Gourmet food producers in the Scenic Rim are being encouraged to apply for up to $5000 to access professional advice, mentoring and digital support to help grow their business.
Applications are open until 22 August, 2019 for the Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program, being offered through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
This opportunity builds on the support and opportunities already available to Scenic Rim artisan producers through the annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, the year-round Eat Local Scenic Rim Accredited Locavore program and the Scenic Rim’s presence at Regional Flavours and the Ekka (Royal Queensland Show).
To be eligible for an Artisan Producer Grant, a business must:
- be a local artisan producer of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages)
- have a registered business name
- have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- have Queensland headquarters (read the Guidelines FAQs for more information)
- not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt
- use ingredients in a unique or skilled manner
- be sensitive to the impact of production on people and environment
Businesses can use the funding to participate in training or engage a consultant, advisor or business coach for up to three months to help establish or grow their business.
The training, advice or services must fall under one or more of the following areas:
- mentoring/coaching, professional business advice (i.e. information technology, legal, financial or digital)
- business and strategic planning e.g. business growth or risk management plans, food safety plans
- marketing, branding or digital strategy development, including market research (some content or implementation activities will be considered but no advertising costs)
- website development or upgrades or technology for e-commerce (selling and receiving payments electronically)
Successful applicants will be able to access a 50 per cent contribution of up to $5000 following the completion of their project. The minimum funding amount is $1000 (i.e. the value of the project must be at least $2000).
Applications close at 5pm, 22 August, 2019.
More information about the grants is available at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/grants/artisan-producer
To discuss Artisan Producer Grants, phone Council’s Economic Development team on 5540 5474.