SPECIAL EDITION | October 12 2020
Dear NSW wine industry,
 
The NSW Wine Industry Association is delighted to announce and support a new (up to) $10,000 grant to selected wine grape growers in NSW and the ACT to support their recovery.

This grant only applies to growers in those Local Government Areas that are located outside of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) eligible for the Emergency Bushfire Response in Primary Industries (EBRPI) or Small Business Bushfire Support grants.

The eligible LGA’s are: Yass Valley, Cabonne , Cowra, Junee, Temora, Hilltops, Newcastle, Maitland, Dungog, Orange, Blayney, Hay, Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Lachlan, Bland, Lockhart, Federation, Murrumbidgee, Edward River

There are some conditions attached to these grants (aside from being in one of the above LGA’s. They include:
  • holding an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster;
  • demonstrate the 2020 vintage of wine grape harvest was tainted by smoke from the 2019-20 bushfires and be able to provide evidence to support that claim;
  • have suffered a decline in revenue or grapes harvested of 40% or more in a relevant three-month period (compared to a relevant three-month period in the previous year) since 31 August 2019. Note: In the case of revenue, applicants are not required to demonstrate that this was caused by bushfire or smoke taint.

This grant, provided by the Federal Government is similar (in amount and criteria) to the recent Bushfire Recovery Grant of $10k, but please be aware that this is an additional grant and can be applied for if you already had secured the $10k Bushfire Recovery Grant.

This grant will be administered by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority - please see guidelines HERE

You can apply for the grant HERE

Applications are open until 15 December 2020

Please do not self assess. If you are unsure about your availability, please contact the RAA on:
Phone:         1800 678 593
Email:           rural.assist@raa.nsw.gov.au

This grant has been given federally after significant lobbying from both the NSW Wine Industry Association and also Australian Grape and Wine, as well as several local regions and individuals.

Please note: We are also waiting this week on the results of the Wine Industry Sector Development Grants submitted by various individuals, regions as well as the NSW Wine Industry Association. These grants formed part of the $140m Bushfire Industry Recovery Package to support forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries impacted by the recent bushfires. We hope to announce further good news in relation to this.

Regards,
Mark Bourne (President) and Angus Barnes (Executive Officer)
NSW Wine Industry Association