The Rural Landholder Grant program provides a grant of up to $10,000 for landholders and oyster farmers who have been affected by severe flooding that began on 4 August 2022 and/or 14 September 2022 and are not eligible for existing programs. The grant can be used for clean-up activities, damage or losses that are beyond the vicinity of the residential dwelling.
This grant is designed to assist rural landholders and oyster farmers who have been affected by severe weather and flooding and do not meet the eligibility criteria for the $75,000 Special Disaster Grant for primary producers or the $50,000 Service NSW Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant.
Applicants must be located in one of the LGAs disaster-declared for AGRN 1030 and/or AGRN 1034 and receive at least $20,000 in income from primary production per annum. Applicants must have a holding of at least 10 ha of rural land or a Class A aquaculture permit authorising at least 1 ha or operate a bona fide primary production enterprise on a smaller area of land.
Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed eligibility criteria.
The maximum grant amount per affected property is $10,000. A single application will be accepted and should cover an estimate of all damage incurred up to the maximum of $10,000.
This is a grant and not a loan, meaning applicants don’t need to repay the funds.
To make it easier for applicants, the RAA has access to third-party damage assessment information (for example high-resolution imagery) to confirm the extent of the impacts in disaster-declared flood-affected local government areas in NSW.
However, it is important that applicants provide reasonable evidence of flood damage with their application so that the RAA can fully assess the situation.
Some examples include:
Grants are provided to help pay for the costs of clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures associated with the immediate recovery of primary production enterprises. A full list of eligible claim items is available in the program guidelines.
Approved eligible applicants will receive an upfront payment of $3,000. To receive the remaining $7,000, applicants must provide tax invoices for eligible expenses incurred along with proof of payment.
Yes, applications can be completed online and once approved, applicants can then submit tax invoices along with proof of payment via the online claim form.
Applicants will need to complete the online application form and attach a copy of the following documentation:
Applicants will not be able to progress through the form without providing tax returns. If applicants do not have their 2021 or 2022 tax returns, their 2020 tax returns can be uploaded.
Applicants can provide permission for the RAA to contact their accountant directly to obtain tax returns and financial statements.
No. Applicants can elect to provide invoices for their claim either upfront with their application, or they can choose to do this after their application has been approved.
After the application has been approved, eligible applicants will receive an upfront payment of $3,000. To claim the remaining $7,000, they must submit invoices for reimbursement along with proof of payment via the online claim link.
All invoices must be submitted to the RAA no later than 5 June 2024 to receive payment.
No. To be eligible for the Rural Landholder Grants, applicants must not have received or be entitled to receive assistance, including the RAA’s Special Disaster Grant, Service NSW’s Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant or other natural disaster assistance in the capacity of being a primary producer, small business owner or non-profit organisation.
Yes, however you may be required to provide some additional documentation to support your claim.
The RAA expects that all invoices submitted are from a recognised supplier and that the works undertaken are consistent with that supplier’s normal course of business. When assessing claims, the RAA considers the ABN, trading name and address of the entity that has issued the invoice to you, as well as their website, social media or other advertising.
If you are claiming for a product purchased from a non-recognised supplier, such as a related party or another farming enterprise, the RAA will request that the original invoice from the recognised source supplier be provided, as well as proof of payment to the related party or farming enterprise. This is to ensure that there is no double claiming of the same product. It is also to ensure that any product on sold from one applicant to another is done so without additional costs included.
If you are claiming for a service using a non-recognised contractor, we may also request that you provide a third party quote and/or photographic evidence of the damages and the completed works.
The grant funding is available per Australian Business Number (ABN).
If there are multiple properties under one ABN, can multiple claims be submitted?
No. Only one application per ABN will be eligible.
Applicants should enter the details of the properties where the majority of the damage was incurred. If further information is required, applicants can contact the RAA directly on 1800 678 593.
No. The GST component of any invoice received can be claimed on completion of the applying entity’s Business Activity Statement (BAS). The RAA will not issue a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI) on payment of the grant, and applicants should retain the ‘payment advice’ that is forwarded as a record for taxation purposes.
The RAA has a strong commitment to fraud prevention, detection, and response. Making a fraudulent application, including providing false or misleading information, is a criminal offence which carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment, a fine of $22,000, or both.
The RAA will also attempt to recover any assistance received as a result of fraud.
More information can be found on our Fraud and Corruption page on our website.