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

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


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: 9 October 2020