Grants and Funding Programs

Business grants and funding programs are primarily administered via State and Federal Governments.

There are grants and other assistance available for business activities such as expanding your business, research and development, innovation and exporting.

When looking for grants, funding or financial assistance, the following websites list the current opportunities available:

The Business Victoria website lists current grants and assistance on offer from State Government.

The Sustainability Victoria website provides information and advice on current funding opportunities relating to business sustainability, resource efficiency and waste and recycling programs.

The Federal Government's Grant Finder helps you locate grants and funding programs most relevant to your business. Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.

The Export Finance Navigator website contains information about a wide range of financial tools, tax concessions and grants for Australian businesses which are, or are considering, exporting or investing overseas. The following organisations have approved the inclusion on Export Finance Navigator of content about tax concessions or grants that they offer or are involved in.

Government Assistance

Apprenticeship Plus assists in providing apprentices and trainees across more than fifty vocations while supporting the apprentice or trainee and the employer for the duration of the training period.

AusIndustry deliver business services that build on innovation, investment and international competitiveness.

Austrade is the Australian Government's trade and investment development agency, operating as a statutory agency of the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Australian Bureau of Statistics assist small business operators with market research, profiling customers and can help you to understand more about your community.

The Australian Institute of Export provides practical export education and training, a wide range of exporter services and acts as a conduit between industry and government and exporter recognition events.

The Australian Taxation Office provides a range of services associated with small business, such as registering for an ABN and information to assist small business owners in meeting their tax obligations.

Business.gov.au is a Federal Government initiative that provides essential information on planning, starting and running a business.

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, grow your business, access information about key business issues, specific industry sectors; identify the government licences and regulations that apply to your business.

Consumer Affairs Victoria is responsible for advising and educating traders and landlords on their rights, registering and licensing businesses; conciliating disputes between consumers and traders.

Destination Melbourne work with business; community and government to help grow Melbourne as an outstanding global visitor experience.

Enterprise Connect is a Federal Government initiative which provides access to specialist expertise and quality, technical and business resources to help transform your business.

Export Victoria - help ensure your business is export-ready and thinking about the best way of taking your product or service to the overseas market.

The Grants Link directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs that can help you. Find government grants and assistance for individuals, businesses and communities.

Grow Me the Money is an initiative to help small business become more sustainable and save money on resource usage.

Intellectual Property Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers intellectual property (IP) rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder's rights.

The Small Business Commissioner of Victoria is dedicated to promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small business.

The Small Business Mentoring Service is an independent not-for-profit organisation that offers a range of programs and mentoring for businesses that want to improve and grow.

Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce focus on leading business into the future. VECCI provides leadership, information, representation and networking opportunities to businesses across the State.

WorkSafe Victoria provides assistance to small business and the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety, together with quality care and insurance protection to workers and employers.

Business Assistance

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) operates at a national and international level, making sure the concerns of business are represented to government at the federal level and the community at large.

Australian Institute of Export (AIEx) - provides practical export education and training, a wide range of exporter services and acts as a conduit between industry and government and exporter recognition events.

Australian Made logo is recognised and trusted, making it the obvious choice for businesses who want to communicate effectively with the hundreds of thousands of consumers who are looking for Australian goods.

Australian Retailers Association (ARA) - is the leading retail body, promoting and protecting the sector by creating value for members and the retail industry through advocacy, advice, education and member services.

Austrade - is the Australian Government's trade and investment development agency, operating as a statutory agency of the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Grants Link directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs that can help you find government grants and assistance for individuals, businesses and communities.

INNOVIC - are into helping to turn new ideas, inventions and innovations into viable products and new businesses. INNOVIC offer a wide range of services, free seminars and innovation resources.

Our Community - is a social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia's community groups and practical links between the community sector and the general public, business and government.

Small Business Commissioner (VSBC) - is dedicated to promoting a competitive and fair operating environment for small business.

Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) - offers a range of programs and mentoring for businesses that want to improve and grow, both for established businesses and start-ups.

WorkSafe Victoria - provides assistance to small business and the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety, together with quality care and insurance protection to workers and employers.

Export Victoria -  offers grants and assistance to potential and current exporters and their industry groups.

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) run a community action program Zero Carbon Moreland to assist businesses to reduce carbon emissions and save money.

Grow Me the Money help small business become more sustainable, and save money on resource. Grow Me the Money is best suited to businesses that have access to their energy and water bills and have been operating for at least 12 months.

Destination Melbourne - work with business; community and government to help grow Melbourne as an outstanding global visitor experience.

Tourism Victoria - provide a foundation for industry growth, with strong research, policy, strategy and aviation platforms. Tourism Victoria share their resources and deep industry knowledge to grow businesses.

Victorian Employer's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) - focus is on leading business into the future. VECCI provides leadership, information, representation and networking opportunities to businesses.