Empowering Business to Go Digital

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Provides a successful applicant with up to $3 million in matched funding to establish a non-government organisation to build and enhance small business digital capability and to address issues raised in the Small Business Digital Taskforce report.

Who can apply:

To apply you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be able to establish a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee prior to entering into a grant agreement

Other eligibility criteria apply.

Deadline to apply:

Contact information:

13 28 46

business.gov.au/contact

Overview

The Empowering Business to Go Digital program will provide a single grant of up to $3 million in matched funding to support the establishment of a non-government organisation to build and enhance small business digital capability and to address issues raised in the Small Business Digital Taskforce report. The program will run over two years from 2018-19 to 2019-20.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • establish a financially self-sustaining non-government organisation (NGO) to increase small business awareness and adoption of digital technology, in line with the recommendations of the Small Business Digital Taskforce Report
  • establish an online platform as a central point of up-to-date and tailored digital information for Australian small businesses and their trusted advisers
  • improve information sharing between businesses, government, industry associations and the small business commissioners.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

  • increased accessibility of small business digital information
  • increased small business awareness and adoption of digital technology
  • improved small business digital capability and productivity.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • provide evidence from your board (or chief executive officer or equivalent) that the project is supported, that you can complete the project and the meet the project costs not covered by the grant funding
  • provide evidence of any funding contributions from other organisations.
  • establish a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee prior to entering into a grant agreement, if your application is successful.

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • a Commonwealth, State Territory or Local government body (including government business enterprises).

Merit criteria

To be competitive, you will need to address all merit criteria in your application. We will assess your application against each merit criterion. All merit criteria are of equal weighting.

Merit Criterion 1

Alignment with policy intent (50 points)

You should demonstrate this by identifying:

  • how you will establish a financially self-sustaining NGO to increase small business awareness and adoption of digital technology in line with the recommendations of the Small Business Digital Taskforce Report
  • how you will establish an online platform as a central point of up-to-date and tailored digital information for Australian small businesses and their trusted advisers
  • how you will improve information sharing between businesses, government, industry associations and the small business commissioners.

Merit Criterion 2

Capacity, capability and resources to deliver the project (50 points)

You should demonstrate this by identifying:

  • your plan to manage the project, including scope, implementation methodology, timeframes, budget, risks and how you are going to measure success
  • your plan to attract ongoing investment and build a sustainable self-funding model
  • your track record managing similar projects
  • your access to appropriately skilled and experienced personnel, including technical personnel.

How to apply

You should read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement before you apply. Grant opportunity guidelines provide detailed information on the grant opportunity including objectives, eligibility and merit criteria, assessment processes, reporting and acquittal requirements.

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 first assess your application against the eligibility criteria. Only eligible applications will proceed to the merit assessment stage.

We will establish an assessment panel, which may comprise Commonwealth government agency representatives and/or external experts.

The panel will assess your application on its merits and compare it to other eligible applications, based on:

  • how well it meets the criteria
  • whether it provides value with relevant money.

To recommend an application for funding it must score highly against each merit criterion. The evidence you provide to support your application should be proportional to the size and complexity of your project.

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

The Program Delegate’s decision is final in all matters.

If your application is successful

If you are successful, we will email you an offer for funding and include any specific conditions attached to the grant. If you are unsuccessful, we will email you and give you the opportunity to discuss the outcome with us.

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

We will make payments according to an agreed schedule set out in the grant agreement, subject to satisfactory progress on the project. We set aside five per cent of the total grant funding for the final payment, which we will pay when you submit a satisfactory end of project report demonstrating you have completed outstanding obligations for the project.

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

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