Up to $25,000 is available from Wine Export Grants to help small and medium wine businesses get export and tourism opportunities, particularly in China and the USA.
Wine Export Grants
The Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA.
The Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package seeks to transform the Australian grape and wine industry by driving demand for wine exports and showcasing Australia’s wine tourism to the world. One of the aims of the Package, is to build the capability and capacity of small and medium wine businesses to capture export and tourism opportunities, particularly in China and the United States of America.
The Wine Export Grants are part of the Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Wine Australia is administering these reimbursement grants on behalf of the Commonwealth and in accordance with paragraph 2.9.d of the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (CGRGs) the Wine Exports Grants will be administered in accordance with the CGRGs.
The objective of the Wine Export Grant Program is to reduce the transaction costs of securing new distribution channels for wine exporters and for promoting wine exports, and in doing so increase the opportunity to grow exports from Australia to China, Hong Kong, Macau and the United States of America.
A total of $1 million will be available between 2 January 2018 and 1 May 2020. No further funding for the grant program will be made available. Applications for the Wine Export Grant will be received and assessed on a demand driven basis during this period or until the grant program’s funds have been fully committed, whichever comes first.
Wine Australia will assess applications in the order of submission and determine eligibility for grants up to AUD$25,000, subject to funding availability. The grant will be calculated as 50 per cent of total eligible expenses, plus an allowance of AUD$350 per day for all on ground and incidental costs (e.g. vehicle hire, telephone and internet costs, foreign currency exchange costs, meals, laundry, taxis, hospitality costs), including accommodation and translation or interpreter services, capped at 14 days. The allowance forms part of the maximum grant amount of AUD$25,000. The GST component of incurred expenses cannot be claimed under the Wine Export Grants program.
If you are a wine producer in Australia you may apply for the grant if you:
- had an aggregated turnover of less than AUD$20 million, including an export turnover of less than AUD$5 million, during the financial year immediately preceding your application
- promote your Australian wine product for export to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the United States of America; this includes the export promotion activities being applied for through this grant.
Once a wine producer has received advice that their application was successful, no further applications for this grant will be accepted from that producer or any associated producers.
Applications close 1 May 2020, or expiration of funds, whichever comes first.