The Turnbull Government provides a wide range of grants and funding support to organisations including by way of competitive application.  Below is a a list of some key local grants and funding programs which are currently open and relevant to Corangamite residents.  You may also want to check out an excellent resource – – which collates all government grants as well as some philanthropic grants.

If you need any more information or help applying for a grant, please don’t hesitate to call Natale Lewington in Sarah’s office on 03 5243 1444.


The Australian Government’s flagship initiaitve for business competitiveness and productivity. There are four key elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation – helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes
  • Business Management – experienced business advisers and facilitators review business operations, including business direction, strategy, growth opportunities and supply chain
  • Incubator Support – assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets through helping them to develop their business capabilities; and
  • Innovation Connections – experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.


Regional incubators and accelerators will be able to access greater support under changes to the Australian Government’s Incubator Support initiative. Information sessions outlining the changes to the initiative will be held in several regional locations and a national webinar will also be delivered for potential applicants in early 2018.   For more information on how to apply for an Incubator Support grant, go to


The $155 million Growth Fund is offering the following current funding opportunities:

  • A $15 million boost to the Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme to extend the programme until 30 June 2018. This programme provides retrenched automotive workers with instant access to intensive employment support.
  • A $30 million Skills and Training Initiative to help currently employed Holden and Toyota workers recognise their skills and train for new jobs. Holden and Toyota have contributed $15 million funding each.


Ford workers can access reskilling and upskilling support through the Ford Transition Programme . The Australian Government awarded $5 million to Auto Skills Australia to help workers move from their current jobs to new meaningful jobs as the plants close down.


There are a range of grants open to veteran and returned service men and women organisations which can be found on DVA’s website.  You can also call your nearest DVA office on 1800 555 254. Grants include:


Applications for up to $12,500 for community groups to install rooftop solar photovoltaic, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems on their buildings will open on 13 March 2018 and close on 31 May 2018. Guidelines are now available. The Program will be delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, in consultation with the Department of the Environment and Energy. Further details, including eligibility requirements, can be found at:


Primary and secondary schools are encouraged to enter the national ANZAC Day schools awards 2018. Primary and secondary school state winners will be awarded $2000 with runners-up awarded $500.

National winners will be selected from the eight state and territory winners and will be awarded an additional $1000.

For more information on how to enter and resources which may assist with planning your commemorative activities and research, go to Entries close Friday 25 May 2018.


The Coalition Government is committed to getting Australian kids more active, more often. That is why  young athletes, coaches and officials aged between 12 and 18 years are eligable to apply for a $500 Local Sporting Champions grant. For more information about Local Sporting Champions grants and to apply, visit before the deadline closes on June 30.



Disclaimer: Page updated 15 May 2018.  For the latest information, please call Natale in Sarah’s office on 5243 1444.