The Small-Scale and Craft Program is a four-year program that builds on targeting businesses looking to scale-up operations, diversify product lines, expand exports and create new jobs. Stream One provides up to $25,000 in funding for Small-Scale and Craft Business Development, while up to $200,000 can be accessed through Stream Two for Job Creation and Economic Development.
What is the funding for?
The objectives of this funding are to
- Support Victoria’s small-scale and craft agribusinesses by enabling them to elevate and expand their businesses and support other businesses in the sector, creating more jobs.
- Provide visitors with unique experiences and high-quality produce that increases tourism to the state.
Stream One: Small-Scale and Craft Business Development
- Support Victoria’s small-scale and craft agribusinesses to expand, scale-up operations and access new markets.
- For Victoria to continue to be a leader in artisanal produce, with a renewed focus on excellence and sustainability.
- An example of the type of projects that could be funded include the installation of a cool room to store more products or upgrades to a commercial kitchen.
Stream Two: Job Creation and Economic Development
- Support Victoria’s small-scale and craft agribusinesses to create regional growth through jobs, tourism or broader industry and community benefits.
- Identify opportunities to grow the sector and maintain Victoria’s reputation as a premium producer by supporting eligible businesses to build their operations.
- An example of a potential projects could include the development of a food distribution system across businesses, or shared processing or storage facilities amongst producers.
Grant funding may be used for the following types of projects:
- New equipment or small-scale infrastructure
- Product diversification
- Developing specialised skills
- Expansion into new markets, including market development strategies. Social media posts and advertising are excluded.
Eligibility – who can access this grant?
In order to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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 (Less than 20 staff)
- 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
- For grants above $50,000, provide audited financial reports for the last three financial years to enable the department to conduct a Financial Risk Assessment (including Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and notes to the accounts) and management or interim accounts for the current year, if the most recent Financial Report is more than six months old (stream two only).
For the purpose of these guidelines, operating or directly involved in Victoria’s small-scale and craft sector means:
- Business registration and business address in Victoria
- Business operations (including product(s), production or processing method(s), supply chain and customers) align with Agriculture Victoria’s definition of the Victorian small-scale and craft sector
- Where possible, local ingredients, produce and employment are used throughout the production process
- Long-term value of the project must relate to and benefit the sector
- Applicants must have less than 20 Full-Time Employees (or 20 FTE equivalent hours) – applicants outside of this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
How do I apply?
More details and eligibility criteria for this program can be found here.
Stream One – Applications must be submitted online via the Agriculture Victoria website at: agriculture.vic.gov.au/artisanag Applications for this stream close on Friday 6 December 2019
Stream Two – Stream Two is open for expressions of interest (EOI) only and close on Tuesday 31 December 2019. Expressions of interest must be completed on the template found at agriculture.vic.gov.au/artisanag and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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