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Funding

This page provides a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available to businesses in Tasmania. This page also has a section covering the range of free support, training, and learning opportunities to help you start or run your business.

Please consider the options outlined on this page, and if you would like to discuss your business' needs, please call 1800 440 026 or email ask@business.tas.gov.au

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

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

 

General

Small Business Advice and Financial Guidance Program Round 2

Round 2 of the Small Business Advice and Financial Guidance program aims to support your business' resilience with access to specialised support.

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26TEN Grants for employers

These grants support employers and peak bodies to run projects to improve literacy and numeracy of Tasmanian workers (paid and voluntary).

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Accelerating Commercialisation

Commercialise novel products, services and processes. Only companies are eligible to apply.

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Business Growth Loan Scheme

The $60 million Business Growth Loan Scheme will provide concessional loan funding to support businesses to recover, adapt, grow and develop enhanced business models.

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Council Grants

Year round grant and assistance programs.

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CSIRO Kick-Start Program

Eligible businesses may get access to dollar-matched funding of $10,000-$50,000 to undertake research activities with CSIRO.

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Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

Defence-related businesses may be eligible for a grant to invest in projects that overcome barriers to accessing export opportunities. Only companies are eligible to apply.

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Entrepreneurs Programme

This programme uses quality facilitators and advisers, 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)

Northern Tasmania Development Corporation taskforce to assist business expansion or new projects that can’t access finance from traditional sources to find alternative financing options.

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Many Rivers Microfinance

Many Rivers works with Australians who want to start or grow a small or micro business.

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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.

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R&D Tax Incentive

Helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D. Only companies are eligible to apply.

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Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Grants Program

A grant between $5,000 and $500,000 to undertake various defence skills training activities.

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Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority 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.

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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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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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Agribusiness

AgriGrowth Loan Scheme

The scheme offers low interest loans to Tasmanian farm businesses, agri-food businesses and young farmers wanting to progress into their own farm business.

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AgriStarter Loan

Loans of up to $2 million to assist first time farmers; and to support farm succession arrangements.

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Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Pilot Program

This program provides primary producers with rebates of up to $10,000 for advice sought about the​​ costs and benefits of accessing carbon credits, auditing requirements, and on-ground actions that are eligible for carbon credits.

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DairyTas Small Project Grants Program

DairyTas 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.

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Drought loans

The loan will assist farm business owners in eligible areas to prepare for, manage through and recover from drought.

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Farm investment loans

You 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.

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Landcare Action Grants Program

The program provides funding for practical on-ground works for sustainable agriculture and Rivercare type activities.

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North-West Agriculture Skills Delivery Program

The North West Agriculture Skills Delivery Grant program provides $150 000 to deliver subsidised training to the agriculture industry over two years. Industry support to access this training subsidy will be provided by RTV Training.

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Primary Producer Recovery Loan Scheme

This scheme will provide loans of between $20 000 and $100 000 to Tasmanian primary producers that are located within declared local government areas that have suffered direct damage as a result of the Central Tasmanian Floods from October 2021 and the Southern Tasmanian Hail Storm in December 2021.

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Primary Producer Safety Rebate Scheme

Rebates of $5,000 are available for eligible items that address farm hazards.

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Arts

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 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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Employment incentives

Rapid Response Skills Initiative

Provides up to $3000 towards the cost of training for eligible people who have lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure.

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Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements

The Australian Government is providing financial support to all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice.

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Tasmanian Employer Bonus Fund

The Tasmanian Employer Bonus Fund provides eligible employers with funding of up to $6 500 over six months to meet various costs associated with taking on new, eligible employees. For unemployed Tasmanians, or other specific groups that face barriers to employment, the program will help facilitate secure and sustainable pathways to work. Open until 31 Jan 23 or until funds are expended.

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Payroll tax rebate scheme for apprentices, trainees and youth employees

For large companies employing an eligible apprentice, trainee or youth.

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Job Ready Fund

The program supports Tasmanian jobseekers gain the essential tools they need to get a job - including White Card accreditation, work boots, protective clothing or tools. Eligible Tasmanians can receive up to $500.

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Wage subsidies

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

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Youth Jobs PaTH

Program designed to prepare young people for work.

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Advancing Renewables 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.

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Business Energy Advice Program

Provides tailored advice and tips to help cut energy costs for small businesses. Speak to a business expert to find out ways you can save.

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Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

CEFC co-finances or co-invests with renewable energy companies in low emissions and energy efficient technologies.

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Events Tasmania

Event Marketing Tasmania Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist event organisers with a marketing activity that adds value to their existing marketing strategy for an established Tasmanian event.

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Touring grants

Touring grants of up to $15 000 are available to eligible organisers of auto, motorbike, cycle or walking tours in Tasmania during the winter and shoulder season.

