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

The first committee meeting will consider applications submitted up until 5pm (AEDT) 10 December 2021. Applications submitted after then will be considered at future meetings.

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.

Open date: 04 Nov 2021 10:00 AM AEDT.
Close date: 24 Oct 2023 05:00 PM AEDT.

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.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must have an Australian business number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • an entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

Your trading activities must:

  • form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation / trust’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation / trust; or
  • be a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation / trust.

You must also:

  • be a small to medium business – up to 199 employees
  • have a minimum eligible project of $100,000. 

Eligible projects

Your project must:

  • be located in or will significantly benefit Northern Australia
  • involve scaling up or diversifying a small to medium business.

If you receive a grant, you must work with a Strengthening Northern Australian Business facilitator to develop and implement a business roadmap. The roadmap will include recommendations and opportunities for your business.

We encourage joint applications provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply.


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.

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