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Small-Scale and Craft Program

Grants to support premium small-scale producers, craft brewers and distillers

Through the 2018 election commitment ‘Taking Our Local Produce to the World’, the Victorian Government is supporting small-scale and craft agribusinesses across Victoria to grow, increase market opportunities for high-quality, high-value produce and strengthen Victoria's regional food offerings to deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.

The Small-Scale and Craft Program is a four-year program that builds on targeting businesses looking to scale-up operations, diversify product lines and expand outreach.

Two streams of funding are currently open under the program:

Stream One is open for applications via the 'Apply now' button on this page and will close on Friday 6 December 2019.

Stream Two is open for expressions of interest (EOI) only and close on Tuesday 31 December 2019. Please see the How do I apply? section on this page for details.

Small-Scale and Craft Program guidelines (PDF)

Stream Two - download EOI form

At a glance

Potential value of support

Two streams of funding are currently open under the program:

Stream One – Small-Scale and Craft Business Development: Grants up to $25,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses for projects that support businesses to scale up, expand their operations and diversify their products.

Stream Two – Job Creation and Economic Development: Grants of $25,000-$200,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses for significant projects that will deliver benefits to the community and generate jobs.

Eligibility

Program guidelines and further information on eligibility criteria will be available when the program opens.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered as a business in Victoria
  • have a Victorian business address
  • be a legal entity
  • operate a small/micro agribusiness within the small-scale and craft sector i.e. cannot be a subsidiary of a larger firm
  • agree to participate in future program evaluation activities
  • meet all industrial relation obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards
  • be able to meet the agreed (minimum 50 per cent) private cash/finance contribution, and provide evidence of the contribution
  • attest to having obtained all relevant regulatory permits and approvals for the project to commence (where applicable)
  • provide relevant business information on the project, including costs.

Please refer to the Small-Scale and Craft Program Guidelines (PDF 1963.52 KB)PDF icon for further eligibility criteria.

What documentation will be required for the application?

Applicants must attach sufficient evidence to their application to verify the proposed project and the associated costs, e.g. an itemised quotation or formal cost estimate addressed to the applicant, detailed budget and project timeline. More detailed information on documentation requirements are provided in the guidelines.

How do I apply?

Please ensure you have read the Small-Scale and Craft Program Guidelines (PDF 1963.52 KB)PDF icon for a full explanation of the application and assessment process. 

Steam One applications can be submitted via the ‘Stream One – Apply Now’ button on this page by 6 December 2019.

Stream Two expressions of interest can download the Small-Scale and Craft Industry Growth EOI Form (DOCX 25.78 KB)DOCX icon. Once completed, the form needs to be emailed to artisan.ag@agriculture.vic.gov.au by 31 December 2019.

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