Australian Government Grant Opportunity GO6548 – Stage 3 – Improving respite care for people with dementia and their carers

This grant is for improving respite care for people with dementia and their carers. Grant program funding for a range of activities (in the context of aged care) aims to increase support to informal carers and families caring for a person living with dementia, through access to dementia–specific respite support services in Tasmania, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Close Date & Time: 18th of December, 2.00pm ACT time.

Up to $27.408 million (GST exclusive) is available over four years from 2023-24 to 2026-27. There are two streams of activities and applicants may apply for funding under one or both streams.

Stream 1: Delivery of combined respite care for both the carer and person with dementia, applying the principles of HammondCare’s Staying at Home program in these jurisdictions: Tasmania, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Stream 2: Delivery of innovative programs or models of respite care and respite care planning for people with dementia and their carers (applications may include opportunities to trial new approaches and one-off pilots), in these jurisdictions: Tasmania, Northern Territory, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Funding for stream two activity ends in 2025-26.

Grant Opportunity Respite Care G06548 – Stage 3 Eligibility and Application Instructions

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, please contact the team at MGI.

Australian Government Grant Opportunity G06557 – Aged Care Registered Nurses’ Payment to reward clinical skills and leadership – Round 2

In Round 2, payments up to $6,000 (GST not applicable) will be available per eligible Registered Nurse working in aged care.  This round will accept applications for Registered Nurses who were employed by the same eligible employer during the entire eligibility period of 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2023. Applications for this grant opportunity must be submitted by the employer. Employers should discuss this grant opportunity with their employees prior to the submission of the application.

To be eligible to receive a payment under this grant opportunity, Registered Nurses must hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Nursing ( as a Registered Nurse (Division 1).

Registered Nurses must have been employed by the same eligible employer for the full period of 1 November 2022 to 31 October 2023 to receive the 12-month payment or have been employed by the same eligible employer for the full eligibility period of 1 May 2023 to 31 October 2023 to receive a 6-month payment.

Applications for Registered Nurses eligible for either 12-month or 6-month periods can be lodged at the same time.

Successful applicants must make full payment of grant funds to eligible Registered Nurses within 8 weeks after receiving the grant funds.

Aged Care Registered Nurses – Round 2 Eligibility and Submission Instructions

Close Date: 20th of December, 2.00pm ACT time.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, please contact the team at MGI.

The Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Grant (MEEG) Program is a $7.1 million Queensland Government program helping the manufacturing sector to increase their competitiveness in a low carbon future by implementing energy efficiency measures that reduce energy costs and operational emissions.

Applicants should allow up to 12 weeks from submission for assessment of the application.

Queensland-based manufacturers looking to increase energy efficiency measures and technology, reduce energy usage and costs, reduce emissions and increase awareness of energy use are encouraged to apply for matched funding grants of $5,000 to $25,000. The applicant guidelines provide the full details including eligibility and assessment criteria.

Applications will close on 30 June 2024 or when all funding for this round is allocated.

Round 1 – Manufacturing Energy Efficient Grant Guidelines and Submission Form

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or need assistance with your application for an energy efficiency grant.

Made in Queensland (MIQ) is a $101.5 million Queensland Government program helping small and medium sized manufacturers to increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation, and to generate high-skilled jobs for the future. MIQ supports traditional manufacturers to adopt industry leading equipment, technologies, systems and processes.

The $20 million Round 6 of Made in Queensland closes at 9am, AEST on 11th of December 2023.

Queensland-based manufacturers looking to adopt industry leading equipment, technologies, systems and processes that include energy efficiency, export, reshoring, supply chain improvements, sustainability and/or advancement of decarbonisation and net zero outcomes are encouraged to apply for matched funding grants of $50,000 to $2.5 million.

Up to $2.5 million of available funding has also been set aside for applications which do not involve the purchase of equipment and are seeking less than $250,000 each in funding.

Successful MIQ applicants will be required to execute a funding agreement with the Queensland Government. An example funding agreement is provided below for information purposes.

MIQ – Round 6 Funding eligibility and application guidelines

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or need assistance in your application.

The Business Boost grant assists small businesses to enhance their efficiency and productivity. This 3rd round grant offering is for small businesses with 2-19 employees.

Registration opens 9.00am on the 6th of September, 2023.

This support is administered by the Department of Youth, Justice, Employment, Small Business & Training (DYJESBT) and includes funded activities in the following areas:

  1. Future planning
  2. Specialised and automated software
  3. Planning and systems for staff management and development.

