The Austrade Export Market Development Grants Scheme is a program providing financial assistance to businesses exporting (or looking to export) Australian made goods. The scheme aims to encourage small and medium sized businesses to develop export markets. Each applicant can receive up to 7 grants and applications open 1 July and close 2 December 2013.
Companies with less than $50 million income in the grant year can apply. They must be carrying on export promotion activities and have incurred at least $20,000 of eligible expenses under the scheme.
First time applicants can combine two years expenses. The sale must be directly between your business and an overseas buyer and goods must be Australian made.
Eligible expenses include costs associated with overseas representatives, marketing consultants, marketing visits, communications, free samples, trade fairs, seiminars, in-store promotions, promotional literature, advertising, overseas buyers and registration and insurance of intellectual property.