Update: grant deadline extended to November 6.

Artisan agriculture describes an approach to agriculture and farming that is compatible with and connected to its environment. It encompasses the small-scale production of quality produce and aims to create a mutually beneficial connection between the consumer and the producer.

The aim of Hepburn Shire Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project (AAP) is to build the capacity of artisan agriculture producers in the Central Highlands Region (being the Councils of Ararat, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool, and Pyrenees) by working together to navigate operational challenges, identify skills and development opportunities and increase business profiles by sharing the story of local producers.

The project is funded by Agriculture Victoria.

As part of the Hepburn Shire Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project, up to $40,000 is available for one-off grants of up to $2,000 to build the capacity of artisan agriculture producers in Hepburn Shire and Central Highlands.

One-off grants may contribute towards:

  • Business development activities,
  • Professional development and training,
  • Strengthening the online presence of the business,
  • Increasing market distribution channels, and
  • Equipment upgrades or purchases that will contribute to product growth or efficiency.

Applications close on Sunday November 6 at 5pm.

A copy of the Grant Guidelines is available on the Council website. Apply on-line through the Hepburn Shire grants portal.