You may be eligible to receive a grant payment between $10,000 and $20,000 (excluding GST) on completing your proposed project.

Successful applicants must equally co-contribute towards the total project cost.

Grant funding is paid within 12 months after completion of the project and only after fulfilling the acquittal requirements.

Application Process includes 3 stages:

  1. Registration
  2. Full Application
  3. Accountants Letter

Stage 1 closes at 5.00pm on the 12th of September, 2023.

Applying is free via the DYJESBT SmartyGrants portal when the grant round opens.

Check Your Eligibility

Check your eligibility and find further information on how to apply here.

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or require further information.


An $8 million Ignite Ideas Fund super round has been launched.

You can secure funding for one of two distinct innovation pathways:

  • to progress an existing functional prototype product or service towards the brink of market readiness
  • to fast-track the commercialisation of a highly innovative new product or service that’s at the minimum viable product stage or beyond.

Successful applicants to Ignite Spark and Ignite Ideas Round 11 will also gain privileged access to the Ignite+ program. This program offers a wealth of professional expertise, invaluable business advice, and dedicated mentoring to propel your business forward.

Overview of funding available

Apply for grants of $50,000 to $75,000 (excluding GST) to advance the development of an innovative product or service closer to market. This program particularly aims to drive prototypes towards an advanced stage, thoroughly tested, endorsed by customers, and poised for commercialisation.

Submit your EOI by 11am on 31 October 2023.

Secure grants of up to $200,000 (excluding GST) if your business has a new product or service that is at the minimum viable product stage or beyond and ready for commercialisation. Submit your EOI by 11am on 29 September 2023.

You can check your eligibility and further details of the program and how to apply can be found here.

The Ignite Ideas Fund supports Queensland based small to medium businesses that have high-growth potential to undertake commercialisation projects that will:

  • strengthen key industries in Queensland
  • diversify the Queensland economy
  • compete in domestic and global markets
  • engage and/or benefit regional Queensland
  • create new jobs, now and into the future.

Funding is available to commercialise highly innovative and new products or services that are at minimum viable product stage or beyond. The essential core of your new project or service should already have been tested in action with potential customers a proof of concept, prototype and/or pilot.

Ignite Ideas funding will not support the development of a concept for a new business, the further development or improvement of an existing product or service, or to expand into new markets if the product or service is already in a market.

Some previous grant recipients have included funding for:

  • Fashion visualisation technology
  • Solar powered drones
  • Online concrete ordering and scheduling app
  • Injection technology for tree weed control
  • Lock Jaw Ladder Grip
  • Waste to Hydrogen

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or require further information.


The Federal Government is investing $14 million in a centre for emerging Australian-made solutions to energy and emissions challenges. The Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre (PAIGC) aims to grow Australia’s renewables technologies industry and establish Australia as a leader in renewable energy. It will achieve this through:

  • increasing the development and adoption of renewable technologies and processes across Australian industries and firms
  • increasing domestic demand for renewable technologies
  • increasing Australia’s competitiveness in international renewable technologies markets
  • upskilling workers to service the renewable technologies industry
  • uplifting capabilities of businesses to overcome battery regulatory barriers
  • developing domestic end-to-end battery and other renewables supply chains.

Supporting locally developed and manufactured technologies, including batteries, that will help transform the nation into a renewable energy superpower, the plan is focused on creating jobs, cutting power bills and reducing emissions.

The new PAIGC will:

  • support businesses looking to locally manufacture renewable technologies and commercialise local ideas
  • encourage connection between critical minerals producers and renewables manufacturers
  • facilitate partnerships between governments, research institutions, and industry to drive the development and adoption of renewable technologies in Australia
  • support businesses in navigating battery regulatory barriers, and
  • support First Nations businesses to contribute to the development of renewable technologies through engagement of a First Nations Business Advisor.

The program will run for 4 years until the 2026-27 financial year and Australian industry organisations, research institutions and partnerships with expertise in renewable technology are encouraged to apply for support.

The closing date for grant applications is June 19th 2023 at 5 pm AEST.

More details, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the Powering Australia Industry Growth Centre website.

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or require further information.

The Queensland Government has released the details of round 5 of the Business Growth Fund grant program. The Business Growth Fund (BGF) targets high-growth businesses who can accelerate growth, drive Queensland’s economy and employ more Queenslanders.

