Show societies in the south-west are encouraged to apply for Australian Government Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions.
Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said applications were now open for the $20 million AgShows program.
He said the government is delivering on an election commitment to boost regional agricultural shows.
"Eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the AgShows program," he said.
"Agricultural shows are part of our national identity and are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community."
"They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how."
The MP said most of the 580 agricultural shows held annually in Australia were regionally based, and they brought communities closer together.
Mr Tehan is encouraging local councils and showground owners to support the electorate's regional agricultural show societies in their applications for grants.
"The government's $20 million AgShows investment will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost regional communities, increase local employment and purchases from local businesses," he said.
"Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as grandstands, assets like portable sheep holding yards or attractions such as an agricultural virtual reality exhibit.
"AgShows is about ensuring our communities can continue staging their local shows-and other events such as pony clubs and farmers markets-for many years to come."
Applications are open and close December 13, with successful applicants expected to be announced in the first half of 2020.
For more details and to apply visit GrantConnect at www.grants.gov.au
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