The Government has announced on 15 October 2021 that the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant and Capability Improvement Grant programs have now closed for applications for the 2021-22 financial year. For more information read the media release.

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant


Funding for Australian businesses to build industrial capabilities that fit with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

Closed

The grant is no longer available

What do you get?

A grant of $70,000 to $1.4 million for up to 70% of the cost of a project that builds capabilities aligned with Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. The maximum grant period is 30 months.

Grant funding is capped at $4.2 million in a 3-year period per recipient.

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses with an Australian business number (ABN). The business must be a company incorporated in Australia or and incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.

How it works


You need to contribute 30% 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

As they relate to the above activities, this can also include:

  • design, engineering and commissioning activities
  • workforce training and accreditations.

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities are listed in the 2018 Defence industrial capability plan. Defence reviews the priorities periodically and publishes updates on its website.

Eligibility


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible your business must:

  • have fewer than 200 employees
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be a company incorporated in Australia or be an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust

Also, you must:

  • provide evidence from your Board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that you can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • provide an external accountant declaration form that confirms you can fund your share of the project costs

Who is excluded?

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • a partnership
  • a trust (but an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a government body at any level (including government business enterprise)

Applying


Before you apply

Read the grant opportunity guidelines and sample grant agreement. The guidelines provide detailed information on the:

  • grant opportunity, including grant objectives
  • eligibility and merit criteria
  • assessment processes
  • reporting and acquittal requirements
  • review mechanisms

How to apply

The Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 financial year.

Open all

button toggle all accordions

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

Customer story


CDIC Mellori case study

 

After accessing a Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority grant, Mellori has improved its lab, bought new test equipment and hired new staff to enhance its electronic warfare capability.

Key documents


Grant opportunity guidelines

Fact sheet

Sample application form

Sample grant agreement form

External accountant declaration form