Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)

Is your business looking to export or expand its export revenues? Or are you already exporting and not claiming what you may be entitled to?

 

Austrade facilitates the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program, which provides financial support for eligible Australian businesses to start or expand their export markets.

In existence for over 40 years, the EMDG program encourages businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure to achieve more sustainable international sales.

Next round of the EMDG program opening soon for applications!

 

Austrade have recently announced that the latest round of Export Market Development Grants will be opening for applications on Wednesday 6 July and closing Wednesday 17 August.

If you would like our team to support your business with an EMDG application, speak to us today on 1300 438 347, or complete the contact form below.

Recent changes to the EMDG program


As of 1 July 2021, the EMDG reimbursement scheme has became a grant program, providing upfront funding certainty through a grant agreement (of 2 or 3 years), allowing applicants to plan promotional activities with confidence.


Through the new EMDG grant program, grants are available across 3 tiers, with each tier providing a different level of support to SMEs as they grow their export markets:

 

  • Tier 1: This tier is for first-time exporters, for a maximum of 2 years and maximum funding of $15,000 per financial year.
     

  • Tier 2: This tier is for businesses who are expanding their export promotion activities and is available for a maximum of 3 years and maximum funding of $24,600 per financial year.
     

  • Tier 3: This tier is for those who are expanding their export promotion activities as well as making a strategic shift (e.g. targeting a new market or a new type of customer). A maximum of 3 years and maximum funding of $36,600 per financial year is available.
     

  • Representative bodies are also able to apply for grant funding for a maximum of 3 years with up to $90,000 per financial year.

 

Grantees must spend at least an equal amount of their own money on eligible expenses (i.e. you must spend double the grant amount).

 

Eligible expenses include:

 

  • Maintaining a representative in a foreign country - Maintaining a representative in a foreign country (for more than 6 months in a financial year) to:

    • conduct research into the market in that country for your eligible products, or

    • undertake promotional activities to market your eligible products in that country.
       

  • Short trips to a foreign country - Up to 21 days’ continuous travel for you or your representative, between Australia and a foreign country. (This includes expenses such as airfares, accommodation expenses, incidentals, ground transport and food.)
     

  • Consultants - Engaging a consultant to undertake either:

    • research into the market in a foreign country for your eligible product, or

    • promotional activities to market your eligible product in that country.
       

  • Short trips within Australia - Up to 21 days’ continuous travel within Australia for you or your representative, to undertake activities relating to marketing your eligible product to potential foreign buyers. (This could include expenses such as food and accommodation, transport, and participation in trade shows in Australia where buyers for overseas markets are present.)
     

  • Foreign buyer visits - Up to 21 days’ continuous travel between Australia and a foreign country, and within Australia, of a prospective foreign buyer of your eligible product so you can undertake promotional activities to market your eligible products to that buyer. (This includes expenses such as airfares to and from Australia, accommodation, food and incidental travel expenses.)
     

  • Soliciting for business in foreign country - Expenses for activities undertaken by you or your representative to solicit for business in a foreign country for your eligible products, where undertaken in a foreign country. This could include expenses such as trade show exhibits.

  • Free samples - Providing free samples of your eligible product either:

    • to a person in the foreign country

    • if your eligible product is tourism services, then in Australia to a person from the foreign country.
       

  • Promotional and advertising material - Producing and providing material to promote or advertise your eligible product in the foreign country. (This includes expenses such as website design and build costs, virtual events, social media marketing, Google advertising, and design and printing of brochures.)
     

  • Intellectual property rights - Seeking the granting, registration or extension of intellectual property rights of your eligible product in a foreign country.
     

  • Training activities (Representative bodies) - If you are a representative body, delivering (or arranging to be delivered) training to members of the represented group so they can better market their eligible products in foreign countries.
     

  • Training activities (Tier 1 applicants) - If you are a Tier 1 applicant, obtaining training so that you or your staff can better market your eligible products in foreign countries. 
     

Eligibility Criteria

 

To be eligible:
 

  • you need to have an annual turnover of less than $20 million

  • you must be an Australian person within the meaning of the EMDG Rules, and

  • you must have an Australian Business Number.
     

Eligible products

 

EMDG grant funds must be used for promotional activities to market eligible products in foreign countries, or for training activities to develop skills in such marketing.

 

To be an eligible product, your product(s) must be of substantially Australian origin and be:
 

  • goods

  • services

  • events

  • intellectual property or know-how

  • software

 

If you meet the above criteria, please get in touch with our team to discuss how we can support you to access grant funds.

Why use De Stefano & Co?


Our team has over three decades of experience working internationally and accessing export markets. With our mix of accounting, engineering and management experience, including handling client audits and an exceptional understanding of the EMDG Program, we can manage the entire grant process for you.

 

You can be assured that your claim will be as high as it legitimately can be.

"I can't speak highly enough about Emilio and his team of professionals, who have become a vital part of our team. They have assisted us with many projects, all have been of a high standard with very successful outcomes. I recommend you do yourself a favour and contact Emilio, you won't regret it."

Stuart Rogers, Williams Metal Fabrications

If you’d like to talk to us about supporting your business in accessing a grant, please complete the form below, providing as much detail as possible about the grant program and your business need:

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