Grants & Programs 

Energy and renewables

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)

This program aims to encourage investment in small-scale renewable energy, and creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install systems which produce electricity and deliver hot water. It does this through the creation of small-scale technology certificates which Renewable Energy Target liable entities have a legal obligatio​​n to buy and surrender to the Clean Energy Regulator on a quarterly basis.​

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Energy Lab Acceleration Program


This program aims to provide what energy entrepreneurs need to succeed, learning from the world's top cleantech accelerators and adapting those lessons for the Australian context.

It is structured around three three-month modules designed to help entrepreneurs achieve one key milestone at a time: Build, Sell, Raise.

The program offers:
- Exposure to over 250 mentors
- National coworking membership
- Guidance from a successful entrepreneur
- Legal and accounting assistance
- Masterclasses to build skills in critical areas
- Assistance raising capital

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New Business Assistance with NEIS

Small Business Training for individuals not currently in employment, education or training New Business assistance with NEIS provides individuals who are not currently in employment, education or training with accredited small business training, mentoring and support and an allowance to help them start their own business.


Application detail: Applications may be made at any time.


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Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)

The Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund provides small to medium manufacturing enterprises with matched funding for small-scale research projects. Applications are open.


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Mentor Program NSW


The Mentor Program provides small businesses with mentoring services to help them develop their workplace health and safety standards and practices. Applications may be made at any time.


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Industry Growth Centres Initiative

Are you an ambitious Australian business owner in one of our 6 priority industry sectors? An Industry Growth Centre may be able to help you achieve your goals.

Growth centres include:

  • advanced manufacturing

  • cyber security

  • food and agribusiness

  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals

  • mining equipment, technology and services

  • oil, gas and energy resources

You can contact Industry Growth Centres at any time.

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Supply chain facilitation

Supply Chain Facilitation provides access to a skilled advisor. Your advisor will work with you to develop an improvement plan for an identified supply chain opportunity. They will then support you as you implement the plan.

Applications are open. 

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Advice for businesses in the Defence sector

Australian businesses can access free advisory and facilitation services to improve their business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector. Applications are open.

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Capability Improvement Grant

Improving business capability in the Defence industry- If the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) recommends improvements for your business, you can apply for a grant to help make the improvements.

Applications are open. You must apply within 6 months of receiving a CDIC advisory or facilitation service.


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Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets

  • reimburses up to 50 percent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000

  • provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.


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NSW Government Export Assistance

The package includes assistance grants for exporters, tailored workshops and opportunities to explore new markets.

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Export Finance Australia

Export Finance Australia has range of specialist finance solutions that are tailored to your needs. From fast unsecured loans, longer-term loans, bonds and buyer finance for larger projects. 

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COVID-19 Checklist for businesses

Export Council of Australia (ECA) compiled this checklist of the 10 best points of advice for businesses to assess the current status of their business in a COVID-19 environment. 

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Covid-19 relief and recovery fund fact sheet

$13 Million Package to Boost Regional Exports

NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at creating jobs and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.


Accessible sources of information about grants and funding:



Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed! When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.


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