SME Export Hubs

Up to $1.5M is available from SME Export Hubs to help establish and/or operate SMEs export hubs in the six Growth Centre sectors.

SME Export Hubs

SME Export Hubs

The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant opportunity will support SME Export Hubs in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the SME Export Hubs grant opportunity are to:

  • support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs (export hubs) in the six Growth Centre sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Cyber Security
    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.
  • support SME development through facilitation of export opportunities and working with the Growth Centres.

 

Funding

Applicants can apply for grant funding for a newly established export hub or an existing (mature) export hub.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $150,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $1.5 million.

The remaining 50 per cent of eligible project costs we consider your contribution. Your contribution must be cash, and not in-kind.

Your contribution must be from sources other than the Commonwealth and can include state, territory and local government and industry partners.

 

Eligible Projects

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $300,000 in eligible expenditure
  • support the establishment and/or operation of a new or existing export hub
  • support participating SMEs to improve their capability to increase exports, and create jobs
  • develop and implement an export strategy, building on identified SME strengths and innovation potential.

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), and
  • be one of the following entities:
    • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation such as:
      • an incorporated association
      • a company limited by guarantee
      • a non-distributing co-operative
      • an Indigenous not for profit corporation
      • a not-for-profit incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • an Australian local government agency or body
    • an Australian state/territory government agency or body
    • Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee.

If you are applying as a not for profit organisation you must demonstrate your not-for-profit status through one of the following:

  • current Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration
  • state or territory incorporated association status
  • constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not for profit character of your organisation.

 

Timing

Applications close 15 October 2018.

 

More Information

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