As a part of the May 2023 Budget, the Australian Government has announced that it will repurpose funding from various technology-focused programs to better support Australia’s technology industry. This program will not be continuing, and grants will no longer be awarded. 

The development of artificial intelligence technologies remains a priority of the Australian Government. You can stay up-to-date on the latest support for businesses by checking our Grant finder or by subscribing to our fortnightly newsletter.

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Capability Centres Grants

The grants will provide up to $11 million for the establishment of AI and digital capability centres to drive the adoption and use of AI technologies by Australian businesses.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Up to $11 million of grant funding to cover 75% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

AI or technology firms in partnership with businesses or other commercialisation organisations.


The Australian Government’s Artificial Intelligence Action Plan (the Plan) sets out a vision for Australia to be a global leader in developing and adopting trusted, secure and responsible artificial intelligence (AI).

Under the Plan, the Government is investing $44 million across 2021-2022 to 2024-2025 to establish four AI and Digital Capability Centres. These centres will connect small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with AI equipment and tools, provide services and training, and link them to AI skills and expertise. In turn, the centres will support the development, commercialisation, and adoption of new high-value AI products and services for the domestic and global marketplace.

The objectives of establishing these Capability Centres are to:

  • establish a ‘front door’ for SMEs to access capabilities, expertise and innovative technologies to adopt, adapt, test and deploy AI technologies
  • foster collaboration and connect SMEs with opportunities to lift productivity and drive commercialisation
  • coordinate and drive the growth of Australia's AI ecosystem
  • lift SME capabilities so they can confidently adopt AI solutions.

Learn more about the Artificial Intelligence Action Plan.


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

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Board or CEO approval letter template

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