This program is open for applications throughout the year. The assessment committee receives batched applications to consider approximately every 3 months.

This program has received a high level of interest through the first assessment rounds. It is still accepting applications.

Consideration of future applications will be subject to the availability of funds following the assessment of first round applications. Further advice will be provided when available.

Northern Australia Business and Community Growth Program


Funding for community organisations and other entities (including sole traders and partnerships), to support business growth, improve social and economic infrastructure, increase community amenity and liveability and deliver employment outcomes.

Open

Closes in 640 days

Closing date: 24 Oct 2023 05:00 PM AEDT

What do you get?

Grants between $50,000 and $2 million.

Who is this for?

Community organisations and other entities (including sole traders and partnerships).

Overview


The Northern Australia Business and Community Growth Program will assist community organisations and other entities (including sole traders and partnerships), to support business growth, improve social and economic infrastructure, increase community amenity and liveability and deliver employment outcomes. The program will run over 5 years from 2021–22.

The Northern Australia Business and Community Growth Program aims to:

  • increase employment opportunities
  • increase business turnover and profitability
  • increase diversification of business in Northern Australia
  • improve community amenity and liveability.

The grants available will be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage)

  • The minimum grant amount is $50,000
  • The maximum grant amount is $2 million.

Eligibility


You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible activities.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

Applying


How do you apply?

To apply, you must submit your application through the online portal. You’ll need to set up a portal account when you first log into the portal. The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure online environment.

Apply now for the Northern Australia Development Program – Business Development Grant

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read the guidelines
  • read the sample grant agreement
  • have all the information and attachments ready,

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

Information session


A Zoom webinar will be hosted by The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications on Wednesday 15 December at 12:30PM AEDT.

The Webinar will provide an overview of the program and a question and answers session.

Participants must register for the webinar and can ask or submit questions at any time using slido.com with #BCGP.

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement