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 – www.grantready.com.au – 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 www.business.gov.au/ep
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:
- Veteran and community grants
- Building excellence in support and training (BEST) grants
- Saluting Their Service – community commemorative grants upto $4,000
- Saluting Their Service – major commemorative grants for more than $4,000
- Supporting Younger Veterans grants: The next round is expected to open for applications in July 2019 and close in August 2019.
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: www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au
MARINE PARKS GRANTS PROGRAM:
Eligible groups and individuals in Corangamite are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marine Parks grants program. Eligible projects include a variety of initiatives such as improving fishing gear types or practices, connecting fishers to marine park management through citizen science, and marketing locally and sustainably caught seafood. Up to $5 million is available in the first round for grants ranging from $50,000-$1 million.It’s important that we continue to build on the work to preserve our unique marine areas in Corangamite and ensure they remain in a pristine state for future generations. The Government will open a further grant round to a wider range of organisations representing marine park users later this year. Applications for round one of the Our Marine Parks Grants program close at 2pm AEDT on 12 March, 2019. Further information on how to apply here.
Disclaimer: Page updated 4 March 2019. For the latest information, please Sarah’s office on 5243 1444.