Other grants and funding

There are a range of other programs that provide support to ACT businesses. This page lists grants that may be relevant to ACT based businesses.


Grants and funding for ACT businesses

Information on ACT Government funding opportunities can be found at grants.act.gov.au External Link - opens in new window.

ACT Event Fund

The ACT Government supports a variety of events that reflect the wide range of community activities that enrich the experience of living in and visiting our Capital and provide economic benefit to the ACT economy.

To find out more visit the EventsACT website External Link - opens in new window.

ACT Microcredit Program

The ACT Microcredit Loan Program provides a limited number of low interest and fee-free loans from Westpac for eligible low-income earners who wish to start or expand an existing business. The program provides loan recipients with business skills development, individual mentoring, peer support and access to networking events.

Interest free loans, up to the value of $3,000, and low-interest loans, valued between $3,001 and $10,000, are available to eligible individuals.

For more information including eligibility visit the ACT Microcredit Program website External Link - opens in new window.

ACT Training Fund Authority

The Training Fund Authority provides incentives to eligible employers who commence a first year Australia Apprenticeship under an ACT Contract of Training.

To find out more visit the ACT Training Fund Authority website External Link - opens in new window.

Actsmart Business Programs

The ACT Government’s Actsmart Business programs help Canberra based businesses with a range of support to save water and energy, and put more efficient waste management and recycling into action.  The programs include a rebate for small businesses to upgrade to more efficient fittings and fixtures.To find out how your business could save water and energy or manage waste and recycle visit the Actsmart website External Link - opens in new window.

ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund

The Fund helps the industry to address priority industry training and skills shortages by supporting the costs of training eligible workers.

To find out more visit the ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority website External Link - opens in new window.

GRIFFIN Accelerator

The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a startup accelerator in Canberra. Once a year we invite entrepreneurs to apply for a place in the 3+3 program for the opportunity to validate their idea, develop networks and fine-tune their business model.

To find out more visit the GRIFFIN Accelerator website External Link - opens in new window.

Special Event Fund

The ACT Government supports major events that create positive economic outcomes and enhance the brand of the ACT.

To find out more visit the VisitCanberra industry website External Link - opens in new window.


Grants and funding for Australian Businesses

Information on Australian Government funding opportunities can be found on the business.gov.au website External Link - opens in new window.

Australian Apprenticeships

The Australian Apprenticeships program provides financial assistance for eligible employers to help reduce the cost of training and employing new staff.

To find out more visit the Australian Apprenticeships website External Link - opens in new window.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

The CRC program supports medium and long term end user driven research collaboration to address major challenges facing Australia.

To find out more visit the Business.gov.au External Link - opens in new window.

Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability and mental health condition by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Assistance is available for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.

To find out more visit the JobAccess website External Link - opens in new window.

Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.

To find out more visit the Austrade website External Link - opens in new window.

Export Finance and Insurance Corporation

The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) can provide financial assistance for Australian businesses exporting or investing internationally.

To find out more visit the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation website External Link - opens in new window.

Indigenous Business Australia Business Development and Assistance Program

Indigenous Business Australia provides support, funding and loans for indigenous people looking to start or grow a small to medium business.

To find out more visit the Indigenous Business Australia website External Link - opens in new window.

Indigenous Cadetship Support

The Indigenous Cadetship Support program provides businesses that offer work experience, professional guidance or ongoing employment to full-time Indigenous tertiary students.

To find out more visit the Indigenous Cadetship Support website External Link - opens in new window.

R&D Tax Incentive

The R&D Tax Incentive is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D.

To find out more visit the business.gov.au Research and Development (R&D) tax incentive page External Link - opens in new window.