6 grants for startups


Starting up and running a new business can be exhilarating. You will need a lot of motivation and energy for it. During your startup phase, cash truly is king especially as you need to roll out your plans.

Fortunately, your local Business Enterprise Centre can help you find grants. This is a free service sponsored by the Government to help businesses. To start, I’ve also listed down 6 grants I know that is meant for startups.

6 grants for startups

1. Commercialisation Australia

Offers funding up to $2 million for proof of concept and help with early stage commercialisation, skills and management support.

2. Enterprise Connect 

 Offers free business reviews for entrepreneurs. The Tailored Advisory Service grants can be used to engage consultants to make improvements to your business

3. Grow your Business 

 This program is offered by the Victorian Government offering grants for 75% of the costs of a group project

4. Venture Capital Limited Partnerships 

 Overseas investors partner up with high risk startups, expanding Australian businesses

5. Export Market Development Grant 

 Helps businesses access overseas markets

6. iLab 

 Queensland-Government funded iLab scheme for tech start ups

Tips to Apply

Get ready to complete lots of paperwork during the application process — it is time consuming and there are strict deadlines to adhere to. You will need up-to-date financials and projections of income, expenses and capital expenditure for your business.

It is important to ensure your business fits the correct grant purpose so it is not rejected, so use my recommended service sites first to determine your eligibility before submitting an application. The time frame for approval varies from 3 to 12 weeks. Expect a thorough follow up if you are shortlisted. Once the grant is issued, you will be required to submit regular performance reports to keep receiving the grant.

  • Great article Tracey! One of our social management staff asked me to check this for approval before she shared it for a client profile. When I saw who it was you who wrote it I said ‘Absolutely!’. So pleased to see you sharing your expertise knowledge :) Also wanted to add, Enterprise Connect refer businesses to our agency & unfortunately these grants can only be accessed by businesses with a 1.5M per annum turnover & it only covers 50% of their consulting costs up to $20K (better than nothing though!)

  • Mansour moshfeghi

    This funding facility for Australian businesses is a great project for further future development of this great continental country.