Deadline for RED Grants extended

Deadline for Rural Economic Development Grant program shifted to January 24

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Under the first round of grants, $3.3 million was distributed.

Under the first round of grants, $3.3 million was distributed.

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Tough weather conditions have led to an extension for businesses wishing to apply for the Rural Economic Development Grants program.

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Tough weather conditions have led to an extension for businesses wishing to apply for the Rural Economic Development Grants program.

RED Grants support 'shovel-ready' projects that create jobs related to value added primary production and provide significant economic benefits to rural and regional communities.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said close to 50 rural businesses were successful in the expressions of interest stage of the second round of the grants program but the extended deadline to Friday, January 24, meant applicants impacted during drought, fire and other natural disasters could have extra time.

Applicants who have already lodged their application will also have the opportunity to add more information.

"We have seen producers and rural businesses affected during bushfires and natural disasters over the summer season and beyond, while more than 67 per cent of the state is drought declared," Mr Furner said.

"Under the first round of grants, $3.3 million was distributed to support projects that will create up to 600 jobs and help 15 rural businesses to expand.

"That's why our Rural Economic Development Grants are so important. They help existing agricultural businesses to value-add and expand their capacity and create more jobs in rural communities."

The co-contributions up to $250,000 for food and agricultural businesses are administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority on behalf of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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