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It makes good sense to identify government funding and assistance programs available to support achievement of your business objectives.

Support on offer from Federal, State and Territory Governments can include:

  • grant funding
  • concessional loans
  • tax concessions and incentives
  • wage support
  • duty concessions
  • market entry
  • mentoring and networking
  • business improvement and development
  • skills development and training
  • innovation

How Ai Group can assist you

Ai Group can assist you to identify and access government grants and assistance programs. For further information on how we can assist your business email us at info@aigroup.com.au.

Ai Group is assisting many members to successfully apply for government funding and support. To find out more on how we can assist your business to benefit from the support we offer, contact us at email: info@aigroup.com.au.

To identify government programs relevant to your specific business priorities, visit the free BusinessGrantGuru searchable listing of federal, state and territory government funding and assistance programs.

Ai Group is an Industry Partner of Business GrantGuru as part of which Ai Group members can access the Premium Business GrantGuru service at a discount rate.

Key issues to consider before you apply for funding

Are the program objectives consistent with your business priorities?

It may not benefit your business in the long run to pursue funding for activities that divert attention from core strategic objectives.

What is the application process?

Each program has its own application process.
Grants application processes can be highly competitive and require investment of significant company resources without guarantee of success.

Is your business eligible?

Assess whether your organisation and the activity for which you are seeking support meets eligibility criteria.
Businesses which have previously received support for the same or a similar activity may not be eligible for further support.
Many programs do not provide funding support for activities which have already commenced so eligibility should be confirmed before the business commences the project.

What are the resource commitments on your business?

Check whether the program requires successful applicants to contribute matching funding and make sure that you have sufficient resources to meet these requirements in the event that your application is successful.

What supporting documentation is required?

Ensure that your application clearly addresses all relevant criteria and that the project objectives, expected outcomes; benefits to stakeholders (e.g. applicant, industry, community, environment); and the importance of the funding to project success are clearly identified as appropriate.

Can you meet auditing and reporting requirements?

Funding received must be expended in accordance with the funding agreement. Ensure that you have appropriate systems in place to record/retain proof of expenditure and relevant in-kind contributions.
Ensure that any auditing or other reporting requirements are appropriately factored into project management systems.

How Ai Group can assist you

Ai Group can assist you to identify and access government grants and assistance programs. For further information on how we can assist your business email us at info@aigroup.com.au.

Support your business through staff engagement, creating a healthy bottom line

Ai Group has been a partner with Worksafe Victoria for many years delivering the WorkHealth Health Checks and the Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program.

The Healthy Together Victoria Achievement Program promotes and supports employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. Research indicates that health and wellbeing programs create better employee engagement and contribute to better business outcomes including enhanced morale, increased staff retention, and reduced sick leave.

How can you join the free healthy together achievement program

The program is designed to support any size business, providing practical steps and easy-to-use tools and templates in a simple framework, to promote and improve health and wellbeing in your workplace. Victorian businesses can be formally recognised for their health and wellbeing efforts by participating in the program.

How can I register?

Go to http://www.achievementprogram.healthytogether.vic.gov.au/workplace to learn more about the program. And to join http://www.achievementprogram.healthytogether.vic.gov.au/workplace/workplaces-join.

Ai Group can also assist you with registration and the process for the Achievement Program. Remember to select Ai Group when asked 'how did you hear about the program. Please contact our advisors at info@aigroup.com.au.