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.
Four new rounds of the LCF were launched for 2019-20: METRONET Railcar Procurement, Aboriginal Business, the Future Battery Industry and the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).
The LCF also continues to provide ongoing support for the steel and construction industry rounds.
How to Apply?
Applications will be accepted until 17:00 (AWST) Friday 31 January 2020, or until funds are exhausted (whichever comes first).
LCF application evaluations take place at regular intervals during the year - the next evaluation will be on 9 December 2019.
To be included in this evaluation, please ensure your completed application form, including all relevant attachments are submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17:00 (AWST) Friday 29 November 2019.
Download the Local Capability Fund Guidelines
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 funding will include assistance to meet essential pre-qualification requirements for supply chain entry, purchase of plant and equipment, consultancy engagements related to a range of expertise, including occupational health and safety, marketing and finance.
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.
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 following rounds have now been closed. Applications for these will no longer be accepted.
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.