Export Market Development Grants ($40k, $80k, or $150k)

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Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in overseas markets.

There are 3 different grants available, depending on your export-business maturity. There are also grants for industry representatives to help their members become export ready and export successfully.

Applications open: 16 August, 2021 at 9 am AEST

Applications close: 30 November, 2021 at 5 pm AEST

Types of grants

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years (not necessarily consecutively) for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages, called tiers. Each tier provides a different level of support to SMEs as they grow their export markets:

Tier 1: Ready to export

  • First time exporters
  • Maximum 2 years and maximum $40,000 per financial year

Tier 2: Expanding

  • Expanding your export promotion activities
  • Maximum 3 years and maximum $80,000 per financial year

Tier 3: Expanding and strategic shift

  • Expanding your export promotion activities AND making a strategic shift, for example targeting a new market or a new type of customer
  • Maximum 3 years and maximum $150,000 per financial year

Process for receiving a grant

From 1 July 2021 the EMDG program will become an eligibility-based grants program.

  • You apply for a grant before you spend money on promotional activities.
  • Once all applications have been assessed, Austrade offers a grant agreement to each eligible applicant.
  • You enter into a grant agreement with Austrade. You then undertake your promotional activities as agreed in the grant agreement.
  • You request milestone payments in accordance with your grant agreement.
  • Your grant agreement will set out when your milestone payments should be made and what you need to do to receive these payments.

Prepare to apply

When applying you will need to provide

  1. Evidence to show you are eligible for an EMDG grant and you are Australian (note you must have an ABN).
  2. Evidence to show your product is eligible, including that it is of substantially Australian origin.
  3. Your plan to market.
  4. Your 2020–21 Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Statement to prove your turnover is less than $20 million.

See the full application checklist on the Austrade website.

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