The Australian Government’s $50m Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) includes three grant programs.
The Wine Export Grants – currently open for applications – are designed to support small to medium wine exporters in capturing export opportunities in China and the USA, by offering reimbursement grants for specific export promotion activities from January 2018.
The state-based and competitive grants – now closed – are designed to support the growth of regional wine tourism, by providing funding for new international wine tourism initiatives that will attract international tourists to our regions.
More information is included below:
Wine Export Grants (2b) - Now open for applications
Now open for applications
Please read the grant guidelines and application details below before lodging an application. Once you have read the guidelines, we encourage you to review the Wine Export Grant checklist to ensure that your application is complete.
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Small and medium wine businesses can claim a reimbursement grant of up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018, plus an allowance of AU$350 per day for all on ground and incidental costs, capped at 14 days. The allowance forms part of the maximum grant amount of AU$25,000. Applicants cannot claim the GST component of any incurred expenses.
In recognition of the high demand for these grants, the total pool of funding has been increased to $1.5 million. Funding is accessed on a first-come, first-served basis and businesses can only make one claim for reimbursement.
Below is an indication of remaining funds which is updated every time funding is committed under the Wine Export Grant program. You may need to click the ‘refresh’ or ‘reload’ button on your internet browser to see the latest updates to the figures.
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See the link to the guidelines below for more information.
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> Download the guidelines for the Wine Export Grants
Please note: Wine Australia has released two addenda (February 2018) to the Wine Export Grants guidelines, which can be accessed via the links below:
The grant guidelines are also available on GrantConnect, the Australian Government’s grants information system, as required by the Commonwealth Grant Rules Guidelines.
Note: Our frequently asked questions will be updated regularly to reflect questions received regarding the Wine Export Grants.
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Applications can be made online by 5pm, 1 May 2020 ACDT. However, as the grant program is capped at $1.5 million, it will close once the funding is exhausted.
- Please note: Wine Australia requires a statutory declaration to be submitted in conjunction with the grant application, along with any supporting documentation, at the time of the submission.
- > Download the eligible expenses table which indicates the supporting documentation required to claim eligible costs.
- Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer from Wine Australia, which will include an explanation of any ineligible expenses that were applied for but are not being granted.
> Download our user help guide for assistance with the online system.
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Competitive grants (3b) - Applications closed
State-based grants (3a) - Applications closed
In addition to the three grants within the Export and Regional Wine Support Package, Wine Australia will be responsible for administering the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant.
The grant is part of a coordinated suite of measures developed with the Australian grape and wine community after extensive consultations on reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate arrangements. It complements the components of the Package, which are being implemented from 2018 to 2020.
Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant - Opening 1 July 2019
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The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support producers who add value by attracting visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism.
Wine producers who have met the eligibility criteria in the preceding financial year will be able to access an annual grant of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) for their eligible rebatable domestic cellar door sales. Total funding under the grant program will be capped at $10 million each financial year.
|Dates ||Applications will open for round 1 (2018-19 financial year) on 1 July 2019 and will close at 5pm ACST 30 September 2019. |
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> Download the guidelines for the Cellar Door Grants The grant guidelines are also available on GrantConnect, the Australian Government’s grants information system, as required by the Commonwealth Grant Rules Guidelines.
|Applications ||Instructions on how to apply will be displayed on this website as the information becomes available. |
|Expert Assessment Panel reviews competitive grant applications ||5 March to 30 March 2018 |
|Expert Assessment Panel reviews state grant applications and resubmissions on a rolling basis ||5 March to 26 October 2018 |
|Approval of state and competitive grant applications and negotiation of funding agreements on a rolling basis ||From April 2018 |
|Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants applications open – year 1 ||1 July 2019 |
|Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants applications close – year 1 ||30 September 2019 |
Note: All dates are indicative and subject to Government approval.