Funding program open for agrifood and beverage businesses

Vanya Cullen and Solstice with Tilwin Westrup (left) and Jon Berry of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre
Vanya Cullen and Solstice with Tilwin Westrup (left) and Jon Berry of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Photo: Nicky Lefebvre

Regional agrifood and beverage business are being called to apply for funding with a grant pool of up to $700,000 available.

The McGowan Government announced the second round of the Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program, which aims to grow and diversify operations for Western Australia's food and beverage businesses.

Vouchers of up to $10,000 are up for grabs to access expert advice to help with business development.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said many of the State's agrifood businesses could benefit from sourcing professional advice.

"This program has already provided 73 vouchers to food and beverage businesses across the State," Ms MacTiernan said.

"It has helped WA businesses become more adaptable and competitive - from seafood companies developing new export lines to Singapore to a cider company rebranding to become more competitive and a wine company developing a new e-commerce platform.

As we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time for local agribusinesses to take the next step of growth, helping to drive local jobs around the State.

Alannah MacTiernan, Agriculture and Food Minister

"As we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time for local agribusinesses to take the next step of growth, helping to drive local jobs around the State."

The Western Australian program supports small to medium enterprises to engage a professional consultant or technical expert to support their business across nine categories: Business Planning; Quality Assurance; Market Positioning; E-Commerce Planning; Digital and Technology Advice; Export Capability Building; Technical Expertise; Planning for Investment; and Transitioning to Manufacturing.

Vanya Cullen said a successful round one application had seen Cullen Wines receive a grant to help further their technical knowledge and refine their biodynamic viticulture practices.

Find out more

Vouchers are available for eligible agrifood and beverage businesses across metropolitan and regional areas on a dollar for dollar co-contribution basis.

Applications close on December 11, 2020.

More information is available at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's website at www.agric.wa.gov.au/AFBvoucherprogram