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SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SME) EXPORTGrants to support export hubs in growth industry sectors

  1. Overview Export Finance Australia (former Efic)Australian Trade and Investment Commission - AustradeEntrepreneurs’ ProgrammeIndustry Growth Centres Initiative This grant assists with the set up and/or running of SME export hubs in the following 6 growth sectors:Advanced ManufacturingCyber SecurityFood and AgribusinessMedical Technologies and PharmaceuticalsMining Equipment, Technology and ServicesOil, Gas and Energy ResourcesIt also supports SME development by:assisting with export opportunitiesworking with the Growth CentresThe available grant amount is between $150,000 and $1.5 million. It can cover up to 50% of eligible project costs.The maximum grant period is 2 years 5 months and projects have to be completed by 30 June 2022.This grant opportunity complements existing initiatives, such as those delivered through the:

  2. Eligibility To be eligible you must:have an Australian business number (ABN)You must also be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation such as:an incorporated associationa company limited by guaranteea non-distributing co-operativean Indigenous not-for-profit corporationa not-for-profit incorporated trustee on behalf of a trustan Australian local government agency or bodyan Australian state/territory government agency or bodyRegional Development Australia (RDA) committeeIf you're applying as a not-for-profit organisation you must show your not-for-profit status through one of the following:current Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s (ACNC) registrationstate or territory incorporated association statusconstitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of your organisationTo be eligible your project mustinclude eligible activities and eligible expenditurehave at least $300,000 in eligible expendituresupport the establishment and/or operation of a new or existing export hubsupport participating SMEs to improve their capability to increase exports, and create jobsYou must also develop and implement an export strategy that:is focused on current or future global opportunitiesbuilds on identified competitive strengths and innovation potential of participating SMEsRefer to grant opportunity guidelines for further information on eligibility criteria.

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