Package Assisting Small Exporters

Grants are available under the PASE program to improve market access for small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal product industries.



Source: Agriculture.gov.au

The Australian Government is inviting applications to apply to deliver activities under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program (PASE). Last year the Government extended the grants again for four years so they will run to 2022-23. These funds will support small exporters to overcome the obstacles they face in international markets. 

PASE was established in 2014 to improve market access for small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal product industries. The program commenced with approximately $10 million available for funding projects that directly benefitted small exporters, particularly those that would improve market access for small exporters. A further $0.45 million was made available from 2017–18 for distribution over the period 2017-18 to 2021-22.

In 2019, the government announced $6.1 million over four years to extend the program to continue to support small exporters to overcome barriers to market access. $5 million is available for distribution over the period 2019-20 to 2022-23.

To be eligible you must be a legal entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN), have an account with an Australian financial institution and be capable of entering into a legally binding and enforceable deed with the Commonwealth.

$5 million in grants will fund projects that support small exporters. Fifty-eight projects were supported under the previous package. Grants aren’t limited strictly to small exporters, but projects must primarily be for the benefit of small exporters.

Eligible projects include:

  • developing systems to meet regulator and customer standards
  • market intelligence to allow small exporters to target or tailor their products
  • implementing systems to perform procedural and administrative tasks needed for exporting products
  • developing innovative solutions to address technical barriers to market access.

Applications opened in December and you must apply for a grant before 28 February 2020.

Find out more, including the guidelines, selection criteria and application details, on: GrantConnect

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