A woman writes down her ideas about business strategy, grant opportunities and light bulb moments
Business

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.

Continue reading “Regional Job Creation Fund”

Agriculture
Business, Tourism & Events

Wine Tourism & Cellar Door Grant

Funder:  Wine Australia

Grant Background: The Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program has been introduced to support producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism. Wine producers will be able to access an annual grant reflective of their eligible physical cellar door sales.

Continue reading “Wine Tourism & Cellar Door Grant”

Science
Business, Education

National Science Week Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: National Science Week is Australia’s major national celebration of the sciences, occurring in August each year. National Science Week 2021 will be held 14-22 August 2021. 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)

National Science Week provides the opportunity to:

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

Continue reading “National Science Week Grants”

International
Business, Community

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grant

Funder:  Federal – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Grant Background: Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international relations, offering unique opportunities to foster mutual understanding and build relationships.

The key aim of cultural diplomacy is sustained purposeful engagement to promote Australia’s cultural and creative industries overseas; to establish networks; and support ongoing collaborations and exchange.

Through cultural diplomacy initiatives, DFAT strengthens Australia’s influence, reputation, reach and relationships overseas.

Continue reading “Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grant”

A group of people sit around a board room desk in an office. They are working on folders and paperwork
Business

Australia Japan Foundation Grant Programme

Funder:  Federal – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Grant Background: The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) 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 AJF 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.

Continue reading “Australia Japan Foundation Grant Programme”

Science
Business

Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants

Funder:  Federal – Department of Industry

Grant Background: Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC) Grants provide funding for collaborations to solve industry identified problems. The grant supports short-term (up to 3 years), industry-led collaborations.

Projects must:

  • develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver real outcomes
  • benefit small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • include education and training activities

You can use the funding to cover costs directly related to your project including:

  • new research
  • proof of concept activities
  • pre-commercialisation of research outcomes
  • industry-focused education and training activities
  • conferences, workshops, symposia related to the joint research
  • information sharing and communications related to the research

Continue reading “Cooperative Research Centres Projects Grants”

Four clocks showing the different times of major cities around the world
Business

Business Events Boost Programme

Funder:  Tourism Australia

Grant Background: Tourism Australia’s Business Events Boost Program is a domestic partnership program for Australia’s business events industry.

The program provides funding and expertise to industry-led marketing and distribution projects which help restart business events in Australia, to support industry recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Projects must demonstrate the potential to influence domestic decision makers of existing business events or assist in the conversion of new domestic business events. Applications must relate to corporate meetings or incentives, conferences, exhibitions or association meetings.

The Business Events Boost Program will support activity including:

  • Content creation and collateral including video and still photography
  • Marketing assets for domestic bidding and for the conversion of new national events
  • Unique and strategic delegate boosting initiatives
  • Digital marketing activity including social media or website enhancements
  • Communication activity such as direct mail, microsites, public relations activity or editorial coverage
  • Media buy and marketing campaigns with amplification strategies
  • Virtual reality and online site inspections
  • Podcasts and audio interview series
  • Qualified distribution and business development activity

Continue reading “Business Events Boost Programme”

A row of hanging light bulbs
Business

Energy Efficient Communities Program – High Energy Using Business Grants

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The objective of this grant opportunity is to support high energy using businesses to save energy through:

  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions.

You can use your grant for one or more of the following:

  • replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • energy audits
  • investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • monitoring of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions

Continue reading “Energy Efficient Communities Program – High Energy Using Business Grants”

Science
Business

Business Research and Innovation Initiative

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Business Research and Innovation Initiative occurs in 3 stages.

Stage 1 – challenge selection

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology approved the following 5 challenges for the Priority Sectors Round:

  • Revolutionising agricultural spray applications
  • Turning farm crops into a renewable hydrogen source
  • Turning office trash into energy treasure
  • Counting fish using advanced technologies
  • Automating the detection of whales at sea.

Stage 2 – feasibility study

They ask for applications from eligible entities to undertake a feasibility study that responds to one of the current key government challenges.

Stage 3 – proof of concept

If your study shows that your idea is feasible, you can apply to develop a proof of concept. Only applicants who complete feasibility studies can apply for proof of concept funding. The maximum grant amount is $1 million with a maximum period of 18 months. For each round there is $10 million available for all proof of concepts.

Continue reading “Business Research and Innovation Initiative”

Science
Business

Australia-China Science & Research Fund

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports activities undertaken through Joint Research Centres (JRCs). These virtual centres link Australian and Chinese research institutions doing research in a priority area.

The priority areas for round 4 of the program are:

Food and agribusiness

  • agritech
  • supply chains
  • future food and their regulation

Digital technology

  • medical technologies including services and aged care
  • financial technology
  • big data

Energy and resources

  • new energy (renewables)
  • hydrogen
  • energy storage and supply
  • mineral exploration

Advanced materials

  • biomedical metal materials such as titanium and magnesium alloys
  • graphene technology
  • high-performance structure and composites

Continue reading “Australia-China Science & Research Fund”