Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) delivered start up funding to assist with the establishment of Hay Inc in 2014. AWI is a key partner in the program committing funding to Hay Inc from June 2015 for the next two years.
AWI also assists with the wool handling aspects, sheep handling and sheep classing part of the training program.
Hay Inc was successful in 2015 receiving funding for the ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. The “Ag Gap” program was delivered in 2016 to give young people an opportunity to experience agriculture through on farm placement.
Donations and in kind support has been received from businesses and rural enterprises in the Hay district. Including TA Field “Wyvern” Carrathool ,“Rosevale” Hay and Hay Plains Livestock.
Hay Inc is supported by Hay Shire Council with use of office facilities, venues and support. NSW Department of Primary Industries through their TOCAL and Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre has also assisted with the training assessment of the rural education program.
Most subject matter experts (trainers) volunteer their time along with committee members. Landholders in the Hay district have offered their properties, livestock and equipment for training purposes, as well as donations to the entity.