Applying For Funds

The first step in applying for funding is to submit an Expression of Interest that captures briefly the project concept and scope.

Expression of Interest

Applicants are required to complete an Expression of Interest Project Proposal Form, providing a summary of key details including an outline of the proposed project, its potential impact and benefits, information about the applicant and any proposed partners.

The Application Process

The SA Dairy Industry Fund Board will assess the applications and select a short-list. Short-listed projects may then be invited to submit more detailed information, including budgets and reporting targets, before funding allocations are made.

Applications may be made at any time. The Dairy Industry Fund now has an open ended application process. Applications are considered on merit and availability of sufficient funds to allocate to projects.

Please click here for a copy of the SA Dairy Industry Fund Project Application Form

​Selection Criteria

The main criteria that will be used to evaluate applications include:

  • Supports the Fund’s priorities as stated in the Guidelines
  • Level of innovation and originality of the proposed concept
  • Quality and scope of the project, including the proposed methodology
  • Potential return on investment and/or ability to add value to the SA dairy industry
  • Potential benefits to the SA dairy industry and its communities
  • Track record of the applicant in implementing similar projects and/or working with the dairy industry and any part its supply chain
  • The level of in-kind and/or matching funding from other sources, and/or the potential to develop new partnerships for the SA dairy industry
  • Relevance to the SA dairy industry and its communities

Funding Scope

Applications are welcome from diverse sectors including research and extension organisations, individuals, private companies, dairy processors and boutique manufacturers, farmer and community groups, and industry associations.


Expressions of interest are open ended. Applications may be considered based on either a detailed application or a project scope application for the board to consider for the purposes of examining merit and/or compliance with the objectives of the fund.

Further Information

Tom Cosentino Executive Officer SA Dairy Industry Fund

Completed Submissions

Completed Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to: SA Dairy Industry Fund Unit 5, 780 South Road GLANDORE SA 5037 or Email: