Regional Development Victoria

Wine Growth Fund launched

31/03/2016

Victoria’s wine industry is set for further growth through the launch of the Wine Growth Fund today.

The Wine Growth Fund aims to develop and sustainably grow the wine industry in Victoria by providing innovative growers, organisations and projects with funding to build both domestic and international markets.

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 activities including marketing, exporting, tourism and business development.

Projects that increase wine tourism and cellar door sales, foster export markets and deliver skills and training for business development will be considered favourably.

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

The first round of grants opens today and 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 here.

As the Australian dollar drops and the strength of Victoria’s tourism grows, now is the time to increase the world’s knowledge of our premium wine offering by increasing cellar door visitation and growing exports in key markets.



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