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The Global Gateway Program is providing support to established Victorian exporters to help them stabilise their business and adapt their export strategies in response to the challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The program is a key component of the Victorian Government’s $15.7 million Export Recovery Package


Program Objectives

  1. Assist established Victorian exporters to stabilise and maintain their export base and adapt their business models for recovery in response to the market conditions imposed by COVID-19 – including facilitating new channels to market, or through diversification into new markets
  2. Support Victorian businesses that play a critical role in the State’s export economy, including through supporting job retention and export growth


Eligible activities

Eligible Victorian businesses can apply for a one-off grant of up to $50,000 to identify and engage professional service providers to deliver any of the following project activities to support their export recovery processes:

  1. Market intelligence
    • Market research to understand industry trends and gain customer insights
    • Company profiling and industry alignment opportunities
    • Provision of a market development strategy
    • Capability assessments
    • Risk and diversification strategies
  1. Market access
    • Facilitation of market-entry or expansion activities
    • Increasing distribution and supply chain networks
    • In-market business development
  1. Marketing and promotion
    • Development of advertising and promotional campaigns
    • Creating localised branding positions, video content, visual identity and design systems
    • Digital adaptation including consolidating online presence for international audiences
    • Implement an eCommerce platform, including its management and content development


Level of support

A one-off grant of a maximum up to $50,000

Applicants must co-contribute a minimum of 20 % of the total project costs

For example:

  • if the total project cost is $40,000 (ex. GST), the grant will cover $32,000 (ex. GST). The remaining $8,000 (ex. GST) must be covered by the business
  • if the total project cost is $62,500 (ex. GST), the grant will cover $50,000 (ex. GST). The remaining $12,500 (ex. GST) must be covered by the business
  • if the total project cost is $100,000 (ex. GST), the grant amount will cover $50,000 (ex. GST). The remaining $50,000 (ex. GST) must be covered by the business.


Important application requirements

Victorian Businesses need to propose a project plan that will help them stabilise and maintain their existing export base, and adapt their business model for recovery

When making an application, businesses will need to outline how their project meets the Global Gateway Program’s objectives and show how grant funds will be used to achieve the project’s outcomes

Applicants must provide:

  • accurate business details
  • a project plan
  • any relevant quotes or scopes of services for preferred service provider(s)

As part of the application process for this program, businesses are required to submit a project plan. The plan must include:

  • a project description
  • preferred service provider(s)
  • a brief implementation timeline
  • internal resources allocated to the project
  • a budget summary (showing where grant funds are to be spent on eligible expenditure)


Eligible small business applicants

Victorian Businesses can apply for support to the Global Gateway program provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Be a legally structured business with significant operations in Victoria
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Demonstrate an annual export revenue of at least $2 million in either the 2018/19 or 2019/20 financial years
  • Meet all industrial relations obligations as an employer in accordance with the National Employment Standards


Important dates

This program is currently closed to applications

See the list of recipients from the first round held in January 2021


Project Timelines

Projects are to commence within one month of receipt of a Letter of Offer and are expected to be completed within six months


How to apply

You should download and read the grant opportunity guidelines and frequently asked questions

Applications will be accepted via the online portal link below

Eligible applications will be assessed on how well they meet the assessment criteria as outlined below:

  • The quality of the proposed project and funded activities to meet the first objective of the Global Gateway Program (30%)
  • Need for funding and the application meets the second objective of the Global Gateway Program (20%)
  • Demonstrated capability and capacity of the business to successfully implement the project (30%)
  • The proposed project supports the business to meet both short-term and long-term outcomes (20%)


Getting help

Dowling Consultancy is a Registered Service Provider with the Victorian Government

We welcome 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

We have assisted numerous businesses with export markets development initiatives

We can help you pinpoint your best opportunities, mitigate risks and devise and execute a tailored and relevant Asia market export entry or expansion strategy and marketing plan in conjunction with undertaking in-market activities. Our team of advisors have expertise with Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia

Learn more about our Export Market Development approach here …


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