This program has received a high level of interest through the first assessment rounds.

The available grant funding has been fully allocated following the first assessment tranche. As a result this grant opportunity is now closed.

Northern Australia Development Program – Business Development Grant Opportunity

Funding for small to medium enterprises in Northern Australia, including Indigenous businesses, to create jobs and strengthen business capability and resilience through diversifying or scaling up their business and increasing turnover and profitability.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

Grants between $50,000 and $2 million.

Grant amounts can be up to 50% of eligible project expenditure.

Who is this for?

Small and medium business (up to 199 employees), including Indigenous businesses.


The Business Development Grant Opportunity is part of the Northern Australia Development Program which focuses on economic diversification and job creation through support for scaling up and growing businesses, including Indigenous businesses, in Northern Australian communities.

The program has 2 elements:

  • grant opportunities, including Business Development Grants and Industry Transformation Grants
  • Business Advisory services, which give access to advice and services to build and strengthen businesses.

The advisory service connects successful grantees and eligible grant applicants with experts to strengthen business performance and maximise a businesses impact in a region.

Strengthening Northern Australia Business Advisory Services

Eligible businesses will be paired with an independent facilitator. Your facilitator will help your business focus investment in ways that:

  • build long-term resilience and business strength
  • consider options to diversify and expand commercial offerings
  • develop new markets and contribute to the development and growth of a region.

The facilitator will help you identify opportunities to improve your business and may give you a roadmap with recommendations. Facilitators may also work with you through workshops delivered to a group of businesses.

What you get

Access to a local, independent business expert, who'll work with you to strengthen and grow your business. You'll get a plan with strategies and goals to achieve in the immediate, medium and long-term. To help achieve these goals they can offer access to:

  • face-to-face advice
  • extensive networks
  • national information and resources
  • strategies to build your business
  • specialists unique to your business need
  • access to learning events tailored and targeted for Northern Australia businesses.

Strengthening Northern Australia Business Advisory Services are provided at no cost to your business. However, you'll need to invest your time to get the most out of it.

Need help?

Let us answer your question via phone, email or live chat. And if we can't help, we'll put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Phone:
  • Open Hours:
    Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia
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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

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Sample application form

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Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.71 MB docx · 0.15 MB

Accountants declaration

pdf · 0.13 MB docx · 0.04 MB

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