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Event Ready Grant

This round of the Event Ready Grant aims to support events with COVID-19 safety planning.

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Events Tasmania Attraction Fund

This Fund provides support to events that return substantial economic benefits for our state. The program is a competitive process with applications considered by the Major Events Group against set criteria. The program aims to help deliver a regionally balanced event portfolio for Tasmania, spread across the calendar year.

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Export

Accelerating Trade Grant Program

The program provides grants of up to a 50 per cent contribution towards activities to maximise opportunities for increased trade in markets outside of Tasmania. This includes activities such as promotional events or campaigns, market research and business matching services, and inbound buyer visits.

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Exporter Award Application Support

Apply for $500 in funding to engage a writer to enter national categories for the 2021 Export Awards.

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Export Finance Australia Small Business Export Loan

Export Finance Australia 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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Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES)

Assists shippers to transport goods by sea, between Tasmania and the Australian mainland.

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Tasmanian Export Freight Logistics Advisory Service (TEFLAS)

The Tasmanian Export Freight Logistics Advisory Service (TEFLAS) is a free service, which helps local small-to-medium businesses optimise their transport operations, connect with transport services, develop new freight channels and identify potential cost savings.

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Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Accelerating Growth Program

This program provides funding for advanced manufacturers to purchase capital equipment.

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Advanced Manufacturing Tender Incentive Program

This program provides funding for advanced manufacturers to seek professional assistance to prepare defence and other specialist tenders.

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Advanced Manufacturing Business Improvement Program

This program provides funding for advanced manufacturers to undertake business improvement activities.

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Advanced Manufacturing Quality Assurance Program

This program provides funding for advanced manufacturers to achieve quality assurance accreditations that will help to retain or expand their customers or markets.

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Advanced Manufacturing Skills 2 Manufacturing Program

This program provides funding for advanced manufacturers to develop their workforce through non-accredited training.

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Innovate to Grow Advanced Manufacturing program

Applications are open for a free 10-week program for SMEs to investigate new R&D opportunities related to advanced manufacturing solutions.

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Mental health support

Mental health and wellness

Running and managing a business can be meaningful and rewarding, it can also be incredibly stressful and isolating for owners both new and established.

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Tourism

Revitalising Local Hospitality Venues Grant Program

The Revitalising Local Hospitality Venues Grant Program will provide one-off grants of $5 000 to assist Tasmanian hospitality businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19.

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Business Growth Loan Scheme

A concessional loan to support Tasmanian businesses to recover, adapt, grow and develop enhanced business models that support employment retention and business growth. Available for new projects as well.

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Tourism Development Loan Scheme

The scheme will assist operators to rebuild and regain market share and will provide an opportunity to build resilience, innovate and contribute to the priorities identified within the T21 Plan.

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Training incentives

North-West Agriculture Skills Delivery Program

The North West Agriculture Skills Delivery Grant program provides $150 000 to deliver subsidised training to the agriculture industry over two years. Industry support to access this training subsidy will be provided by RTV Training.

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SkillUP TasTAFE courses

Skill-UP is a series of short courses which provide training for Tasmanians to take up job opportunities, upskill or re-skill for work in some of the state’s key industries.

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Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Grants Program

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.

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Infection Control Training Fund

The Infection Control Training Fund supports the delivery of infection control training at no (or low) cost to customer-facing workers.

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Training and learning opportunities

Digital Solutions program

A low cost program, Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services program works with small businesses to make the most of digital tools as well as offering broader business advice.

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Free business advice

Access no cost business advice across any business related topic with our network of independent, experienced business advisors. This is known as Enterprise Centres Tasmania.

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Help to get your business online

To help you get started or build your digital skills, The Department of State Growth is helping businesses take the next step online and offers a range of tools, free one-on-one coaching, seminars, webinars and information for all skill levels through the Digital Ready Program.

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Online events

Online events are offering you fantastic opportunities to expand your knowledge or help you along your business journey. Find an excellent range of Tasmanian specific events here.

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Seedlab Tasmania Cultivate Accelerator Program

The Seedlab Tasmania Cultivate Accelerator Program is a free, Statewide opportunity for Tasmanian early stage businesses (1-19 employees), who produce consumer products, to scale and grow for local, interstate and international sales.

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Self-employment assistance

Self-Employment Assistance can help you turn your business idea or existing small business into a viable business. The program allows you to choose the level of support that meets your needs and the needs of your small business. Self-Employment Assistance replaced the New Business Assistance with NEIS program in July 2022.

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Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia are holding weekly webinars with different speakers covering different COVID-19 tourism industry recovery related topics.

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Tourism Industry Council Tasmania

Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania have a podcast called Talking Tourism, that provides excellent insight for Tasmanian tourism operators. You can find it wherever you listen to podcasts, or click here.

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