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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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Business

Safe Work Sponsorship

Funder:  Federal – Safe Work Australia

Grant Background: The Safe Work Australia Sponsorship Program is committed to improving work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia and provide support through the Program to the initiatives of individuals, businesses, government and non-government organisations that align with this commitment.

The aims of this Program are to:

  1. a) increase community awareness and knowledge of WHS and workers’ compensation
  2. b) build our profile as the national policy body for WHS and workers’ compensation
  3. c) build relationships with key influencers and national bodies, and
  4. d) support priority areas and industries listed in the Australian WHS Strategy 2012–2022.

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Business

Manufacturing Efficiency Funding

Funder:  NSW – Energy

Grant Background: Manufacturing Efficiency Funding provides NSW manufacturing businesses with funding to help manufacturers:

  • install energy efficient equipment and energy metering
  • improve their manufacturing processes

There are three funding streams available:

  • Offer 1– metering and process optimisation (one project up to $50,000 of matched funding per site)
    • for installing or upgrading energy monitoring systems to improve control of manufacturing processes and machinery to save energy
  • Offer 2a– simple energy efficiency upgrades (multiple projects up to a total of $30,000 of matched funding per site)
    • to retrofit and replace specific technologies such as, economisers and burners for boilers and variable speed drives
  • Offer 2b– measured and verified energy efficiency upgrades (one project up to $70,000 of matched funding per site)
    • for complex energy efficiency projects such as heat recovery and boiler upgrades

Applicants may apply for Offer 1 and one only of either Offer 2a or 2b, to a total funding amount of $120,000.

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Business

Landing Pads Program

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: Landing Pads are an initiative of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The program will establish Landing Pads within global innovation hubs, including San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore.

Australian market-ready startups will have the opportunity to be immersed in an environment that will help them accelerate the design and development of their product or service business model by exploring in-market business development, investment, mentorship and strategic partnership opportunities.

The program will provide successful applicants with a workspace for up to 90 days within an established startup accelerator, giving you the opportunity to work alongside some of the best startup enterprises from around the world and access to an ecosystem of talent, advice and solutions.

You will have access to all the services offered by the accelerator including coaching, introductions to mentors, investors and customers, training opportunities, tailored networking events and state-of-the-art workspace facilities.

An Austrade Landing Pad coordinator based in the market will also provide you with:

  • guidance on identifying and targeting customers
  • advice on how to access angel investors, venture capital and other potential sources of investment
  • introductions to local government agencies offering support programs for new businesses and startups
  • advice on how to leverage networks in the market to meet with peers, decision makers and influencers
  • referrals to professional services and advisory firms
  • advice on how to negotiate the local business culture.

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Agriculture, Business

Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA)

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government, under the 2019 ACACA grant opportunity, is inviting applicants to apply to:

  • undertake a Project in Australia and/or China, or
  • undertake a Trade Mission to China.

The beneficiaries of the ACACA program are Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, organisations, businesses and individuals (and their respective industry or sector) who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China in agriculture.

The objectives of the ACACA program are:

  • promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and forestry between Australia and China
  • develop the trading relationship between Australia and China
  • exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China

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Business

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)

Funder:  Federal – Business

Grant Background: The BRII program provides small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges.

The program covers up to five challenges for which SMEs can develop solutions.

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Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Solutions

Funder:  NSW – Jobs

Grant Background: The NSW Government has developed a comprehensive package of initiatives to support regional growth. I recommend you check out their website to see what is on offer and to check out the specifics of the:

  • Local Innovation Network
  • Regional Investment Attraction Package
  • $2000 Start-Up Travel Stipend
  • Regional Jobs Now Portfolio

Surely there will be something there that could benefit your business, create jobs and grow your local economy.

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