with periodic information that will need to be provided for acquittals and show the project’s alignment with the application and the program’s objective. Grants will be paid via milestone payments set out in the funding deed and timing and requirements will vary depending on the scope and timelines of the project. Examples of measures to be included in the report are completion of project activities and number of full-time equivalent employees created or retained as a result of the project. There will also be a program evaluation and how your project meets its own objectives and the overall program’s objectives.

The datasheet is set up as full-time, part-time or casual jobs. For a seasonal worker, enter this as a casual job; otherwise a seasonal or casual job can be entered as its full-time equivalent. E.g. if you are employing 20 people for ¼ of year, 4 of these jobs equals to 1 full time job, so 5 full-time equivalents.

You can also put some narrative and information on how that matches to your particular project and the datasheet conversions into full time.

Projects are ineligible if the projects that would proceed and be delivered on the same timeline without government financial assistance. You can start project components that would form part of your co-contribution to the program. Any works commenced will be at your own risk as your project may not be successful in receiving the BIRP funding.

No however they are encouraged, it’s another form of evidence, particularly when approvals are required, it helps strengthen the case.

In this case, use the industry datasheet, so it captures the entire project, not just your business. The business datasheet is for when there’s only one business involved. You may also provide P&L for all entities if they are all integral/critical for the application.

Projects need to start within one year of when the successful projects are announced and ideally be completed within 3 years.

Yes, Stream 2 is not only looking at resolving bushfire impacts immediately but also looking into the future. Upgrades are eligible.

If you are unclear, ask your local Business Development Manager for assistance.

As this is a NSW government fund, you cannot use other state government funding as co-contribution. However, it may be possible, depending on their rules, to use federal government funding - make sure you meet the requirements of federal government by reading their guidelines.

Projects are expected to be announced early October 2020.
 

While you can provide information on the entire project in your documents, only the scope of the project component seeking a NSW Government contribution and related outcomes should be included in the application and data sheets where external funding is not confirmed. This project component needs to be deliverable regardless of the outcome of other applications. It should also clearly demonstrate what benefits are realisable should this be the only project component that ultimately proceeds.

Where you have more cost items than can be listed in the data sheet, please list large items first and aggregate items where possible into rows B1 to B10. Any remaining items should be lumped into row B11 which is the balance of capital expenditure cost items. A more detailed costing of your project may also be attached separately to your application and will be considered.

Additional bushfire help

Other bushfire support measures have been put in place by the NSW and Australian Governments.

For a full list of all available bushfire support, visit Service NSW or call 13 77 88. 

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