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SMART Projects and Supply Chains

The SMART Projects and Supply Chains service provides businesses with access to strategic or high-value projects that increase business capability, meet the specific needs of a market opportunity, or otherwise improve business performance and leadership capacity.


What do you get?

A facilitator will provide advice, guidance, and network connections, and you may also be able to access a matched Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from your participation in the project.

Who is this for?

You must be a company participating in an identified project run by one of our growth facilitators.


SMART Projects and Supply Chains is an Entrepreneurs’ Programme service to help your business grow.

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme provides access to a national network of skilled growth facilitators. They’ll work with you to improve your business practices, become more competitive, and take advantage of growth opportunities.

In SMART Projects and Supply Chains we engage with our stakeholders to identify strategic and high-value opportunities to improve outcomes for Australian SMEs. We select projects based on a core theme or opportunity with the aim of increasing business capability, meeting the specific needs of a market opportunity, or otherwise improving business performance and leadership, and management capacity.

You’ll get access to skilled growth facilitators who will:

  • help you better understand market opportunities and requirements
  • identify any capability and skills gaps in your business that may impact your ability to meet requirements or realise opportunities
  • help you address those gaps to improve performance and better meet the needs of your customers
  • prepare a tailored roadmap with strategies to address gaps
  • help you implement your roadmap.

Once you’ve received your roadmap, you may be eligible for a Growth Grant. This grant will help you fund the recommendations in your roadmap.


You must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have filed business activity statements showing ongoing trading in Australia, for at least 3 consecutive year

Your business must be one of the following:

  • an incorporated company
  • an incorporated trustee applying on behalf of a trust

Your annual turnover or operating expenditure, in the current or one of the two past financial years, must be either:

  • between $1.5 million and $100 million
  • between $750,000 and $100 million if you’re from remote Australia or northern Australia

You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • be already operating in one or more specified growth sectors
  • have intent and ability to operate in a specified growth sector
  • provide enabling technologies or services to a specified growth sector

It’s important that you have the intent and opportunity to trade with a purchaser, with the aim to improve that trade to both Australian and overseas markets.

If you don’t think this service is right for you, you might want to consider a Growth Roadmap. This broad focus service is an excellent way to gain a clearer picture of your business. It’ll give you a strategy to make you more productive and more competitive.

For full details on eligibility, refer to the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Growth – Grant opportunity guidelines.

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How do you apply?

Before you can apply you should have a SMART Projects and Supply Chains reference number. This number identifies the project opportunity you are part of. You'll need to supply this number in your application.

Once you have your project reference number, you can submit your application using our online portal.

If you are not part of an existing supply chain opportunity, or don’t have a number, please contact us for help.

The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure, online environment. You’ll need to sign in or set up an account.

Apply for SMART Projects and Supply Chains now

If you’re confident you are eligible and ready, you can apply through our online portal below. 

Make sure you:

  • read the grant opportunity guidelines
  • understand the eligibility requirements
  • get a project reference number

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Need help?

  • Let us answer your question via phone, email or webchat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Supply Chain Facilitation is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. It aims to help businesses to:

  • improve their growth capabilities and networks
  • engage with researchers
  • foster innovation
  • encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services

Transform your business with access to expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through access to grants.

Key documents

Grant Opportunity Guidelines: Entrepreneurs’ Programme – Growth