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Northern Australia Grants

Northern Australia Business and Community Development

The Australian Government provided nearly $80 million (GST exclusive) in grant funding through the Northern Australia Development Program (NADP) and the Business and Community Growth Program (BCGP). The programs are closed and are no longer accepting applications.

The grants provided through these programs are funding up to 50 per cent of the total cost of individual projects that support businesses, community groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in the north to diversify, scale up operations and thrive.

Northern Australia Development Program

The Industry Transformation Stream of the Northern Australia Development Program provided grants to large businesses (199+ employees) for projects based in the north, that will contribute to transformation change in their local region.

The Business Development Stream of the NADP provided grants to assist small to medium (1–199 employees) businesses expand and diversify their operations.

The NADP is supported by the Strengthening Northern Australia Business (SNAB) Advisory Service. SNAB will be delivered through locally-based expert, independent facilitators and digital specialists, who are based in Northern Australia. They will work with eligible NADP grant applicants to help build long-term resilience and business strength.

Business and Community Growth Program

The Northern Australia Business and Community Growth Program is supporting community organisations based in the north to expand and diversify their operations. Grants are funded up to 50 per cent of the total eligible project expenditure, with the minimum grant amount $50,000 and the maximum $2 million.