Small-scale and craft producers across the state have received a funding boost to help grow their businesses and generate jobs thanks to grants from the Victorian Government.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes visited Dreaming Goat Dairy in Monegeetta to announce the more than 130 businesses that will share in $2 million from the Small-Scale and Craft Program Business Development Grants to help them scale up, expand operations and diversify their product ranges.
Dreaming Goat Dairy produces a range of handcrafted cheeses and yogurts, with a focus on sustainability. Their grant will provide support for new infrastructure and equipment upgrades, allowing the dairy to expand their product line and grow their business.
Other businesses to receive support include several craft beer breweries, a range of specialist distilleries, sourdough bakeries, specialist livestock farmers, and horticulture such as mushrooms and olives.
Many of these businesses host tasting rooms or outlets on their properties for visitors to try their produce, whilst also supplying to restaurants and bars or exporting their products internationally.
The diverse range of businesses reflects the crucial role the small-scale and craft sector plays in regional economies, providing jobs and attracting tourists, as well as generating overseas sales.
The Small-Scale and Craft Program Business Development Grants are part of the Government’s $10.2 million commitment over four years to support the sector. A further round of grants for larger projects worth up to $200,000 each will be announced later this year (2020).
For a full list of recipients and to find out more about the Small-Scale and Craft Program, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/artisanag.
Source: Vic Government