Grants available for food and wine innovation

26 January 2015

The State Government is making almost $500,000 in grants available for Riverland, Murraylands and Limestone Coast food and wine businesses looking to grow through innovation.

The $2.7 million, four-year Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program is aimed at helping food and wine businesses in these regions to explore new opportunities for growth by forming and developing industry clusters.

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.

Round 2 is now open, with successful applicants eligible for grants totalling $490,000.

Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said industry collaboration could help businesses improve productivity and competitiveness.

“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,” he 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.”

The application process for Round 2 grants will open on Friday January 30, and will close on Friday March 27. Funding deeds with successful applicants should be completed by the end of May.

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

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

Interested parties should contact Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) for further information.

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