Grants, funding and assistance

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Last updated on December 12, 2017

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 publically 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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The Greater Circular Head Enterprise Grant Program The program offers the opportunity to apply for a one-off grant of up to $150 000 per project to eligible applicants located in the greater Circular Head region. 15 May 18
Building Better Regions Fund

The BBRF is committed to building stronger regional communities into the future. The Infrastructure Projects Stream and Community Investments Stream are now open to local councils and not for profits.

19 Dec 17
26TEN Grant These grants support employers and peak bodies to run projects to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Tasmanian workers (paid and voluntary). 8 Feb 18
Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme A joint initiative of the Tasmanian Government and Aurora Energy to assist our Tasmanian community with the purchase of energy efficient products 1 May 18
Advanced Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Voucher System The 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
Workforce Development Grants

Expressions of interest are invited for funding to support workforce planning, workforce development planning and workforce development.

30 Jun 18

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
Visiting Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys

Provides preliminary consultations and advice to prospective clients, in-confidence, without obligation and free-of-charge.

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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 apply.

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Accelerating Commercialism

Accelerating Commercialisation helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes. Only companies are eligible to apply.

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Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure 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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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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Export

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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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New Market Expansion Program

This program offers eligible Tasmanian-based enterprises with a sales turnover of between $300 000 and $20 million a financial rebate to offset the costs of approved. marketing activities in international markets.

30 Apr 18
Circular Head New Market Access Program The program has been developed to enable recipients to explore and seek new opportunities and markets, both interstate and internationally. It is available to eligible business enterprises in the greater Circular Head region. 30 Jun 18

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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Export Market Development Grants The 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

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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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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Incentives for new employees

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Small business grant for employing apprentices and trainees

Small businesses can claim up to $4 000 for employing eligible apprentices and trainees from 1 July 2017. 30 Jun 19  
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
Assistance with employing apprentices and trainees

If you are a small business with less than 20 employees, you can get practical help to employ an apprentice or trainee.

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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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Wage subsidies

Wage subsidies are available to employers who hire eligible job seekers including mature age, long-term unemployed, Indigenous, youth or parents.

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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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Smart Farming Partnerships Grant Smart Farming Partnerships is an open competitive grant opportunity that supports four to five-year projects to develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools and farm practices. 21 Dec 17

AgriGrowth Loan Scheme

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.

30 Sep 18
Business Improvement Concessional Loan The loans are to assist eligible commercially viable farm businesses to continue to operate after exhausting their Farm Household Allowance entitlements. 30 Jun 18

Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans

The loans are for eligible farm businesses to restructure debt, new debt for operating expenses or productivity enhancement activities, or a combination of these.

30 Jun 18
Drought Assistance Concessional Loan The loan will assist eligible commercially viable drought affected farm businesses to continue to operate through drought conditions, recover once the season breaks and prepare for future droughts. 30 Jun 18
POMS Recovery Concessional Loan Scheme The Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) provides low interest loans to oyster growers, nurseries and hatcheries that have been affected by POMS. 1 May 18

Tourism

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Tasmanian Cycle Tourism Fund The Fund is available for applications from local government, key industry stakeholders and peak bodies to make application for projects, programs or relevant initiatives that support the priority opportunities outlined in the Tasmanian Cycle Tourism Strategy. 15 Dec 17

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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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

Defence

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Defence Tenders Assistance Pilot Program

This pilot program will provide eligible individual enterprises with financial support to effectively compete for, and potentially win defence contracts.

30 April 18

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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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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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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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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