Artisanal Sector Program

11 January 2019
Artisanal Sector Program

Victoria’s best artisanal producers will be supported to employ more staff, upgrade equipment and grow their businesses to take Victorian produce to the world, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today visited Blue Tongue Berries in Seymour, who received support through the first round of the Victorian Government’s Artisanal Sector program to purchase a solar water pump that will allow the blueberry plantation to operate completely off-grid.

Blue Tongue Berries is one of 29 successful applicants to share in $136,800 in the first round of grants alongside a goat cheese producer, a Celtic bakery, an aquaponics business and berry, rhubarb and vegetable producers.

The grants will help artisanal producers and food businesses invest in the skills and training, equipment and small-scale projects they need to grow their businesses.

The Victorian Government’s Artisanal Sector program was launched in 2018 to support Victoria’s artisan agriculture and premium food producers, alongside the launch of the Artisanal Sector Roadmap, which provides a framework to support and grow the sector across Victoria.

Eligible producers can continue to apply for up to $5,000 in the first round of grants until 31 January 2019.

Expressions of interest for the second round of the Artisanal Sector program, which will fund larger projects, are now being accepted, with applications to open later in 2019.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/artisanag

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