Regional retailers have suffered due to loss of show days and agricultural fairs

Agricultural shows and field days are an important fixture for the local economy, attracting millions of visitors to our regions every year, increasing expenditure, supporting jobs and fostering community pride.

Unfortunately, many of these agricultural shows and field days were cancelled because of COVID-19 and local retailers were unable to capitalise on increased visitors to the region. Our regional retailers have suffered significant economic impacts.


Support available

The Australian Government is inviting agricultural show societies and field day organisers to apply for the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days grant opportunity to reimburse them for costs they incurred when they had to cancel their scheduled show or agricultural field day in 2020 because of COVID-19.

The program provides $39.025 million to support agricultural show societies and field day organisers that have cancelled their 2020 event due to COVID-19. The program is funded through the $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. Cash flow support provided through the program will help to ensure the sustainability of agricultural show societies and the agricultural shows they conduct. regional retailers

Applications close at 11:00pm AEDT on 9 October 2020.


Information about applying for this round can be found on the Community Grants Hub website and GrantConnect.

Find out more about the National Retail Association’s work on special event applications and trading hours here.