Funding for small-scale and craft producers in Vic
The Victorian Government has announced the latest round of funding for the Small-Scale and Craft Program, which looks to boost funding for small-scale and craft producers.
Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visited Victorian craft brewery AC Hops in Dean to launch the latest grants from the $10.2 million program, which has already injected nearly $4.3 million into the industry.
Under the program, AC Hops received funding to expand its hop yard, increasing production and enabling the business to offer a wider product range, thanks to specialised equipment such as a hot pelletiser and cool room.
AC Hops owner Alistair Tippett said the funding supported the company in fast-tracking plans to give craft breweries access to local farmgate hops.
“It also greatly assisted us in purchasing the specialised equipment needed to produce the best quality hops,” he said.
Eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to modernise their equipment or adopt new technologies, diversify their product range, access new markets or develop specialised skills.
Alongside AC Hops, several other small-scale and craft producers across Victoria have received grants through the program — including cultured butter manufacturers, gourmet vegetable growers, gin distillers and smoked meat producers.
Thomas said the new stream of funding will make sure even more Victorian producers can grow their business, welcome more visitors and boost local economies.
“We are helping producers like AC Hops to grow their business to meet the interest from people who want to know more about where their produce comes from and want to support local makers,” she said.
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