SME Grants to Grow in your Respective Industry

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Non-repayable business grants are a type of development funding offered by the South African government to support the growth of small and micro businesses (SMEs). DTC can assist with the necessary developments and provide access to SME Grants from across the country.

SME Grants

Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS)

Agro-processing refers to the manufacturing sub-sector that beneficiates primary materials and intermediate goods from agricultural, fisheries and forestry based sectors. The scheme targets businesses in food and beverage value addition and processing, furniture manufacturing, fibre processing, feed production, and fertiliser production.

Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS)

The Grant programme of the Black Industrialists Policy aims to unlock the industrial potential of predominantly black-owned and black-managed businesses in the South Africa economy.

Business and Arts South Africa Supporting Grant Programme

The Grant Programme Incentivises business sponsorship of the arts, through the provision of additional funds to a sponsored arts organisation.

Co-operatives Incentive Scheme (CIS) – Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)

A 100% non-repayable business grant to improve the viability and competitiveness of co-operative enterprises. It assists to lower cooperatives’ cost of doing business through an incentive that supports Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme (CIP)

Programmes makes available non-repayable business grants allocated for the formation of clusters of either similar manufacturing entities or a value chain cluster, comprising e.g. manufacturers, suppliers and retailers.

Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA) – Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)

Provides innovative financing, involving the combining of EU grants together with loans from participating Development Finance Institutions.

Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA)

The scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment in the country.

Pre-commercialisation Support Fund – Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)

The Grant enables innovators to evaluate, demonstrate and advance the value proposition and commercial potential of their research outputs.

Tourism Transformation Fund – National Empowerment Fund (NEF)

Funding earmarked to transform the tourism sector. To qualify enterprises must provide services to tourists as its direct clients. The enterprise must be at least majority (51%) black-owned. The grant portion of the funding is capped at R5-million per successful applicant.

National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

Support for young entrepreneurs in the form of non-repayable business grants and non- financial business development support. The programme aims to enable youth entrepreneurs to establish or grow their businesses.

Youth Pipeline Development Programme – Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

A part of the IDC Special Scheme business support and grant funding programme. This grant assists potential applicants to improve the readiness of their proposal.

Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII)

The SPII is a support programme of the dti, managed by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The SPII is designed to promote technology development in industry in South Africa through the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and/or processes. The SPII specifically focuses on the development phase, which begins at the conclusion of basic research and ends when a pre-production prototype has been produced.

Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP)

The Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) is one of the key action programmes of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) 2012/13 – 2014/15. It provides enhanced manufacturing support aimed at encouraging manufacturers to upgrade their production facilities in a manner that sustains employment and maximises value-addition in the short to medium term. The MCEP comprises two sub-programmes: the Production Incentive (PI) and the Industrial Financing Loan Facilities which will be managed by the dti and the Industrial Development Corporation respectively.

Seed Fund – TIA

The purpose of the fund is to increase the rate of commercialisation of feasible intellectual property from South African technologies emerging from higher education institutions.

Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS)

This scheme compensates for costs in the approved activities aimed at developing South African emerging exporters through events. This incentive provides financial support for physical and digital events participation by qualifying emerging exporters.

Seda Technology Programme (STP)

This programme offers non-repayable SME Grants. Entrepreneurs can access support services, including incubation, quality and standards and technology transfer services. As part of the Government’s strategy to consolidate small-enterprise support activities since April 2006, the activities of the Godisa Trust, the National Technology Transfer Centre (NTTC), the three business incubators of the dti, the Technology Advisory Centre (TAC), the technology-transfer activities of the Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) programme and the support programmes for small enterprises of the South African Quality Institute were merged into a single programme – the sedaTechnology Programme (STP).


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