Grants

The Victorian Government has developed the Victorian Forestry Plan to assist the timber industry as it manages its gradual transition away from native forest harvesting to a plantation-based timber supply.

Under the 30-year plan, a $120 million package provides workers, businesses and communities support for this transition, to retain industry, community capability and jobs.

The following grant programs are available now:

Forestry Business Transition Voucher (FBTV) program

Timber Innovation Grants program

Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants

Forestry Business Transition Voucher program

The Forestry Business Transition Voucher (FBTV) program is part of the Victorian Government’s broader $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan Transition Package that focuses on retaining industry and community capability and jobs. The $1.1 million program will assist directly impacted businesses obtain support to plan for their future.

The FBTV program offers access to tailored support through business services to equip affected businesses with a better understanding of their business capabilities, options and strategies for transition.

Objectives of program

The FBTV program will provide eligible businesses with support to better understand their business capabilities, options and strategies for transition. This will be achieved by providing intensive support to equip businesses with options and strategies for transition.

Funding details

The FBTV program is part of the Victorian Government’s broader $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan Transition Package that focuses on retaining industry and community capability and jobs.

The $1.1 million program will assist directly impacted businesses obtain support to plan for their future.

Application process

Applications can be made through Business Victoria

Step 1

Review the FAQs to clarify

Step 2

Read the guidelines to determine eligibility

Step 3

Submit an application via Business Victoria


Timber Innovation Grants program

The Timber Innovation Grants program supports businesses to transition from native timber to plantation fibre and transformative industry investment.

Objectives of program

To assist businesses directly affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan to:

  • explore opportunities to process or manufacture using plantation timber feedstock
  • develop new products using plantation timber
  • explore processing, harvest and haulage of alternative fibre
  • investigate downstream manufacturing opportunities using alternative fibre.

We plan to release further rounds of the Victorian Timber Innovation Fund during 2022.

Funding details

The Victorian Timber Innovation Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s broader $120 million Victorian Forestry Plan Transition Package that focuses on retaining industry and community capability and jobs.

The Timber Innovation Grants program will provide grants of up to $100,000 for innovation that supports businesses to transition from native timber to plantation fibre or investigate manufacturing opportunities.

Eligible businesses will be required to demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the Timber Innovation Grants program core criteria as outlined in the guidelines.

Application process

Step 1

Read the guidelines to determine eligibility

Step 2

Discuss the proposed project with a Victorian Forestry Plan representative

Step 3

Complete an expression of interest form


Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants

The bushfires of summer 2019 - 2020 led to significant damage to softwood plantations in North-East Victoria and native forests in Eastern Victoria.

The Victorian Government has developed the Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Salvage Storage Fund to provide funding support to timber processors that are processing bushfire affected timber. The funding will be made available for forestry entities impacted by the bushfires, coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will support the storage of unprocessed and processed wood products

Overview

The Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants has been developed to assist the industry with salvage timber storage.

The grants will provide funding support for storing burnt salvage logs and processed timber to forestry entities impacted by the bushfires and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to ensure the resource is not lost.

The funding round is open from 2 December 2020 and close on 16 December 2020.

Successful applicants will be advised in early 2021.

Objectives of program

The objective of the Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants is to assist businesses with costs of burnt timber storage of unprocessed logs and processed wood products sourced from the fire-affected forests from within Victoria.

The Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage Grants will support Eligible Projects to reduce the increased costs associated with storing additional timber above business as usual amounts, including:

  • the storage of unprocessed bushfire affected timber under sprinklers
  • the storage of processed wood products in a stable dry state that has been produced from bushfire affected timber.

Funding details

Bushfire Recovery Timber Storage grants is a $2.5 million fund supporting the storage of 125,000 green metric tonne of salvage timber.

Applicants can apply to cover costs incurred from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Application process

Step 1

Read the guidelines to determine eligibility

Step 2

If required, contact your Victorian Forestry Plan representative to discuss the program

Step 3

Complete an online application form


Phone 1800 318 182 or email victorianforestryplan@djpr.vic.gov.au if you would like more information about the Victorian Forestry Plan.

Page last updated: 2 December 2020