Support for businesses in Australia
Information, grants, services and support from across government to help your business succeed. Review our top six grants for July below and visit to discover all available grants. Use the ‘Finder Tool‘ to locate specific grants for your industry or location.

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Commonwealth Regional Scholarship Program

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a targeted competitive process, to apply to deliver services under the Program 1.5 Early Learning and Schools Support from 2023–24 to 2026–27.

The Commonwealth Regional Scholarship Program will deliver approximately 100 scholarships to students from regional, rural and remote communities to assist with the cost of boarding fees and associated costs. The Commonwealth Regional Scholarship Program is a pilot program that will run over 7 years, with scholarships to be offered for up to 6 years, commencing from the 2024 school year.

This grant opportunity is a targeted competitive process, with the objective of selecting one or multiple organisations to administer the scholarship program.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

  • Assessment of applications – June 2023
  • Approval of outcomes of selection process – late June 2023
  • Negotiations and award of grant agreements – July-August 2023
  • Notification to unsuccessful applicants – early July 2023
  • Earliest start date of project/services – July 2023
  • End date of grant activity or agreement – June 2027

Close Date & Time: 3 May 2023 9:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

Stronger Communities Programme – Round 8

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. Round 8 of the program will provide $22.7 million to fund small capital projects in each of the 151 federal electorates. The program is part of the government’s 2022–23 budget initiatives focussed on making local economies stronger and boosting community organisations.

The program intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Round 8 of the program aims to support communities recover from the widespread impacts of adverse weather events and current economic pressures.

For this round, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50% of eligible project costs.

What do you get?

Up to $20,000 of funding for capital projects

Who is this for?

Applicants are invited to apply by their local MP.

Funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants provide funding for medium to long-term, industry-led research collaborations. Find out about CRC grants and how to help improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

What do you get?

Up to 50% of eligible grant project costs for an industry-led research collaboration.

Who is this for?

A collaboration between at least one Australian industry organisation and one Australian research organisation.

CRC Grants are part of the CRC Program. The CRC Program supports industry, research and the community in 2 ways:

  • CRC Grants – support medium to long term industry-led collaborative research, for up to 10 years.
  • CRC Projects (CRC-P) grants – support short term, industry-led collaborative research, for up to 3 years.

CRC Grants provide funding for collaborations to solve industry identified problems. CRCs must:

  • be a medium to long-term industry-led collaborative research program
  • aim to solve industry identified problems and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries
  • include an industry-focused education and training program, including a PhD program that builds capability and capacity
  • increase research and development (R&D) capacity in small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • encourage industry take up of research

    Regional Job Creation Fund

    The $240 million Regional Job Creation Fund supports existing businesses in regional NSW to grow, innovate, and increase productivity.

    The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund (RJCF) Round Three will support existing regional NSW businesses, or those seeking to relocate to regional NSW as they adapt to technological change, meet evolving supply chain distribution demands and leverage their strengths to drive ongoing productivity and regional economic development.

    RJCF Round 3 projects will create and/or maintain regional jobs, increase productivity, diversify regional economies, and provide skills, and training opportunities, including for young people, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals and people with disability. This investment will lead to more sustainable employment, and a stronger and more resilient regional economy.

    Key Dates for Round 3

    • Expression of Interest applications open: Friday 13 January 2023
    • Expression of Interest applications Close: 5pm (AEDT) Monday 6 March 2023
    • Assessment process: Approximately eight weeks from submission
    • Detailed Applications open by invitation from:  Monday 8 May 2023
    • Detailed applications close: 5pm (AEST) Monday 26 June 2023
    • Notification of Assessment outcome: Monday 9 October 2023 or as soon as possible after a decision has been made at the NSW Government’s discretion
    • Grant amount: From $1,000,000 to $10,000,000

    Quantum Computing Commercialisation Fund

    Applications for the NSW Quantum Computing Commercialisation Fund are now open.

    Grants of between $200,000 to $4 million are available for projects that progress quantum computing hardware and/or software towards commercialisation within NSW.

    Funding can be used for:

    • prototyping and piloting studies
    • manufacturing and/or scaling
    • conducting market and product assessments
    • salaries and access to external expertise that is directly related to delivery of the project
    • commercialisation strategies and commercial feasibility studies
    • specialist equipment and/or infrastructure necessary to progress the project
    • intellectual property protection or advice

    The QCCF targets innovative quantum computing hardware and/or software within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 3 – 7 and aims to support them to move up the TRL scale, commercialise their idea and enable them to attract large-scale private investment.

      Regional Investment Activation Fund

      The NSW Government’s $110 million Regional Investment Activation Fund will make regional NSW the location of choice for investors, facilitating new private sector investment to activate the potential of priority precincts and industries.

      Applications and aim to:

      • Drive increased productivity, innovation and business competitiveness in regional NSW
      • Activate new industries
      • Promote industry cluster developments
      • Deliver new and sustainable employment opportunities.

      Stream One is now closed. 

      Stream Two is an open, non-competitive grants program where applicants can contact the Department to apply for funding. Applications will be assessed individually, without reference to the comparative merits of other applications. Stream Two aims to provide increased flexibility to secure investments that are time-sensitive and strategically significant for a priority industry or location.

      • Grant amount: From $1,000,000 to $10,000,000
      • Application closes: 31 December 2024, 5:00 pm

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