The NSW Wine Industry Association ( NSWWIA) is delighted to announce today (19 May, 2020) that as part of the NSW Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package, 2 new grants will be made to a section of the viticulture industry affected by fire. These 2 grants form part of the Supply Chain Support Grants (Stream 1), opening 19 May and closing 12 June 2020 (5pm AEST).

These grants are the result of much lobbying on behalf of the wine grape industry by the NSWWIA (and others) and represent a welcome victory for the wine grape industry in these difficult times.

Repair and Replanting Grant  - click HERE f or full details.
This is for businesses which had vineyards in active production which were directly damaged by fire.
Grants are available up to $20,000 dollars per burnt hectare, to be matched by an equal cash or in-kind contribution from the business.

Recovery Grant (non-disaster declared areas) - click HERE for full details.
Businesses must be in a Local Government Areas (LGAs) not declared under the natural disaster provisions (Orange, Cabonne, Yass and Hilltops). A smoke taint test, or similar evidence will be required to demonstrate impact, and proof of a decline in revenue of 40% or more in a 3-month period, compared to the same period in the previous year, as a result of the bushfire.

See the Local Government Areas (LGAs) HERE

Please note that if your business is located in a bushfire declared LGA, you already have access to separate grants and loans as per this LINK

Maximum $10,000 per business

Detailed information about the program, including the viticulture industry fact sheet (for Stream 1) will be available via  www.nsw.gov.au/bushfire-industry-recovery-package  

Key dates:
  • Supply Chain Support Grants (Stream 1) – Opens 19 May and closes 12 June 2020 (5pm AEST)

A further announcement with regards to additional bushfire support will be made in the near future.

Please note, this correspondence is for industry only at this point. The NSW Government is planning a full media release later this week. Please respect their wishes and refrain from sharing in external communications or on social media until the full announcement has been made.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mark Bourne (President)
Angus Barnes (Executive Officer)