There are a wide range of grants programs that are available to assist business in various stages of their life cycle.
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An overview of currently open business grants are listed below
The $841.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The fund invests in projects located in, or benefiting eligible areas outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.
To view the Building Better Regions Fund Round 5 - Information Webinar, click here to register and enter Passcode - Zx80^$Ch
To view the Building Better Regions Fund Round 5 - Information Presentation click here.
The Queensland Destination Events Program supports regional events across Queensland with two types of funding:
1. Destination event funding for single year events for grants between $10,000 and $25,000, and
2. Significant Event Funding for up to three years of funding for amounts between $25,000 - $100,000
Dates: Round 17 : opens 8 July 2020 and closes 7 October 2020 (for eligible event dates of May 2021 and May 2022.)
Round 18: opens November 2020 and closes February 2021 (for eligible event dates of September 2021 and September 2022.)
Strict eligibility criteria apply.
The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.
An initiative of the Entrepreneurs' Programme, the Accelerating Commercialisation Program, provides funding to help small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
Available funding: This grant provides projects up to 50% of the expenditure to a maximum of $250,000 for commercialisation offices and eligible partner entities
$1 million for all other applicants.
Closing date: This is an on-going programme.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Shire Council to support the development of local arts and culture. It supports local arts and cultural development opportunities by providing one-off, short-term, project-based financial assistance.
RADF now accepts applications from businesses seeking funding for creative projects. Other criteria also apply.
Available funding: Up to $5000
Closing date: Grant rounds will be listed on the website below.
This funding boost aims to support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism business headquarters must be located in Queensland and primarily operate outside the Greater Brisbane Area of Brisbane City Council, Redlands City Council, Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council boundaries.
Grants from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to tourism businesses in regional Queensland who can demonstrate they have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions.
Applications opened on Friday, 2 October 2020. The program will close once all funding has been allocated.
The Australian Business Growth Fund (BGF) has been formally established, with the Shareholders Agreement now signed by all seven shareholders.
The Morrison Government will work alongside participating banks to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have access to the equity finance they need as we move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government is making an investment of $100 million and partnering with other financial institutions to provide equity funding to SMEs through the BGF. The major banks including ANZ, CBA, NAB, and Westpac have also each committed $100 million to the BGF. HSBC and Macquarie have also committed $20 million each in support of the BGF.
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.
Close date: 30th March 2021.
The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will provide up to $25.3 million over four years. We estimate that $13 million will be available for this grant opportunity for grants between $250,000 to $3 million to:
- improve the quality or quantity of cyber security professionals in Australia, including increasing the participation of women in cyber security
- improve collaboration between industry and the education sector to build the quality and availability of cyber security professionals in Australia
- support industry and academia to build Australia’s future pipeline of skilled cyber security professionals
Close date: 9 March 2021 at 5.00pm AEDT.
The Hotel Energy Uplift Program will run over one year from 2020-21 to 2021-22. The 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.
Closes - 01 Apr 2021.
The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is open with funding now available for the Space National Manufacturing Priority.
The MMI is now open, providing co-funding for manufacturing projects across two streams:
- Manufacturing Translation Stream: this stream helps Australian manufacturers translate high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient.
- Manufacturing Integration Stream: this stream helps Australian manufacturers to access domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets and fostering Australia’s reputation as a modern manufacturing leader.
Australian Government funding will be provided on a co-investment basis and will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenditure. The first round of the MMI Translation and Integrations streams is for the Space National Manufacturing Priority. Funding rounds for the other National Manufacturing Priorities will open in the coming weeks.
We are hosting information sessions that will provide an overview of the Manufacturing Translation and Integration streams, including eligibility requirements and key points from the assessment criteria. We will also provide some general tips for presenting a strong application. The session will be recorded and uploaded to business.gov.au.
Date and time:
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
1.00pm – 2.30pm (Queensland time)
The Go Global Export Program provides Queensland’s export-ready small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with funding to finalise an export deal in a new market.
The funding is designed to help you overcome the specific challenges you’re facing with a planned export transaction, with matched funding available between $2,500 and $25,000 excluding GST.
The program will ultimately boost your export capability, equip you for ongoing export success and create jobs and prosperity for Queensland.
To apply, you’ll need to meet a range of criteria and be pre-qualified, so to start your application.
Applications close on Friday 19 March.