Local Capability Fund

The Local Capability Fund (LCF) provides WA businesses with access to funding to improve capacity and competitiveness.


The LCF helps small and medium enterprises in Western Australia to increase their capability, capacity and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to the Western Australian Government, major projects and other important markets.

The fund can be used for expenses such as:

  • Improvements to internal infrastructure, plant and equipment.
  • Training.
  • Meeting pre-qualification requirements for supply-chain entry.
  • Buying and upgrading essential equipment. 
  • Engaging consultant advice on a range of matters, including occupational health and safety, marketing, finance and cybersecurity. planning, improvements to internal infrastructure, plant and equipment and training.

The Local Capability Fund is administered by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. 

There are 3 rounds available in the 2022-23.

  1. Aboriginal Business Round
  2. Supplying Key Major Projects Round
  3. National and International Standards Compliance Round

Aboriginal Business Round

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The objective of the Aboriginal Business Round is to provide state-wide Western Australian Aboriginal businesses with funding support to enhance their capacity, capability and competitiveness as suppliers of products, services and works to Western Australian or Local Government agencies; the Australian Government and the private sector.

The level of funding support under the Aboriginal Business Round is 75% of eligible costs (excluding GST) up to a maximum funding level of $50,000 per successful applicant.

The round closes on 21 September 2022.

Download the guidelines and FAQs below.
 

Supplying Key Major Projects Round

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The objective of the Supplying Key Major Projects Round is to assist Western Australian SMEs to improve their capability and capacity to supply to major State Government civil construction and infrastructure projects as found in the Pipeline of Work or other key public and private sector projects. The Pipeline of Work initiative is a continually updated 4-year listing of WA Government infrastructure projects throughout the state. This information will help industry engage with the WA Government on key issues such as local capacity, training and skills requirements, and scheduling of projects.

The level of funding support under the Supplying Key Major Projects Round is 75% of eligible costs (excluding GST) up to a maximum funding level of $50,000 per successful applicant.

The round closes on 21 September 2022.

Download the guidelines and FAQs below.

National and International Standards Compliance Round

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The objective of the National and International Standards Compliance Round is to assist Western Australian SMEs with the costs of engaging external expertise to carry out the implementation and third party certification of national and international standards.

The level of funding support under the National and International Standards Compliance Round of the LCF is 75% of eligible costs (excluding GST) up to a maximum of $20,000 per successful applicant.

Applications will be considered whilst funds are available. In the event that funding is exhausted, the rounds will be closed to new applications. 

Download the guidelines and FAQs below.

Page reviewed 22 July 2022