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Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs

Funding body: Australian Goverment


The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant opportunity will support SME Export Hubs in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength.

This grant opportunity complements existing initiatives, such as those delivered through the Australian Export Finance Corporation – Efic, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and the Industry Growth Centres Initiative.

SMEs may be local, regional, remote and/or Indigenous.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs (export hubs) in the six Growth Centre sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Cyber Security
    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.
  • support SME development through facilitation of export opportunities and working with the Growth Centres.

The minimum grant amount is $150,000.

The maximum grant amount is $1.5 million.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

The maximum grant period is four years and you must complete your project by 30 June 2022.

The grant opportunity will be delivered through a two-stage competitive selection process.

For more information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/small-and-medium-enterprises-export-hubs

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Funding applications invited to deliver the Indigenous Girls STEM Academy

Funding body: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet


Eligible applicants are invited to submit applications for Indigenous Girls’ STEM Academy grant funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Grant funding may be awarded as a one off payment or on a single year or multi-year basis depending on the final design and delivery of the Academy.

Grant funding is open to applicants that can demonstrate strong credibility in the areas of:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including developing strong relationships with students, families, schools and communities.
  • Corporate and philanthropic engagement and partnership.
  • Processional and academic support.
  • Cultural competency – Indigenous Businesses are encouraged to apply and/or form a role within partnerships/consortia for this process.

The Government has committed $25 million for the Academy, with an initial investment of $20 million in the 2017-18 financial year.

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Growing Local Economies

Funding body: NSW Government - DPC


Updated program guidelines from 20 August

The $500 million Growing Local Economies Fund is part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund and is available to support projects of economic significance in regional NSW. The program will invest in projects that draw on the economic strengths of areas in regional NSW.

Updated program guidelines will apply from Monday 20 August 2018. Under these guidelines, the minimum grant amount is set at $1 million and projects require a co-contribution of 25 per cent of the total grant amount. An exemption may be granted where a project is located in a disadvantaged area of NSW.

More than 100 projects have been submitted for consideration so far. All project submissions received on or after 20 August will be assessed under the updated guidelines. The fund will remain open for applications until funding has been fully allocated.

The new guidelines will be published on the Growing Local Economies Fund web page on Monday 20 August, together with an updated program fact sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Applicants should read and familiarise themselves with the program guidelines before submitting their project application for Growing Local Economies funding.

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Apprentices and Trainees Payroll Tax Rebate NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


A payroll tax rebate is available for employers in NSW who employ apprentices and new entrant trainees.

The rebate works as a payroll tax offset based on the wages you’ve paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees. The rebate can be claimed monthly or annually as part of the monthly returns and annual reconciliation.

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Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

Funding body: Australian Federal Government


The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4,000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a weekly payment to the apprentice that starts at $77.17 each week in the first year of the apprenticeship and reduces to $25 each week in the third year.

Free advice and support is available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

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Business Growth Grants

Funding body: Australian Federal Government


Provides businesses with matched funding of up to $20,000 for the cost of hiring an expert to help with implementing the advice and strategies recommended through the Business Evaluation, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation or Tourism Partnerships programmes.

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Small Business Rebate – Safety

Funding body: NSW Government


The small business rebate provides a rebate to small business owners when they implement solutions for safety problems in their workplace.

Rebates of up to $500 are available when purchasing eligible safety items.

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Minimum Viable Product NSW

Funding body: NSW Government


Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grants support promising pre-revenue startups to progress from proof of concept to a minimum viable product stage. The grants can help startups to engage with a potential business customer or channel to market and create innovative solutions that address industry needs or market gaps.

Grants of up to $25,000 is available to cover up to 50% of approved project costs.

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Small Business Grant

Funding body: NSW Government

Start date: 01/07/2015

Closing date: 01/07/2019


The Small Business Grant is a key priority of the New South Wales Government.

The grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

The grant amount is $2,000 payable per full time equivalent position as at the anniversary date.

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The Try, Test and Learn Fund: Tranche 2

Funding body: Australian Federal Government

Start date: 28/11/2017

Closing date: 28/09/2018


The Try, Test and Learn Fund (the Fund) was announced in the 2016‑17 Federal Budget as an initial response to the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Tranche 2 of the Fund will finance small‑scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long‑term welfare dependence. Tranche 2 has four priority groups but also welcomes ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants.

The priority groups comprise Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months); migrants and refugees aged 16‑64 and receiving income support; carers aged 16‑64 and receiving Carer Payment; and at‑risk young people aged 16‑21 and receiving income support.

This grant opportunity invites applications for small‑scale trials to provide services or supports to improve workforce participation or capacity to work for people at risk of long‑term welfare dependency. These services can be delivered anywhere across Australia. Tranche 2 grants will provide funding for both the co‑development and delivery of projects. Co‑development refers to collaborative activities to refine project design, for example through workshops with end users.

Trials supported by the Fund must generate useful evidence to inform future Government policy, including by producing measurable outcomes within a two‑year timeframe. Projects will be robustly evaluated to produce high quality policy evidence about what works, for whom, and under what circumstances. The evidence gathered will allow the Government to transform investment in existing programs or make the case for new investment

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