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Small business grants

New South Wales

ASSISTANCE FINDER

Business owners experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19 can find the benefits, rebates and concessions available to them using the Service NSW COVID-19 Assistance Finder.

EXPORT ASSISTANCE GRANT

If you are an exporting business, or if you were exporting goods or services before the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought, you may be eligible for an export assistance grant of up to $10,000.  

This grant will be provided as reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business, for expenses already paid since 1 January 2020. 

You can submit either one application up to the maximum of $10,000 or multiple applications of a minimum of $2,000 per application each, totalling a maximum of $10,000.

To be eligible for this grant, you must:   

  • be based in NSW  
  • be registered with an ABN and be registered for GST as at 1 August 2019 
  • be currently exporting, or were exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought 
  • employ a minimum of 3 full-time equivalent workers at the time of application 
  • own the goods/services to be exported, or be able to provide documented evidence that you are the agreed export supplier 
  • produce the goods/services to be exported in Australia, or be able to provide documented evidence that the business provides substantial value to NSW  
  • be an exporting business with an annual turnover of:
    • up to $100 million, or 
    • greater than $100 million that can demonstrate export turnover has declined by more than 30% in the 2019–2020 financial year and have an intention to re-establish your export business in your established markets and/or diversify into new markets.

 Eligible businesses can apply online.

BUSINESS CONNECT PROGRAM

The Business Connect program provides free advisory services and skills training for businesses affected by COVID-19.

Business Connect aims to support small businesses to start up, create jobs through growth, help established SMEs become sustainable and increase business confidence across NSW.

Businesses can register for Business Connect and book a session with a local advisor.

DINE & DISCOVER NSW

The NSW Government has launched Dine & Discover NSW to support dining, arts and tourism providers across the state.

NSW residents aged 18 and over are eligible to receive four $25 vouchers ($100 in total).

To participate in the scheme, businesses must:

  • have an active ABN and be registered for GST
  • operate in NSW
  • be registered as COVID Safe and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
  • operate in one of the eligible industries.

The scheme closes on 30 June 2022. Eligible business can register online.

JOBS PLUS PROGRAM

Australian businesses that employ 20 or more staff, or international companies with at least 80 employees, may apply for support to start or expand business operations in NSW.

Jobs Plus is open to businesses who create at least a net growth of 30 new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs as part of a business project in NSW before 30 June 2024.

Companies must apply for Jobs Plus and start hiring new staff before 30 June 2022. All new staff must also live, and be paid, in NSW.

Businesses should be capable of running a successful business venture or project that will create 30 new jobs in NSW to qualify for support such as:

  • relocating your business operation from out-of-state or internationally to NSW
  • establishing or adding a production line to your existing NSW business
  • developing a new product or service
  • transferring business activities that are currently performed by your company overseas to NSW.

Job Plus will provide benefits to businesses including:

  • Jobs Plus Concierge Service
  • Payroll tax relief for up to 4 years
  • Subsidised training package rebates
  • Enabling infrastructure rebates
  • Access to subsidised, short-term Government accommodation and spaces
  • Assistance with planning approvals in NSW.

The program is open until 30 June 2022.

Businesses can check their eligibility and apply online.

SMALL BUSINESS FEES AND CHARGES REBATE

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include, but are not limited to:

  • food authority licences
  • liquor licences
  • tradesperson licences
  • event fees
  • council rates.

The rebate can only be used for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. It cannot be used for fines or penalties, fees and charges that have the key purpose of discouraging behaviours or inducing behaviour changes, Commonwealth government charges, rent on government premises, or taxes.

To be eligible for this rebate, small businesses (including non-employing sole traders) and not-for-profit organisations must:

  • have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-2021 payroll tax threshold of $1.2 million
  • have an ABN registered in NSW and/or have business premises physically located and operating in NSW
  • be registered for GST
  • provide a declaration that the business has a turnover of at least $75,000 per year.

The rebate is available until 30 June 2022.

Eligible businesses can apply online.

2021 COVID-19 BUSINESS GRANT

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for a one-off grant of $7,500, $10,500 or $15,000.

