Grants Keep Food Supply Businesses Going
Food production businesses and farms in Victoria will be supported in making their workplace safe and keeping supply chains uninterrupted due to support from the Victorian Government.
Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaclyn Symes, recently launched the Business Adaptation grants program – part of the Working for Victoria Agriculture Workforce Plan – to support food supply chain businesses in rural, regional and outer metropolitan areas.
Under the program, individual grants of between $10,000 and $300,000 will support eligible businesses to meet the costs of adapting their workplaces to meet health, safety and social distancing requirements or adapt to business changes imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Adaptations may include changes to transport used to take employees to and from work to ensure physical distancing, changes to employer-supplied accommodation, or the creation of extra washrooms and other facilities.
Grants can also be used to buy machinery or appliances needed by businesses to adapt to maintaining operations during the pandemic.
Each grant will cover up to 50 per cent of the costs of individual adaptation projects, with the remainder to be covered by the business.
The Business Adaptation grants are part of the broader $50 million Agriculture Workforce Plan supporting regional businesses across Victoria during the coronavirus pandemic. The Plan is supporting businesses within key agriculture and food processing industries through job-matching, case management, worker relocation needs, transport and training.