Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) – Project GrantsOverview
This programme aims to improve market access for small exporters of dairy, egg/fish, grain and plant products, horticulture and meat products.
The programme has three components:
- Rebates offered to small exporters for export certification registration costs in 2014-15 only.
- Review of export fees and charges, through government-industry consultative committees in 2014-15.
- The balance of funding would be used for projects that would directly benefit small exporters – PASE grants.
The projects component of PASE has approximately $10 million available. Approximately $2 million is available to meet the program objectives. This funding will be distributed through Round 2 and, if any issues emerge or other priorities arise, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources may use his discretion to consider other projects accordingly.
Funding under Round 2 will be available across all industries in scope. Projects must be delivered between 2016-17 and 2017-18.
As announced in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the government will provide $0.4 million over five years from 2017-18 to extend the Package Assisting Small Exporters program. The funding will be used to continue to provide grants to small exporters to support access to international markets.
Eligible applicants include organisations that are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable deed with the Commonwealth. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- A company incorporated under the Corporation Act 2001(Cth).
- An incorporated association incorporated under the various State and Territory association incorporation legislation.
- An indigenous corporation incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).
- Australian State or Territory departments and agencies.
- A body corporate created under State or Territory legislation including a local government and a university.
- A legally constituted partnership.
Please refer to the Guidelines for a list of ineligible applicants.
Eligible activities include those that:
- Address the program objectives.
- Are relevant to one or more of the commodity sectors (dairy, eggs, fish, grain and plant products, horticulture, meat).
This program does not fund costs that are not directly related to the carrying out of the project. Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of these costs.
The main assessment criteria include:
- Contribution to program objectives (60%)
- Risk management (20%)
- Cost-benefit analysis (20%)
Assessors will give preference to projects that have potential benefits for more than one of the listed export commodity groups.
- Research & Development
- Business Support