Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

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Provides eligible SMEs with matched funding grants of up to $150,000 to invest in projects that build defence export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.

At a minimum, you must:

  • be an SME with less than 200 employees as defined in appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Other eligibility requirements and merit criteria apply.

Deadline to apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

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Overview

The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants will help Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.

The Defence Export Strategy defines Australian defence exports as “any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user”.

  • Up to $4.1 million is available each year from 2018-19 to 2028-29
  • The minimum grant amount is $15,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $150,000
  • The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs
  • The maximum grant period is eighteen months

Project activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security
  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be an SME with less than 200 employees
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

In order to be eligible you must

  • provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • provide an external Accountant Declaration that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs. You must use the Accountant Declaration form available at the bottom of this page.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, State, Territory or local government body (including government business enterprises).

Merit criteria

To be competitive you must score highly against all of the merit criteria.

  • Merit criterion 1 The extent that your project will help your business to build defence industry export capability (50 points)
  • Merit criterion 2 Your capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (30 points)
  • Merit criterion 3 The impact of grant funding on your project (20 points)

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. The guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity, including granting activity objectives; all eligibility and merit criteria; the assessment processes; reporting and acquittal requirements; and a description of review mechanisms.

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You will need to set up an account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

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For assistance with the application form contact us.

How we assess applications

We assess your application against the eligibility criteria and then against the merit criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage. Applications are assessed in batches every 8-12 weeks.

The Program Delegate decides which grants to approve taking into account the application assessment and the availability of grant funds.

To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against each merit criterion. While we assess all applications against the same merit criteria, we will score your application relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested. The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide in your application should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Program Delegate will make the final decision.

If your application is successful

If your application is successful, we will email you and include in the email any specific conditions attached to the grant. If you are unsuccessful, we will email you and outline the reasons that you were not successful and give you the opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

Successful applicants must enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth. The grant agreement will specify the reporting requirements, payment schedule and milestones necessary to receive payments.

We will make an initial payment when the grant agreement is executed. We will make subsequent payments in arrears, after we have received and accepted the required report and based on actual eligible expenditure.

We set aside a minimum of 10 per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment. We will pay this when you submit a satisfactory final report.

Payments will be made by direct credit into a nominated bank account.

Key documents

  • Grant opportunity guidelines
  • Factsheet
  • Sample application form
  • Sample grant agreement - simple
  • Accountants declaration template

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