Grants and how to apply

There are three grant programs within the Australian Government’s $50m Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package).

The Wine Export Grants 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. These grants are expected to open in early January 2018, once the Australian Government has finalised the guidelines.

The state-based and competitive grants 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.

Applications for the state-based and competitive grants are now open for applications. More information is included below:

Wine Export Grants (2b)

Please note: The following information is based on the draft grant guidelines, which are currently being finalised by the Australian Government. All information is therefore subject to change, pending the release of the final guidelines.

Grant

Small and medium wine exporters can claim a reimbursement grant of up to $50,000 for 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

The grant program is capped at $1 million, with funding accessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Guidelines
  • The Wine Export Grant is a reimbursement grant offered to Australian wine producers who export to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the United States and have an aggregated turnover of less than AUD $20 million during the financial year immediately preceding their application.
  • Eligible applicants may claim reimbursement for expenditure on specific export promotion activities undertaken on or after 1 January 2018. Eligible expenses may include the costs of travel for a single promotional visit, the cost of providing free samples, costs directly related to participating and promoting your product in an international trade fair, seminar or forum, or marketing and advertising collateral.
  • The aim of the grant is to reduce the transaction costs of exporting for wine exporters and, in doing so, increase opportunities to grow exports from Australia to China, Hong Kong, Macau and the USA.
  • Wine Australia will seek to make payment within four weeks of an application being approved
  • Applicants should not plan or make financial commitments that assume they’ll receive a grant.
Applications It is anticipated that grants will open in January 2018. The grant guidelines and the link to the online grant application portal will be accessible from this website when grants open.

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Competitive grants (3b) - Now open for applications

Now open for applications.

Grant

International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants provide a range of stakeholders with the opportunity to apply for small grants (up to $50k) and medium grants ($50k–$250k), offered on a competitive basis, for initiatives that will grow the number of and/or spend by tourists visiting a region of Australia for the purposes of international wine tourism.

Cash co-contributions apply and applications from eligible consortia are encouraged.

Guidelines

> Download the guidelines for the competitive grants.

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 competitive grants.  

Applications

Applications can be made online by 5pm, Friday 2 March 2018 ACDT.

> Download our user help guide for assistance with the online system.

Successful applicants must sign a grant agreement with Wine Australia. > Download the deed agreement for the competitive grants.

Please note: applications that do not meet the advertised closing date may not be accepted.

Find out about the latest consumer insights into the China and USA markets. 

State-based grants (3a) - Now open for applications

Now open for applications.

Grant

International Wine Tourism State Grants are state-based grants that provide state wine associations with access to pre-determined funding allocations to identity and plan initiatives that build international wine tourism within the state.

The pre-determined funding allocations for eligible applicants include:

  • New South Wales Wine Industry Association Incorporated (which covers the Australian Capital Territory) - $1,000,000
  • Queensland Wine Industry Association Incorporated - $500,000
  • South Australian Wine Industry Association Incorporated - $1,000,000
  • Victorian Wine Industry Association Incorporated - $1,000,000
  • Wine Industry Association of Western Australia Incorporated - $1,000,000
  • Wine Industry Tasmania Limited - $500,000

Cash co-contributions apply and applications from eligible consortia are encouraged.

Guidelines

> Download the guidelines for the state grants

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 state based grants.

Applications

> Download the application forms for the state grants

Applications can be submitted by email to grants@wineaustralia.com by 5pm, Friday 2 March 2018 ACDT.

Successful applicants must sign a grant agreement with Wine Australia. > Download the deed agreement for the state grants.

Please note: applications that do not meet the advertised closing date may not be accepted.

Find out about the latest consumer insights into the China and USA markets. 

If you are unsure about which program you should apply for, or have any questions about how to apply, please email grants@wineaustralia.com or phone (08) 8228 2000. Alternatively, you may wish to review the FAQs.

Other grants

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

Grant

The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to 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 (plus GST for their eligible cellar door sales. Total funding under the grant program will be capped at $10 million each financial year.
Dates It is anticipated that grants will open on 1 July 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. More information will be displayed on this website as it becomes available.
Guidelines The draft guidelines and finalised eligibility criteria can be accessed here.

Indicative timelines

Wine Export Grants open for application 2 January 2018
Wine Export Grant applications close 1 May 2020, or expiration of funds, whichever comes first
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.


Unsure about which grant program to apply for or about the application process?

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