Up to $2.6 M is available to implement strategies to improve the automotive industry’s competitive advantage.
The Business Capability Support Program is a competitive merit‑based grant program. It is one element of the Automotive New Markets Initiative under A New Car Plan for a Greener Future. The Program is intended to run for four years, commencing in 2012‑13. It will provide one grant to a successful applicant to provide business capability support services to automotive supply chain companies.
The Business Capability Development Plan is a detailed business and financial plan which must include:
- a detailed description of proposed activities and how they will assist Australian automotive companies broaden their customer and product base, both domestically and internationally;
- how the business capability development service provider will undertake these activities;
- the key outcomes of the proposal plans to achieve and how you propose to measure your success in meeting these outcomes;
- resource requirements;
- detailed costings and budget;
The object of the Business Capability Support Program is to provide automotive‑specific business capability support services to Australian automotive supply chain companies to: develop new capabilities, improve productivity and apply current capabilities in new ways.
The total amount of the grant made under the Business Capability Support Program must not exceed $2.6 million. One grant may be awarded to the successful applicant under the Business Capability Support Program.
Business Capability Support Provider under the Business Capability Support Program must undertake all of the following eligible activities:
- identifying and rectifying gaps in individual automotive companies and the Australian automotive industry as a whole; and
- implementing strategies to improve the automotive industry’s competitive advantage and strategic positioning in the global industry; and
- developing the managerial and leadership capability of automotive companies; and
- developing the process and operational capability of automotive companies; and
- assisting automotive companies to integrate or diversify into global supply chains and non‑automotive industries.
If it is directly related to an eligible activity, expenditure on the following may be eligible for grant funding:
- payments to advisers, consultants, training organisations and other service providers for business improvement and development work undertaken with automotive companies to achieve the objective of the Business Capability Support Program;
- other costs associated with preparing relevant materials, training and other guidance in support of the objective of the Business Capability Support Program;
- administration and overheads directly arising from the implementation of the approved Business Capability Development Plan.
Each application is to be assessed against the following merit criteria:
- the ability of the business capability support services to assist Australian automotive companies broaden their customer and product base;
- the capacity and capability of the applicant to undertake the delivery of business capability support services, including management capability;
- experience delivering similar services;
- evidence that the funding sought will enable activity to be carried out that is additional to what would otherwise have occurred;
- quality of the Business Capability Development Plan;
- the financial sustainability of the applicant;
- the projected benefits to the Australian automotive industry and the Australian economy.
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