The objective of this second window is to assist institutions that enhance the export development capacities of private firms that are exporting or preparing to export so as to better to enable them to expand their exports. These providers could, for example, provide services to prepare firms for ISO 9000 certification; provide ISO 9000 audits; undertake market research; rent design equipment; conduct quality testing; carry out web searches on behalf of exporters in advance of market investigation visits; etc.
The institution must have produced a Business Development Plan, which will become the basis of support, exactly as an Export Development Plan is the basis of support to exporters.
This plan would need to show how the institution intends to build its capability to provide exporter-relevant services. It would also need to show how the proposed grant-supported activities would contribute directly to the fulfilment of the plan.
No recipient institution may receive grants in excess of $300,000.