In line with the Queensland Government’s Regional Economic Development Strategy (RED), there are numerous and ongoing grants and tenders available to businesses that meet the criteria of sustainable economic growth.
If you’re a CISC member, Sign up to the Sunshine Coast Tender Alert Service. This free subscription allows your business to be notified of public tenders, allowing you to submit an application for future development proposals.
Advancing Renewables Program – Australian Government
The Advancing Renewables Program aims to fund projects that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:
- Reduction in the cost of renewable energy
- Increase in the value delivered by renewable energy
- Improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy
- Reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
- Increase in skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.
Emissions Reduction Fund
If you are thinking about investing in new technology to improve the productivity or energy efficiency of your business operations, you may be interested in the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Emissions Reduction Fund creates a positive incentive for Australian businesses to adopt smarter practices to cut the amount of greenhouse gases they create. The Clean Energy Regulator will begin administering the scheme once legislative amendments start and the necessary legislative rules are made.
The Clean Energy Regulator will publish a series of guidance notes in the coming weeks, as well as rules for the auction process and forward dates for auctions. The Fund three elements will be administered by the
Clean Energy Regulator:
- Creating Emissions Reduction
- Purchasing Emissions Reductions
- Safeguarding Emissions Reductions
R&D Tax Incentive
The R&D Tax Incentive is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D.
The Program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is a broad- based entitlement program. This means that it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D. It provides more generous support for businesses, especially small and medium- sized firms, than the R&D Tax Concession that it replaced. It is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.
CSIRO Innovation Connections and Kick-Start
A free one-on-one facilitated service to assist SMEs in establishing their research needs, Innovation Connections also offers access to funding and researcher placements to fast-track SME R&D projects.
Supported by the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs Programme, Innovation Connections is a free, no-obligation facilitated service to assist businesses in establishing their research needs and can result in any of the following grants the enable SME’s to fast-track their research and development:
Researcher Placement: placement of a Researcher in your business to work collaboratively on a project to develop and implement a new idea with commercial potential (up to a maximum of $50,000).
Catalyst Fund – Roddenberry Foundation
The Catalyst Fund awards small grants for early-stage, innovative, and unconventional ideas that address urgent challenges. They’re looking for ideas that challenge our thinking, that compel us to see a problem in a new light; and whose creativity and imagination redefine notions of what can be done and how.
Jobs and Regional Growth Fund
The fund will help facilitate private sector projects which create employment and economic growth opportunities in regional areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges. The Government recognises that the private sector is the key jobs generator in the Queensland economy and this fund will
Gambling Community Benefit Fund – Department of Justice
The fund allocates funding to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities. Applications can be submitted for funding between $500 and a maximum of $35,000 (including GST). If the cost of any item is more than the approved amount.
Accelerating Commercialisation offers eligible entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors, start-ups, Commercialisation Offices and small and medium enterprises access to Commercialisation Advisers with experience and connections to address the challenges associated with commercialising novel products, processes and services.
Eligible individuals and businesses that submit an Expression of Interest will receive guidance on their commercialisation project and feedback on its potential merit under the program.
Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund – Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
The fund will run until 2020/2021 with up to $1 million available in annual funding allocation to back industry-led, small scale and pilot research projects, with an emphasis on fast, tangible results. Assistance per project will be between $100,000 and $400,000, matched with industry cash contributions 1:1, and will help smaller firms move an idea more quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation.
Closing: Expressions of interest are open
Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant
Provides capacity building grants up to $100,00 to mission-drivien for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, allowing them to secure investment capital to scale their social or environmental impact.
Project Partnership Grants / Multi-year Partnership Grant
Noosa Council’s Economic Development Grant Program is a competitive grant program that looks to encourage collaboration and partnerships between Council, business representative groups and the business community.Closing: Ongoing
Business Development Fund
Assists in funding ideas into action by matching the idea to a co-investor (angel investor, capital fund etc) Then the government funds (will be less $ than the co-investor) will make the 3rdshareholder of the company. Funding amounts from $125,000 to $2.5 million.
Ignite Ideas Fund
Grants of up to $250,000 (excluding GST) to support activities that will test and implement commercialisation plans for a product, process or service that is at or beyond minimum viable product or market ready stage.
Queensland Business Grants and Assistant Finder
You can tick all boxes that apply to you and the website will short list any available grants and funding that apply to you.
Small Business Enterpreneur Grants Program
This program provides new small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.
Accelerate Small Business Grants Program
This Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to engage high-level expertise for their business. Up to $10,000 in matched funding can be used to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months.