Grants, funding and assistance

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Last updated on December 3, 2018

Grants and other funding programs may be available from the Australian, State and Territory governments and, in some cases, from local councils.

Generally there are few grants available for starting a business, and those available are competitive or only available for specific circumstances.

There is, however, a range of assistance – including grants – available for business activities such as expanding your business, innovation, exporting, and research and development.

We offer free business advice to all Tasmanian small businesses through the Enterprise Centres Tasmania network.

Please Note
The Department of State Growth has received a number of reports of private operators approaching businesses selling information about government business grants. This information is publicly and freely available on this page and the Federal Governments website www.business.gov.au

No Australian government, federal, state or local, charges an online fee for any information on grants and funding.

General

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26Ten  Grants for Employers26Ten works to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Tasmanian workers (paid and voluntary).22 Feb 19

Accelerating Commercialism

Accelerating Commercialisation helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes. Only companies are eligible to applyongoing
Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Voucher SystemThe program is to support advanced manufacturing enterprises to undertake innovation and growth initiatives. It covers up to half of the project cost with the applicant to contribute the other half in cash (i.e. not in kind). Minimum grant assistance is $5 000, maximum grant assistance is $15 000.ongoing
Australian Heritage Grants Grants between $25,000 and $400,000 are available to protect, manage and conserve places on Australia’s Heritage List. 19 Dec 18
Burnie - Local Trader Marketing Grants ProgramBurnie City Council has allocated $20,000 to support discrete promotional activities involving partnerships of Burnie businesses during the 2018/19 Financial Year. The promotional activity must be completed by June 30, 2019.30 June 19

Council Grants

Most local councils have year round grant and assistance programs. Check out your council's website to find out what's on offer.

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CSIRO Kick-Start ProgramEligible businesses may get access to dollar-matched funding of $10,000-$50,000 to undertake research activities with CSIRO.ongoing
Cyber Security Small Business ProgramThis program provides a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention. 30 Jun 20

Entrepreneurs Programme

This programme uses quality facilitators and advisers, drawn from industry, to ensure businesses get the advice and support they need to improve their competitiveness and productivity. Only companies are eligible to apply.

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Investment Taskforce (Northern Tasmania)

The taskforce's role is to assist business expansion or new projects that can’t access finance from traditional sources to find alternative financing options.

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No Interest Micro-Business Loan Scheme

The scheme provides small, interest-free loans of up to $3 000 to people on low incomes who want to start their own business or grow an existing one.ongoing

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. Only companies are eligible to applyongoing
Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants The grants help Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence's stated Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. Only companies are eligible to apply.30 Jun 22
Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan SchemeA joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government and Aurora Energy to assist our Tasmanian community with the purchase of energy efficient products30 Apr 19
Visiting Trade Mark and Patent AttorneysProvides preliminary consultations and advice to prospective clients, in-confidence, without obligation and free-of-charge.ongoing

Export

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New Market Expansion ProgramFunding is available to eligible Tasmanian-based enterprises with a sales turnover between $300 000 and $20 million, to undertake approved marketing activities related to developing new international markets. 30 April 19

Advanced Manufacturing Marketing Expansion Program

Assistance is available to eligible Tasmanian advanced manufacturing enterprises with a sales turnover in excess of $150 000 up to $20 million, for approved marketing related activities in advanced manufacturing interstate and international markets.

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Efic Small Business Export Loan

Efic (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation) may help small business exporters access the finance their business needs to support an export contract when their bank is unable to do so.

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Export Market Development GrantsThe scheme reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 (provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000) and provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.ongoing

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES)

TFES assists shippers to transport goods by sea, between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, to help reduce freight costs associated with sea transport.

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Tradex Scheme

If your business is importing goods that you intend to directly export or incorporate in other exported goods, you may be eligible for exemptions on customs duty and GST.

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Wine Export GrantWine businesses exporting to China, Hong Kong, Macau and/or the USA can now apply for up to AU$25,000 in Australian Government funding for 50 % of eligible export promotion activities.1 May 20

Incentives for new employees

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Payroll tax rebate scheme for employing apprentices, trainees
and youth employees
If you are a large company that pays payroll tax you may apply for a rebate if you employ an eligible apprentice, a trainee or a youth employee from 1 July 2017.30 Jun 19
Regional Employment TrialsThis is an Australian Government initiative to identify and co-fund new projects to help people experiencing barriers to employment.  A grant pool of $1 million has been allocated specifically to North and North-West Tasmaniaongoing
Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business programEmployers in the Building and Construction, Tourism, Hospitality and Manufacturing industries may be eligible for a subsidy of up to $5000 per new apprentice or trainee from 23 May 2018 onwards.ongoing

Wage subsidies

Wage subsidies are available to employers who hire eligible job seekers including mature age, long-term unemployed, Indigenous, youth or parentsongoing
Youth Jobs PaTH Youth Jobs PaTH is a new, flexible program designed to prepare young people for work.
It also encourages employers to trial a young person for a job by offering interns and financial incentives to reduce the cost of recruitment.
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Training incentives

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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

Job seekers who are interested in running a  new small business may be eligible to participate in the NEIS, which provides accredited small business training. ongoing

Agribusiness

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AgriGrowth Loan Scheme
incorporating the Young Farmers Support Package

The scheme offers low interest loans to Tasmanian farm businesses and agri-food businesses. It will support projects that advance the government's Agrivision 2050 plan.

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Farm investment loansYou can apply for this loan to strengthen your farm business, take steps to access markets interstate or outside Australia and prepare for, manage through or recover from drought.ongoing
DairyTas Small Project Grants ProgramDairyTas invites applications that encourage dairy industry groups to plan, carry out and promote their own on-farm demonstration or extension project to improve the performance and profitability of dairy farms in their locality. Projects are eligible for grants of up to $10,000.ongoing
Drought loans The loan will assist farm business owners in eligible areas to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought. ongoing
Fruit Fly Concessional Loan SchemeUp to $4 million is available to offset the effects of the fruit fly event that occurred in Tasmania during 2018.30 Jun 19

Tourism

Heritage Places Renewal Loan Scheme (HPRLS)Loans are available for refurbishing a property that facilitates tourism and business development opportunities, essential heritage conservation projects, developing a business or adapting a property to support a new business initiative that will grow the visitor economy.1 Jun 20
Tourism Accommodation Refurbishment Loan Scheme (TARLS)TARLS will provide low interest loans for tourism operators to lift the standard of their product or services.30 Jun 19

West Coast Experience Loan Fund

To support tourism businesses on the stunning West Coast of Tasmania, the RACT, in partnership with the Tasmanian Government, has established a loan fund to provide start-up, interest-free loans to eligible businesses.

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Events Tasmania

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Events Tasmania's Grant Program

The program aims to deliver support to events around the state through a variety of grants, Touring grants, Championship grants, Marketing Tasmania grants and one-off assistance grants.

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Arts

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Arts Tasmania

Offers a wide range of funding programs to individuals and organisations at different times throughout the year

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Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. Each year, they deliver funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country.

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Screen Tasmania

Funding and support through loans, grants and equity investments in the development, production and marketing of Tasmanian screen projects.

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Renewable Energy

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Advancing Renewables Program. The program supports a broad range of projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia ongoing
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) co-finances or co-invests with renewable energy companies in low emissions and energy efficient technologies. ongoing

Above listing of grants and funding sources is put together by Business Tasmania. We make every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date information. The business.gov.au grants and assistance page gives a comprehensive list of government grants.

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