The Defence Global Competitiveness Grant (DGCG) program closed on 31 March 2024. This grant program is being revised and will open as a new stream within the Defence Industry Development Grant program in mid-2024.

Defence Global Competitiveness Grant

Grants to help Australian businesses invest in projects that build their defence export capability.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

A grant of $15,000 to $150,000 for up to 50% of the cost of investing in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. The maximum project period is 12 months.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses with an Australian business number (ABN). The business must be either:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Other eligibility requirements apply.

How it works

You need to contribute 50% of the eligible project value.

Project activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security
  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations.

The Defence export strategy defines Australian defence exports as ‘any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user’.

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Key documents

Grant Opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.87 MB docx · 0.49 MB

Sample application form

pdf · 0.93 MB docx · 0.21 MB

Sample grant agreement simple

pdf · 0.90 MB docx · 0.24 MB

Board or CEO approval letter

pdf · 0.07 MB docx · 0.03 MB

Project budget template

xlsx · 0.06 MB

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