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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!