Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant
The Free Trade Agreement Training Provider (FTA-TP) Grant has been established to assist eligible organisations deliver tailored technical training projects aimed at helping Australian small and medium-sized enterprises and stakeholders understand how to use and access FTAs with Korea, Japan, and China. Eligible organisations are as follows:
- member-based business organisations located in Australia such as chambers of commerce and industry, bilateral business councils and chambers or peak industry/business associations
- Australian education institutions (Universities and their associated Institutes and TAFE Colleges).
Grants are merit based and competitive. All funding from the 2015–16 round has been allocated. Funding is now available for the 2016–17 round with eligible applicants able to access between A$20,000 and A$100,000 per project. Total grant funding available over the life of the program is $2.145 million.
Objective and goals of the Grant
The objective of the FTA-TP grant is to raise the awareness of Australian SMEs regarding the potential benefits of FTAs with Korea, Japan and China. The grants are designed to deliver information that clearly educates SMEs on how to use and access FTAs effectively. Eligible Australian business organisations, based in Australia, will be supported to deliver projects with a direct FTA training and market visit focus aimed at building knowledge and understanding of FTAs and providing the tools required to access FTAs.
The key goals of the FTA-TP grant will be to leverage the capability of Australian business organisations to:
- increase awareness of FTAs in Korea, Japan and China
- increase understanding of how to use, access and benefit from FTAs in the target markets
- share accurate information and knowledge to foster greater engagement by Australian SMEs in target FTA markets
- encourage activities which assist in the development of business partnerships in the target FTA markets.
Building greater awareness of FTA benefits, particularly in the SME sector, encouraging engagement, increasing access and utilising opportunities is expected to have a positive impact on the broader economy and particularly on regional Australia. Where relevant, the knowledge gained from delivery of initiatives in this program will be shared by Austrade with Australian business and stakeholders to ensure maximum awareness and utilisation of FTA benefits.
FTA-TP grants are intended to provide partial funding to eligible Australian business organisations with projects and business activities aimed at achieving the objective and goals of the FTA-TP Grant.
2016-17 Grant Round (now open)
The 2016–17 Grant round is open for applications. The application phase has been extended and will now close at 6.00pm (AEDT) on 10 February 2017.
Prior to completing an application, business organisations should also read the scenarios provided here (PDF, 390KB) on project proposals for offshore activities which meet the aims and objectives of the FTA-TP grant program. Scenarios for project proposals which do not meet the aims and objectives of the program are also provided. Whilst not exhaustive, the scenarios will help applicants prepare a sound and competitive project proposal.
A webinar will be held on 24 January 2017 to provide information on the scenarios above as well as providing applicants a forum to ask questions. Register for this webinar.
Please note, successful applicants will be required to complete a funding agreement. A draft copy of the funding agreement is provided below.
Guidelines (updated for 2016-17)
Guidelines are designed to provide potential applicants with the information they need in order to make an informed decision as to whether they should apply for a grant under the FTA-TP Grant. The Guidelines also outline the information that potential applicants will need to include in an application.
Potential applicants should read the Guidelines in their entirety, as well as the prescribed online application form and draft funding agreement, prior to making a decision to submit an application.
These Guidelines are divided into five sections
- Section 1 provides an overview of the FTA-TP Grant
- Section 2 provides details on eligibility, merit criteria and the selection process
- Section 3 provides guidance on what constitutes eligible expenditure
- Section 4 outlines other requirements relating to grants
- Section 5 provides information on submitting grant applications
Guidelines for the 2016-17 grant round
Key changes have been made to elements of the FTA-TP program for the 2016-17 grant round. Potential applicants, including previous FTA-TP grant recipients, are advised to read the updated Guidelines carefully before submitting an application.
Previous Grant Recipients
2015-2016 grant round recipients
Australian business organisations seeking further information on timing, locations and target sectors pertaining to the FTA training sessions to be delivered by grant recipients successful in the first round should contact the relevant grant recipient directly.
Further information on the FTA-TP Grant
For enquiries specifically relating to the FTA-TP Grant, please email FTA-TP@austrade.gov.au or phone 1300 136 014.