ACT Smoke Taint Grants

What is the ACT Smoke Taint Grants?

The ACT Smoke Taint Grants is a program that supports ACT wine grape producers who have suffered crop damage due to smoke taint as a result of the 2019-20 bushfires.



The objective of the ACT Smoke Taint Grants, made by agreement between the Commonwealth and relevant State Governments under category D of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), is to support wine grape producers who have suffered crop damage from smoke taint caused by the Black Summer 2019-20 bushfires, and who are located outside the areas that are eligible for the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries (EBRPI) and Small Business Bushfire support grants.



The grant amount is for up to $10,000 (GST does not apply) per eligible business. Applicants are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar cocontribution to the value of the grant they apply for.

Eligible co-contributions can include any combination of:

  • cash-on-hand,
  • commercial loans or government concessional loans, or
  • eligible expenses already incurred since August 2019. Refer Section 3 for more information about eligible expenses. To be clear, the co-contribution can be for different items to the grant as long as the co-contribution is an eligible expense


Eligible Projects

Eligible activities and expenses do not need to be directly related to smoke taint. Grants are provided to support eligible wine grape producers to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses.

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • meeting standing business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent
  • seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business
  • adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires
  • developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities
  • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters

Applicants are required to make a dollar-for-dollar co-contribution to the value of the grant applied for.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a wine grape producer
  • hold an Australian business number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
  • be located outside of the local government areas eligible for the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries (EBRPI) grant or the Small Business Bushfire Support grant
  • have had the 2020 vintage of wine grape harvest tainted by smoke from the 2019-20 bushfires and be able to provide evidence to support that claim
  • have suffered a decline in revenue or grapes harvested of 40% or more in a relevant 3-month period (compared to a relevant 3-month period in the previous year) since 1 August 2019



Applications close 31 December 2020.


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