The 2021 COVID-19 business grant provides cash flow support for businesses that experienced reduced demand or had to close due to the public health orders. Eligible applicants across NSW can use the grant for business costs incurred from 1 June 2021, including:

  • utilities, wages and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • marketing and communications activities to develop the business
  • the cost of perishable goods that can no longer be used
  • other activities to support the operation of the business.

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • have an active ABN
  • demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021
  • have had total annual Australian wages of $10 million or less as at 1 July 2020
  • have had an aggregated annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million (inclusive) for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • have business costs for which there is no other government support available
  • maintain your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021. See the guidelines for definitions.

Three different grant amounts will be available depending on the decline in turnover experienced over a minimum two-week period from 26 June 2021 to 26 July 2021, compared to the same period in 2019:

  • $7,500 for a decline of 30% or more
  • $10,500 for a decline of 50% or more
  • $15,000 for a decline of 70% or more.

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations on the NSW border with Victoria impacted by the stay-at-home orders that began on 27 May 2021 may use a different comparison period to demonstrate a decline in turnover. For each of the three grant amounts, these businesses must demonstrate a decline in turnover over a minimum two-week period from 27 May 2021 to 26 July 2021.

Applications close on 1 October 2021.

Eligible businesses can apply online.

JOBSAVER

The JobSaver grant is a fortnightly payment to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.

Eligible businesses include:

  • Employing businesses: 40% of weekly payroll, with a minimum payment of $1,500 per week and a maximum payment of $10,000 per week.
  • Non-employing business: $1,000 per week

Businesses must demonstrate a revenue decline of 30% or more and have a turnover between $75,000 and $50 million.

Applications close on 18 October 2021.

Eligible businesses can apply online.

COVID-19 MICRO BUSINESS GRANT

The COVID-19 micro-business grant provides cashflow support for micro-businesses in New South Wales who have had their work impacted by the restrictions while continuing to incur business costs.

The grant is a fortnightly $1,500 payment for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

Eligible businesses can use the grant for business costs incurred from 1 June 2021 and for which no other government support is available, including:

  • salaries and wages
  • utilities and rent
  • financial, legal or other advice
  • marketing and communications
  • perishable goods
  • other business costs.

Businesses must demonstrate a revenue decline of 30% and provide the primary income source for a person associated with the business.

Applications close on 18 October 2021.

Eligible businesses can apply online.

Victoria

SMALL BUSINESS DIGITAL ADAPTATION PROGRAM

The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program program provides $1200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of digital business tools.

The Victorian Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help you build or upgrade your website, improve your cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects, and keep better track of stock.

Businesses can:

  • take free product trials and workshops
  • choose one or more of the digital products
  • purchase your product and start using it
  • apply for the rebate to cover up to 12 months access
  • claim your $1200.

There are only a limited number of rebates and you will need to pay ongoing costs for the product after the rebate runs out.

To be eligible for the program businesses must:

  • operate a business located in Victoria that has been in operation since or before 13 September 2019
  • hold an ABN
  • have continuously held the ABN since or before 13 September 2019.

Applications close on 5 December 2021.

Queensland

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE FINDER

The Queensland Government has launched a COVID-19 business assistance finder to help small businesses find financial assistance. A Small Business Hotline (1300 654 687) has also been established, or you can take their Business Impact Survey to link to relevant support.

2021 COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS

The 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants are available to eligible small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations, and large tourism and hospitality businesses and not for profit organisations across Queensland affected by the August 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns.

Businesses may be eligible for a grant of between $10,000 and $30,000 (excluding GST) depending on the size of your business. This grant may be used for business expenses.

These include:

  • $10,000 grant to employing small businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland of less than $1.3 million
  • $15,000 grant to employing medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland between $1.3 million and $10 million
  • $30,000 grant to employing large sized tourism and hospitality focused businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland of greater than $10 million.

If you are a Queensland-based non-employing sole trader who has had a decline in turnover of more than 30% due to the South East Queensland lockdown commencing 31 July 2021 or the Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown commencing 8 August 2021, you may be eligible for a one-off $1,000 grant.

Businesses can check their eligibility here.

Applications close on 16 November 2021.

Businesses can apply online.

Northern Territory

TERRITORY BUSINESS LOCKDOWN PAYMENT

A new round of the Territory Business Lockdown Payment has been established to provide immediate financial support to businesses during the lockdown period.

