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How to Apply for Business Grants Online in Australia

Raising funds is one of the most important things to think about, whether you are a startup looking to develop a mobile app or an established business that wants to take it to the next level.

There are plenty of options available to do this these days, from finding investors, creating a crowdfunding campaign or even borrowing money from friends and family to raise funds.

One great way to do this is to apply for a business grant from the Australian Government. Business grants can provide you with funding anywhere from $500 to $2,000,000, depending on the nature of your business. Although it takes a considerable amount of effort to apply to one, it is well worth the time as the business grants are non-repayable, unlike investors who would typically demand partial ownership of your business (equity) or request repayments depending on their contract with you.

1. Access the grants website business.gov.au/Assistance

Depending on the nature of your business, you will want to apply to a different set of business grants available. On the Grants & Assistance page, there is a form that will help you search and list the most appropriate grants for your type of business.

2. Select the reason for your application

This is where you will choose the reason for applying to your business grant.

  • If you are a startup / business that has only an idea but is looking for a grant to research and develop your idea into an actual product, then click on “research and develop a novel idea”.
  • If you are a startup / business that wants to expand their existing business or to scale, then click on “expand my business”.
  • If you are startup / business that has an existing product developed, understands your market and has intellectual property rights to your product, you would want to “commercialise a product”.
  • Similarly, if your need for a grant relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Arts, Disaster Assistance, heritage projects, hiring more employees, training existing employees etc. then select the appropriate categories.

3. Choose your State, Industry, Annual Turnover and Years of Operation

Your selections here will also influence the type of business grants that the website will suggest you apply for.

Not all grants are necessary for you to apply for, especially if your startup / business is within a certain industry. Some grants are only offered to applicants who are within a specific industry or specific lifecycle / stage of their business.

Click on the “Show Assistance” button and the website will list the grants that are most relevant to you.

4. Go through the list of suggested business grants

Click into every business grant that is listed to you and have an in-depth read of the requirements for each grant.

Inside the business grant information, you can click on “Tell Me More”, which will give you information on:

  • The overview of the grant
  • Who the grant is targeted towards
  • Who can apply
  • The eligibility criteria
  • How to apply.

5. Commence applications on relevant business grants

Once you have read through the list of suggested business grants, decide which ones you may want to apply for. Choose the most relevant grants for your startup / business that you should apply for and don’t waste time on ones that aren’t, as it is time consuming to try apply for every grant and you will need solid detailed research and solid preparation to build your grant application.

Depending on the business grant, you may be able to apply directly on the website or you may have to contact an external government department to start your application.

6. Do enough research and preparation before submitting the application

Make sure you do enough research to back up why the government should provide you with the business grant. Your should:

  • Have prepared a professional, but unique application.
  • Have outlined a solid business strategy.
  • Understand all the necessary requirements and upkeep for the grant.
  • Make sure the grant is the right fit for your business.
  • Keep an eye on the grant deadlines.

Considering the high number of applications for Australian business grants, half-complete applications or ones that aren’t thoroughly researched enough will most likely be rejected.

 

App Development Predictions for 2016

When referring to app development, the best way to predict what future trends are going to look like is to figure out the right combination of what people want, what people need, and what is possible with today’s mobile technology advances.

While statistics show there is no argue to the fact that mobile app technology is a key insight to the successful outcome of any business today, mobile app development is still on the rise. With approximately worldwide mobile app revenues of 45 billion dollars in 2015 alone, it is estimated that the industry’s numbers will reach 58 billion by 2016. (Source)

How can app development influence the profitability of your business? Although it may be hard to know exactly what app features are best suited to your company needs, mobile marketing technological advancements indicate that app development should be on your top priority list.

Did you know: Almost a billion smartphones have been sold in 2015 and the number is expected to go over 10 billion mobile internet devices in use by 2016, according to techinasia.com. If you are thinking about developing a mobile app for your business, contact one of the representatives at EB Pearls for a quote.

 

What are the current mobile app development trends that the market is focusing on?

  • Social networking mobile app – the fastest growing and most demanded apps among users.
  • Context marketing that is improving user experience through mobile app frontend usage.
  • Location-based services. A multi-billion niche for mobile app markets.
  • Mobile search for e-commerce – makes consumer experience easier while looking for products or comparing prices between vendors.
  • Standalone and moving objects recognition. This refers to those apps featured with sensor and processing capabilities.

 

Bonus Tip: According to statistics, 46% of mobile app users paid for their apps and the number is expected to reach over 268 billion downloads by the end of 2016.

With that in mind, here are some of the most influential app development trends for 2016:

Demand for enterprise apps continues to grow: This means that organisations need to keep their employees more connected to a specific end goal in order to meet their demands. Whether it refers to design, integration or security, every developer will have to synchronise their capabilities to the increasing enterprise app demand.

A better user experience: The most important thing for a superior client experience is the communication that exists between developers and designers. As end users are increasingly demanding a better user experience, app development no longer looks at keeping individuals in a certain app for as long as possible, but rather looks at enabling an intuitive user experience.

The fascination with Big Data: Did you know that only 1% of all apps are using cognitive services today? The hype around Big Data has been present in the marketing industry for years, however, it is still a work in progress. For 2016, you can expect updates in machine learning, real-time data-as-a-service, algorithm markets, Spark, and more.

Size matters: Not only are there plenty of devices and screen sizes available on the market right now, but developers also have to find a solution to figuring out how an app will look like and how it will work on various devices (for example, smart watches).

A new world to be discovered: In other words…IoT, also known as the Internet of Things. As more and more things are getting connected, apps will be required to track or manage them. It is very probable that these apps will have a lot to say about the selling process, too!

Bonus Tip: 34% of IoT developers today are building apps that require real-time data analysis and processing 50% or more of the time, according to the Evans Data’s Internet of Things Study from 2015.

 

Are you interested in adopting new ideas for your mobile app development plans for 2016? Get in touch with us here for an obligation-free consultation.