With consumers increasingly sourcing gourmet foods from artisan producers across the state, the Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT), is making grants available specifically to artisan food and non-alcoholic beverage producers.
As artisanal producers face unique challenges in accessing market opportunities, this grant will enable them to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing or growing their business.
The objectives of the program are to:
How much can you apply for and what can it be used for?
If successful, a 50% funding contribution of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is provided following completion of your project. The applicant needs to meet the eligibility and assessment criteria to be considered and must provide satisfactory evidence of the project’s completion to obtain funding. The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000 (i.e. the value of the project is at least $2,000).
Projects proposed will see businesses participate in training, engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach for up to three months to help establish or grow the business.
The training, advice or services must fall under one or more of the following areas:
Who can apply?
All small artisan producers based in Queensland that operate within the gourmet food sector (including non-alcoholic beverages) can apply.
For the purpose of this grant, an artisan producer of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) is a small business that transforms or processes a single, or combination of, locally supplied or seasonal ingredients to provide a product for public sale.
Further eligibility criteria apply. See the full PDF here for details and application information.
Applications open 11 July 2019 and close on 22 August 2019. You can lodge an application online at www.business.qld.gov.au/artisanproducer