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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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Agriculture

2020 Science & Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.  The Science Awards have already helped 250 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are eleven industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

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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

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

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, Environmental, Rural & Regional

National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Round 2

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: Smart Farming Partnerships is an open, competitive, grant opportunity to support substantial, complex projects that are to be delivered in consortium partnerships to trial, develop and implement innovative tools and practices.

The purpose of Smart Farming Partnerships is to foster sustainable natural resource management innovation. Smart Farming Partnerships deliver against the Australian Government’s policy of using innovation to cultivate more sustainable, productive and profitable agriculture, forestry, fishing and aquaculture industries; protect Australia’s biodiversity; protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular on-farm soils, water and vegetation); and assist Australia to meet its national and international obligations.

The purpose will be achieved through substantial projects, funded, at least in part, by grants, that deliver against either or both of the outcomes:

  • Outcome 1 – Innovation in sustainable resource management practice
  • Outcome 2 – Innovation in capacity building and promotion of sustainable resource management practice.

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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

Emerging Energy Programme

Funder:  NSW – Energy

Grant Background: The Emerging Energy Program encourages private sector investment to support the next generation of large-scale electricity and storage projects in NSW.

The program is technology neutral and eligible projects must demonstrate that they can provide dispatchable or on-demand energy to help meet the State’s energy needs.

There are two funding streams to help speed up the development of projects to provide on-demand electricity now and into the future:

  1. Capital projects stream
  • Funding to assist with the construction of a dispatchable electricity project.
  • Anticipated grant funding of up to $10 million per project, as a guide.
  1. Pre-investment studies stream
  • Funding for activities that will lead to development of a dispatchable electricity project.
  • Anticipated grant funding of up to $500,000 per project, as a guide.

Project financial contributions are expected to at least match grant funding.

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Arts & Creative, Business, Education

Australia-ASEAN Grant Round 2019-20

Funder:  Federal – Foreign Affairs & Trade

Grant Background: Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) grants generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.

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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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