The Andrews Labor Government is backing our artisanal sector across Victoria, today announcing the first of many grants to support producers to expand their businesses.
Pink Muesli will benefit from a $5,000 grant from the Labor Government, which will help the business upgrade their production equipment from household grade to industrial.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced the grant with Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas while visiting the Daylesford Farmers’ Market site today.
Pink Muesli produces unique, premium, hand-made vegetable muesli using ingredients from two local organic farmers, with beetroot-based recipes which gives the muesli its distinctive pink colour.
The grant will better enable the business to meet demand and interest from domestic and overseas markets.
This is the first of more than $70,000 in grants to be announced this week to help artisanal businesses with skills and training, equipment and small-scale projects and services.
The grants opened for applications in September to address the immediate needs of artisanal producers to make essential small-scale investments in equipment, skills and services that result in business growth or improvements.
Artisanal businesses can still apply for stage one artisanal sector grants of up to $5,000 until 31 January 2019.
Expressions of interest for stage two grants are now being accepted. Stage two grants will fund larger scale projects, with applications to open in the first half of 2019.