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Final round of the NSW Interactive Media Fund is available until 19th March 2013. The IMF is for creative digital content projects that are commercially oriented and destined for distribution on web-enabled platforms or devices and interactive video game consoles. The Fund focuses on interactive content, a key element in innovation with the ability to benefit other sectors such as health, finance and education.
Up to $300k is available under the new Asian Century Business Engagement plan ACBE for member organsations. The objective of the ACBE Plan is to facilitate new initiatives to improve Australian business links into Asia through Australian business organisations based in Australia or in Asia. Guidelines from Austrade are now available and information sessions are being held. Closing date 26th April 2013.
Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) promotes the growth, productivity and international competitiveness of manufacturing businesses by stimulating investment in new technologies. One of the few grants that support capital expenditure. Funding of up to $250k is available for Victorian business investing in improving productivity.
Applications for Round Three will open on Tuesday 12 March 2013 and must be submitted online by 5pm Friday 12 April 2013.
Treadstone has been selected as one of a limited number of suppliers of the Victorian Government innovation skills Voucher Program.
The Innovation Voucher Program is a new initiative that supports businesses wanting to explore ways of improving their competitiveness and productivity. It provides funding to help companies access the know-how required to develop innovation related skills within their organisation.
Vouchers provided under the program can be used to access training, services, goods, advice or expertise provided by service providers.
2013 City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program is now open again. It provides financial assistance of up to $30 to help small businesses currently located or intending to locate in the City of Melbourne.
The key objectives of the Small Business Grants program is to increase diversity in the city by supporting the establishment of new and creative small businesses,assist existing innovative businesses that are introducing innovative services or products as part of their expansion phase,encourage and support businesses to enter and expand into new overseas markets (that is, export) and support member-based organisations within the city.
Technology Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced the opening of round two of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $11 million Digital Futures Fund designed to drive productivity through the use of information and communication technology (ICT).
Projects must involve a minimum of three partner organisations, two of which must be Victorian SMEs facing a shared business challenge. Successful projects will receive funding of up to $500,000 and may run for up to two years.
Addition $20,000 is available for assistance with the Stage 2 Business Plan Development.
Applications are welcome from all industries involving partnerships between private and public sector organisations such as industry bodies and associations, community organisations, universities, TAFEs and public research and development organisations.
Funding of between $1 million to $4 million is available for infrastructure capital costs under the Victorian Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund (RRI) for recycling. The objectives are to:
* encourage the installation of infrastructure to recover large amounts of commercial and industrial sector waste
* create new and sustainable employment
* encourage private sector investment for an improved standard of waste infrastructure
* strengthen markets for recovered waste material in Victoria
Stage 1 Applications are open from 26 November 2012 to 15 March 2013
The Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants (Council infrastructure grants) provide up to $250k to Victorian Councils for the development of public safety and security infrastructure to improve community safety and confidence in public places. Round 2 of applications are now open. Round 2 is now open for applications with a closing date of 22nd Feb 2013.
The types of projects that are eligible for funding include lighting systems, or other physical security or safety measures
streetscape and amenity improvements in public places, and any physical element of a public place Closed Circuit Television system (CCTV).
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Small Business Program
offers grants of up to $50,000 for projects to improve the business
enterprise culture of established small businesses manufacturing
textiles, clothing or footwear in Australia, or designing
for manufacture in Australia.
Applications for round 8 now open – close 5pm Friday 1 March 2013
The Australian Government is modifying the EMDG scheme after deciding to slash $25m of funding allocation per year for the next 4 years due to the recent budget cuts.
Exporters to the established markets of the United States, Canada and the European Union, including the United Kingdom, will have their entitlements reduced to a maximum of five grants, instead of the current seven from grant year 2013-2014.
On a more positive note, beginning in the grant year 2013-2014, exporters to East Asian, emerging and frontier markets will be entitled to claim a maximum of eight annual grants, up from the current limit of seven. This will help Australian exporters maximise the potential of markets which are growing strongly and where it is well recognised that it often takes more time to establish and achieve success.