Grower Funding

Supporting farmers in 2024

Hort Connections was successful in obtaining funding from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to support grower attendance at the 2023 and 2024 events. In 2023, growers were able to apply for funding of up to $1,000 for eligible expenses (Grower Conference Pass to attend the conference, accommodation associated with the conference, and flights). In 2024, we are happy to offer the same structure of Grower Funding, to once again make Hort Connections more accessible to Australian growers.

Who is eligible for funding?

All qualifying levy paying Australian horticulture growers will have access to funding whilst it lasts. Please note that funding will be approved on a case-by-case basis by Hort Connections staff and allocated on a first come first served basis until funds are exhausted. For local Victorian growers, there is up to $750 reimbursement for eligible expenses whilst Interstate Growers may access up to $1,000.

  • Only (1) applicant per levy-paying business is permitted. To confirm your levy status, please provide a recent copy of your Levy Remittance Advice document with your application.
  • To be eligible for funding, you are required to purchase a Grower Conference Access Pass, Perfection Fresh Breakfast and Hort Connections Gala Dinner ticket (which can be later rebated based on bursary approval), and register for the Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar.
  • All flights and accommodation must be booked through the Hort Connections affiliated Corporate Traveller booking portal, accessed through the Hort Connections website Accommodation page. Please provide a booking confirmation document with your application.

How to Apply for Grower Funding?

To apply for a funded bursary of up to $1,000, please email proof of Horticulture Levy Payments, Corporate Traveller flight/accommodation confirmation and Hort Connections Grower Conference Access Pass, Perfection Fresh Breakfast, Hort Connections Gala Dinner, and Annual Vegetable Industry Seminar ticket receipts to Alex Lashchuk.