Regional Job Creation Grants
In August 2015, the State Government announced a Regional Job Creation Grants program, a $258,000 initiative to assist small and medium sized enterprises create new employment in the Port Augusta region with an additional $258,000 for the Whyalla region.
Grants, of up to $50,000 each, will be awarded to create new jobs by:
- increasing business competitiveness through innovation and business strategy
- developing new markets, products and service offerings
- Implementing process improvement or new business capability.
Applications are open until 5pm, Friday 13 May 2016.
The program is part of the $1 million State Government package for job creation and support for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Communities impacted by Alinta Energy’s closure of the Leigh Creek coal mine.
Who is it for?
To be eligible to apply for assistance under the Regional Job Creation Grants program, an applicant must:
- Be a financially viable Australian enterprise with a majority of its business conducted in South Australia
- Have been in operation for longer than 12 months
- Be able to enter into a legally binding funding agreement with the South Australian Government
- Be willing to provide information and data, including financial information as required
- Be prepared to commit to Senior Executive or Board level engagement
- Submit a proposal that has new job outcomes
- Commit to contribute a minimum of 50 per cent of eligible expenditure (exclusive of in-kind contributions) from non-government funding.
Eligible activities under the Regional Job Creation Grants program will include any or all of the following activities that result in the creation of new jobs:
- Introduction of new products or services
- Purchasing specific capital equipment related to growth
- Implementing a new business model
- Activities that assist a business enter new or grow existing export markets.
Costs of routine business activities are not eligible for funding.