Funding available to help businesses demonstrate the feasibility of capital projects

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Applications for the Feasibility stream are now closed.

What is on offer?

Grants available from $30,000 to $200,000 (excluding GST) to contribute towards feasibility studies and other de-risking activities to support an investment decision for eligible capital projects. You must have a minimum cash co-contribution of 50% of the total feasibility project cost.

Who is this for?

Businesses considering the feasibility of capital investment or expansion projects to grow, relocate or diversify food and beverage manufacturing or other forms of value add processing in WA.

See below for specific eligibility

Overview

The ever-present ambition to grow needs to be tempered with practical steps to balance risk and growth effectively. If you are considering an investment in new capabilities or to expand operations, determining the feasibility of a project and understanding whether it makes sense from an economic point of view is a worthwhile investment.

De-risking activities, such as feasibility studies, critically assess a capital proposal and enable businesses to make more informed decisions about whether to proceed. They play an important role in determining the time and resources needed to complete a project, its benefits and its risks. If you are considering seeking outside financing, a thorough, independent feasibility study or other de-risking activities are seen pre-requisites by potential investors or lenders. 

The objective of the Feasibility stream is to encourage new investments by businesses that will expand, diversify or relocate their value adding and processing operations in WA by providing funding to determine the feasibility of capital and expansion decisions.

What you can use funding for

Eligible businesses can apply for funding for planning/feasibility activities which you plan to use to support an investment decision for qualifying capital investment or expansion projects relating to food and beverage manufacturing or other forms of value add processing in WA.

Funds must be used to engage the relevant expertise to gather the information needed to support an investment decision. The types of services used for the purpose of assessing if an investment project is feasible include:

  • Technical consultants
  • Professional services including, accounting, tax, legal and other services
  • Property related services including architect, planners, designers and valuers
  • Product or market analysts and advisors
  • Specialist reports and data services as may be applicable
  • Other advisors or relevant service providers
  • Obtaining regulatory approvals
  • Obtaining licences necessary to grow operations.

 

Mark from Dardanup Butchering Company talks about how the WA Government’s value add grant supported their feasibility study to set up a dedicated export registered pig processing plant.

Are you eligible?

Prior to commencing your application, you must carefully consider if you are eligible to apply. If you have any queries, please call us on +61 (0)8 9368 3853 or email aftprograms@dpird.wa.gov.au

A business must meet BOTH the applicant eligibility criteria AND the planned feasibility activities must be for specific types of investment or expansion projects as outlined below in order to apply for a grant.

FIRST, you must meet ALL the following applicant eligibility criteria:

  • Be a private sector business registered with ASIC or registered for an Australian Business Number (ABN) with annual sales turnover of at least $100,000;
  • Be a ‘going concern’ – i.e., will continue to trade into the foreseeable future and there are no plans, events and/or circumstances known to the Applicant which would result in their business ceasing to trade; 
  • Be planning a project located in, or looking to relocate operations to, Western Australia (see below if you are a business currently located outside of Australia); 
  • Be capable of entering into a legally binding agreement with the Western Australian Government;
  • Have the financial capacity to fund the minimum cash contribution (50% of the total project budget); and
  • Have been in operation for a minimum of two years (or similar established track record).

SECOND, your FEASIBILITY project must meet the below project eligibility criteria:

  • Your feasibility project must be for the planning and development of qualifying capital investment and expansion projects associated with food and beverage manufacturing or other forms of value add processing in WA; AND
  • Must be related to one or more of the following qualifying capital investment and expansion projects:
    • Investment in new manufacturing capability or processing facilities, new technology or plant modernisation which results in reducing WA’s reliance on imported products, supports business growth, fosters innovation and creates jobs;
    • Investment that improves sustainability, reduces the environmental impact of the manufacturing or processing activities being undertaken or contributes to improvements in broader environmental, social, and governance outcomes;
    • Investment that enables expansion or diversification of business operations that relate to value adding to primary production in WA; or
    • Investment that involves relocating existing operations to WA, setting up new operations or expanding existing operations in WA.

Businesses registered out of Australia can apply

Foreign companies are eligible to apply. However, if your application is successful, your business must be registered to carry out business in Australia before a Financial Assistance Agreement with the State can be entered into.

Registration can be acheived either by registered the foreign company with ASIC https://asic.gov.au/for-business/registering-a-company/steps-to-register-a-company/foreign-companies/ or by the foreign company incorporating an Australian company (subsidiary) with an ABN.

Foreign companies will be required to provide a unique business identification number as accepted in their domicile with their application.

When do you have to apply by?

This stream operates as a rolling round where applications can be made at any time until 30th June 2024, so you can apply when you’re ready.  

How to apply

Before starting the application form, make sure you have read the applicant and project eligibility criteria above as applications that do not meet the criteria will not be considered for funding.

Once you are ready, click here to submit your application via SmartyGrants

More information

To find out more detailed information on the Feasibility stream, please download our Frequently Asked Questions or Guidelines document attached at the right of this screen or contact an Agribusiness Food and Trade team member on +61 (0)8 9368 3853 or email aftprograms@dpird.wa.gov.au.