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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. Entrepreneurs’ Programme (Overview)
  2. Restart Wage Subsidy
  3. Advance Queensland (Overview)
  4. CSIRO Innovation Fund
  5. CSIRO Kick-Start Program
  6. Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
  7. Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)
  8. Telstra Business Awards
  9. Boost Your Business Voucher Program (Overview)
  10. New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)


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. Global Innovation Strategy
  2. CSIRO Innovation Fund
  3. Landing Pads Program
  4. Clean Energy Seed Fund
  5. Entrepreneurs Program – Accelerating Commercialisation
  6. Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) Programme
  7. R&D Tax Incentive
  8. CSIRO Kick-Start Program
  9. Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)
  10. The Medtech Actuator Accelerator Program


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. Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund
  2. Growth Fund (Overview)
  3. Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants
  4. Industry Growth Centres Initiative Programme
  5. Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM) Program
  6. Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) Research Project Funding
  7. Future Jobs Fund Loans and Grants
  8. Future Industries Fund – Manufacturing Program
  9. Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC)
  10. Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH)



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
  2. Global Innovation Strategy
  3. Global Innovation Linkages Programme
  4. Global Connections Fund (GCF) – Bridging Grants
  5. Global Connections Fund (GCF) – Priming Grants
  6. Medical Research Future Fund
  7. Cooperative Research Centres Programme
  8. CSIRO Innovation Fund
  9. Regional Collaborations Programme
  10. Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII)


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. Wine Export Grants
  3. Horizon 2020 Programme
  4. International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) – Overview
  5. Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) – Project Grants
  6. Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Headway
  7. Scottish Pacific Business Finance – Export Working Capital Finance
  8. Statistical Information Service
  9. TradeStart
  10. Tradex 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. Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP)
  2. Emissions Reduction Fund
  3. Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Overview
  4. ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Scheme
  5. Future Jobs Fund Loans and Grants
  6. Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) – Overview
  7. Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) Project Fund Programme
  8. GRDC Infrastructure Grants
  9. Register of Solar Water Heaters
  10. Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)

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. NDIS Partners in the Community Program
  4. Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
  5. Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)
  6. Community Child Care Fund Program – Open Competitive Grant
  7. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Leading Prevention Grants
  8. Try, Test and Learn Fund
  9. Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme: National Science Week Grants
  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. Regional Growth Fund – Regional Sports Infrastructure
  2. Giving for Grassroots (G4G™) Program: Sport4Everyone
  3. Holden Home Ground Advantage
  4. VicHealth – Active Club Grants
  5. Local Sport Grant Program
  6. Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP)
  7. Community Shade Grants Program
  8. Fundraising4Sport (F4S)
  9. Local Sporting Champions Program
  10. Growing Cricket for Girls Fund

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. Community Awareness Grants Program
  4. Keep Australia Beautiful – Beverage Container Recycling Grants
  5. National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants (CHG)
  6. NACC Biodiversity Community Grants
  7. Creativity Australia – With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding
  8. Community Safety Fund (CSF) Grants
  9. Community Inclusion and Participation Grants
  10. Community Shade 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. Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme: Maker Projects
  2. Advance Queensland – Engaging Science Grants
  3. Creativity Australia – With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding
  4. First Call Fund
  5. Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants
  6. Financial Literacy Australia (FLA) Grants
  7. Capital Assistance Scheme
  8. The CASS Foundation Grants
  9. Eco Schools Grants Program
  10. Community Shade Grants Program