Premium Food and Wine Co-Innovation Cluster Program
This program seeks to support local regional agriculture and food and wine businesses to become more collaborative, productive and globally competitive.
It aims to improve the long term growth and competitiveness of South Australian agriculture, food and wine industries by establishing a regional co-innovation cluster pilot program, starting in the Murraylands and Riverland and Limestone Coast regions. It will also have the potential to contribute to increased reliability of supply, consistency of quality, the demonstration of strong environmental credentials and more customer focused produce differentiation.
Round 2 is intended to give the opportunity for existing and new groups to enhance the development of those groups into sustainable clusters.
Grants of up to $70,000 per project are available.
As announced in the 2015-16 South Australian Budget, the total funding pool of $2.7 million for this program, which commenced on 2013-14, will still be provided by the government, with $490,000 available for businesses in the Riverland, Murraylands and Limestone Coast to enhance collaboration and growth through innovation.
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants must be legal business entities that represent a group of firms or businesses that can be identified as a sector or industry group and that have a clear commitment to participate.
The program encourages and support collaboration between members of the applicant group and potentially other relevant stakeholders, including from the sectors of research and development, education, finance and government.
Eligible activities are those that will help to overcome limitations in:
- Developing sustainable supply chains
- Improving productivity
- Increasing innovation capacity
- Facilitating commercialisation of innovation
- Generating employment
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include:
1. Essential criteria
- Contribute to the government’s Priority of Premium Food and Wine from the Clean Environment.
- Have a direct connection to either Murraylands and Riverland or Limestone Coast RDA regions.
- Demonstrate a significant level of collaboration with key industry and government stakeholders.
- Have a clear project plan with measurable milestones and outcomes.
- Demonstrate some form of innovation that will lead to a positive economic outcome.
- Demonstrate that the project will have a positive and sustainable impact on the relevant regional economy through either diversification or building on the regions competitive strengths.
2. Desirable criteria
- Maximise leverage from alternative sources of funding (e.g. private investment, or other spheres of government).
- Have broad support for the project from the appropriate industry sector.
- Support small to medium sized businesses.
- Increase in exports or sales out of the region.
- Supported by local government or Regional Development Australia.
- Generate economic benefits to the relevant regional community.
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16 January 2015
30 January 2015
27 March 2015
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.
General - Non-Industry Specific
Finance and Business Services
Food and Beverage
Environment and Sustainability
Innovation and R&D
Training / Employment
Department of Primary Industries and Resources (DPIR)
Primary Industries and Resources of South Australia (PIRSA)