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 obligation to buy and surrender to the Clean Energy Regulator on a quarterly basis.
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
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.
Strengthening Business provides access to experts who'll work with you to rebuild your business after the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. They'll work with you to strengthen the systems, operations and strategies of your business. Additionally, they will connect you to the services you need to recover.
Manufacturing Modernisation Fund- Round 2
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has opened round 2 of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund that supports manufacturers by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling to: adopt new technologies; encourage innovation; become more productive and competitive in the market and create more jobs.
This program aims to support small to medium manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) through investing in transformative manufacturing technology and processes and through jobs growth and a more highly skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector.
This round will run from 2020-21 to 2022-23 and supports transformative investments in technologies and processes.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Funding for skills development and training in the defence industry sector
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.
Grants are between $5,000 and $500,000
This grant is for:
-Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that currently have a Defence contract, are tendering for one, are a subcontractor to a defence prime or contracted through the Prime supply chain to deliver on defence projects.
-Defence industry associations training their own staff or facilitating training to businesses they are representing.
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.
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.
The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged.
It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country.
Applications for the Jobs Plus program are now open.
Australian businesses that employ 20 staff, or international companies with 80 employees, may apply for support to start or expand business operations in NSW.
Companies must apply for Jobs Plus and start hiring new staff before 30 June 2022. All staff must also live, and be paid, in NSW.
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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