Grants & Funding
Drought Ready and Resilient Fund
The NSW Government has committed $250 million to establish the Drought Ready and Resilient Fund (DRRF). The DRRF is an initiative designed to bolster the resilience of NSW farmers – including winemakers - to future adverse weather events and climatic conditions, such as drought.
Through the DRRF eligible primary producers can apply for a low interest loan of up to $250,000 which can be repaid over a period of 5 or 10 years.
More information is available online. Applications are now open and will close when the funding is exhausted.
Electric Vehicle Grants
Round 2 of the EV Destination Charging Grants are currently open. The $20 million NSW Government initiative helps regional businesses by co-funding (up to 75%) the purchase and installation of EV chargers. An EV charger is a step into a growing market and can promote a new stream of visitors. It's a reason for EV drivers to choose you over other business and stay longer.
Applications close: Friday 3 May 2024 AEDT 5 pm
More information is available on the EV Destination Charging Grants website
Building Resilient Regional Communities
Applications are now open for grants of up to $20,000 or $50,000 for events and initiatives to strengthen communities and capability for drought preparedness.
A host of NSW wine region LGA's have been prioritised for funding and applications are being sought from locally based, not-for-profit organisations to undertake one-off events.
The grants are one of five program elements that are part of the Future Drought Fund’s Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative which aims to build strong networks and local leadership in agriculture-dependent communities. For more information, including program guidelines, eligibility, and how to apply you can visit the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal website.
There are no more grants currently available. Below is information on previous grant applications for your reference.
Cellar Door Grants
The FIFTH round of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants (Cellar Door Grants) opens on Tuesday 1st August 2023.
Four annual rounds of the program have already been completed to date.
The objective of the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant is to support producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism.
Wine producers who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to access an annual grant of up to $100,000 (GST exclusive) for their eligible domestic cellar door sales. Total funding under the grant program will be capped at $10 million each financial year.
To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the following criteria in 2022-23:
- be a wine or cider producer with an active ABN and valid liquor licence
- have made at least $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) in sales of rebatable wine in the 2022/2023 financial year
- accrue rebatable domestic cellar door sales in excess of any such sales used to meet the $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) threshold in the relevant financial year
- have paid the WET on all eligible sales used as part of the application, and
- have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year and/or their related entity/ies have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year.
For more information and to apply, visit www.wineaustralia.com/wine-tourism-and-cellar-door-grants or contact Wine Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 8228 2000.
Applications close 5pm ACDT on Saturday 30 September 2023.