Grants for Horticulture Netting Infrastructure

Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Grants help primary producers in the Riverland and Adelaide Hills/Greater Adelaide region fund the purchase and installation of new netting or the replacement of any damaged netting over land used to grow horticulture crops.

How much funding is available?

You can apply for up to 50% of costs associated with horticulture netting, up to a maximum of $300,000.

Who can apply?

  • Primary production businesses
  • Property owners
  • Share farmers
  • Lease holders and businesses that operate as a sole trader
  • Partnership, trust or private company in horticulture.

What will the grant fund?

Funding will cover the costs of third-party providers of permanent and throw-over protective netting and associated support structures required for installation. Written quotes or cost estimates from a third-party supplier will need to be included with the application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Horticulture Netting Infrastructure Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • As the property owner and operator, share-farmer or lessee, you earn more than 50% of your gross income from your primary production business under normal seasonal circumstances, or if you earn more than 50% from primary production and value added products (e.g. wine or food) made directly from primary produce grown on your property.
  • Netting infrastructure is installed for horticulture cropping established on your property.
  • Land to be covered had an established use of horticultural cropping before 16 December 2019.
  • Costs associated with the purchase and installation of protective netting including throw-over protective netting have been incurred since 16 December 2019.
  • You are registered as a primary production business with the Australian Tax Office and have an Australian Business Number.
  • You are not received funding from another government program for the same activities.

More information

Please contact the PIRSA Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program on:

Phone: 1800 931 314 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
Email: PIRSA.HorticulturalNetting@sa.gov.au

Apply for a grant

  1. Before you apply, download and read the grant guidelines. 
    Netting Infrastructure Program Fund Guidelines (PDF 638.6 KB)
  2. Submit a grant application form.
    Grant application form (DOCX 580.7 KB)
  3. If you are proposing to erect permanent netting, please inform your local government association of your submission to the program.

Applications close on 30 June 2023 or when funding has been exhausted, whichever comes first.

Email

PIRSA.GrantsEnquiries@sa.gov.au
Use the email subject: Netting Infrastructure Grant Program.

Post

Send completed applications with supporting documentation to:

Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program 
PIRSA Rural Solutions SA 
GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001

Frequently asked questions

I have already commenced my netting project. Am I still eligible for the program?

The Guidelines state that ‘protective netting that was purchased and installed between 16 December 2019 and 28 June 2020 is eligible for funding; and protective netting proposed to be purchased and installed from 29 June 2020 will require grant approval before commencing the project’.

Whether you are eligible depends on what date you accepted your quote to order your netting infrastructure.

  • If you accepted your quote before 16 December 2019, you will not be eligible to apply for this specific project.
  • If you accepted your quote after 16 December 2019, then you are eligible to apply.

Is the National Water Efficiency Program eligible to be used as part of my co-contribution requirement?

The guidelines state that financial co-contributions cannot include contributions from Australian Government programs.

I have only just purchased/leased the property for which I wish to apply netting to. How do I provide financial evidence required by the guidelines?

The guidelines require that 2 years of financial statements and evidence of 50% of your income coming from Primary production to be eligible for the netting program.  

If you have purchased the property it is likely that you were required to put forward a business plan and cash flow projections to assist with your business loan. Your application to the netting program will be considered if you can provide this business plan and cash flow projections.

I am looking at installing throwover netting to my property. Is the cost of the machine to install and wind up the netting eligible under the program?

Equipment required for self-installation of netting is ineligible for funding under this program.

Is the cost of a boom lift and other infrastructure required to install and maintain netting, eligible under the program?

Equipment required for self-installation of netting is ineligible for funding under this program.

What is the definition of an ‘authorised netting company’?

The most important aspect is to ensure that the netting to be installed meets all building rules requirements. For permanent netting applications, there is a requirement for structurally engineered drawings to accompany applications to ensure that the project meets the requirements of councils to sign off on building approval.

The guidelines state that projects are to commence within 6 months of executing the Grant Deed. What constitutes project commencement?

Project commencement can be the formal acceptance by the applicant of a written quote or written cost estimate for your netting project from a netting supplier, or obtaining relevant council approvals, or commencing installation.

Do I have to have council approval of my project prior to submitting my application?

No. If applicants are proposing to install permanent netting, relevant approvals will be required before grant funds are paid, however these council approvals are not required to submit an application to the fund. As part of your application you should note that obtaining council approval will be a task that will need to be undertaken as part of the project, should it be approved for funding.

Do I have to have to provide engineered drawings of my permanent netting structure as part of my application?

No. If applicants are proposing to install permanent netting, the guidelines permit you to submit a written quote or written cost estimate as part of your application. As part of your application you should note that these engineered drawings will be a task that will need to be undertaken as part of the project should it be approved for funding.

Are Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) Loans eligible to be used as part of my co-contribution requirement?

RIC loans are assessed as eligible co-contributions for this program. Visit www.ric.gov.au/loans for further information or phone 1800 875 675.

Contact

For any other questions please contact the PIRSA Horticultural Netting Infrastructure Program:

Phone: 1800 931 314 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Email: PIRSA.HorticulturalNetting@sa.gov.au

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Page Last Reviewed: 21 Jul 2020
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