A once-off extended closure payment of $1,000 is available to eligible businesses that have experienced a significant downturn in turnover or ordered to shut down.

An eligible business must be all of the following:

  • is a Territory enterprise
  • holds a valid ABN as at the date of announcement of the lockdown
  • is located within a declared lockdown area
  • was providing goods and / or services to the public wholly or substantially in the Northern Territory as at the date of announcement of the lockdown
  • is actively trading with an annual turnover of at least $75,000 and less than $10 million
  • has fewer than 20 full-time equivalent employees
  • has had to temporarily cease or significantly reduce trading (ie. suffers a drop of 50% or more in turnover) as a direct result of the lockdown.

Businesses can apply online.

SMALL BUSINESS JOBMAKER BOOSTER

The NT Government is providing funding through the Small Business JobMaker Booster scheme to boost the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme. Eligible NT businesses will be provided with $100 per week for eligible employees between 30-35 years of age and $200 a week for employees over 35 years of age.

The scheme is available to:

  • all NT small businesses defined as an actively trading business with an annual turnover of less than $10 million
  • eligible employees who has been approved to participate in the JobMaker program or who was unemployed for at least one month during the three months prior to accepting the new job
  • eligible employees who have come off Jobseeker, CDP or Jobactive, to employment
  • employees in jobs that were created in the 12 months following the program commencement date.

Employers need to first register with the Australian Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme.

Employers can commence claiming for the period 7 October 2020 to 6 January 2021.

SMALL BUSINESS FINANCIAL FITNESS FUND

Through the Small Business Financial Fitness Fund, businesses can apply to attend training delivered by peak industry bodies to improve their financial and business sustainability.

This may include accredited and non-accredited programs that target industries in need.

Businesses can contact the relevant training providers or peak industry bodies to sign up for training.

Western Australia

WA TOURISM AND TRAVEL AGENT SUPPORT FUND

The WA Tourism and Travel Agent Support Fund provides WA tourism operators with funding to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

This fund will be targeted at businesses operating in the accommodation, tourism attraction and experience, tour and transport (travel and transfer services), and travel agent sectors that have been impacted by the lockdowns and border restrictions that are in place across Australia.

One-off cash payments of between $2000 and $10,000 will be provided to successful applicants.

The amount of funding will be determined by annual business turnover through information provided by applicants.

Funding support will be available to businesses that can demonstrate at least a 30% reduction in turnover.

Applications close on 30 September 2021.

Tasmania

COVID-19 MICRO AND SMALL BUSINESS - BORDER CLOSURE CRITICAL SUPPORT GRANT

The COVID-19 Micro and Small Business - Border Closure Critical Support Grant will provide additional funding to support Tasmanian businesses that have suffered a significant drop in turnover* as a direct result of:

  • Border restrictions due to decreased visitor numbers and/or
  • A reduction in the ability to provide, sell or import goods and services.

To reduce the burden on businesses to access the additional payments, those whose applications were successful in either initial Border Closure Grant program or the existing program, will automatically receive the additional payment. There is no need to complete any additional paperwork.  

Eligible businesses whose applications are currently being assessed also do not need to make any changes because the funding request will be automatically updated to include the additional payments.

In line with either the initial Border Closure Grant program or the existing program, additional payments will be scaled by business’ annual turnover.

Businesses have until 2:00pm, Friday 8 October to complete your application for this supercharged round.

To receive the November round payment, applicants will need to reconfirm their hardship status.

 

South Australia

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT

The COVID-19 Business Support Grant Program supports thousands of South Australian small and medium-sized businesses that suffered a significant loss of income or have been forced to close as a result of the restrictions imposed from 20 July 2021.

To be eligible for the $3,000 grant a business must meet all criteria listed below, at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  • be located/operating within South Australia
  • have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST
  • have a valid and active ABN
  • must employ people in South Australia
  • have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year
  • experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover in the week of Tuesday 20 July 2021 – Monday 26 July 2021 (inclusive) (compared to the prior week) due to restricted trading conditions.

To be eligible for the $1,000 grant, non-employing businesses will be subject to the eligibility criteria outlined above, excluding the requirement to employ people.

