Agriculture
Business, Rural & Regional

Bushfire Industry Recovery Package – Sector Development Grants

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The Bushfire Industry Recovery Package offers Sector Development Grants to support the medium to long-term recovery and resilience of forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects focussing on:

  • job creation and retention
  • that increase value-add production,
  • support supply-chain efficiencies,
  • product diversification
  • and market expansion.

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Business

Australia India Strategic Research Programme

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The AISRF provides grants for collaborative research projects with Indian partners. For Round 13 of the AISRF, your project must involve research in a COVID-19 focused priority area and must be mutually beneficial for Australia and India with outcomes that contribute to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your project must be in a priority area. The priority areas for Round 13 – COVID 19 Collaborative Research Projects are:

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

  • Antiviral coatings, other preventive technologies
  • Data analytics, modelling, Artificial Intelligence applications
  • Screening and diagnostic testing

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

  • Development of immunotherapeutics
  • Development of animal model/in vitromodel for vaccine development
  • Assay development and validation for testing of vaccines and therapeutics
  • Viral genomics and bioinformatics

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Business

Regional & Small Publishers Innovation Fund

Funder:  Federal – Australian Communications & Media Authority

Grant Background: The Regional & Small Publishers Innovation Fund is seeking proposals that achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • improve the capacity of publishers and content service providers to generate revenue from the production of civic and public interest journalism (for example, advertising or subscription revenue)
  • support business improvement activities that sustain or strengthen the financial position of publishers and content service providers by:
    • increasing readership or distribution; and/ or
    • reducing operating costs through more efficient business practices
  • encourage innovation and experimentation in digital journalism.

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Community
Business, Community

Tomorrow Fund

Funder:  AMP Foundation

Grant Background: Established in 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awards up to $1 million in grants each year to amazing Australians doing great things in their communities. Grant recipients work in a diverse range of fields and include artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, disability advocates, technologists, filmmakers, fashion designers, medical researchers and musicians.

The grants can be used for a range of activities, including travel, equipment, study costs, research and more.

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Intenational
Business

Australia Japan Foundation Grant Programme

Funder:  Federal – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Grant Background: The Australia-Japan Foundation seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying and shifting perceptions of Australia in Japan to reflect contemporary Australia; and facilitating the promotion of the inventive, innovative capabilities that Australia brings to Australia-Japan collaborations across broad and ever sophisticated sectors.  The Australia-Japan Foundation also seeks to bring to the fore, awareness of the ongoing vital importance of Australia and Japan on each other’s foreign and trade policies by facilitating informed discussions.

 The objectives of the Australia-Japan Foundation are:

  1. to increase awareness and understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
  2. to increase awareness and understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
  3. to increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

To achieve its objectives, the AJF will prioritise high quality programs particularly, but not exclusively, across any one of the three cross-cutting themes: youth; gender, diversity and inclusion; and innovation.

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Business

Boosting Female Founders Initiative

Funder: Federal – Industry

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

The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages they face 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.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased number of startups founded by women
  • new products and services are brought to market by startups founded by women
  • increased financial investment in startups founded by women
  • women improve their earning potential through entrepreneurship
  • increased job creation and economic growth.

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Agriculture-Food
Agriculture, Business

Black Summer Innovation Programme

Funder:  Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL)

Grant Background: The Black Summer Innovation Program (BSIP) is a fund provided by FIAL designed to help small and medium businesses, who have been affected by events of national natural catastrophe or global diseases outbreaks (in 2019 or 2020). Funding is designed to support these businesses innovate to create commercial products, processes or services.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to Australian food and agribusinesses geographically located in and affected by drought, flood, fire, African Swine Flu and coronavirus epidemic. Grants are to be used to support business, product or service innovations. No matched funding is required.

This fund aims to:

  • Encourage existing food and agribusinesses to pivot post natural disaster to use innovation for future success.
  • Access new and novel food processing, packaging and agricultural technologies.
  • Engage experts across the sector to identify and implement the innovation opportunities.

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Agriculture - Food
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 hope 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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Technology
Business

Empowering Business to Go Digital

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Empowering Business to Go Digital program will provide a single grant of up to $3 million in matched funding to support the establishment of a non-government organisation to build and enhance small business digital capability and to address issues.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • establish a financially self-sustaining non-government organisation (NGO) to increase small business awareness and adoption of digital technology, in line with the recommendations of the Small Business Digital Taskforce Report
  • establish an online platform as a central point of up-to-date and tailored digital information for Australian small businesses and their trusted advisers
  • improve information sharing between businesses, government, industry associations and the small business commissioners.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased accessibility of small business digital information
  • increased small business awareness and adoption of digital technology
  • improved small business digital capability and productivity.

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Innovation
Business, Education, Health

The Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will award up to $750,000 each year for outstanding achievements in science, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes are Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in Science Prizes.

The Science Prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators to both Australia and internationally.

They welcome nominations of diverse candidates and those from a different range of backgrounds and geographical regions.

There are five Science Prizes for science and innovation:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year
  • Prize for New Innovators

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