It is open to small to medium sized businesses with between 5 and 49 employees and provides funding for high growth businesses to buy specialised equipment, enabling them to unlock growth potential, increase production, expand their workforce, and maximise economic returns to move them to the next stage of growth. Grants between $50,000 and $75,000 are available and successful applicants must co-contribute at least 40% of project costs.

Each grant round has specific information that businesses should be aware of to help them manage their applications.

Successfully funded businesses are expected to:

  • increase confidence for growth, transitioning from small to medium-sized
  • increase productivity, turnover, profit and/or employment by 20%
  • improve confidence to automate, scale up, increase market share, diversify and/or exploit exporting opportunities.

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

Eligibility Criteria

You must be an established, financially sound, small to medium-sized Queensland business with the potential for high-growth within the next 2 years. High-growth is defined as an average annualised 20% increase in turnover, and/or employment in the last 2 years.

To be eligible the minimum cost of the project, taking into account the co-funding required, must be $83,333 and is focused on specialised equipment  which is “considered an independent or additional piece of complex machinery that will have a direct impact on the operations of the business to increase, automate or enhance productivity and presents a significant investment to the business. The impact of the equipment unique to the growth of the business and local economy will be taken into consideration.”

Examples of eligible highly specialised equipment include (but are not limited to):

  • production equipment to meet otherwise unachievable growth demand
  • advanced manufacturing or digital equipment and systems
  • advanced logistics systems and equipment.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open.

The application process involved 3 stages:

  • Stage 1 – Expression of interest (EOI)
  • Stage 2 – Full application
  • Stage 3 – Pitch

The Closing Date for Stage 1 is 5.00pm, Friday 2nd of June, 2023.

You can check your elgibility here and further details of the program and how to apply can be found here.

Please contact the team at MGI if you have any questions or require further information.

The application process has now opened for the Federal Governments scheme to support small and medium businesses deal with rising power bills. The first round of the Energy Efficiency Grants for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (EEGSME) scheme opened on Monday 6th March and closes on Wednesday 19th April at 5 pm (AEST).

Up to $25000 is available for eligible businesses to upgrade or replace existing equipment to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs and there is a total $16 million on the table for this grant opportunity.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • improve energy efficiency practices and increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies
  • assist small and medium businesses to manage their energy usage and costs
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To apply, businesses must have a headcount of 199 people or fewer and plan energy-focused expenditure of $10,000 or more. Grant funding will be distributed between states and territories and on a first come first served basis until funding is exhausted in each jurisdiction.

Eligibility for Energy Efficiency Grants

You can apply for Energy Efficiency Grants if you are an entity incorporated in Australia, a partnership or a sole trader and you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be a small or medium sized business with an employee headcount from 1 to 199 employees averaged over any consecutive 12-month period since 1 July 2019
  • have consent from the owner of the project location to undertake the project, if the entity is not the owner of the project location.

Eligible projects may include:

  • an energy audit of your site or part of your site
  • purchase or hire of equipment to measure, monitor and record energy use or to monitor a process, where this facilitates optimisation or energy management
  • purchase of equipment to replace existing equipment, where the new equipment is higher energy efficiency
  • costs to decommission, remove and dispose of the old equipment that is replaced
  • purchase of equipment or components to help an existing system run more efficiently in regard to energy
  • design, and reasonable installation costs of eligible equipment, including any necessary wiring or other electrical work required to enable the project
  • building permits or approval costs to install equipment, where required
  • the cost of suppliers, consultants and contracted labour undertaking eligible project activities.

Examples of projects that are eligible for energy efficiency grants include installation of LED lighting, new energy-efficient refrigerators and air conditioners, water boiler replacements, insulation around ovens and pipework, and double-glazed windows.

You can apply for the Energy Efficiency Grant here.

Please reach out to the team at MGI, if you need support in preparing your application.


The Business Basics Grant Program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.

This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

• Training & coaching    • Website build or upgrades    • Professional business advice

• Strategic marketing services    • Business continuity & succession

You may be eligible for a single up-front fixed grant payment of $5,000 (excluding GST).

Registrations of interest (ROI) for small businesses to apply open on the 24th of November 2022. For those selected ROI applicants only, full applications open on the 12th of December 2022.

Visit the Queensland Government website for more information on the application process and the eligibility criteria for the business basics grant.

Please reach out to the team at MGI, if you need support in preparing your application.


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