TCF grants for small businesses

Sixty-eight small businesses across Australia will receive grants totalling $2.6 million to become more innovative under round four of the Australian Government’s textile, clothing and footwear programme.

Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said the grants, ranging from $11,000 to $50,000, focus on improving the business enterprise culture of TCF small businesses.

Most successful businesses applied for the grants to boost computer systems, marketing support or online projects.

“The future of Australia’s TCF industry lies in becoming more agile, innovative and
entrepreneurial,” Senator Carr said.

“This round has been very competitive, with over 250 businesses applying for grants. The latest budget included a retargeted, $401 million TCF package, with $55 million redirected towards innovation and $10 million in new funding."
The TCF mmall business programme is providing $25 million in grants over 10 years to Australia’s small designers and manufacturers.

 Successful round four projects include Deft Division of Victoria’s Kensington who received $37,500 to build an export business — to work with advisors on export and marketing strategies specifically for the US street and surf wear markets. It involves networking, the appointment of a US sales agent, and participation at a surf wear trade show/s in 2010.

Check Ausindustry website for more information on how to apply for a grant.
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