New Grants

The Small-Scale and Craft Program is a four-year program that supports agribusinesses looking to scale-up operations, diversify product lines, expand exports, create new jobs and strengthen tourism in Victoria.


Applications for Stream Three under the Small-Scale and Craft Program are now open.

  • Opening date – 23 September 2021
  • Closing date – 19 November 2021 at 11:59pm

This round is a little bit different to previous grants under the Program and will require projects to benefit multiple producers.

Stream Three aims to:

  • create cohesive visitor experiences that showcase Victoria’s premium small-scale and craft products and have the potential to become an ongoing tourist attraction
  • develop new agri-visitor experiences across Victoria
  • ensure Victoria continues to be a leader in artisanal produce, showcasing the sector’s excellence, resilience, sustainability and local job creation
  • create opportunities for communities and visitors to engage with the unique small-scale and craft sector
  • increase understanding of and customer connection with Victoria’s small-scale agribusinesses

Grant amounts

Stream Three offers grant funding of up to $100,000. Recipients are required to make a cash co-contribution of a minimum of 25% of the total cost of the project.

Only one application per project will be accepted. Projects must benefit multiple small-scale and craft agribusinesses; letters of support from the agribusinesses must be attached to the application.

Eligible Projects

Stream Three will prioritise projects that:

  • Benefit multiple small-scale and craft agribusinesses
  • Improve the agri-tourism offering of the local region
  • Offer ongoing experiences, rather than one off events or one-off experiences.

Eligible Expenditures

Eligible expenditure includes but is not limited to:

  • Visitor experience project planning and/or delivery, e.g., development and delivery of food trails
  • Diversification of local agri-tourism offering
  • Project management costs (capped at 10% of total project costs)
  • Marketing costs – initial establishment costs for digital marketing, advertising, promotional collateral


To apply, applicants must:

  • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered as a business in Victoria
  • operate a business in Victoria
  • be a legal entity
  • show benefit to multiple small-scale and craft agribusinesses operating 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 workplace and employment obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards and the rights and obligations under applicable industrial awards
  • provide relevant business information on the project, including costs

Past recipients

Under the Program, three grant rounds have been delivered:

Stream One — Small-Scale and Craft Business Development: Grants of up to $25,000 for projects that support businesses to scale up/expand their operations and diversify their products.
Stream One: Round Two — Grants of up to $15,000 to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses, that support projects to modernise equipment or adopt new technologies, access new markets, or develop specialised skills.
Stream Two — Job Creation and Economic Development: Grants of $25,000 – $200,000 for significant projects that delivered benefits to the community, increase tourism and jobs and encourage collaboration among the sector.

Expert Assistance

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