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Applications are now open for grants of up to $20,000 for individual organisations, and $50,000 for collaborative projects involving more than one organisation, to support marketing, exporting, tourism and business development. 

Projects that the Fund will consider favourably include those that increase wine tourism and cellar door sales, foster export markets and deliver skills and training for business development.

The Wine Growth Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s $1 million plan to boost the wine industry. It also includes the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the formation of the Wine Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee.

The first round of grants closes on 31 May 2016. Funding is provided on a co-contribution basis of $1 to $1 to the maximum grant amount.

Applications are open to businesses or organisations directly involved in the Victorian wine industry, including the growing, production and marketing of wine, businesses or organisations that act as service providers to the wine industry and groups of individuals, businesses or organisations.

For more detail about eligible projects, funding priorities and how to apply, visit the Agriculture Victoria website.