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Business, Rural & Regional

Regional Job Creation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

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Agriculture
Business

Wine Export Grant

Funder: Wine Australia

Grant Background: Wine Australia is inviting small and medium Australian wine businesses to apply for the Wine Export Grants program, as part of the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package).

Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in export markets.

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Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

Funder:  Meet in NSW

Grant Background: The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events.
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have previously been held in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
  4. Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project specifically designed to support growth in business events.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Business

Producer Technology Uptake Programme

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Grant Background: AgriFutures Australia has developed an exciting new pilot program focused on supporting producers to increase the uptake and adoption of technology within their agriculture, fishing or forestry business. Digital technologies are critical to increased productivity through optimising input use, more timely decision-making, labour savings, and improved market access.

The program is designed to work with existing producer networks, who know and understand the needs of producers in their region as well as producer maturity in terms of digital literacy and capacity for technology uptake.

In addition to having access to an online technology adoption hub and delivering  a tailored workshop, eligible producer groups can develop a bespoke program to specifically support producers in their group to start or continue their technology adoption journey.

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Women
Business, Women

Boosting Female Founders Initiative

Funder: Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Boosting Female Founders Initiative will provide targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to scale into domestic and global markets. The program will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritorious applicants.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.

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Agriculture, Business

Biosecurity Business Grant

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Biosecurity Business Grants program is to provide funding which supports Indigenous businesses and not-for-profits to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait.

The objective of the program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
  • increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.

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Energy
Business, Tourism & Events

Hotel Energy Uplift Programme

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Hotel Energy Uplift Program provides grants to support small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

The objectives of the program are to assist hotels to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • upgrade the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

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Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Experience Enhancement Fund

Funder:  NSW – Tourism

Grant Background: The Experience Enhancement Fund offers grants on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis and is available for:

  • Upgrading existing accommodation to 4 – 5-star
  • Upgrading existing business and leisure event venues/facilities to meet client requirements
  • Repurposing existing infrastructure to provide new visitor economy facilities, services or experiences not currently available within the destination
  • Creating new tourism attractions or experiences

Local Councils, Industry Associations and tourism businesses based and operating in regional NSW can apply.

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Business, Tourism & Events

Refresh & Renew

Funder:  NSW – Tourism

Grant Background: The NSW Government has announced that $1 million in funding is available in 2020-21, to support the tourism industry in NSW to Refresh and Renew their tourism product to better meet consumer expectations.

Due to COVID-19, many people, who would traditionally travel to overseas destinations for their holiday, will now be travelling domestically to regional NSW destinations. To assist regional NSW tourism businesses to better meet consumer expectations, grants are now available to assist regional NSW tourism operators Refresh and Renew their product.

Eligible applicants include cafes, bars, restaurants, accredited visitor information centres, hotels, motels, caravan parks, visitor attractions, museums, galleries, conference and event centres or facilities. Work could include fresh paint, new curtains, new carpet, new furniture, bedspreads, TVs, beds, upgrades to facilities such as a new reception area, bar, display cabinets, etc.

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Business

Business Events Grant

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: The Business Events Grant program aims to support the event industry including the tourism sector to fund Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events including exhibitions, conferences and conventions from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

It aims to ease the financial pressure for business event organisers and to incentivise Australian business to participate as buyers/sellers at pre-approved events. Funding is to support the sustainability of events in government priority areas and to cover the cancellation costs that may occur to planned events due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The objective of the program is to:

  • support delegates that are buying or selling to participate in ‘business events’. Business events includes exhibitions, conferences, and conventions
  • promote Australian businesses, including to a domestic audience.

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