TCF Grant Programs & Tenders Guide

Grant and funding programs are designed to encourage investment in the latest technologies and innovative design. See what resources are available to you below.

grant finder's Grant Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance 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.


The Research & Development (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. The program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is a broad-based entitlement program. This means that it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program

The Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program offers easy access to practical support to Australian businesses in a simplified and streamlined way. The Program is a new approach to the way government provides services to business. It recognises Australia’s diverse business landscape and that the market and industry is changing in the global economy.

With a national network of more than 100 experienced private sector Advisers, the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Program offers support to businesses through three elements: Business Management, Research Connections and Commercialising Ideas.

Practical support for businesses includes: Advice from people with relevant private sector experience, small co-contributions for re-engineering or growth opportunities for business, and, connection and collaboration opportunities. 

Services are flexible, tailored and focused on value-added advice and support. Some services can be accessed by all Australian businesses. Eligibility criteria apply for more targeted assistance and grants.


The national Small Business Support Line provides small business owners with a first point of contact to access information and referral services to improve their business sustainability and help better manage their business.

An Australian Government initiative, the Support Line links into existing small business support mechanisms including:

  • Business licensing information and referrals
  • Business Enterprise Centres
  • State and Territory government small business programs and services

Speak with a team of agents that have extensive experience in the small business sector, and a diversity of knowledge including business start up information, banking, finance, accounting and marketing, advertising, small business counselling and information technology.


The Small Business Advisory Services (SBAS) program aims to maximise the growth potential, prosperity and sustainability of small businesses through enhanced access to information and advice on issues important to establishing, sustaining and/or growing a small business.

This program aims to achieve these objectives by improving the business and/or financial management skills of participating small businesses.

Small businesses can access a range of advisory services, such as business management skills, financial management skills, business planning, mentoring for business, general business advice.


The CIM Program aims to improve the competitiveness of Australian industry by providing import duty concessions on certain imported raw and intermediate goods such as chemicals, plastics or paper goods.

Applications for the concession are primarily assessed on the basis of an independent technical assessment which demonstrates that the imported goods are substantially and demonstrably superior in certain respects to comparable goods produced in Australia for specific end products. Applications should also provide advice from the Industry Capability Network which identifies at least one Australian manufacturer of comparable goods.


The TCF Corporatewear Register allows employers to register non-compulsory occupational clothing, thereby avoiding liability for FBT and allowing employees to claim the cost of such clothing as a tax deduction.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

Austrade's EMDG is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. The EMDG scheme:

  • Encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $10,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $20,000
  • Provides up to 7 grants to each eligible applicant


AusTender provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts awarded.

AusTender uses the acronym ATM (Approach to Market) to refer to any business opportunity advertised by Australian Government agencies. By registering your area of business interest in your AusTender profile, you will receive free automatic notification via email of the latest opportunities as they are published.