Queensland’s gourmet-food artisans can take their treats to overseas markets with support from a new funding program and advice from TIQ.

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program will provide funding of up to $5,000 to eligible artisan producers to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to help them establish and grow their businesses, and to seize international and domestic market opportunities as they arise.

Announcing the Supporting Artisan Producers plan earlier this month, Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the program would help to build bigger markets for Queensland’s niche artisan products.

‘Whether it’s honey or macadamia nuts, chocolates or jams, cheeses or gluten-free goodies, Queensland’s artisan producers are creating one-of-a-kind food and beverage products,’ Ms Fentiman said.

‘We want more artisan businesses to start, grow and employ more Queenslanders and that’s why we have detailed a range of measures, including the new Artisan Producer Grants.

‘These grants will provide up to $5,000 that can be used for professional advice to take their business to the next level or develop a website or digital marketing campaign to help them work smarter and enhance their online presence.’

The funding can be used to target local, national and international markets.

To be eligible to apply for a grant, businesses must:

  • be an artisan producer of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) based in Queensland
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have Queensland headquarters.

Queensland artisan producers interested in expanding into global markets can also contact TIQ’s regional offices or our specialist Food and Agriculture team for expert advice and support.

Other Queensland Government initiatives to support artisan producers are outlined on the Supporting Artisan Producers webpage.

Food and agriculture are identified as one of Queensland’s export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Applications for the Small Business Artisan Producers Grants open 11 July 2019.

Image credit: Minister Fentiman’s office