$50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package and the $10 million Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program.

Monday, Jan 1, 2018

Wine Australia provided an information briefing on the grant components of the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package and the $10 million Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program.

There are three grants under the Package:

  • Program 2: Wine Export Grants are offered to small and medium wine exporters for specific export promotion activities aimed at increasing wine exports to China and the US. Applicants will be eligible for grants of up to $50,000 under this program.
  • Program 3a: Capturing Growth in International Tourism State Grantsprovide state wine industry associations with access to funding to support a collaborative, strategic approach towards attracting and maximizing international wine tourism.
  • Program 3b: Capturing Growth in International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants provide a range of stakeholders across Australia with the opportunity to apply for funding, on a competitive basis, towards initiatives that will grow international tourism in wine areas.

For more information on the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package see:

https://www.wineaustralia.com/whats-happening/export-and-regional-wine-support-package

Wine Australia Presentation - $50 million Project

 

Export and Regional Wine Support Package

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Wine Export Grants open for applications

The Wine Export Grants program is part of the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package), which aims to drive demand for wine exports and showcase Australia's wine tourism to the world.

Administered by Wine Australia, the grant program has $1 million in funding for eligible small and medium wine businesses to claim up to 50 per cent reimbursement for specific export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis, it is encouraged for wine businesses to download the guidelines and prepare their applications.

Please note:

  • the grant acts as a reimbursement for costs already incurred (i.e. expenses actually paid, not estimated)
  • in each case, the cost must be incurred on or after 1 January 2018
  • applicants can download the eligible expenses table which outlines the supporting documentation required to claim eligible costs, and

in the interest of transparency, we will be maintaining information on the Wine Australia website about the value of Wine Export Grant monies that have been committed, and the remaining balance available for applicants to access

 Application details and guidelines for the Wine Export Grants are available at erwsp.wineaustralia.com.

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Guidelines for Wine Export Grants available

The Australian Government has released the guidelines for the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package) Wine Export Grants, prior to applications opening on 2 January 2018.

The Wine Export Grant is a reimbursement grant offered to small and medium wine businesses for specific export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

Capped at $1 million in total, the program invites wine businesses to claim up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of eligible expenses related to marketing their wine products for export to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA. The grants will be accessed on a first come, first served basis. 

Administered by Wine Australia, the Wine Export Grants are a component of the Australian Government's $50m Package, which aims to grow the Australian wine sector by driving demand for wine exports and showcasing Australia's wine tourism to the world. 

Applications open at 9.00am Tuesday 2 January 2018 ACDT

Who is eligible? 

If you are a wine producer in Australia, you may apply for the Wine Export Grant if you:

NB: Once a wine producer has received advice that his/her application was successful, no further applications for this grant will be accepted from that producer or any associated producers.   

What is eligible?

The grant will be calculated as 50 per cent of total eligible expenses, plus an allowance of AU$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 in countries other than Australia, hospitality costs), including accommodation and translation or interpreter services, capped at 14 days.The allowance forms part of the maximum grant amount of AU$25,000.

The applicant must be away from Australia for more than 12 hours of any given day to be eligible for their daily allowance. 

Eligible expenses include:

  • the cost of travel for a single promotional visit to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA 
  • the cost of providing free samples of the product you are promoting for export
  • participation and promotion of your product in an international trade fair or private exhibition based in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA
  • marketing and advertising collateral.

Please refer to the Wine Export Grant guidelines for more detailed descriptions of the eligible expenses.

What is ineligible?

You cannot claim expenses that: 

  • were incurred before 1 January 2018
  • are a GST component of any incurred expenses
  • were incurred by an associated producer to that which is making the claim
  • are not promotional (such as product development/refinement)
  • related to promotional or advertising activity in markets other than China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA
  • relate to promotional or advertising activity outside of the promotional visit being claimed for, with the exception of marketing and advertising collateral 
  • are salaries, commissions or discounts
  • relate to travel insurance
  • are or will be funded or reimbursed by a third party other than Wine Australia
  • are in payment of an Australian tax, levy or charge
  • relate to an activity which is illegal or unlawful under Australian law or under the law of the third-party country in which the activity occurred
  • are incidental on-ground costs which will be covered through the daily allowance (vehicle hire, telephone and internet costs, foreign currency exchange costs, meals, laundry, taxis in countries other than Australia, hospitality costs, accommodation or translating/interpreting services). 

Please refer to the Wine Export Grant guidelines for more information about ineligible expenses. 

What resources are available to help?

Wine Australia has prepared online resources to help you with your grant applications. These include:

If you have any questions or can’t find the information you are looking for, please phone (08) 8228 2000 or email grants@wineaustralia.com

In the interest of transparency, Wine Australia will maintain real time information on the Wine Australia website about the value of Wine Export Grant monies that have been committed, and the remaining balance available for applicants to access. 
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International wine tourism grants now open:

State wine associations, eligible consortia and entities can now apply for funding through the Australian Government’s International Wine Tourism State Grants (state grants) and International Wine Tourism Competitive Grants (competitive grants).
There is $5 million available under each grant to support exciting tourism initiatives that will grow the number of and/or spend by international tourists visiting a wine region of Australia.
Eligible state wine associations, consortia and entities must submit an application using the Wine Australia grant instructions by 5pm, Friday 2 March ACDT. This is the final closing date.

Learn how to apply here

What is eligible?

Under the state grants, state wine industry associations can apply for pre-determined funding allocations to support:  

  • research to inform the development of wine tourism strategies within the state directed at growing international wine tourism
  • facilitation of collaborative planning processes to develop wine tourism strategies within the state directed at growing international wine tourism
  • implementation of international wine tourism activities identified in a strategy developed by an Australian state wine association of an Australian state government,
  • trialling new initiatives specifically aimed at growing international wine tourism.

Under the competitive grants, a broad range of stakeholders can apply for small grants (up to $50,000) and medium grants ($50,001 to $250,000) for:

  • wine tourism marketing targeted at attracting international tourists
  • wine marketing campaigns targeted at attracting international tourists to a particular region
  • wine events that aim to increase international wine tourism and visitor spend
  • infrastructure (hard or soft) which aims to build international wine tourism, and/or

innovative products or services which enable or complement international wine tourism and benefit multiple businesses in a particular region.

What resources are available to help?

Wine Australia has prepared online resources to help you with your grant applications. These include:

If you have any questions or can’t find the information you are looking for, please contact us on (08) 8228 2000 or at grants@wineaustralia.com