Government subsidy is a very much essential thing towards the financial benefits of the small business. In fact, the small-scale industry highly depends on the different government subsidy schemes and grants.
In India, both the Central and State Governments provide en numbers of subsidy schemes to promote the growth of small-scale industries specially MSME.
Actually, the food processing industry transforms the agricultural produce to the value-added food items. Hence, it is a highly promising sector in our country. India holds the 6th position in the food and grocery market and 5th position in the retail market globally.
India is the largest producer of milk, bananas, mangoes, guavas, papaya, ginger, and okra. Additionally, it is the second largest producer of wheat, rice, fruits, vegetables, tea, sugarcane and cashew nut. And the third largest producer of cereals, coconut, lettuce, chicory, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, and pepper globally. Therefore, our country has ample resources for the food processing sector.
Here in this article, you will find a list of 10 best Government subsidy for small business. Most of the schemes are focused on the food processing industry in different sectors. Definitely, it will help you in getting the financial benefits to start your own business.
List of 10 Government Subsidy For Small Business
#1. National Horticulture Board (NHB) – Government Subsidy
NHB provides capital investment subsidy for construction/expansion/modernization of cold storage for Horticulture Products (a subscheme under MIDH). The scheme is for setting up cold storage (of capacity above 5000 MT and up to 10000 MT) and their modernization. Basically, it is an open-ended credit linked scheme. For availing this scheme, you will need to submit an online application for IPA in the prescribed application format. It is available on the website: http://nhb.gov.in.
#2. National Horticulture Mission (NHM) – Government Subsidy
NHM provides financial assistance for the cold storage (long-term storage and distribution hubs) up to 5000 MT capacity. This scheme comes under the open-ended scheme of NHM/ HMNEH. Actually, it is a subscheme of MIDH). And you can avail the subsidy to credit linked projects @ 35% of capital cost of the project in general area and 50% in case of Hilly & Scheduled area.
#3. Small Farmer Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) assistance
Under the SFAC, you can avail the subsidy for setting up of cold storage as a part of an integrated value chain project. You can apply for the subsidy for the cold storage component that is not more than 75% of TFO (Total Financial Outlay).
The scale of assistance as a subsidy to projects is @ 25% of the capital cost and maximum ceiling to Rs 2.25 crores in general area. And it is 33.33% and maximum ceiling up to Rs 4 crores in case of NE, Hilly & Scheduled area.
#4. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Assistance
Under this scheme, you can set up a cold chain business. Basically, it is a part of a strategy to develop the industries relating to the scheduled products for export only. You can get 40% subsidy subject to a limit of Rs 75 lakhs for cold chain projects with mechanized handling system.
#5. Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme for Technology Upgradation (CLCSS)
Actually, up-gradation of the process and the corresponding plant and machinery helps SMEs to reduce the production cost. Actually, the Ministry of Small Scale Industries (SSI) runs this scheme for technology up gradation of Small Scale Industries.
The sole proprietorship, partnership firms, cooperative, private and public limited companies can apply this scheme. Basically, it aims at facilitating technology up gradation by providing the upfront capital subsidy of 15%. To know more details Click Here.
#6. Government Subsidy for the Food Processing Unit
Horticulture Mission provides financial assistance for the food processing units for horticulture products. The scheme is only for North Eastern Region and Himalayan States (HMNEH). It is a credit linked back ended capital investment assistance of 50% of project cost (ceiling amount of project cost is Rs 8 crores ).
#7. Venture Capital by Small Farmer Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC)
SFAC extents venture capital assistance in form of equity to agribusiness projects. The quantum of SFAC support is 26% of promoter’s equity or amount of Rs 50 lakhs whichever is lower in the general area. And it is 40% of the promoter equity or amount of Rs 50 lakhs whichever is lower in Hilly and NE regions. You will need to repay this venture capital to SFAC after the repayment of the term loan.
#8. Venture Capital by SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd. (SVLC)
SIDBI extents support to MSME through one of its scheme Smaridi Fund with a corpus of Rs 450 crores. Currently, it is available in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal. SMEs can apply for the financial assistance under the scheme. The investment size is approx 5 to 40 Crore. However. the MSME Udyog Aadhaar registration is must for applying this scheme.
#9. Technology Upgradation and Quality Certification – Government Subsidy
Ministry of Micro Small Medium Enterprises provides the financial Support to MSMEs in ZED Certification Scheme. Basically, the scheme supports the Make in India initiative. The scheme helps SMEs to reduce wastages substantially, increase productivity, expand their market as IOPs, become vendors to CPSUs, have more IPRs, develop new products and processes etc. All the small business enterprises in the manufacturing activity and having Udyog Adhar Memorandum can apply.
#10. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojana (PMKVY) – Government Subsidy
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Under this Scheme, you can get the training and assessment fees from the Government. However, you will get the assistance according to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Apart from providing training, TCs shall also impart training in Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy.
#11. Setting Up/Up-gradation of Quality Control/Food Testing Laboratories
Generally, food testing ensures that it complies with domestic standards as well as international standards for exports. Also, there is a need for testing of all imported food products to ensure that they are of the requisite standard and food products.
Under the scheme, Central/State Government organizations Government universities (including deemed universities) and all other implementing agencies/private sector organizations/universities (including deemed universities) are eligible to receive financial assistance for setting up of food testing laboratories.
We hope this wide list of Government subsidy scheme will help you in getting financial assistance for your small-scale business.