Farms of the Future

The Farms of the Future program will deliver improved connectivity and encourage farmers to adopt Agtech to boost productivity and improve resource management, including water efficiency and drought preparedness. The project is committed to working with regional communities, farmers and industries, enabling them to become more self-reliant and better prepared for the impacts of future drought events and other economic shocks.

The Farms of the Future grants program is now available for eligible primary producers in target Local Government Areas (LGAs) to assist with the costs associated with purchasing approved connectivity solutions and digital Agtech devices.

Applicants must have completed the Farms of the Future Training Program and attained a Certificate of Completion prior to applying for the Farms of the Future grant.

Program Information

Applicants must be located in one of the designated LGAs for this program, hold a valid ABN and receive at least $40,000 in income from primary production per annum or operate a bona fide primary production enterprise.

The eligible LGAs for this program include:

  • Armidale
  • Ballina
  • Byron
  • Cabonne
  • Carrathool
  • Griffith
  • Leeton
  • Lismore
  • Moree Plains
  • Narrabri
  • Orange

Please refer to the program guidelines for detailed eligibility criteria.

Applicants can apply for funding of 70% of the cost of eligible purchases of approved Agtech (which includes Ag IoT devices, connectivity solutions and device data integration dashboards), up to a maximum of $35,000 (excluding GST) per eligible applicant.

Grant contributions for the connectivity solutions is subject to a specific cap of $15,000, within the overall program cap of $35,000.

Grant applications must be for a minimum of $5,000. The subscription costs for apps and devices, up until the end of the program, 30 June 2025 can be included in the grant amount.

Applications are limited to one application per Australian Business Number (ABN) for the first round of the program.

Additional applications may be made for any subsequent rounds provided the total grant to that applicant does not exceed $35,000.

For further information, please refer to the program guidelines.

The availability of grants is subject to funds being available. No grants will be offered beyond the allocated funding. You should visit the Department of Primary Industries Farms of the Future website on a regular basis for the latest information regarding the close date.

Applicants must complete an online application form and upload:

  • Latest farm business tax returns and financial statements
  • Local Land Services rates notice or local council rates notice
  • Lease agreement (if you are the lessee of a property)
  • Farms of the Future Training Program Certificate of Completion
  • Farms of the Future Approved Tech List

If you have previously submitted tax returns to the NSW RAA for the financial year 2020/2021 or more recently, you will not need to provide further information. If we do not have your previous financial information, we will seek your permission to contact your accountant directly if this is easiest for you.

The online application form has been designed to make the process as simple as possible. You will be required to upload digital copies of supporting documentation so please have these ready before commencing your application (please refer to the 'What you will need section for details).

If you are unsure at any stage of the process as to how to complete the online application form, please use the example application document for information and helpful tips on how to proceed:

Farms of the Future Grant - Example Application () PDF, 2007.99 KB

Additional information about the Farms of the Future grant program, Agtech catalogue, training program and connectivity requirements can be found in the Farms of the Future FAQs - follow the link to visit the FAQs webpage:

Farms of the Future FAQs

If you have difficulty understanding the guidelines or completing the application form you should seek the assistance of your rural/financial counsellor, business advisor, accountant or a trusted family member/friend. If you need assistance with interpreting or translating, please contact Multicultural NSW on 1300 651 500 or email