How to apply

There are documents you need to prepare before you apply for an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG).

Read the information on this page to help you apply.

You must read the EMDG Grant Guidelines before applying.

EMDG program application form

Use the EMDG Online Portal to apply for EMDG for export promotional activities from 1 July 2022. You will need to follow the prompts.

EMDG Online Portal 


Round 2 of the EMDG program opens 9:00 am AEST on 6 July 2022. It will be open for 6 weeks, closing at 4:00 pm AEST on 17 August 2022.

Preparing to apply

When applying you will need to provide:

  1. Evidence to show you are eligible for an EMDG grant. This includes that you are Australian (note: you must have an ABN)
  2. Evidence to show your product is eligible. This includes that it is of substantially Australian origin
  3. Your plan to market
  4. Your 2020–21 balance sheet and profit and loss statement. This is to prove your turnover is less than $20 million.

Plan to market

You need to include a plan to market with your application. However, representative bodies only seeking funding to provide training are exempt from this requirement.

Your plan to market could be:

  • a one-page statement
  • a strategic roadmap for marketing
  • any other internal planning document.

It should explain:

  • why you are doing the proposed marketing
  • what business goals you want to achieve through your marketing
  • how you will measure success
  • your overall budget for each financial year
  • what customers or demographic your marketing is targeting and where they are located
  • what marketing activities you will do. This can be as detailed or as strategic as you like.

You may choose to use the plan to market template below. However, this is not a requirement.

Checklist for your application

To apply you must:

  • have a myGovID
  • complete the online grant application form using the EMDG Portal 
  • provide all the information requested
  • address and meet all eligibility criteria. Check ‘Eligibility’ sections 4 and 5 in the EMDG Grant Guidelines
  • include all necessary attachments. Check ‘How to apply’, section 6 in the EMDG Grant Guidelines
  • submit your online application by the closing date. 

Resources and templates

You must attach certain documents with your online grant application. Use the templates below to prepare those documents.

For all applicants

For certain applicants

If you are eligible for a grant, we will offer you a grant agreement. Sample grant agreements for each tier are available on our grant agreements page.

Link your MyGovID to your business

A MyGovID is the Australian Government’s digital identity. It is a way to prove who you are online.

Once you set up the app, you need to link your MyGovID to your business. Use the authorisation service to do this. This service is called Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM).

To get started, the principal authority (business owner) needs to do the following:

  1. Download the MyGovID app from the App Store or Google Play. Use your Australian identity documents to enrol.
  2. Log in to RAM using your MyGovID and link your business. Before you link your business, check your details on the Australian Business Register are up to date. This is so RAM can use the correct information.
  3. (optional) Authorise your employees and others in RAM to act on behalf of your business online. They will receive an email to accept the authorisation request using their MyGovID.

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How we assess eligibility

We understand some SME exporters have complex business models. They may have had to adapt to a changing trading environment. The following examples may help you understand if you are eligible to apply:

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