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

The grant program has $1 million of funding for small and medium wine businesses to claim reimbursement for specific export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018.

Applicants can make a claim of up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of eligible expenses related to promotion of their wine product 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 $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.

A key objective of the Wine Export Grants is to increase the collective wine export value of grant recipients by 7–8 per cent annually by 2019–20.

 

A key objective of the Wine Export Grants is to increase the collective wine export value of grant recipients by 7–8 per cent annually by 2019–20.

Keep in mind that:

  • A reimbursement grant is only offered to small and medium wine businesses looking to export (or already exporting) to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA.
  • Businesses can claim reimbursement of up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of specific export promotion expenses incurred on or after 1 January 2018
  • Businesses must have an aggregated turnover of less than AU$20 million and export turnover of less than AU$5 million during the financial year immediately preceding their application.
  • A business can only claim once.
  • A business can only claim expenses that haven’t been funded or reimbursed by a third party other than Wine Australia.
  • The grant program is capped at AU$1 million, with funding accessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Eligible activities may include expenses related to promotional activity (costs of travel, participation at trade fairs, marketing etc.) incurred in China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA.

If you are unsure about which program you should apply for, or have any questions about how to apply, please email grants@wineaustralia.com or phone (08) 8228 2000. Alternatively, you may wish to review the FAQs.

More information about the Wine Export Grants is available at erwsp.wineaustralia.com.

Applications open Tuesday 2 January 2018.

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