Regional agrifood and beverage businesses have until August 12, 2020, to apply for up to $100,000 to help access and develop international market opportunities in Asia.
The International Competitiveness Co-investment Fund is a major Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) grants program.
The first round of the Stage Government-funded program aims to attract investment that will lead to direct benefits to regional Western Australia.
CCIWA’s International Investment and Trade Centre Manager Michael Carter says some key considerations will increase the chances of getting your application over the line.
Know the detail
Carter says it’s critical to get across the objectives and selection criteria before shaping your application.
And he says it pays to be specific.
“(DPIRD) will be looking for clear details about what you require the grant funds for, and why you believe you meet their selection criteria,” he says.
“You’ll also need to specify how you will deliver the activities or milestones of your grant application and by when.”
Keep it real
An experienced panel of experts will review your grant application, and Carter says you should keep that fact at the forefront of your mind when you apply.
“Always demonstrate realistic and achievable estimated outcomes to a successful grant,” he says.
“I would also think about how you can support your application with evidenced-based material, which could be reports, client feedback or testimonials.”
If you have a great plan, says Carter, it’s worth getting behind.
“You’re not in it alone,” he says.
“Teams like ours work on these plans every day, and can give you a fair sense, very quickly, of where you may benefit from support.”
And finally? Carter says, “make sure you get your application in on time.”