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Building Partnerships grants

Building Partnerships grants help revenue-generating startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) scale or grow by acquiring a key customer or channel to market.

Program is not currently accepting applications

We’ve paused on accepting Building Partnerships Grants for this financial year.

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Building Partnership grants require startups or SMEs to have an innovative solution that addresses a market gap or opportunity and the collaboration of a consortium of partners.

Who should apply

The goals of the program are to enable a startup or an existing SME with a growth plan to:

  • expand or pivot an innovative product or solution
  • acquire a major customer
  • deliver at scale
  • or build access to a new market.

Funding available

Eligible businesses can receive up to 35% of the approved project costs up to a maximum grant of $100,000. The approved project costs may include:

  • further developing a product and/or solution
  • progressing early stage commercialisation i.e. product training or product testing
  • acquiring and retaining talent.

Who is eligible

Applicants should:

  • be post revenue
  • have an innovative and scalable solution that can be deployed to multiple customers and be delivered within 12 months
  • demonstrate a consortium of partners who derive benefits from the proposed project
  • have a NSW based ABN and be registered for GST
  • hold intellectual property or rights to commercialise the product or solution
  • demonstrate adequate funding (at least 65% of total project costs) has been secured for the project.

Before you apply

Interested applicants must go through a preliminary application process to ensure they meet eligibility criteria, before being invited to submit a full application for the grant.

Read the Building Partnerships grant guidelines (PDF, 214.07 KB) before you submit a preliminary application form.

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For MVP grant applications, Jobs for NSW endeavours to complete assessment of each application within eight (8) weeks of its submission, subject to volume of applications received.

For Business Partnership grant applications, please expect a review period of two (2) weeks following an Expression of Interest form submission, and once a full application has been received, we endeavour to complete an assessment within eight (8) weeks, subject to the volume of applications received.

Unsuccessful MVP or BP grant applicants are unable to resubmit an application for the same project unless NSW Treasury reinvites the applicant.

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