About the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program is administered by Austrade and supports Australian businesses seeking to develop an export market for products, services, intellectual property or know-how. The EMDG program is transitioning from a reimbursement scheme to a grant program.

For financial years that ended on or before 30 June 2021, small and medium sized Australian businesses with an annual income of less than $50 million in the grant year have been/are able to apply (FY21 only) for reimbursements of up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses. These expenses must exceed $5,000 provided total expenses are at least $15,000.  The maximum annual grant amount is $150,000.

From 1 July 2021, the EMDG program has transitioned to businesses requiring government ‘approval’ up front of their spending on eligible marketing activities. Grants are now provided in three tiers, which vary the level of support as a business grows its export markets.

  • Tier 1: Ready to export – Funding of up to $40,000 per year for 2 years, available to business who are first time exporters
  • Tier 2: Expanding – Funding of up to $80,000 per year for 3 years, available to businesses who are expanding their export promotion activities.
  • Tier 3: Expanding and strategic shift – Funding of up to $150,000 per year for 3 years, available to businesses who are further expanding their export promotion activities and making a strategic shift, such as targeting a new market or type of customer.

As part of the changes, EMDG grant support is now restricted to businesses with an annual income of less than $20 million in each grant year.

Applications for grant funding that includes FY22 are now open until 30th November 2021.

RnD360 has helped businesses from a range of industries to access EMDG funding as they grow and explore new overseas markets. As a registered EDMG Consultant, we can assist with the preparation and submission of your application in a diligent, robust, timely, and cost-effective manner.

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