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Business

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling.

Modernisation can include technology upgrades, efficiency upgrades, such as energy or process optimisation, or more transformative changes to your business, which will allow you to produce new products or diversify into new markets.

The program aims to:

  • support investment in efficient and transformative manufacturing processes by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • support jobs growth and a more highly skilled workforce in the manufacturing sector.

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Business, Education

National Science Week Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: National Science Week provides high profile science engagement activities across the nation, in which the community can participate. It is also an important annual opportunity for the science community to celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world.

National Science Week 2020 will be held 15-23 August 2020. National Science Week provides the opportunity for community participation in high profile science engagement activities across the nation.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support diverse local organisations and government to work together on science engagement activities that have been adapted to local needs
  • inspire wide community participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • increase community participation in science engagement activities
  • celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world.

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Business

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: Australia-India Collaborative Research Projects are funded by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF).

The objectives of the AISRF are to:

  • increase the uptake of leading science and technology by supporting collaboration between Australian and Indian researchers in strategically focused, leading-edge scientific research and technology projects
  • strengthen strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers
  • facilitate Australia and India’s access to the global science and technology system.

The priority areas for Round 12 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Projects are:

Indo-Australian Science & Technology Fund (administered by DST in India)

  • Climate Change mitigation and adaptation
  • Food processing, storage and distribution
  • Mining safety and efficiency 

Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund (administered by DBT in India)

  • Cancer therapeutics/ theranostics
  • Genomics and precision medicine
  • Pest-resistant crops

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Business

Corporate Travel Grant

Funder:  Flight Centre

Grant Background: At Flight Centre Business Travel, they know firsthand the pressures that are placed on emerging and small to medium businesses every day and they aim to make your business travel easy. Their Corporate Travel Grant is another way they want to help you achieve your business goals sooner.

Upload a 1-2 minute video with your answers to the below questions;

  1. What does travel mean for your business?
  2.  What will this Travel Grant allow you to do

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Business

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Industry

Grant Background: CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRC-Ps must:

  • be a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes
  • benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • include education and training activities.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible grant project value. The maximum grant period is 3 years.

You can use funding to support costs directly related to the project, including for:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • related information sharing and communication initiatives related to the joint research.

Other costs may also be eligible for grant funding.

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Agriculture, Business

Coles Nurture Fund

Funder: Coles

Grant Background: In April 2015, Coles launched the Nurture Fund to help small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

From frozen raspberries and chickpea tofu to quinoa processing and cloud technology, the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) is supporting businesses to develop new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes. They aim to drive differentiation, extend growing seasons, improve productivity and reduce imports.

Through the Nurture Fund, existing small to medium businesses may apply for funding to enable them to take the next step in creating value for business and customers.

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Business

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

Funder:  NSW – Energy

Grant Background: The NSW Government is offering over $16 million in funding to help manufacturing businesses save energy and money.

The funding will help you:

  • upgrade energy monitoring systems
  • replace or retrofit old, inefficient equipment
  • install new energy efficient equipment
  • improve manufacturing processes.

If you’re successful, you’ll get up to $120,000 in matched funding per site, to implement a project that saves gas or electricity.

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Business

Building Partnerships Grants

Funder:  NSW – Jobs for NSW

Grant Background: Building Partnerships grants help revenue generating startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) scale or grow strategically through the acquisition of a key customer or channel to market.

Building Partnership grants require start-ups or SMEs to have an innovative solution that addresses a market gap or opportunity and the collaboration of a consortium of partners.

The goals of the program are to enable a start-up or an existing SME with a growth plan to:

  • expand or pivot an innovative product or solution
  • acquire a major customer
  • deliver at scale
  • or build access to a new market.

Eligible businesses can receive up to 35% of the approved project costs. The approved project costs may include:

  • further developing a product and/or solution
  • progressing early stage commercialisation i.e. product training or product testing
  • acquiring and retaining talent.

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Business

Business Growth Grants

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: If you have received a business management service and your business adviser/facilitator recommends specific business improvement activities to increase your business’s capability to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries, you can apply for a business growth grant.

Business growth grants are small grants to engage external expertise to help you implement the recommendations in your plan. The grant amount is up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

The grant is available to support strategies that improve the abilities and skills of your business to trade in Australian markets and/or markets in other countries. It is not intended to support fixes for problems that are part of ordinary, everyday operations of your business.

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Business

Innovation Fund for Regional & Small Publishers

Funder:  Federal – Australian Communications & Media Authority

Grant Background: The Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund (the Innovation Fund) has been established by the Government to support regional and small publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. The Innovation Fund will preserve and improve the viability of Australia’s regional and small news publishing industry in the current period of transition.

The Regional Grant Opportunity is a new grant opportunity under the Innovation Fund that is targeted at regional publishers of public interest journalism.

The objective of the Opportunity is to provide regional publishers with the financial security to conduct their business in the medium term so that they can take calculated risks to reorient their business models to adapt to the digital age. The grants are designed to assist regional publishers who can demonstrate a solid business case to increase the sustainability of their publishing activities, including news gathering, production, and distribution.

This objective recognises the specific challenges faced by regional publishers in comparison to metropolitan publishers.

The intended outcome of the Opportunity is to improve the sustainability of successful applicants by at least one of the following measures relating to their news publishing activities:

  • increases in advertising or subscription revenue;
  • increase in other revenue that supports the production of public interest journalism;
  • increases in readership or distribution; or
  • the reduction of operating costs through more efficient business practices.

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