State Government grants funding available for wine industry

State Government grants funding available for wine industry

A range of State Government grants are now open for suitable wine industry applicants. This funding is spread across innovation, marketing, tourism, investment and planning programs. Many have uncapped funding available and offer unique business support and guidance to grow your business.

Deadlines for these applications range from September 2015 to June 2016.

Tourism Victoria: Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program


This program provides investment to develop tourism infrastructure. This funding is open to tourism related businesses, investors, local government and tourism associations. This grant has $7 million dedicated to tourism growth over the next four years.

Grants are limited to $250,000 - $750,000 with at least equal funding from another source. Projects of greater or lesser value will be considered subject to merit. The full application and assessment process can be accessed here.here.

Applications will need to be submitted through the Business Victoria website. The deadline for this grant is 5pm on Wednesday September 9, 2015.

Food Source Growth Grants

$20 million worth of funds have been allocated to for Food Source grants in Growth and Planning areas. Food Source Growth Grants are available for food and agriculture businesses based in Regional Victoria to develop growth in exports and creating jobs. This grant is uncapped and provided on a co-contribution basis, with applicants contributing at least half of the total project costs. Applications are open until June 30, 2019.

This grant covers:
• Training solutions to build business, export and entrepreneurial skills with TAFE and university sector;
• Market research for marketing programs and strategies;
• Freight and logistics initiatives.

Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Food Source Planning Grants

The second funding available for food and agriculture businesses is the Food Source Planning Grant. This grant provides recipients access to business advisors to support the development of Growth Plans. This grant is uncapped, funding will be provided on a co-contribution basis, with applicants contributing at least one third of the total project cost. Applications are open until June 30, 2019.

This grant covers:
• Development of business and export strategy (domestic and international);
• Assessment of business performance;
• Consultation and practical recommendations.

Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Regional Jobs Funds: Innovation and Productivity, Investment Attraction and Market Access

The Regional Jobs Fund is to support job creation and retain existing jobs. It is targeted at assisting regional businesses to grow their workforce, expand markets and create jobs of the future. The fund is broken up into three grant programs: Innovation and Productivity, Investment Attraction and Market Access. These grants are uncapped with $200 million worth of funding available.

Innovation and Productivity:
The Innovation and Productivity program aims to improve regional industry and business productivity to ensure the long-term sustainability of employment and business growth.

The program supports funding for:
• The adoption of new technology and innovation processes
• The introduction of equipment that drives more efficient use of assets and greater supply chain integration.

The closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Investment Attraction:
The Investment Attraction program aims to improve grow existing or attract new businesses and industries to regional Victoria.

The Program supports activities that enable the realisation of an identified business growth opportunity such as footloose investment attraction, investment in facilities expansion and strategic industry investment planning.

Closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.

Market Access:
The Market Access program aims to grow regional export potential and access to new markets for business and industry groups.

The program supports funding for:

• Investments, projects and activities to create engagement with new markets (domestically and abroad);
• Industry development, capacity building, strategic export planning and targeted industry development projects.

The closing date for this program is June 30, 2016. Find more information on this grant, and how to apply here.here.