Capability Improvement Grant


If the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) recommends improvements for your business, you can apply for a grant to help make the improvements.
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Application detail:

You must apply within 12 months of receiving a CDIC advisory or facilitation service.

 
What do you get?

A grant of $5000 to $250,000 to reimburse you for up to half the cost of engaging a consultant or expert to implement recommended business capability improvements, including any recommended training.

There is no limit to the number of grants your business can receive, but your total grant funding is capped at $250,000 in a 3-year period.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses that have, or are developing, products or services that can be applied to defence. Your business must have received a CDIC advisory or facilitation service.

Other eligibility requirements apply.

Overview


A business can apply for a Capability Improvement Grant to cover up to half the cost of engaging a consultant or expert to implement business improvements. As part of their grant application the business must include a proposal and quote from a service provider.

The business improvements will be set out in an advisory services report provided to the business by the CDIC. 

As a potential service provider, your proposal and quote should:

  • align with the recommendations outlined in the CDIC’s advisory services report
  • clearly set out the objectives, purpose and expected benefits you intend to deliver as part of the Capability Improvement Grant project.

How it works


You need to match the grant amount dollar for dollar.

To apply for a Capability Improvement Grant your business must first receive a CDIC advisory or facilitation service. Your adviser or facilitator will assess your business and may recommend business capability improvements. The recommended improvements are eligible for a grant if the adviser or facilitator has identified a direct link with Defence industrial priorities.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible you must:

  • apply within 12 months of receiving a CDIC advisory or facilitation service recommendation - or - apply for funding to continue a longer qualification, such as a university degree that was started through a Capability Improvement Grant and takes more than 12 months to complete
  • be implementing recommendations identified in a report provided by a business adviser or facilitator
  • be able to fund your share of the cost of engaging a consultant or expert

Eligible activities include:

  • strategic business issues
  • human resources issue
  • internal system
  • production and operational system
  • marketing, branding and communication
  • financial management system
  • exploring new markets and market intelligence
  • environmental sustainability
  • product and service development
  • mentoring and coaching
  • skills and training

Applying


Before you apply

You will need to obtain quotes from service providers to implement the improvements you wish to make.

Your service providers should prepare their quotes in line with the guidance for service providers.

How to apply

Complete and submit your grant application through the online portal. If you’re using the portal for the first time you will need to set up an account.

Apply for a Capability Improvement Grant

Make sure you:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • have obtained quotes from your preferred suppliers for the improvements you wish to implement
  • can pay your share of the matched funding
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CDIC Redback Boots case study

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Redback Boots accessed CDIC advisory services and a Capability Improvement Grant to improve how their business works with Defence

Key documents


Sample grant agreement - for projects 6 to 12 months

Sample grant agreement for projects up to 6 months