Types of grants for exporters

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for grants over 8 years in total (but not necessarily consecutively). Grants are for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages (tiers). Each tier gives a different level of support for SMEs as they grow their export markets. The lengths of these grants reflect the different stages of an exporter’s journey. You don’t have to start at Tier 1 and progress to Tier 2 and 3. You can apply for any grant tier at any time depending on your business need.

To ensure we can better manage the available funding in future, Austrade has decided to only issue Round 2 grant agreements for a maximum of 2 years. This step also responds to the feedback received that it can be challenging for some applicants to plan for multiple years. Access to EMDG grants over 8 years remains unchanged.

Tier 1: Ready to export

For eligible SME exporters who:

  • are ready to export in the grant year
  • have not exported before
  • have appropriate skills in marketing eligible products in a foreign country.

Grants agreements are offered for up to 2 years. Read section 4.2.2 in the EMDG Guidelines for more information.

Tier 2: Exporting and expanding

For eligible SME exporters who are:

  • exporting eligible products
  • seeking to expand export promotion activity for eligible products.
  • Grant agreements are for up to 2 years. Read section 4.2.3 in the EMDG Guidelines for more information.

Read about exporting and expanding.

Tier 3: Exporting, expanding and strategic shift

For eligible SME exporters who are:

  • exporting eligible products
  • seeking to expand export promotion activity
  • ready to make a strategic shift in the marketing of eligible products in a foreign country or expand markets across or to new countries.

Grant agreements are for up to 2 years.

Read an example of expanding and strategic shift.

Grants for representative bodies

Representative bodies are industry bodies and alliances. If you are a representative body, you are able to access a grant to:

  • enable you to undertake promotional activities on behalf of your members in international markets
  • provide training to help your members become export ready.

There is no limit on the number of times you can apply for a grant.

You can only have one grant agreement operating at a time.

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