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The sale of Farmers’ Fund milk combined with a donation of $1 million from the Coles Nurture Fund brings the total funds raised for dairy farmers to more than $2 million since September 2016. 

 Ahead of the opening of round seven grant applications in September 2018, the Farmers’ Fund had provided grants to more than 190 farmers.

UPDATE ON ROUND 6 – June 2018

In June 2018, the allocation of more than $500,000 in grants was announced by the VFF as part of round six grant allocations. Over a third of the successful applicants were farmers affected by the March 2018 fires in south west Victoria. 

The 55 successful farms received grants of up to $10,000 to invest in projects ranging from upgrades of on-farm infrastructure, business planning, and fencing and pasture recovery after the March fires.


Outcomes of round 5 - November 2017

Round 5 successful and unsuccessful applicants of Farmers’ Fund grants are notified by email in late November 2017. 

A total of $146 000 was allocated to 16 projects in Round 5. Project funds in this round will support solar installations, dairy improvements and stock water management. Other projects will see electricity savings of up to 60%, a reduction in feed costs and improved environmental outcomes.

The regions and projects are listed below:


Northern Victoria


Installation of solar panels on dairy

North East Victoria

Solar hot water system

Northern Victoria

Dairy yard improvements


Installation of calf feed silo

Northern Victoria

Irrigation system

Southern Victoria

Portable feed troughs

Western Victoria

Water trough installation

North East Victoria

Yard concreting


Irrigation installation

North East Victoria

Expanding the dairy


Auger for new silo

Northern Victoria

Laser irrigation for lucerne


Pump and hydrant system for effluent distribution

South East

Manurigation system installation


Connection of 3 phase power to dairy

Northern Victoria

Irrigation gate installation

Unsuccessful applicants from Round 5 will have their applications automatically submitted into Round 6. Round 5 applicants are welcome to update their grant request and may wish to address Q.16: Tell us more about you and your business.

Applications from Round 2, 3 and 4 have been removed from the selection process. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to submit new projects into Round 6 and future rounds.

Previous successful applicants are not eligible to reapply for Farmers’ Fund grants for three years.