Government Grants 2017

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Business Evaluation

Independent (non-government) and skilled Business Advisers can come to your business at no charge to do a detailed Business Evaluation and prepare a  tailored Business Evaluation Action Plan.  A typical evaluation is 40-60 pages, so provides a very detailed analysis of your business and further insight into your industry.

Strategies outlined in the Business Evaluation Action Plan can then be eligible to be funded by a Business Growth Grant (see below).

Even if you don’t decide to take advantage of the Business Growth Grant, the Business Evaluation (completely free) is excellent value.

Find out more info and/or apply here:

Business Growth Grants

Business Growth Grants are available to fund any strategies outlined in a Business Evaluation (see above).

Funding will cover half the cost of the projects, up to a maximum of $20,000 ex GST.

You need to apply for a Business Growth Grant within 6 months of receiving a Business Evaluation.

This is great for advisory services such as strategic consulting and improvement project management or consulting.

Find out more info and/or apply here:

Efic Small Business Export Loan

Assists small businesses seeking to grow through exporting with loans of $50,000-$250,00, to cover up to 80% of your export contract or purchase order.

To be eligible, you need to have an annual turnover of $250,000 – $5 million per year, been established for at least 2 years and have exported within the last 12 months.

Find out more info and/or apply here:

Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP)

A $220 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify regional economies, stimulate economic growth and deliver sustainable employment in ten pilot regions (RJIP regions).

The pilot regions in which funding is available are:

State Region
Queensland Bowen Basin
Queensland Tropical North Queensland
Queensland Wide Bay Burnett
New South Wales North Coast
New South Wales South Coast
South Australia Upper Spencer Gulf
Victoria Goulburn Valley
Victoria Geelong
Victoria Latrobe Valley
Tasmania Regional Tasmania

Companies must provide 50% of co-funding towards any project.

Funding is available for:

1. Business Innovation
Grants for innovations to build scale and capacity in new or growing markets. Minimum grant amount $50,000 (meaning a minimum total project investment of $100,000).

Excellent source of funding to assist with increasing operational capacity.

2. Skills & training
Training programs for upskilling of regional workforce, to take advantage of emerging market opportunities. No minimum grant amount.

Excellent source of funding for upskilling your workforce.

See here for more info:

Accelerate Small Business Grants QLD

Up to $10,000 is available to eligible businesses in Queensland to engage business mentors, coaches or an advisory board for 6-12 months.

The business must match the funding dollar for dollar.

To be elibible you need to have been trading for at least 3 years, have a turnover of over $500K, and less than 20 employees.

See more info here: 

Made in Queensland QLD

Supports the Queensland manufacturing sector to:

  • increase productivity and competitiveness
  • adopt innovative processes and technologies
  • grow to advanced manufacturers
  • protect manufacturing jobs and create new high skill manufacturing jobs for the future.

Grants of $50,000 to $2.5 million are available. Grants must be matched dollar for dollar.

Find out more info here:

Future Industries Manufacturing Program VIC

Provides funding to help manufacturing companies in Victoria implement new manufacturing technologies and processes.

The program supports new technologies and processes that will:

  • create new local jobs
  • improve productivity and competitiveness
  • target new growth opportunities

Grants of up to $500,000 are available. Companies are required to match $3 for every $1 granted.

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Business Development Plan and Business Strategic Review VIC

Business Development Plan – Eligible individual businesses can apply for a grant of 50 per cent of total project cost up to a maximum of $7,500.

Funding for businesses wanting to use specialist advice to develop their overall business strategy, or specific areas such as, but not limited to:

  • production/process
  • finance
  • environmental strategies
  • export and marketing
  • eBusiness development
  • supply chain
  • human resources and training strategies
  • business mentoring

Business Strategic Review
 – Eligible businesses can apply for a grant of 75 per cent of total project cost up to a maximum of $4,000.

Funding for businesses seeking valuable insights into areas of their operations, designed to:

  • identify the immediate past and present position of a business
  • illustrate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • identify and prioritise areas that require attention or change.

You can apply for a Business Strategic Review and a Business Development Plan in one application.  

For more info see:

Small Business Grants and Jobs Action Plan NSW

Small Business Grants provides small business owners in NSW who don’t pay payroll tax a payment of $2,000 for each new full-time position employed in your business.

A one-off payment of up to $2,000 is available for each new full-time position in your business. You will need to apply online for the grant once the new employee commences and then you can claim the grant once the position has been in place for 12 months.

See more info here:

Jobs Action Plan provides businesses operating in NSW with a $6,000 payroll tax rebate to employ new workers in new eligible employment.

The rebate of $6,000 for new jobs created after 31 July 2016 is available. The rebate is paid in 2 parts up to $2,000 on the first anniversary and up to $4,000 on the second anniversary.

The application for the rebate is made within 90 days of the eligible employee’s start date.

See more info here:

Manufacturing Technologies Program SA

If you’re running a manufacturing business in South Australia, this program can help you to explore opportunities for adopting new and emerging technologies.

The technology domains that are the initial focus of the program are:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced robotics and automation
  • Photonics
  • Digital technology
  • Big Data analytics

Find out more info here: