Up to $5,000 is available from Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program to help artisan food or non-alcoholic beverage producers grow their business and access new markets.
Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program
Small Business Artisan Producer Grants provides funding to artisan producers of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) to help them grow and market their business.
Queensland consumers are increasingly sourcing gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) from artisan producers to enhance their food experience. This shift in food trends is reflected by increasing interest in the “paddock to plate” food experience; growing consumer interest in organic, gourmet and specialised produce; and a preference to buy locally made products.
To provide Queenslanders with more opportunities to shop locally and to support Queensland artisan producers to gain an economic outcome and potential for economic growth, 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 Small Business Artisan Producer Grants 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.
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).
Businesses may use the funding to 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 be in 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
- website development or upgrades or technology for e-commerce (selling and receiving payments electronically)
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.
To be eligible, you must:
- be an artisan producer of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) based in Queensland
- have a registered business name
- have fewer than 20 employees
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be headquartered in Queensland
- not be insolvent or have owners / directors that are an undischarged bankrupt
- use ingredients in a unique or skilled manner
- be sensitive to the impact of production on people and environment
Applications close 22 August 2019.