Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

The EMDG program provides upfront funding to help businesses market and promote their goods and services internationally.

Close date: 30 Nov 2021.

What do you get?

50% of promotional expenses to a maximum of $770,000 per applicant over 8 financial years.

Who is this for?

Australian exporters.


Small to medium exporting businesses can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years (not necessarily consecutively) for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages:

Tier 1: Ready to export

  • first time exporters
  • 2 years and maximum of $40,000 per financial year.

Tier 2: Expanding

  • expanding export promotional activities
  • 3 years and maximum of $80,000 per financial year.

Tier 3: Expanding and strategic shift

  • expanding export promotional activities and making a strategic shift, for example targeting a new market or a new type of customer
  • 3 years and maximum of $150,000 per financial year.

Eligible promotional activities may include:

  • maintaining a representative in a foreign country
  • short trips to a foreign country
  • engaging a consultant to undertake research or promotional activities
  • short trips within Australia
  • foreign buyer visits
  • soliciting for business in foreign country
  • providing free samples
  • producing and providing promotional and advertising material
  • intellectual property rights
  • if you are a TierĀ 1 applicant, obtaining export readiness training.

A maximum of $770,000 is available per applicant over 8 years. The 8 years do not need to be consecutive. Grant funding must be matched on a 1:1 basis.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have a turnover of less than $20 million for financial year 2020-21
  • be an Australian person within the meaning of the EMDG rules
  • have an Australian business number (ABN).

Funding must be used to market eligible products. To be eligible, a product must be of substantially Australian origin and be:

  • goods
  • services
  • events
  • intellectual property or know-how
  • software.

How do you apply?

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Export Market Development Grants.

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