Friday, April 23

A Summary of Government Grants Provided So Far in 2019

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Bruce Patten from Pattens Group provides a summary of recent government grants provided to startups and other organisations across Australia.

Grants are critical funding opportunity to many businesses. The following provides a summary of the recent distribution of over $1b in grants to Australian businesses.

  • The Great Barrier Reef Foundation may be forced to return its $443.3m grant to the federal government.  
  • More than 30 specialist care units will be established to provide best practice person-centred care for people exhibiting very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia from a world-first national network of specialist care units pledging an annual $70m investment..
  • Move It Aus Better Ageing Grants of $22.9m will be provided to 27 organisations over the next two years to encourage older Australians to live more active lives.
  • Venafi is providing $12.5m to support the development of the machine identity protection ecosystem.
  • UNSW Sydney will receive more than $11m in grants from industry-led research projects awarded in the latest round of the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program.
  • Sixteen small Australian businesses will share almost $10m in grants under the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program.
  • The federal government will provide $10m to non-government organisations to deliver online safety education and training projects targeted at children.
  • The Australian Department of Defence has awarded 20 grants totalling $8.7m in grants under the annual Strategic Policy Grants Program for projects that will boost Australia’s national security.
  • Google is offering $5.5m in grants of up to $1m for Australian not for profits and social enterprises undertaking projects that use technology to make an impact.
  • Former Education Minister, Simon Birmingham has been accused of blocking $1.4m in grants for humanities research including study of men’s dress, ‘post orientalist arts in Strait of Gibraltar’
  • Chinese technology giant Huawei received grants of over $1m to fund research projects involving Chinese technology from the Australian Research Council over the last four years despite Huawei being banned from building next-generation 5G mobile infrastructure in Australia for security reasons.
  • Some seventeen projects will share in more than $1m in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.
  • Six PhD students are the first recipients of the Higher Degree Research Scholarships with $630,000 in Australian Government funding provided from the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund and additional funding support from Anytime Fitness and Regional Bank Australia. The students are from universities in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory receiving $105,000 each to undertake new research into suicide prevention over three years.
  • In future, academics will be required to explain in 100-150 words how their investigations might deliver “economic, commercial, environmental, social or cultural benefits” to Australia under a new national interest test for Australian Research Council grants.
  • The WA Government is investing almost $300,000 towards five key projects to drive the growth of the state’s hemp industry.  The projects, awarded under the Industrial Hemp Grants Scheme, support production, processing, research and export development activities.
  • Screen Canberra announced $84.000 for the 2019 Screen Arts Funding to develop all narrative screen art forms with this year’s focus being script.
  • Western NSW Primary Health Network will provide small grants between $5,000 and $50,000 under the Australian Government’s Empowering our Communities Program in offering drought funding to assist communities in the region.  

Written by Bruce Patten: With over 30 years’ experience claiming government grants, Bruce is regarded as the grants expert. He has a passion for helping business succeed. He has a long list of successful clients who have received the government funding they needed for research, development, management, commercialisation, exportation, small business support… and the list goes on.


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