Agricultural show and field day organisers that cancelled their events in 2020 because of COVID-19 now have another opportunity to recover eligible expenses and receive a much-needed cash boost as events kick off for the 2021 year.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said that eligible shows and field days approved under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program are now being invited to submit supplementary expense claims.
“Almost $34 million in cash has been rolled out to the 378 shows and field days approved for funding for costs paid from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020,” Minister Little-proud said.
“Our shows and field days have been diligently preparing to come back bigger and better in 2021 and have continued to rack up legitimate expenses. Now they will be able to claim additional eligible expenditure not included in their initial application, provided they haven’t exceeded the funding cap for their show size.
“This is great news for those organisers and their communities looking to bounce back from COVID-19. Agricultural shows and field days are at the heart of our rural and regional communities and I encourage all Australians to get out and support them this year.”
Supplementary expense claims under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program will be treated similarly to original applications in relation to assessment and decision making.
Eligible shows and field day organisers will be contacted directly with an invitation to make a supplementary claim for the period 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2020. They will be assessed, and results are expected to be notified before 31 March 2021.
For more information on the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows