$112.5 M program aimed at fostering the development of a sustainable and internationally-competitive manufacturing industry and design industry for clothing and household textiles in Australia

    BIC Scheme

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About

The BIC scheme is aimed at fostering the development of a sustainable and internationally-competitive manufacturing industry and design industry for clothing and household textiles in Australia by providing incentives that will promote innovation to entities that demonstrate a commitment to Australian-based manufacturing.

The BIC scheme provides for innovation grants in respect of eligible clothing and household textile expenditure in much the same way as the TCF Post-2005 (SIP) scheme provided Type 2 grants in respect of research and development activity by clothing and finished textile entities.

 

Recipients

167 recipients share in $22M of the BIC Scheme . The top ten recipients representing 28% of the funding in the 2012-2013 financial year are:

  1. Australian Weaving Mills -$1,055,514
  2. Cue Design -$1,010,213
  3. Australian Defence Apparel -$958,959
  4. Seafolly -$628,708
  5. Scanlan and Theodore -$500,652
  6. D H K Manufacturing -$492,586
  7. Carla Zampatti -$476,187
  8. Anthea Crawford -$436,529
  9. Metalicus -$379,078
  10. Running Bare -$359,138

 

Objectives

The object of the BIC Scheme is to foster the development of a sustainable and internationally competitive manufacturing industry and design industry in Australia by providing incentives that will promote innovation for entities that demonstrate a commitment to Australian-based manufacturing.

The BIC scheme provides innovation grants in respect of eligible clothing and household textile expenditure in much the same way as the TCF Post-2005 (SIP) scheme provided Type 2 grants in respect of research and development activity by clothing and finished textile entities.

 

Funding

The TCF innovation package includes the $112.5 million BIC scheme which replaces the last five years of the TCF Post-2005 (SIP) scheme, commencing from the 2010/11 program year.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for the BIC Scheme, an activity must always be carried on in Australia. Eligible clothing and household textile activities are defined in Section 1.6 of the Clothing and Household Textile (Building Innovative Capability) scheme (the BIC scheme). Eligible clothing activities are listed in Schedule 1 of the BIC scheme. Schedule 2 of the BIC scheme lists eligible household textile products. The Schedules are attached to the BIC scheme – Program Guide as an appendix. Eligible activities fall into three main areas:

Manufacturing Activities. Manufacturing activities listed in Parts B and C of Schedule 1 of the BIC scheme are eligible if they are carried on in Australia, by an entity, on its own behalf.

Design for manufacture activities. Design for manufacture activities are eligible only if:

  • the design activities are undertaken in Australia
  • these design activities lead to manufacture in Australia by the same entity, or by another entity on behalf of the entity that did the design (that is, the one entity undertakes the design work and also funds, and owns the products of the manufacturing activities)
  • the manufacturing activities are eligible clothing and household textile activities and consequently result in an eligible clothing and household textile product, and
  • at least some of these eligible clothing and household textile products are intended for sale in Australia

Ancillary activities. Under the BIC scheme, ancillary activities mean:

  • an activity listed in Part A of Schedule 1 or
  • an early-stage processing activity of a kind mentioned in Part D of Schedule 1 or
  • a warehousing and distribution activity
Ancillary activities are eligible if, and only to the extent that, the operations are wholly and mutually interdependent with eligible manufacturing or design for manufacture activities.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to register for the BIC scheme, an entity must show that it carries on or proposes to carry on an eligible clothing and household textile activity as defined in the BIC scheme. That is:

  • eligible manufacturing activities in Australia
  • eligible design for manufacturing activities in Australia
  • eligible ancillary activities in Australia.

BIC Scheme applications for registration must be lodged before 1 July of the relevant program year and must be accompanied by:

  • financial reports or statements for the previous financial year
  • a statement of strategic business intent outlining the business, operational and financial strategies that will guide the entity to sustainable operations for eligible clothing and household textile activities beyond the end of the program period.

 

Timing

Applications for BIC Scheme registration must be lodged before 1 July of the relevant program year.

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Expert Assistance

Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.

The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.

Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.

Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.

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We have significant experience in applying for grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:

  • Demonstrating the identified need;
  • Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
  • Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
  • Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
  • Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
  • Calculating the value for money; and
  • Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes

 

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