Smoke Taint Grants
Recently, the Australian Government announced a new measure, adding to the government’s comprehensive suite of bushfire support for our primary producers and agricultural industries.
This assistance acknowledges that the impact on wine grapes extends beyond the fire scar. In some cases, smoke taint from the bushfires has led to a loss of the harvest for the 2020 vintage. This is estimated to be around 60,000 tonnes of wine grapes lost.
Smoke Taint Grants will provide up to $10,000 to eligible wine grape producers who lost crops as a result of smoke taint from the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
Access to grants
The grants will be available to smoke impacted wine grape producers who cannot access the $75,000 primary producer emergency bushfire response grant. Grants must be matched by a dollar-for-dollar financial co‑contribution.
The Australian Government is currently working with relevant state governments to ensure funding is available as soon as possible.
More information on eligibility and accessing the program will be available in the coming weeks.
Read the media release on smoke taint grants and other new bushfire measures.