Government Grants, Funding and Scholarships

RELEASED on 5th May 2021.  Please share this exciting set of programs among your networks …

We hope you enjoy this information to help grow your farming enterprise.


  • VIC – Small Business Digital Adaption Program:  This program provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools including SHOPIFY.    The Victorian Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help you build or upgrade your website, improve your cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects, and keep better track of stock.  More:
  • VIC Business Competitiveness Program:  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 per cent 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:


  • NSW:  Small Business Fees and Rebate (including rates):  If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.  This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.  More:


  • Funding for female founders of startup businesses to scale their startups into domestic and global markets. The Boosting Female Founders Initiative – Round 2 helps female entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups. Targeted support will be on a co-contribution basis.   Close date: 22 Apr 2021 05:00 PM AEST.   More:

  • Matched funding to implement recommendations from your Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Growth service. Subtitle If you’ve received one of our growth services, you can apply for a Growth Grant. With the grant you can engage external expertise to implement the recommendations in your Growth roadmap or plan.  More:

  • Funding for water rights holders in the Murray-Darling Basin. The water Efficiency Program provides funding to eligible water rights holders in the Murray-Darling Basin to help them upgrade their water infrastructure to improve water usage efficiency.  Close date: 30 Jun 2024.  More:

  • Matched funding for start-ups and small businesses to access CSIRO support.  CSIRO Kick-Start provides matched funding fo rstart-ups and small to medium enterprises to help access CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow your business.  More:




  • Support for Victorian businesses to expand their presence in international markets. Virtual Trade Missions provide Victorian businesses with the opportunity to participate in virtual trade missions to help expand their potential in international markets and increase their exports.  More:










  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

A summary about the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and what can be claimed:


  1. The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme is Federally funded and provides financial assistance to eligible companies for the inherently higher costs involved in moving products across Bass Strait
  2. The rationale is that moving goods by sea the 420km across Bass Strait is substantially more expensive than transporting the equivalent distance by road on the mainland and the scheme aims to equalise these costs by providing a partial, retrospective rebate. Products moved by air are not eligible
  3. It applies to both directions ie the Northbound movement of Tasmanian produced goods to mainland domestic or export markets or the Southbound movement of eligible products consumed in the manufacturing/production process or aides to these processes
  4. It is only the “bluewater” component of the freight cost that receives assistance. Any road legs in the overall price are not eligible. It is not necessary to know the  “bluewater” component to claim
  5. In order to claim, certain facts are required including transport costs (net of GST), weight & size of consignment, origin & destination


  1.  Only companies involved in Manufacturing, Mining or Primary Industry can claim on the Southbound aspect of the scheme
  2.  It is the movement of “things” across Bass Strait that attracts Southbound assistance. The bigger, heavier, bulkier the thing is, the more the freight component will be and the greater the assistance
  3. Products purchased from Tasmanian suppliers but which were originally manufactured on the mainland may be eligible on the basis that the purchase price may include the original Bass strait freight costs
  4. Not every item will be eligible. The basic ground rules are that it needs to involve a Bass Strait movement by sea, be Australian made, or if imported, undergo a manufacturing process on the mainland first and relate directly to the manufacturing or production process. The construction of a building is not eligible, but the machinery that goes inside it may be
  5.  There is no eligibility on purchases from suppliers who ship products under a National Pricing Policy (ie where a client in Tasmania pays exactly the same costs as a client say 10 minutes from the supplier’s factory in NSW)
  6. Safety equipment or clothing is NOT eligible            

As a very, very rough figure, the TFES rebate per pallet can be around $45-$50 for full height pallet. This may allow clients to determine whether or not to pursue TFES on the basis of the volumes they are purchasing.




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