Grants available for food and wine innovation

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Food and wine businesses from Riverland, Murraylands and Limestone Coast looking to grow through innovation will now be able to apply for grants under the State Government’s $2.7 million, four-year Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program aimed at helping businesses in these regions to explore new opportunities for growth by forming and developing industry clusters.

Image credit: flickr User: rpavich
Image credit: flickr User: rpavich

Round 1 of the Program delivered $487,000 in grants to seven innovative projects, including the Murraylands Food Alliance, the Riverland Food and Wine Group, the Southern Mallee Cluster Group, and the Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster.

According to the media release by Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Leon Bignell, Round 2 of the Program will open on Friday, 30 January, and will close on Friday, 27 March, with successful applicants eligible for grants totalling $490,000.

“Successful applicants from the wine, meat, agriculture, horticulture, and dairy industries will be able to use the funding to work together to create efficiencies and ensure they have a sustainable future,” Mr Bignell said.

“Growth through collaboration and innovation also strongly supports the State Government’s strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment. Efficient and sustainable industries help to secure South Australia’s world-class food production, and enhances the reputation of our food producers and regions.”

Applications will be assessed against criteria including how the project contributes to the State Government’s priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment. Further, the project must be represented by a group of firms or businesses that can be identified as a sector or industry group, and to have a direct connection to either the Riverland, Murraylands, or Limestone Coast.

Individual grants of up to $70,000 are available.