Where multiple non-employing businesses meeting the eligibility criteria are controlled by one individual, company, partnership, or trustee, funding will be restricted to one grant for all non-employing businesses controlled by the individual, company, partnership, or trustee.

Non-employing businesses are not eligible to apply if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have applied for, or are receiving, the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Applications close on 30 September 2021.

Businesses can apply online.

COVID-19 ADDITIONAL BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT

The COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant has been introduced for industry sectors that are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 density and other trading restrictions applicable from 28 July 2021.

Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for businesses in eligible industry sectors (those that have been significantly impacted by the restrictions) that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more as a result of the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 28 July 2021.

In addition to the above, a further grant of $1,000 will be available for eligible businesses (both employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD.

This grant builds on the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 which was announced in July. Businesses that received the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 are eligible to receive additional COVID‑19 Business Support Grant, subject to meeting all the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for the grant, businesses must meet the criteria listed below as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Wednesday 28 July 2021:

  • be located/operating within South Australia
  • have a valid and active ABN and be registered for the GST
  • have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year
  • operate in an eligible industry sector identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes
  • must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 28 July 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 10 August 2021 compared to average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021 (prior to restrictions).

Applications close on 17 October 2021.

Business can apply online.

MAJOR EVENTS SUPPORT GRANT

A Major Events Support Grant of up to $25,000 is available for the operators of major one-off events impacted by the July lockdown and subsequent trading restrictions.

To be eligible for the grant a business must:

  • have  a valid and active ABN and be registered for the GST.
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.
  • Employ people in South Australia.
  • Be the organiser/operator of an event that:
    • commenced on or prior to 20 July 2021, and was required to be cancelled/postponed as a result of state‑wide lockdown and further restrictions; or
    • was scheduled to be held over period of state-wide lockdown or restrictions commencing 20 July 2021 up to 10 August 2021 and has been cancelled/postponed as a result of the restrictions.
  • The event was a one-off event with an approved COVID Management Plan or COVID Safe Plan catering for an event of over 1,000 combined capacity in one or across multiple locations.
    • entities with an ongoing COVID-19 Management/Safe Plan for regularly scheduled events are not eligible.
    • have incurred a non-recoverable financial loss as a result of the cancellation or postponement of the event.

To receive the full $25,000 grant, organisers must have experienced a non-recoverable loss that was greater than $25,000.

Applications close on 17 October 2021.

Businesses can apply online.

Australian Capital Territory

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS

The COVID-19 Business Support Grants will deliver support of up to $10,000 for employing businesses and up to $4,000 for non-employing businesses over the three-week lockdown period where those businesses' turnover has declined by 30% or more as a result of the COVID-19 public health measures. 

Employing businesses – up to $10,000

Employing businesses must meet all the eligibility criteria including:

  • have a valid and active ABN as recorded on the Australian Business Register and be registered for GST on or before April 2021 and be able to demonstrate primary operation in the ACT as at 1 April 2021
  • have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (excluding GST) in either 2019-20 or 2020-21
  • employ people in the ACT
  • total annual Australian wages of less than $10 million in 2019-20 or 2020-21.

Non-employing businesses – up to $4,000

Non-employing businesses must meet all the eligibility criteria including:

  • have a valid and active ABN as recorded on the Australian Business Register and be registered for GST on or before April 2021 and be able to demonstrate primary operation in the ACT as at 1 April 2021;
  • have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (excluding GST) in either 2019-20 or 2020-21; and
  • not employ people as at 1 April 2021.

Businesses will need to provide evidence of a 30% reduction in turnover revenue in a consecutive 7-day period in the declared lockdown (between Friday 13 August and Thursday 2 September), compared with a consecutive 7-day period in April 2021 to August 2021 for which comparable business activity would have occurred.

Applications close on 7 October 2021.

Businesses can apply online.

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS HARDSHIP SCHEME

Under the COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme, eligible small businesses will be able to apply to the ACT Government to receive credits for payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees and charges up to a maximum of $10,000 per operator.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate a 30% loss of revenue from June quarter 2021 to September quarter 2021 and have a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million.

Applications open in October 2021. Detailed guidelines will be made available in the coming weeks. You can express your interest here.