The Business Competitiveness Program will assist small and medium manufacturers with an existing presence in Victoria to expand their manufacturing operations and implement new manufacturing technologies and processes that provide a critical foundation for generating sustainable new local jobs.
The program aims to create jobs, increase industry competitiveness, and help strengthen local supply chains in traditional and emerging manufacturing sectors where Victoria has competitive advantages.
Grants of up to 33 percent of eligible project expenditure, up to a maximum grant amount of $500,000, will be allocated on a competitive basis for projects to be completed within 18 months of receiving the grant.
Eligible projects include the purchase and commissioning of capital equipment, manufacturing product and process improvements, prototyping, evaluation and testing of new products and processes, and supply chain capability development. Further details can be found in the program guidelines linked below.
The Business Competitiveness Program will be delivered in up to two competitive funding rounds per year, and applications will only be accepted when a funding round is open.
Applications for the first funding round are now open, with a second round to open later in 2021 (August–September).
Before applying, please read the information provided on this page, including the program guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Applicants must ensure they have the required documentation before they apply.
Read the full list of FAQs before applying.
Applications will be open until 11:59pm on 20 June 2021.
The program provides grants of up to 33 per cent of eligible project expenditure allocated on a competitive basis. The maximum grant amount is $500,000 and the minimum grant amount is $50,000. For example, a $900,000 project where capital equipment is purchased and implemented may be eligible for a grant amount of $300,000.
All grants require a minimum co-contribution from the applicant of 67 per cent of total eligible project expenditure ($2 for every $1 funded by the Victorian Government).
Applicants will be required to provide quotations and estimates in support of their applications and must clearly demonstrate how funding the project activities will support the creation of new jobs.
The Business Competitiveness Program is open to small and medium sized businesses that are on a growth trajectory and require support to expand their manufacturing operations.
To be eligible for the program an applicant must:
*Companies with fewer than 20 FTE staff may be considered but will need to demonstrate why their project should be funded and how it will stimulate job creation.
A full list of eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and conditions can be found in the program guidelines.
This grant will support the purchase and commissioning of capital equipment (recorded as fixed assets in the applicant’s accounts) and associated project expenditure related to manufacturing product and process improvements, prototyping, evaluation and testing of new products and processes, and supply chain capability development.
Any other activities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Eligible project expenditure includes the following activities relating to the proposed project:
Applicants must ensure they have all required documentation before they apply. All applications must be accompanied by a project plan (including quotations from providers to support cost estimates).
To apply, please submit an online application via the ‘Apply now’ button on this page. (Completing the application process in a Google Chrome web browser is recommended.)
All questions in the application must be completed and any requested documentation attached to ensure timely assessment.
If you have any queries in relation to the above measures, please do not hesitate to contact Suran, Daniel, Jack, Nathan or myself by calling our direct lines/mobiles, through the switchboard (1300 066 235) or by emailing us.