Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women (SASW) - Rent Relief Program

To view a powerpoint presentation from the Victorian Showmens Guild explaining all elements on the program - CLICK HERE

Current (as at October 2022) list of approved Show Businesses is located on VSG Website FAQS under " Which Itinerant Traders are eligible for the program?"

The Victorian Showmen’s Guild is delighted to have launched the Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women – Showground Rental Relief program (SASW) on the 2nd of May 2022, and excited to be working with you.

The SASW Showground Rental Relief Program commenced on 1 June 2022.

As you may know, the SASW program will work on two levels:

  • Reimbursement of Showground rental (and other associated eligible expenses) paid by eligible travelling Show businesses at eligible Ag Shows held between 1 July 2021 to 31 May 2022; and
  • Showground rental relief payments for upcoming Ag Shows from 1 June 2022 – 30 June 2023

Reimbursement of Showground rental (and other associated eligible expenses) paid by eligible travelling Show businesses at eligible Ag Shows held between 1 July 2021 to 31 May 2022

Cut off Date for reimbursement: 30th September 2022

Reimbursement of showground rental and other eligible approved expenses for Ag Shows held between 1 July 2021 – 31 May 2022 must be applied for by either the Showmen’s Guild’s/Associations for the defined amusement area, or the Ag Show Societies for all other eligible travelling Showmen and women and/or Show businesses.

The Showmen’s Guild or Association, and/or Ag Show Society must then reimburse the eligible travelling Showmen and women or Show businesses and provide evidence of the delivery of the reimbursements to the VSG.

To claim the rental and approved expenses Showmen’s Guilds/Associations and Ag Show Societies must: 

  • Check the program eligibility details for Ag Show Societies and Australian travelling Showmen and Women and Show businesses to ensure eligibility criteria is satisfied to access the program.

    If you are unsure if an Itinerant trader (non-guild member or a showmen/women operating outside the defined amusement area) is eligible please ask them to complete FORM 8 and include with your Form 6 submission.

  • Showmen’s Guilds/Association to complete FORM 5 and
  • Ag Show Societies to complete FORM 6
  • Attach supporting evidence of rentals and approved costs paid by eligible showmen and women who attended Ag Shows held during 1 July 2021 to 31 May 2022 for verification. This evidence may be copies of invoices or receipts from the Ag Show Society.
  • Once approved, the Showmen’s Guild/Association or Ag Show Society will receive the funds, enabling them to provide refunds to eligible travelling Showmen and women and/or Show businesses.
  • Showmen’s Guild/Association or Ag Show Society must complete FORM 7 – DECLARATION and provide statements/evidence to the VSG to prove delivery of reimbursements. This evidence could be through a statement of transfer, remittance advice or another reasonable method to prove refunds were remitted to eligible travelling Showmen and women and/or Show businesses.

Showground rental relief payments for upcoming Ag Shows from 1 June 2022 – 30 June 2023

In relation to your 2022 Show, the Victorian Showmen’s Guild will make the Showground Rental payment directly to the Show Society on behalf of eligible travelling Showmen and women and Show businesses attending your Show.  

The Showmen’s Guild Delegates will be assisting you by complete FORM 1 and provide you with a copy of the form during the bump in period.

The Show Society will need to complete FORM 2 for any other eligible Showmen or women, or Show business (i.e., Showbag operator) attending your Show.

These are the eligible operators that the Show Society has allocated ground space to directly, and not part of the Showmen’s defined amusement area.

Based on the information on FORM 1 and FORM 2, the Show Society will need to complete FORM 3 and submit the package of FORMS to the Victorian Showmen’s Guild with a tax invoice for the rental and other approved expenses Showmen and women and Show business would traditionally pay (for example: power, water, and camping).

The Victorian Showmen’s Guild who is administering the program, will be contacting shows taking place from 1st June 2022 to 30th June 2023 closer to their show date, to discuss and assist with the process of applying for rent relief prior to their upcoming show. This will involve the show society applying for rent payment from the VIC Showmen’s Guild not the operator.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Justine from the Victorian Showmen’s Guild via email on and include the best contact number in your email or call 0449 884 757.

Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (Round 2) - 6 April 2022

Agricultural Shows bring regional communities together. These Shows are part of our culture. They showcase local strengths and hospitality as well as innovative farming techniques. These Shows are particularly important during times of drought and other hardships.

Grant activities will help keep agricultural shows running, invigorate regional communities and bridge the divide between country and city.

$15.4 million of support for ag shows
  • Program is to support the repairs, upgrades, building or buying showground infrastructure or attractions for showgrounds.

Agricultural shows will benefit from $15.4 million under the Liberal - National Government for a second round of the oversubscribed Agricultural Shows Development Grant Program.

Show societies will be able to use these funds to upgrade or repair showground infrastructure. The grants provide regional communities with the opportunity to make showground facilities safe, attractive and accessible for showground users and the 6 million annual visitors. 

  • Agricultural shows across Australia, except the Capital City Royal Shows, will be able to apply for this program.

