Reading time: 3 minutes

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is designed to assist SMEs in growth sectors to improve their productivity by supporting business improvement.  The programme has three elements, focusing on encouraging and supporting SMEs to develop their capabilities, extend their networks and exploit growth opportunities through the following:

  1. Business management;
  2. Research connections; and
  3. Accelerating Commercialisation.

The programme’s primary focus is providing businesses with access to the best advice and contacts so that they can solve the problems they face. Below, we unpack what is a business growth grant, who is eligible and how to apply. 

Business Growth Grants

Business Growth Grants are available as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. The grants assist businesses in making improvements, recommended through the delivery of Business Management Activities, and include:

  • Business Evaluations – a preliminary evaluation by a business advisor followed by a range of services which have been customised to suit the business’ particular needs.
  • Business Growth Services – a preliminary analysis by a business advisor followed by a range of services (including access to specialist advisers and facilitators and introductions to experts) that support the business, over an extended period, to achieve growth.
  • Supply Chain Facilitation – a range of services to facilitate access to supply chain opportunities in growth sectors.
  • Business Growth Grants – small, co-funded grants to enable the business to engage contractors to assist it with implementing the improvements recommended through a Business Evaluation, Supply Chain Facilitation or a Business Growth Service.

Following a Business Management Activity, if you receive recommendations for improvement, you may be eligible to apply for a Business Growth Grant to help you with the cost of engaging a consultant in implementing the recommendations. Notably, a Business Growth Grant is not available for normal, everyday improvements to your business (such as costs related to website development or general legal advice).

If you receive a Business Growth Grant, you will be reimbursed up to 50% of the consultant’s costs which you engage (up to a maximum of $20,000 excluding GST).

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a Business Growth Grant, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Apply for a Business Growth Grant before the relevant deadline (which is generally within six months of receipt of the Business Management Activity services).
  • you must be implementing recommendations received during Business Management Activities (and they must not be ordinary everyday business operations).
  • Ability to fund the costs of engaging the consultant before receiving the Grant.

How to Apply

To apply for a Business Growth Grant, you must complete the online Business Growth Grant Application Form at

Grant Agreement

  • If your application is successful, you must enter into a Grant Agreement with the Department of Industry and Science, acting on behalf of the Commonwealth. An example of a Grant Agreement is available for your review on
  • Please note that you must not start or pay for the project, in part or full, until both parties sign a Grant Agreement.

In Short

There are many grants available from the Australian government to assist SMEs in reaching their full potential. Business Growth Grants are just one of many.  If you require further information on Business Growth Grants or what other grants may be available to your business, ask our startup lawyers on 1300 544 755.


Redundancies and Restructuring: Understanding Your Employer Obligations

Thursday 7 July | 11:00 - 11:45am

If you plan on making a role redundant, it is crucial that you understand your employer obligations. Our free webinar will explain.
Register Now

How to Sponsor Foreign Workers For Your Tech Business

Wednesday 13 July | 11:00 - 11:45am

Need web3 talent for your tech business? Consider sponsoring workers from overseas. Join our free webinar to learn more.
Register Now

Advertising 101: Social Media, Influencers and the Law

Thursday 21 July | 11:00 - 11:45am

Learn how to promote your business on social media without breaking the law. Register for our free webinar today.
Register Now

Structuring for Certainty in Uncertain Times

Tuesday 26 July | 12:00 - 12:45pm

Learn how to structure to weather storm and ensure you can take advantage of the “green shoots” opportunities arising on the other side of a recession.
Register Now

Playing for the Prize: How to Run Trade Promotions

Thursday 28 July | 11:00 - 11:45am

Running a promotion with a prize? Your business has specific trade promotion obligations. Join our free webinar to learn more.
Register Now

Web3 Essentials: Understanding SAFT Agreements

Tuesday 2 August | 11:00 - 11:45am

Learn how SAFT Agreements can help your Web3 business when raising capital. Register today for our free webinar.
Register Now

Understanding Your Annual Franchise Update Obligations

Wednesday 3 August | 11:00 - 11:45am

Franchisors must meet annual reporting obligations each October. Understand your legal requirements by registering for our free webinar today.
Register Now

Legal Essentials for Product Manufacturers

Thursday 11 August | 11:00 - 11:45am

As a product manufacturer, do you know your legal obligations if there is a product recall? Join our free webinar to learn more.
Register Now

About LegalVision: LegalVision is a commercial law firm that provides businesses with affordable and ongoing legal assistance through our industry-first membership.

By becoming a member, you'll have an experienced legal team ready to answer your questions, draft and review your contracts, and resolve your disputes. All the legal assistance your business needs, for a low monthly fee.

Learn more about our membership

Need Legal Help? Submit an Enquiry

If you would like to get in touch with our team and learn more about how our membership can help your business, fill out the form below.

Our Awards

  • 2020 Innovation Award 2020 Excellence in Technology & Innovation Finalist – Australasian Law Awards
  • 2020 Employer of Choice Award 2020 Employer of Choice Winner – Australasian Lawyer
  • 2020 Financial Times Award 2021 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500
  • 2020 AFR Fast 100 List - Australian Financial Review
  • 2021 Law Firm of the Year Award 2021 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards
  • 2022 Law Firm of the Year Winner 2022 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards