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.

Catalysing the Artificial Intelligence Opportunity in Our Regions Round 1

This program provides businesses with up to $500,000 to support the development, implementation and demonstration of real-world applications of artificial intelligence technologies
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants from $250,000 to $500,000.

Who is this for?

Regional industries, businesses and communities partnering together to deliver projects using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.


Applicants should demonstrate how their project:

  • supports the development, implementation and demonstration of real-world applications of artificial intelligence technologies that address challenges in regional area(s) in Australia
  • increases the awareness and understanding of real-world artificial intelligence applications, opportunities, benefits and risks in regional area(s)
  • develops new partnerships between regional industries, businesses and communities with the Australian technology sector.

Successful applicants and projects will contribute to the program’s goals. The program outcomes are:

  • increased adoption, development and use of artificial intelligence technologies in regional area(s) to lift the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of industry and business
  • greater trust, inclusion and awareness of artificial intelligence technologies and their applications in regional area(s)
  • to bring forward the potential economic, productivity, social and environmental benefits of artificial intelligence in regional Australian economies and communities, supporting job creation.


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Standard grant agreement

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Accountant declaration

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CEO/Board letter template

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Project partner letter of support

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