Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Available

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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:

  • support Queensland gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) artisan producers to establish and grow their business
  • encourage entrepreneurship and increase business skills
  • improve business sustainability, resilience, innovation and capability
  • enhance their gourmet food expertise and ability to value add to their business through professional business advice
  • assist artisan producers to access new market opportunities or improve access to existing markets
  • provide Queenslanders with more opportunities to go local
  • create an environment that makes it easier to do business.

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:

  • mentoring/coaching, professional business advice (i.e. information technology, legal, financial or digital)
  • business and strategic planning e.g. business growth or risk management plans, food safety plans
  • marketing, branding or digital strategy development, including market research (some content or implementation activities will be considered but no advertising costs)
  • website development or upgrades or technology for e-commerce (selling and receiving payments electronically).

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 

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