Small-scale businesses will have the chance to stretch themselves further, following the introduction of a new grants program from the state government.

Local member Steve McGhie launched the government’s $10 million Small-Scale and Craft Program last week, and encouraged all small-scale producers across the region to apply.

“Victoria’s small-scale and craft producers have enormous potential to take the state’s phenomenal produce to the world – we’re backing their expansions, job creation and new products,” Mr McGhie said.

“If you’re one of Victoria’s unique, small-scale food, craft beer or spirit producers, I encourage you to apply for a grant – and if you’re a Victorian who loves good food and drink, get out and support our stellar local producers.”

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft producers for projects that support businesses to scale up, expand their operations and diversify their products, while grants of $25,000 to $200,000 will go to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses for significant projects that will deliver benefits to the community and generate jobs.

Applications are open until December 6. Larger grants are open until December 31. Details: agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/food-and-fibre-industries/artisanal-agriculture