Top Grants for Small Business
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Small businesses form an absolutely integral part of Australia’s economy. Helping this group thrive is in the interests of all governments – local, State and Federal. However, grant programs are often designed for the ‘bigger end of town’, with serious capacity and resources needed just to put together an application.

To help small businesses who are trying to access funds within reach, we’ve compiled the following list. Take a tour around each state, and for more programs relevant to your location jump onto GrantGuru’s homepage to start searching!

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Open on an ongoing basis.

This program provides individuals with accredited small business training, business mentoring, and income support to help them turn a business idea into a viable business and help them to become a self-employed business owner. A total of 6,300 NEIS places are available nationally each year.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Accelerating Commercialisation
Open on an ongoing basis.

This programme encourages and assists small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, processes and services. Up to $1 million is available to eligible businesses, and can be used to engage external professionals, complete development of products or services, prove commercial viability and more.

New South Wales
City of Sydney – Village Business Grant Program
Available biannually.

This program provides up to $80,000 for initiatives and projects that revitalise and enhance local commercial and retail precincts, build capacity in business operators, strengthen local business networks, and enhance diversity, precinct brand and character of place.

Grow Your Business
Open on an ongoing basis.

If you’re a small business with big vision (and we mean an international type of vision) then this is the program for you. Grow Your Business is designed to help small businesses develop and implement strategies to become internationally competitive. A range of planning and management services are offered.

Queensland Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow – Home Based Business Grants Program
Available annually.

This program aims to provide the support that stay-at-home parents need to make their business a success, while keeping a healthy balance between work and family. Funding of up to $5,000 is available in two stages; firstly to hire a business consultant to work on a business action plan, secondly to implement an activity identified through the plan.

South Australia
Adelaide City Council – Shopfront Improvement Grants
Open now, until funds are fully committed.

This program is designed to encourage city businesses to get creative and enhance their street appeal. Grants between $1,000 and $6,000 are available to cover up to 50% of the cost of visual improvements to shopfronts. This may include painting, signage improvements, additions such as green walls, folding windows, and more!

Western Australia
WA Innovation Development Scheme – Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP)
Available annually.

This program aims to provide financial assistance to eligible small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to access professional skills, services or knowledge to enable them to advance their innovation or commercialisation activity in Western Australia. Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Sensis Stepping Up Grant
Available annually.

A cross between an award and a grant, this program has an annual funding pool of $80,000 to give small businesses a head start. Grant categories are: customer service; innovation & technology; start-up & emerging businesses (less than three years old); and business growth (for businesses over three years old). Category winners will receive $10,000 to achieve further business growth.

Northern Territory
Trade Support Scheme
Open on an ongoing basis.

This program aims to build stronger trading partnerships and create new export opportunities. It provides Northern Territory (NT) based organisations with financial help of up to $10,000 to offset various costs of international marketing activities. Eligible Activities include: attendance at international expos and trade shows; promotional products; accommodation; freight costs and website development for international audiences.

Griffin Accelerator
Available annually.

This program is run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected start-ups to create successful businesses. Shortlisted applicants will gain access to a three month program with $25,000 investment in the business, in return for 10% equity. Free shared office space is also made available to support business owners to continue working on their start-up.

Publish Date 7 September 2015
Article type Inside Insights