Wimmera manufacturers with shovel ready projects are being encouraged to apply for a Manufacturing Modernisation Fund grant.
Businesses will be able to apply to the federal government for a grant of between $100,000 and $1 million to invest in new technology.
The $50 million fund is in its second round and supports manufacturers by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling to modernise, adopt new technologies and create jobs.
The three-year program will cover up to 25 per cent of eligible project costs, with eligible businesses to employee up to 199 employees.
Federal member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster said the government is backing businesses to back themselves and grow.
"We want to help take hard working manufacturers in the Wimmera to the next level because we know if they prosper, our community prospers," Dr Webster said.
"By helping our manufacturers become more competitive, we not only create more direct jobs, but jobs in businesses right along the supply chain."
The first round of MMF funding in April saw $48.3 million invested into 200 projects valued at more than $215 million, creating about 2600 new jobs.
The second round of funding focuses on projects that align with the National Manufacturing Priorities, as announced in the Modern Manufacturing Strategy.
These are resources technology and critical minerals processing, medical products, space, defence, recycling and clean energy and food and beverage.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the second round of funding is a key element of the government's $1.5 billion manufacturing strategy.
"In these uncertain times, we're giving manufacturing businesses the confidence and certainty they need to invest in themselves and deliver new and innovative products and services.
For more information about the MMF and to apply, visit business.gov.au/mmf
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