WA’s SPUR program offering $25,000 grants

By on 14 June, 2022

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Applicants with proposals that leverage the Western Australia’s location information are encouraged to apply for Landgate’s SPUR Location Grants Program.

The funding provides economic stimulus for small businesses by helping them meet the up-front costs required to expand their businesses, such as developing an app or purchasing geospatial equipment or expertise.

$25,000 in grant funding is available for up to five eligible applicants, with four General Grants for WA-based small businesses or start-ups and one First Nations Grant on offer.

Applicants for the General Grant category must show how their proposal is innovative, leverages the State’s location information and delivers value to the land sector. This could be through:

  • data management and modelling
  • information sharing and collaboration
  • improved operational efficiency (e.g. process automation)
  • emerging digital technologies (e.g. digital twin or smart city capability).

The First Nations Grant category is for an applicant who can show how their project is culturally significant and uses place-based information to deliver value to the land sector. This could be through:

  • cultural mapping activities
  • ranger programs
  • on-country programs
  • other areas of interest specific to Aboriginal-Owned Corporations

Past recipients have represented a range of industries such as agriculture, transport and construction, and include local entrepreneurs Markr Systems. Markr Systems received a 2020 SPUR Location General Grant for its system to deliver geo-located virtual signage through a web-based content management system and a free smartphone app.

Earlier this year, Markr worked with the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority to offer augmented reality experiences at Kings Park to teach visitors more about flora conservation work.

The SPUR program is supported by the State Government through Landgate, together with five partner agencies:

  • Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
  • Small Business Development Corporation

Successful applicants will be able to attend targeted information sessions with Landgate and each of the partner agencies. These sessions will provide valuable networking opportunities, an insight into how to best work with State Government, and access to data and support for six months.

Submissions close at 5:00pm AWST on Sunday, 31 July 2022.

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