We will share more information when it comes to hand.

Support for Agricultural Shows and Field Days

The Australian Government has committed $2.8 million for a further round of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program (SASFD).

Agricultural shows cancelled in 2022 due to COVID-19 will have their operational costs reimbursed by the government in a new round of funding intended to support rural and regional communities.

Some shows that were cancelled last year but have not yet been reimbursed by the government will also be eligible for the $2.8 million set aside by the Commonwealth.

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF)

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 CRIF.

Up to $17 million is expected to fund projects across NSW as part of this year’s program. Crown land managers, reserve user groups and all NSW showgrounds (including freehold) are encouraged to apply.

The CRIF program supports Crown land managers and users by providing funding for upgrades, repair and maintenance projects, pest and weed control, new recreational infrastructure or environmental initiatives.

The funding aims to benefit the community, boost our economy and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of NSW.

Key dates

2 May 2022 - Applications open 9am
3 June 2022 - Applications close 5pm
June to November 2022 - Eligibility, assessment and approval process
November 2022 - Announcement of successful projects and advice to all applicants
December 2022 to February 2023 - Grant acceptances and payment processing

Assessable criteria

The CRIF is a competitive grant program with applications assessed on merit.

Applications will be assessed with the final scores determining whether or not an application can be supported from the available funds.

Find out more about the assessment and eligibility criteria checklist (PDF 135kb).

You are encouraged to discuss all eligible projects with your local Crown Lands office before submitting an application.

Frequently asked questions

Can extensions be given after the closing period?

No extensions can be given.

Can user groups apply?

Yes. User groups and individuals with an interest in Crown reserves, Crown caravan and state parks, and showgrounds (including freehold) can apply.

For applications to be eligible, user groups must obtain a signed letter of authority from the official Crown land manager supporting the application.

If successful, funding will be paid to the Crown land manager.

What can we apply for?

The CRIF funds a diverse range of activities across 2 categories:

1. General development, maintenance and improvements on any eligible reserve
2. Pest and weed projects on Crown lands.

How much funding is available?

There is an upper limit of $2 million for general projects. As a guide, the average project funded between 2018 - 2021 ranged between $40,000 - $190,000.

Can we apply for a loan?

Applications for low interest loans are available for projects greater than $100,000 for larger organisations with capacity to service loans.

What are the next steps to apply?

1. If you are not an appointed Crown land manager, please contact the relevant Crown land manager to discuss your proposal and obtain authority to apply

2. Ensure the Crown land manager has submitted a final report for all previous CRIF funded projects

3. Check you have a valid login to the grant application system - select 'Apply now' on Reserve Manager website funding page

4. Source quotes or develop detailed cost estimates in accordance with the CRIF Guidelines

5. Submit your application online by 5pm, Friday 3 June 2022.

Where do I get more information?

The CRIF Guidelines can be found on our Reserve Manager website.

We encourage you to review all the guidance documentation so that you can make a quality application and avoid the disappointment of submitting an ineligible application.

Help is available

Application form technical support (user access login issues)

Phone: 1300 886 235 – option 5


Funding application enquiries and assistance


Phone: 1300 886 235 – option 4

In person: Visit a Crown Lands regional office. Office hours vary and some offices are only open by appointment. View our locations

2021-22 Funding round applications have closed
2021-22 Funding round announcements

Successful applicants for the 2021–22 funding round have now been announced by the Minister for Lands and Water, the Honourable Kevin Anderson MP.  A summary of the funding is available below or download the full list of the 2021-22 successful applicants (PDF 128kb)

2020-21 Funding announcement

Successful applicants for the 2020–21 funding round have been announced by Minister Stokes and Minister Pavey in January 2021. A summary of the funding is available below or download the full list of the 2020-21 successful applicants

Regional Recovery package to kickstart economy and create new jobs (Closed Friday 29 April 2022)

The NSW Government has announced  $5M to support Ag Shows for 2021-2022.  Shows have been disrupted by drought, bushfire, floods and COVID-19 and the $5M announced will help Show Societies put on their events.

Helping Hand for Country Shows

Drought Stimulus-Country Shows Sponsorship Packages (This grant is currently onhold due to COVID-19)

Showground Stimulus Funding Program (closed)

As part of the NSW Government’s $2.3 billion Health and Economic Stimulus Package (COVID Stimulus), $25 million over two years has been allocated to fund maintenance and improvement works at showgrounds around the state.

Successful proposals for all Phases of funding, including additional funding rounds, have now been announced by Minister Stokes and Minister Pavey.  Full list of successful proposals can be found at

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) has been connecting rural Australia and philanthropy since 2000.

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote Australia. 

FRRR is the only national organisation offering small, discretionary funds to small regional communities across Australia. They are both a grant maker and a grant seeker - distributing funds through a number of programs for the benefit of rural and regional Australia. They play a critical role as a connector, working across the philanthropic sector as a conduit for philanthropy to rural communities. They work hard to identify the ways that philanthropy can best support communities – cutting out the noise and deepening the focus to understand what will really make a difference.

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