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Local Capability Fund

Local Capability Fund 

The purpose of the Local Capability Fund (LCF) is to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Western Australia to increase their capability and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to the Western Australian State Government, major projects and other important markets.

The LCF typically provides funding assistance on a dollar for dollar basis for activities such as planning, improvements to internal infrastructure, plant and equipment and training.

Five new rounds of the LCF were launched for 2019-20: METRONET Railcar Procurement, Aboriginal Business, the Future Battery Industry the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) and the The Bunbury Outer Ring Project.

The LCF also continues to provide ongoing support for the steel and construction industry rounds.

How to Apply? 

LCF application evaluations take place on a monthly basis throughout the year. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.

To be included in this evaluation, please ensure your completed application form, including all relevant attachments are submitted by email to lcf@jtsi.wa.gov.au.

Download the Local Capability Fund Guidelines

There are no rounds currently open

Closed Rounds

The following rounds have now been closed. Applications for these will no longer be accepted. 

Steel Industry AS/NZS 5131 Round

The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, in collaboration with the Australian Steel Institute is offering financial assistance of 75 per cent of certification costs (to a maximum of $10,000) to support eligible steel fabricators, galvanisers and finishers for the new Steelwork Fabrication and Erection Standard for Australia (AS/NZS 5131).

This LCF seeks to assist the sector to improve its competitiveness, capacity and capability to deliver steelwork to major markets and to also improve local companies’ attractiveness in important markets such as resources, government and defence.

Steel Industry Business Information Service Round

Businesses within the steel fabrication sector can also benefit from utilising services that provide up to date information related to construction developments and opportunities; whilst also providing links to architects, designers and project proponents with relevant and timely data. Such services form a useful part of the research toolkit for gauging activity, forecasting at a national, state & regional level whilst also providing an overview of activity by postcode.

The LCF offers funding of up to 75% to a maximum of $5,000 for 1st year subscription costs. The round is also available to applicant businesses who employ 200 people or more.

The Bunbury Outer Ring Road Project

The Bunbury Outer Ring Project (BORR) aims to assist small to medium sized South West businesses seeking to get involved as part of the BORR project.

METRONET Railcar Procurement Round

The METRONET Railcar Procurement Round aims to assist small to medium sized local businesses seeking to get involved as part of the METRONET railcar procurement initiative.

The Future Battery Industry Round

The Future Battery Industry Round aims to provide Western Australian small to medium-sized businesses with the best opportunity to participate as suppliers of products and services related to downstream activities in the lithium-ion battery industry.

The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) Round

The Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS) Round aims to provide small to medium-sized local businesses with the best opportunity to access and win State and Local Government supply contracts.

The Aboriginal Business Round

The Aboriginal Business Round provides funding to Western Australian Aboriginal businesses to help them be better prepared to participate as suppliers of products, services and works to public and private sector markets.

Local Capability Fund Reporting Templates

Local Capability Fund 6 month reporting template

Local Capability Fund 12 month reporting template


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