The Morrison 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 2019. 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.


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:


Community organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online. The Morrison Government is providing grants of up to $50,000 to local organisations to deliver free digital skills training to people over 50 as part of the Be Connected program. Participants in the program get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources. To find out more information about Be Connected or to join the network, go to: 


Students in Corangamite are encouraged to apply for a Government-funded scholarship to study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) course. Scholarships of up to $18,000 are available to help with the costs of studying STEM at university or a vocational education and training institution.The scholarships may also include internships to help students develop their professional experience and ensure they’re job-ready. Applications close on Friday 14 December 2018. For further information and to apply, visit or


Landcare groups, NRM bodies, Indigenous organisations and community groups in Corangamite are invited to apply for round 2 of Smart Farms Small Grants of between $5,000 and $200,000. For further information on how to apply, please read my media release.


Local organisations in Corangamite can now apply for funding to help protect, conserve and raise awareness of Australia’s national heritage. A total of $21.4 million will be available under the Australian Heritage Grants program over four years and from 2022-23 onwards this funding will increase to $5.7 million annually. Applications are now open and will close on 19 December 2018. For further information on how to apply, please read my media release.

100 small businesses from diverse sectors across Australia will be chosen to receive a digital transformation valued at up to $20,000. This will include the hardware, software and digital skills training required for them to thrive in their particular field.  For more information or to register your interest in being a Digital Champion, a Digital Mentor or a corporate partner visit:


Disclaimer: Page updated 12 December 2018.  For the latest information, please Sarah’s office on 5243 1444.