Agrifood and beverage voucher program

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Applications for the Agrifood and beverage voucher program have closed.

Western Australian food and beverage manufacturers can apply for vouchers valued up to $10 000 to engage consultants or technical experts to help grow their business.

The Agrifood and Beverage Voucher Program supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across regional and metro WA to overcome potential barriers to growth, reduce risks around planned expenditure and capture new opportunities for growth.

This round of vouchers also supports primary producers looking to transition to manufacturing to take steps towards producing value-added food and beverages.

Check out comments from previous participants of the program who redeemed vouchers to grow and expand their businesses.

About this round

$700,000 worth of vouchers are available in this round for WA agrifood and beverage manufacturers to engage business consultants or technical experts.

Vouchers will be provided to competitive WA businesses that meet the eligibility criteria and whose business development objectives are most closely aligned with the State Government’s objectives of growing and diversifying the state’s economy, and job creation through sustained business growth and improved competitiveness.

Vouchers will be offered on a competitive application basis to support contracting professional consultancy services in one or more of the following nine categories:

  1. Business Planning (e.g. business evaluation/plan)
  2. Quality Assurance (e.g. quality planning, QA certification and HACCP plans)
  3. Market Positioning (e.g. marketing plan, competitor analysis; market segmentation; customer insights; branding; and packaging design)
  4. E-Commerce Planning (e.g. online export strategy development, platform and domain evaluation and selection, online store design, checkout experience design, search engine optimisation, online marketing plan and analytics)
  5. Technology and Digital Advisory (e.g. expert evaluation and compatibility/integration planning of automation opportunities, e-commerce platform planning, supply chain security planning)
  6. Export Capability Development (e.g. export market identification and prioritization; competitor and product analysis; development of pricing strategies; country specific labelling and packaging requirements)
  7. Technical Expertise (e.g. food scientist advisory; waste management planning)
  8. Planning for Investment (e.g. structure for capital raising, financial projections, investment memorandum, pitch decks)
  9. Transitioning to Manufacturing (complete prefeasibility studies, business planning, product development or organizational design work to prepare for new food and beverage manufacturing lines building on primary production of food in WA).

More information on these categories can be found in the Guidelines document.

Eligible businesses may apply for up to three vouchers in three different categories (to a maximum of $30,000) for this round and are required to match the voucher funding dollar-for-dollar.

Eligibility

Please review the Guidelines before applying. These guidelines include important eligibility criteria including:

  • Metro based business must have sales turnover between $200K and $50M pa
  • Regionally based business must have sales turnover between $100K and $50M pa
  • All businesses applying must have been trading for a minimum of 18 months
  • Applicants will be required to upload a written quotation from a business consultant or technical expert for the work the business intends to undertake. 

If you have not yet identified a consultant or expert, you may find our new WA Food and Beverage Professional Service Provider Directory useful.

How to apply

Applications closed 5.00pm (AWST) on 11 December 2020.

More information

Our Frequently Asked Questions document will support development of your application.

Enquiries can be directed to Mr Tilwin Westrup, Development Officer, on phone +61 (0)8 9780 6165, mobile +61 (0)467 787 133 or email tilwin.westrup@dpird.wa.gov.au. Alternatively, please email foodindustryinnovation@dpird.wa.gov.au.

Succesful recipients

Read about past successful recipients of Food Industry Innovation voucher programs.

Contact information

Food Industry Innovation
+61 (0)8 9881 0221