Up to $7M is available for TCF companies to boost innovative capability in the TCF industries

TCF Strategic Capability Program


The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability Program (TCF SCP) offers grants from $250,000 to projects that will boost innovative capability in the TCF industries at the enterprise and workplace level.

The minimum TCF Strategic Capability Program grant size is $250,000 and funding must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis by the successful grant recipient to support projects of a minium of $500,000 in eligible expenditure. Funding for the Strategic Capability Program runs from June 2010 to June 2015, with $35 million available for grants during the five years of the program. AusIndustry calls for Strategic Capability Program grant applications in annual selection rounds



In 2009, the Australian Government announced the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) innovation package of $401 million in support of Australian TCF businesses. This includes the TCF Strategic Capability Program (TCF SCP). This package was augmented in 2010 with the addition of $5 million allocated to the TCF SCP.

Subject to available funding there is no upper limit on grant size and large, innovative projects are encouraged. However, successful applicants are required to match Commonwealth Strategic Capability Program project funding dollar for dollar (e.g. a $500,000 dollar project would consist of $250,000 in grant funding and $250,000 in funding provided by the applicant).


Eligible applicants

To be eligible to apply for TCF Strategic Capability Program funding the applicant:

  • must be an entity undertaking an eligible TCF activity (such entities can apply individually or on behalf of a consortium) or be a prescribed entity applying on behalf of a consortium, with at least one consortium member undertaking an eligible TCF activity
  • must demonstrate that it can fund the total costs of the proposed project, excluding the Commonwealth contribution;
  • must demonstrate that its application is for total eligible project expenditure (including the proposed Commonwealth’s contribution) of $500,000 (exclusive of GST) or more;
  • must demonstrate that it has access to, or the beneficial use of, any Intellectual Property (IP) necessary to carry out and commercialise the project;
  • must be solvent;
  • must not have outstanding judicial penalties against it (that are not subject to appeal) in relation to workplace relations, OH&S and workers compensation and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that have such outstanding penalties;
  • must comply with all relevant Federal and State legislation (such as the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999), awards, industrial instruments and codes of practice relating to the performance of work in the TCF industries and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that do not comply with the relevant legislation, awards, industrial instruments and codes of practice.
  • must, if a clothing manufacturer, be accredited in accordance with the Homeworkers’ Code of Practice or be seeking accreditation and must not have entered into a consortium agreement with entities that are not accredited or are not seeking accreditation in accordance with the Homeworkers’ Code of Practice, if they are eligible to do so.


Eligible Activities

The eligible TCF Strategic Capability Program activities are:

  • Innovation, research and design capability: To support projects that will build innovative capability, increase intensity of research and technology development or contribute to market leading design relevant to manufacturing in Australia.
  • Collaboration, networks and supply chain participation: To foster networks and partnership activity among firms, including with research and educational institutions, and develop their role in local and global supply chains.
  • Accessing market opportunities: To provide support for firms and organisations to access markets on the basis of unique design, innovation and knowledge-driven competitive advantage.
  • New business models and strategic repositioning: To enable firms and organisations to reposition themselves in response to changing market conditions and opportunities with innovative business models.
  • High-performance work and management systems: To develop an inclusive, partnership approach to productivity-enhancing organisational change and improvement in the workplace.
  • Education and skills: To fund education and skills development initiatives within firms, including in partnership with external education and training providers.
  • Environmentally sustainable and ethical practices: To enable firms to pursue environmentally sustainable practices and to ensure ethical supply chains.


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.

Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.

We have significant experience in applying for health 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



The next round will open early 2013. Contact Us now to see how you should be preparing for this grant.




Round 3

Digital Textile PrintingThe project is to create a Centre of Digital Excellence in Alexandria, NSW available to a broad sector of the TCF industry. The Centre will develop and facilitate accredited training courses on digital technology and printing.1,269,299
MaterialisedThe project is to develop a sheer curtain textile that absorbs noise whilst providing a high degree of light transmission for the health care industry and aged care facilities.  This project will be undertaken in conjunction with the CSIRO.461,189
BekaertBekaert Australia, RMIT, and the CSIRO will undertake research into textiles to improve the performance of sleeping and bedding products with a view to commercial production. The research will focus on the needs of the health and aged care markets.1,152,185
Bruck TextilesThe project involves research, with Victoria University, into the potential for u