Growers who lodged Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) in October for funding under the SARMS Program Round 2, should have received advice of their success or otherwise this week.
Initial emails were despatched over the weekend with confirmation letters being posted to all applicants on Monday.
Those deemed to comply with the guidelines and to have made competitive bids have been invited to proceed to Stage 2 and to prepare detailed applications by 5pm, Friday January 9 2015. This closing date has been extended from Friday December 19. This is in response to requests from applicants and service providers assisting with the details. All parties must undertake rigorous due diligence to mitigate against future withdrawals.
The SARMS Regional Support Officers (RSO’S) are very aware that applicants whose EOI’s have been deemed unsuccessful may be disappointed. The outcomes of these assessments are outlined in letters to applicants from PIRSA. An RSO will contact each of the unsuccessful applicants to provide further clarification on the EOI process.However, the RSO’s independence from the assessment process means they will not able to provide any additional specific information relating to individual assessment decisions.
In other SARMS developments the Project Management Team have also advised that late last week, as a result of the withdrawal of a number of Round 1 applicants, some of the (disappointed) applicants on the Round 1 Reserves list were called up and offers have been extended with funding from the Round 1 allocation.
As a footnote, the Community and Industry Engagement Reference Group (CIERG) will convene for the first time on Tuesday, December 2. This group will provide insight and intelligence on community and industry reaction to the delivery of strategic direction of SARMS programs.
Riverland Wine members are urged to provide SARMS feedback to this organisation regarding any aspect of the SARMS program to ensure CIERG and PIRSA management are well positioned to assess progress and make adjustments to this once in a lifetime funding opportunity for the region.