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Smarter Business Solutions Program Application

Smarter Business Solutions Program
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The Smarter Business Solutions program is designed to help Northern Territory business enterprises reduce their day to day operating costs. Smarter Business Solutions assistance includes free advice and grant funding incentives for Territory enterprises to adopt efficient, innovative technologies and best practices that will reduce their energy, water, waste and material costs.

What is Available?

advice on current efficient technologies and practices
walk-through site survey to identify potential savings opportunities
grant funding up to $20,000 for the installation of eligible efficiency improvements
grant funding up to $10,000 for on-grid businesses and $20,000 for off-grid businesses for the installation of eligible renewable energy systems (on-grid means connected or tied to an electricity network)

Funding is only available for projects that have not started. Projects must be assessed and given grant funding approval by the department before the project starts. A project may be considered ineligible for grant funding assistance if relevant equipment or infrastructure is changed, removed or installed before being assessed by the department.

Maximum funding is only available for projects that show a simple financial payback of 3 to 5 years. Funding is subject to the program’s available grant budget.

Eligibility

The program is available to established Northern Territory business enterprises that satisfy the following criteria:

physically located and actively trading for at least the previous 12 months in the Northern Territory (active trading means - having an ABN and actively remitting GST)
annual turnover of between $75,000 and $20 million and less than 200 employees
be willing to participate in a follow-up evaluation survey
have not received equivalent grant funding from a previous similar support program
grid connected businesses are supplied electricity (energy) on a non-domestic tariff
accept the terms of the Northern Territory Government’s Buy Local Plan and its requirements as identified in the ‘Agreement’ of this application

Franchise or multinational businesses should discuss their circumstances directly with a Small Business Champion.

For further information please contact the SBS Team:
Telephone: (08) 8999 5479
Email: businessinfo@nt.gov.au
Visit: www.business.nt.gov.au

Your Entity

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Entity Details

Is the Mailing Address the same as the Address above?

Principal Contact

Utility Details

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Utility

Please select the utility relevant to your application.
Note: This data will be used to obtain consumption information from the identified provider.

Electricity Provider

Water Provider

Your Business Activities

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Activities

Number of Employees

Entity Structure

Is the enterprise at least 50% Aboriginal owned?

Previous Funding

Have you received any funding assistance from the Federal Government or Northern Territory Government for any efficiency improvements previously?

Saving Initiatives

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Business Efficiency Ideas

Please list the efficiency ideas/activities, or results, you desire (eg: energy, water, fuel, solar, other)

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Agreement

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Smarter Business Solutions Program Agreement

I would like to join the Smarter Business Solutions (SBS) program. To the best of my knowledge this entity is compliant with all Local, Territory and Commonwealth regulatory requirements.

I understand that the entity must remain compliant with relevant Local, Territory and Commonwealth government legislation to remain in the Smarter Business Solutions program.

I agree that my contact details will be stored in a storage system and will be used for matters relating to the entity's involvement in the Smarter Business Solutions program and for notifications about issues relevant to NT business enterprises. These contact details will not be passed onto any other organisation without the permission of the applicant.

The Buy Local Plan is a key component of the NT Government’s measures to support local Territory businesses. The primary objective of the Plan is to ensure that the largest possible proportion of every dollar spent by NT Government is retained within and delivers benefits for the Territory economy and community.

I acknowledge that the recipient of a grant under the Smarter Business Solutions program must engage a Territory Enterprise to carry out or provide the Capital Works or through conducting a competitive process demonstrate there are no Territory Enterprises willing or able to carry out the Capital Works, or the quotes received from Territory Enterprises do not provide best value for money. Please see https://nt.gov.au/community/community-grants-and-volunteers/capital-grant for further information.

I understand that I may be contacted for research purposes by the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (or an agent of).

I authorise the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation to discuss details of my application with other NT Government, Local Government or Australian Government agencies through which I have obtained, or may be eligible to obtain, funding support.

I acknowledge that the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will conduct a credit reference check on the business as part of the assessment of suitability for an Smarter Business Solutions grant. If requested I will provide financial records or statements to demonstrate that the business entity meets both the programs eligibility criteria and is an ongoing profitable concern.

I acknowledge that involvement with the Smarter Business Solutions program can be terminated if the business undertakes any activities that could bring the government into disrepute.
Electricity Utility:
Water Utility:
Where applicable, I authorise the above utilities to release energy/water consumption data, relevant to this application, to Smarter Business Solutions and the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation including the 12 months of consumption data prior to this application, for the length of the project and up to 12 months after completion of the project.

Authorisation

I declare that I am the Owner, Managing Director, or CEO and that the information and authorisation supplied on this form is true and correct.
Your Smarter Business Solutions program application has been successfully submitted. Please keep a copy of this acknowledgement for your records.
To save or print a copy of the completed application and acknowledgement go to the "File" menu and select "Save as" or "Print".
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE BUSINESS AND INNOVATION