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Round 2 Expressions of Interest – Now Open!

The Access Asia Business Grants program is an initiative of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to support Western Australian (WA) small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and organisations such as Asian business councils and industry associations advance their international business efforts in Asian markets

Round 1 of the program was launched in September 2019 and resulted in 14 grant recipients

Round 2 opened on 13 October 2020 and the department invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from WA owned and/or operated businesses seeking to expand into Asia markets

Round 2 will focus on helping WA businesses build and/or maintain competitiveness in Asian markets to contribute to WA’s economic recovery


Level of support

Grants of up to $10,000 (excl. GST) per recipient* will be on a net co-investment basis at a rate no less than 20% (applicant) to 80% (State Government) funding. All co-investment items may be subject to an independent audit


Eligible activities

As international travel is not possible in the foreseeable future, the new grants will assist WA owned and/or operated SMEs engage in activities that enable them to:

  • adopt new business models to expand market share
  • scope new supply or value chains
  • develop export plans that manage COVID-19 implications
  • access new Asian markets or sectors
  • develop new partnerships through specialist in-market support and services
  • increase innovation in logistics and supply chain models
  • scope new e-commerce models and digital platforms
  • gather in-market intelligence to capture new opportunities
  • develop new marketing collateral for Asian markets


Eligible small business applicants

WA owned and/or operated businesses seeking to expand into Asia markets


Important dates

The deadline to lodge an EOI is 12 noon, 26 October 2020. Late applications will not be considered


How to apply

To apply, please submit a one-page EOI Form (link below) explaining how a grant would be used to support your business growth in Asia and assist WA’s economic recovery. An estimated project budget and timeline should be included

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full project proposal, including a detailed budget. Proposals will be evaluated by an expert panel and successful applicants will be announced by the Minister for Asian Engagement in December 2020

* Applicants can apply only once per funding round; previous recipients of an Access Asia Business Grant are ineligible to apply


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy welcomes enquiries from small businesses requiring professional grant application and submission guidance to enhance their chances of success. We have assisted numerous businesses with grant applications that win government grants. Contact Steve Dowling on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation discussion


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Round 1 Recipients

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation awarded more than $120,000 to 14 Western Australian businesses in Round 1 of the 2019-20 Access Asia Business Grants as a strategy to increase investment, trade and exports between Western Australia and Asia, increase jobs for Western Australians and support the diversification of the Western Australian economy.

Aviair Grow Singapore and Japanese tourism in the Kimberley by attending Tourism WA Japan Roadshow in Osaka and Tokyo, provide translated information for guests and engage with in-market visits to the Singaporean trade.
Azurra Education Attend Education Fair Kuala Lumpur 2020 to increase international schools in West Peninsula Malaysia to adopt the Western Australian Certificate Education program.
Busselton Jetty Inc Develop tourism video for the jetty ‘s growing Asian tourism market.
Creative Corner for the Emergence Creative Festival Develop Singapore promotional campaign for Emergence Creative Festival Margaret River March 25 to 27, 2020.
Far West Scallops Industries Pty Ltd Showcase award winning scallops at the FHA Food and Beverage Asia Singapore Expo (Mar 31 to Apr 3, 2020), the largest food and drinks trade event in the South East Asian region.
Frankland Estate Wines Pty Ltd Attend VineExpo Hong Kong Wine Fair 26 to 28 May 2020, the most significant wine fair in the region attracting wine importers and distributors from across Asia.
Howard Park Wines Pty Ltd MadFish wines will launch at the 20th Anniversary of SIAL China in Shanghai May 13 to 15, 2020 (Asia’s largest food innovation exhibition) to gain valuable market insights and provide product tastings to potential wholesale and retail outlets, hospitality venues  and distributors.
Legend Media Group Pty Ltd Attendance at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2020 to showcase the creative and economic benefits co-producing with Western Australia.
Mapizy Pty Ltd Attend Geo Connect Asia 2020 in Singapore to showcase Mine Rehabilitation and Monitoring through innovative Artificial Intelligence and Earth Observation technologies.
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Inc Promote Margaret River’s fine food and wine Cabin Fever Festival to increase Singaporean visitors to the region during winter.
Naturaliste Vintners Pty Ltd Deliver a strategy to identify and secure distributors, importers and business partners through clearly identified Asian markets.
Swan River Seaplanes Following direct flights from Japan to Perth aim to implement market strategy for translation of marketing to better suit the needs of the Japanese luxury traveller.
Trade Vine Pty Ltd Develop WA craft beer social media campaign over the Chinese New Year for South East Asian markets.
West Cape Howe Wines Inbound tour of winemaking facility in Mount Barker for Chinese distributors to immerse in the experience of viniculture and winemaking at West Cape Howe while experiencing local attractions and events in regional Western Australia.