SPURonWA grant frequently asked questions

Location information can be interchanged with spatial, geospatial, property, place and geographic information. It refers to any piece of information that has a location element, such as an address, a postcode, a building, a property value, or a census area. Most information from diverse sources can be linked to a location.

For example, Uber uses street address and GPS tracking on a map to show where your pickup vehicle is.  HealthEngine uses location data to link you to local medical services, your GPS/ navigation system includes information such as points of interests, hotels, parking, shopping, etc.  Almost everything can be linked to a location.

The grant will not fund activities retrospectively (eg. costs already incurred/ expended or as a recoup of costs) or support business as usual costs (eg. established products and services or salaries).

Eligible costs could include:

The grant can cover costs such as legal fees to protect IP, draft legal contracts, market research, specialised developers, to name a few.

Yes, your project may be at the very early stages of its journey which may need research to back up its viability or prove its concept.

Individuals can apply for a grant without an ABN, however if your application is successful, applicants will need to be legal entity/ business/ NFP organisation before funds will be released.

Innovative use of location data and technology.

Show us how you are using location technology to solve a known problem or address an unmet market need in a new and innovative way. For example:

  • brand new concept not currently in the market
  • similar products services might exist but does your project have a point of difference which offers more to end users /new market,
  • creates a significant improvement to or is a new take on an existing service.

There is a two-stage internal process to shortlist applications:

The first pass assesses base criteria eligibility, eg. WA business/ individual, application received on time and 100% completed, activities eligibility (non BAU), co-funding identified and declarations signed.This is done by the grants coordination team.

A selection panel will then review each application in detail and conduct an independent assessment.  These will then be discussed collectively and suitable applications will be shortlisted.

Overall the panel will consider:

  • Innovative use of location data and technology. How you are using location technology solving a problem or address an unmet market need.  Can also be based on the strengths of improvements to or a new take on an existing product/ service.
  • Evidence of commitment to date. Show us what you have done /invested so far. We want to see how invested you are in your idea.
  • Commercial/ business viability. This doesn’t mean making millions or have a commercial focus, but we want to see that you have considered ongoing business elements, such a sustainable funding model, testing of market size and validation of your target market, and protection of any IP. This is relevant even for not for profit organisations.
  • How the funds will help you. Tell us how the funds will be used and how they will help. We also want to see how the grants fund fit into your broader project plan and budget. Consider what the funds will be used for.
  • Grant Objectives - We will also assess how your idea contributes to one of the following areas:
    • reduce operating costs for government and industry
    • improve government service delivery to benefit the community,
    • create a stronger WA economy from new and expanding business enterprise.

We want to see how invested you are in your idea.  This can be cash and/ or time.

All applicants will be notified if their application has been successful or not by 15 December 2016.  It is expected that once agreements have been finalised with successful applicant, funds should be released by the end of January 2017.

Enough detail so that someone who knows nothing about your idea/ project understands what it is, how location information is used, what funds you want and how the grant and your co-contribution/ in kind will be used during the project timeline. We need to be able to understand this in order to assess your idea.

There is a simple sample budget (Word 0.01MB) available to assist you to complete the budget section of the application. If you are still unsure, please contact us using the form below.

This would need to be agreed with the business consultant assigned to your project however it would be the exception and not the rule.  We are encouraging projects which can be completed in this time frame.

Additionally we would expect the funds being awarded will probably restrict time factors to less than 6 months.

There is an expectation some self-investment has been made along your journey the value of which will depend on what stage you are up to. The selection/ evaluation team will be looking for investment to date (time and/ or cash) and future co-contributions for the program of work you are planning as part of this grant. There are no minimum or maximum amounts.

There is an expectation some self-investment has been made along your journey the value of which will depend on what stage you are up to. The selection/ evaluation team will be looking for investment to date (time and/ or cash) and future co-contributions for the program of work you are planning as part of this grant. There are no minimum or maximum amounts.

Insurance is an important part of operating a business and if you are already in business or are planning on taking your product/ service to market, SPUR would expect this to already be in place.  If you are in the early stages of development and not yet in the market or ready to go to market this is less critical and can be negotiated as part of the funding agreement arrangements.

Yes. We can assist with this at any time and is not reliant on you being successful as a grant recipient.  Contact one of our team to discuss your needs further and we will assist any way we can.

No, all IP and ownership/ equity will remain with the applicant.

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