Smoke Taint and Apple Recovery Grants

Boost for wine grape producers

Wine grape producers in smoke-impacted wine regions can soon access up to $10,000 to support their recovery efforts.

Worth $5 million, this grants program targets businesses not currently activated for the $75,000 primary producer grants. Grants may be used to cover salaries, rent, wages, utilities, equipment, fuel, business development, building resiliency and/or financial advice.

Wine grape producers must be able to:

  • provide evidence of smoke taint
  • show they have experienced a decline in income of 40 per cent or more since 1 August 2019
  • match the grant dollar-for-dollar with a private financial co-contribution.

Businesses that have received a $75,000 primary producer grant or $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support Grant are not eligible for this grant.

Subscribe to the NBRA newsletter or visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website to receive information on application processes and eligibility criteria, once available.

Apple grower grants

Bushfire-impacted apple growers will soon have access to a $31 million grants program to help progress their recovery efforts.

Grants of up to $120,000 per hectare will be available to eligible growers. They can be used to:

  • replace stock, damaged irrigation infrastructure, poles, trellises, and netting
  • clean-up damaged infrastructure or undertake site preparation not funded through other programs.

Subscribe to the NBRA newsletter or visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website to receive information on application processes and eligibility criteria, once available.