Green Govt Grants in Australia

The latest AusIndustry newsletter carries some good information on the green funds and grants available from the Australian government. Adelaide information sessions are provided here. The links would provide information in other cities.

I was involved in the Climate Ready round last time and it is an interesting exercise.  There is quite a bit of work involved so you should plan ahead.

Green Car Innovation Fund

On 24 April 2009 Minister Carr opened the Green Car Innovation Fund for applications. Grants from $100,000 are offered to develop low-emission, fuel-efficient cars and components in Australia.  Participants in this very significant grants program will include businesses both inside and outside the automotive sector.

An Information Session will be held in Adelaide on Monday 4 May 2009.  For further information, please contact the AusIndustry hotline or Kerrie Trevena in our Adelaide Office, on 8406 4723.

Climate Ready

The Climate Ready program is open for applications under round 4 until 25 June 2009.  Grants from $50,000 are available to develop technological solutions to address climate change challenges.

An Information Session will be held in Adelaide on Tuesday 5 May 2009. Intending applicants are encouraged to register for the information session and to discuss their proposal with a customer service manager as soon as possible.  For further information please contact Kerrie Trevena in our Adelaide office on 8406 4723.

Three South Australian companies shared in $16.4 million grant funding under round 2 of the Climate Ready Program:

· Seed Technology & Marketing Pty Ltd $376,700 for their Pasture legumes for a changing agricultural climate project.

· Cavitus Pty Ltd $620,919 for High-power ultrasonics systems for the global wine industry.

· SBS International Pty Ltd $891,969 for the Supaloc Eco-Load Bearing Wall project.


Click here to view the full list of round two Climate Ready grant recipients.

TQUAL Grants

TQUAL Grants aim to stimulate sustainable growth in the tourism industry by supporting innovative, high-quality tourism products that contribute to the long-term economic development of Australia.

An Information Session will be held in Adelaide on 12 May 2009.  For further information please contact the AusIndustry hotline or Kerrie Trevena in our Adelaide office on 8406 4723.

2009 Australian Innovation Festival

The 2009 Australian Innovation Festival runs to 30 May and promotes the best of Australian innovation and entrepreneurship. It encourages networking and business opportunities, particularly in research and development, and in technology commercialisation.  The South Australian launch will be held on 29 April at the National Wine Centre.

AusIndustry will present a number of business innovation information sessions during the festival, including Business Innovation Opportunities on Tuesday 19 May.  For further information about the Business Innovation Opportunities information session please contact Kerrie Trevena in our Adelaide office on
8406 4723.

R&D Tax Concession 30 April 2009 deadline

The deadline for submission of applications for registration for the R&D Tax Concession for the 2007-08 income year for June balancing companies is Thursday 30 April 2009.  The R&D Tax Concession allows companies to deduct up to 125% of qualifying expenditure incurred on R&D activities when lodging their corporate tax return. A 175% Incremental (Premium) Tax Concession and R&D Tax Offset are also available in certain circumstances.  Further information is available in the latest edition of the R&D Tax Concession Information Bulletin. Please contact the AusIndustry hotline or our South Australian team for assistance.


Re-tooling for Climate Change

Re-tooling for Climate Change helps small and medium-sized manufacturers improve the energy and water efficiency of their production process.  Grants from $10,000 are available.  The program is open for applications under round 3 until 1 June 2009.  Intending applicants are welcome to contact the South Australian team to discuss their proposals.

Green Building Fund

The Green Building Fund aims to reduce the impact of Australia’s built environment on green house gas emissions, by reducing the energy consumed in the operation of existing commercial office buildings.  The program is open for applications under round 3 until 30 June 2009.  Intending applicants may contact the Adelaide office team to discuss their proposals.

Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET)

COMET is a competitive, merit based program that supports individuals, early-growth stage and spin off companies to improve their potential for successful commercialisation of their innovation.  Intending applicants are encouraged to contact the South Australian team.

Tradex

The Tradex Scheme allows an importer to gain an up-front exemption from Customs duty and GST on eligible imported goods that are intended for export.  An application for a Tradex Order may be approved quickly in the Adelaide office, if necessary.  Please contact the AusIndustry hotline or our South Australian team for assistance.  

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