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Made in Queensland Grant Program Round 5



Made in Queensland (MIQ) is a $101.5 million Queensland Government program helping small and medium-sized manufacturers to increase international competitiveness, productivity and innovation via the adoption of new technologies, and to generate high-skilled jobs for the future.


Queensland-based manufacturers looking to adopt the processes, practises and equipment of Industry 4.0 implementing projects that include energy efficiency, export, reshoring, supply chain improvements, sustainability and/or decarbonisation are encouraged to apply for matched funding grants of $50,000 to $2.5 million.


Since 2017, MIQ has supported 104 advanced manufacturing projects across the state. It is expected to create more than 1,700 jobs over 5 years and generate more than $140 million in private-sector investment. Of the 104 projects funded through MIQ, 38% are being delivered in regional Queensland, creating more than 500 jobs over the next 5 years.


An MIQ grant will support an eligible Queensland-based manufacturing SME by reimbursing up to 50per cent of the Eligible Project costs proposed to be conducted by the SME.


EOI Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 12 December 2022



Grants of between $50,000 to $2.5 million (excluding GST) will be:

  • available as matched funding for eligible project costs on a dollar-for-dollar cash basis;

  • available for projects that align with the strategic direction of the applicant and the MIQ Program Objectives, and that facilitate:

– the adoption of innovative Industry 4.0 integrated systems, processes and strategies;

– the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics; or

– the achievement of outcomes including energy efficiency, export, reshoring, supply

chain impacts, sustainability, and/or decarbonisation through industry 4.0

transformation.



Program Objectives


The objectives of MIQ (Program Objectives) are to Support the Advanced Queensland Priorities and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water’s (the Department) Strategic Direction by:


  • increasing the productivity and international competitiveness of Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs;

  • encouraging Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to adopt innovative processes and technologies;

  • encouraging more Queensland-based manufacturing SMEs to become Advanced Manufacturers; and

  • supporting traditional manufacturing jobs and creating the new high-skilled manufacturing jobs of the future.


The Program will also support SME manufacturers to achieve energy efficiency, export, reshoring, and decarbonisation outcomes through Industry 4.0 transformation projects, which can reasonably be completed in a 12-month period.


Eligible Projects


To be an Eligible Project, the project must:

  • be consistent with the Program Objectives;

  • involve the introduction of equipment, a process or technology not currently used by the applicant that is industry-leading (best practice) such as:

– implementing advanced robotics/ advanced industry 4.0 equipment

– implementing a sector-relevant system or process

– the development of a plan or strategy.

  • be designed so that it is aimed at achieving the desired business transformation, embracing Industry 4.0 (digitisation, interconnected factory, big data analytics etc.);

  • have a project site address in Queensland;

  • not have commenced, and not be scheduled to commence, until after a Funding Agreement has been executed;

  • not be the same as a project approved under any previous round of MIQ where an agreement has already been entered into between the Department and the applicant; and

  • not be subject to funding under any other Local, State or Federal Government grant or scheme


The MIQ Round 5 will be awarded following a two-stage competitive selection process:

  • Stage 1 involves an applicant submitting a Stage 1 Application (EOI). If the Stage 1 Application demonstrates that the applicant and the project meet the Eligibility Criteria, the Stage 1 Application will be evaluated and scored against the assessment criteria set out in Section 2.9. Applicants with the highest ranked Stage 1 Applications will then be invited to submit their Stage 2 information.

  • Stage 2 applicants will be assessed and scored against the Value for Money assessment criteria set out in Section 2.9. Applications will then be ranked and, grants will be awarded to those Shortlisted Applicants with the highest ranked applications, where funding remains available to be allocated


The MIQ program is part of the Queensland Advanced Manufacturing 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan to support Qld manufacturers. On 21st June 2022 the Government announced that Made in Queensland is receiving $40 million for two more rounds, over the next two years, to continue helping small and medium manufacturers to increase international competitiveness through adopting new technologies.


See the applicant guidelines for full details including eligibility and evaluation criteria.




 

Haines Consulting Group is a management consultancy firm specialising in business strategy, growth, government grants and new venture developments. If you need any assistance with a grant submission please contact us now for a confidential conversation.

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