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Small Business

Small Business You know the pressure of running a small business! Beware, grants won’t solve all your challenges but they might just help you get to the next level. Check out awards as well, they can bring attention and new clients in. And don’t discount programs that provide skills and training. New grants are regularly popping up, so be sure to get email alerts.

  1. Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
  2. New Business Assistance with NEIS
  3. Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions Program – For Businesses
  4. Small Business Digital Champions
  5. Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)
  6. Cyber Security Small Business Programme
  7. Skilling Australians Fund
  8. Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme
  9. jobactive Wage Subsidy
  10. Higher Level Skills Program


You are the future of Australian business and the next generation of employers! But survival is the key, so much of the funding programs for you are focussed on skills training and knowledge, like developing a business plan, marketing strategy or training grants to skill-up. There is also support for technical innovation if you are doing Research & Development.

  1. R&D Tax Incentive Programme
  2. Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
  3. Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Accelerating Commercialisation
  4. Landing Pads Program
  5. CSIRO Kick-Start Program
  6. Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions Program – For Businesses
  7. Startmate Accelerator Program
  8. Cyber Security Small Business Programme
  9. La Trobe Accelerator Program (LTAP)
  10. QUTCEA Startup Fund


Most manufacturers are too busy to find grants but there is always something on offer! Given that manufacturing supports jobs, there is significant assistance for growth and export. Funding can support equipment upgrade, technology adoption, skill training, process efficiencies or collaboration with researchers. Grants range from $20k to $2 million or higher.

  1. R&D Tax Incentive Programme
  2. Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
  3. Manufacturing Modernisation Fund
  4. Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)
  5. Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Business Management: Growth Services
  6. Certain Inputs to Manufacture Program
  7. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs
  8. Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Research Project Funding
  9. Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme
  10. jobactive Wage Subsidy



We are the Innovation Nation! Government loves to support leading edge technical innovation so if you are developing a new product, process or device then check out research and development funding and commercialisation grants. This is one of the best supported categories of funding but just remember, it helps if your innovation is world best!

  1. R&D Tax Incentive Programme
  2. ARC Linkage Projects
  3. Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Accelerating Commercialisation
  4. CSIRO Innovation Fund
  5. Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC) – Overview
  6. Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Innovation Connections
  7. Horizon 2020 Programme
  8. CEFC Innovation Fund
  9. Industry Growth Centres Initiative Programme


If you are taking Australia to the world there is help! The Government loves to see Australian companies succeed abroad. Funding exists to support marketing of new products or services overseas. There are also trade missions, international collaboration support, insurance finance and duty concessions for equipment and inputs to be used for export items.

  1. Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
  2. Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
  3. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs
  4. Statistical Information Service
  5. Export Capability Building Program
  6. Certain Inputs to Manufacture Program
  7. Tradex Scheme
  8. Landing Pads Program
  9. TradeStart
  10. Duty Drawback Scheme


Need something shiny and new? Most equipment funding is for manufacturers to create new product lines, improve efficiency or increase output. And it really helps if you are creating new jobs. These grant programs tend to change regularly so remember to plan well in advance since they will not reimburse you if you have already got what you need.

  1. ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Scheme
  2. Emissions Reduction Fund
  3. Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Overview
  4. Register of Solar Water Heaters
  5. Energy Efficient Communities Program
  6. National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants
  7. Regional Investment Corporation – Farm Investment Loans
  8. CEFC – Commonwealth Bank Energy Efficient Equipment Finance Program
  9. Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) – Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants
  10. Automotive Transformation Scheme (ATS)

Community Service

Thanks for all you do! We know you need grants to continue the great work you do. Apart from the usual ones, there are new programs appearing all the time, so make sure you subscribe to keep up-to-date. Search broadly, across government, trust & foundations and philanthropic funding. Don’t forget corporate funding as well.

  1. Global Innovation Fund (GIF)
  2. Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Overview
  3. Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)
  4. Solar Communities Program
  5. Communities Environment Program
  6. Community Awareness Grants Program
  7. Community Child Care Fund Program – Open Competitive Grant
  8. Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS)
  9. National Shed Development Programme
  10. NAIDOC Grant Funding

Sporting Clubs

Whenever infrastructure funding comes around, be sure to get onto it. Remember, most clubs don’t have time or the knowledge to tap into funding – but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Work with local councils, discuss your funding needs and also keep an eye out for state and federal funds. Don’t forget to ask corporates as well!

  1. Australian Sports Commission – Community Sport Infrastructure (CSI) Grant Program
  2. Australian Sports Foundation – Giving for Grassroots (G4G™) Program: Sport4Everyone
  3. Local Sporting Champions Program
  4. Women Leaders in Sport Grant Program
  5. Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF)
  6. Move It AUS – Better Ageing Grants Program
  7. Move It AUS – Participation Grant Program
  8. Community Sports Infrastructure Fund
  9. Local Sport Grant Program
  10. Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP)

Local Associations

You are the unsung hero in the community. With little time and limited resources, a grant can make a big difference. You know how to make a small amount of funding go a long way, but don’t underestimate how much you need. Continue to build good relationships with council and ask them for feedback and support.

  1. National Shed Development Programme
  2. Volunteer Grants
  3. Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) Funding
  4. National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants (CHG)
  5. NACC Biodiversity Community Grants
  6. Creativity Australia – With One Voice Community Choir Seed Grants
  7. Give Where You Live Foundation – Community Connections Grants
  8. Growing Cricket for Girls Fund
  9. Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities
  10. FRRR – Tackling Tough Times Together Grants Program



We often hear that the needs are endless and your funds are limited. And that grants are really competitive, so you have to find new grants! Just remember to show how you will deliver benefit for the grant maker and measure impact – this will set you apart from the competition. Prepare well in advance!

  1. Safer Communities Fund
  2. Local Schools Community Fund
  3. Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KABWA) – Community Litter Grants
  4. Australian Training Awards
  5. Life Education Australia – Growing Good Gardens Grant
  6. Eco Schools Grants Program
  7. Creativity Australia – With One Voice Community Choir Seed Grants
  8. FRRR – Back to School Program (BTS)
  9. Growing Cricket for Girls Fund
  10. First Call Fund