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Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

If you have been affected by Coronavirus, details on the announced assistance is available on our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance page.

If you have been affected by the ongoing drought or the recent bushfires, a list of available grants and assitance is available on our dedicated Drought Assistance and Bushfire Assistance pages.

Alfresco Restart Rebate Grant Closes: 30th of September 2022 or until 5,000 registrations Value: Up to $5,000 Run By: Service NSW Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/alfresco-restart-rebate

If you are a small or medium food and beverage business wanting to create or expand your outdoor dining area, you may be eligible for a rebate of up to $5,000 under the NSW Government’s Alfresco Restart package.

The rebate is available to the first 5,000 eligible small or medium food and beverage businesses that register.

Businesses must first register to confirm their eligibility and registrations will close when 5,000 businesses have successfully registered.

Businesses that have successfully registered can claim their rebate from April 2022 for expenses incurred from 14 October 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Last Updated: 10th of July 2022
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Before and After School Care Fund - Transport Grant - 2022-23 Grant Closes: 30th of September 2022 Value: Up to $160,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/primary-schools/before-and-after-school-care/grants#%3Cstrong%3ETransport3

Outside school hours care (OSHC) services play an essential role in the livelihood and wellbeing of NSW families. Three grants have been designed to ensure providers are well supported in delivering affordable, flexible and quality care, to address demand and provide access to before and after school care for every NSW primary school child who needs it.

The Transport Grant funds transport solutions to improve access to Before and After School Care services. Access for students in small, regional, and rural schools is a particular priority with this grant.
The objectives of the Transport Grant are to:

  1. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to increase or maintain the number of approved before and after school care (BASC) places for NSW government primary school children
  2. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to increase access to BASC places for NSW government primary schools.
  3. Support transportation solutions that can reasonably be expected to support the financial viability of the benefiting BASC service.

There will be two rounds of this grant in the 2022-23 financial year:

  • Round 1 - 8th of August 2022 to 30th of September 2022
  • Round 2 - 5th of December 2022 to 3rd of March 2023
Last Updated: 29th of August 2022
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Before and After School Care Fund - Vacation Care Grant - 2022/23 Grant Closes: 30th of September 2022 Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/primary-schools/before-and-after-school-care/grants#%3Cstrong%3ETransport3

Outside school hours care (OSHC) services play an essential role in the livelihood and wellbeing of NSW families. Three grants have been designed to ensure providers are well supported in delivering affordable, flexible and quality care, to address demand and provide access to before and after school care for every NSW primary school child who needs it.

The Vacation Care Grant Program is designed to encourage and support the development of new and innovative projects that will contribute to the viability of an approved Vacation Care service, with priority given to those projects that target access for children from vulnerable cohorts.

The objectives of the Vacation Care Grant Program are to:

  • Support programming initiatives that are new, engaging, and inclusive
  • Support new projects that will contribute to the viability of an approved Vacation Care service
  • Encourage initiatives that focus on providing creative and innovative solutions to issues relating to the provision of Vacation Care services
  • Support new projects that will contribute to improved access to vacation care for vulnerable cohorts as per the Commonwealth Government’s Priority of Access Guidelines
  • Improve access for NSW primary school students to approved Vacation Care
Last Updated: 29th of August 2022
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Linkage Program : Linkage Projects - 2022 Grant Opened: 31st of March 2022 Closes: 13th of December 2022 Run By: Australian Research Council Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=3b16eba1-1681-4987-b4b1-dc59df3ab742

The Linkage Program supports the growth of research partnerships between university-based researchers and researchers in other sectors in Australia and overseas for projects that generate new knowledge, technologies and innovations.

The Linkage Projects scheme within the Linkage Program supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

The Linkage Projects scheme objectives are to:

  • Support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems.
  • Provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector.
  • Enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas, particularly the National Manufacturing Priorities.

There are two assessment rounds for applications for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2022. Applications can be submitted at any time between 31 March 2022 and 13 December 2022 and will be assessed within one of two assessment rounds:

Linkage Projects 2022 Assessment Round 1

  • Applications close: 1 August 2022
  • Anticipated announcement: February 2023

Linkage Projects 2022 Assessment Round 2

  • Applications close: 13 December 2022
  • Anticipated announcement: June 2023
Last Updated: 9th of April 2022
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Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grant Closes: 30th of April 2023 Value: $250,000 to $1 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=7D92D73D-DECA-5BCE-139D0A7E8289229F

Supports Australian businesses with domestic or international supply chain opportunities by providing grant funds for building their capacity, skills and capabilities.

The objectives of the Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants are to:

  • grow Australian industry’s capability and capacity to support NASA’s endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then on to Mars
  • grow the participation of Australian companies in domestic and/or international space supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities
  • grow the skills, capabilities and capacity of the Australian space industry.
Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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1,000 Jobs Package Grant Funding Grant Closes: 30th of June 2023 , or when exhausted Value: Up to $56,000 (GST exclusive) over two years Run By: National Indigenous Australians Agency Further Information: https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/1000-jobs-package

The Australian Government is subsidising 1,000 new jobs for Community Development Program participants in remote Australia to support economic development. 

Positions will be: 

  • Subsidised up to the minimum wage of $19.49 (based on the 2019-2020 minimum wage).
  • Subsidised up to 38 hours per week for up to 46 weeks per year, with the subsidy tapering in the second year to 50 per cent with additional retention bonuses.  

Positions must be: 

  • New and ongoing 
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • At least 15 hours per week on average
Last Updated: 17th of May 2021
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Defence Global Competitiveness Grants Grant Ongoing Until Closes: 30th of June 2023 Value: $15,000 to $150,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/defence-global-competitiveness-grants

The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants will help Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. The Defence Export Strategy defines Australian defence exports as “any defence-specific or dual-use goods or services exported by Australian defence industry, including as part of a supply chain, that are intended for a defence or national security end-user”.

Funding is for up to 50% of eligible project costs.

Project activities can include:

  • buying, leasing, constructing, installing or commissioning of capital equipment including specialist software to enhance cyber security.
  • design, engineering and commissioning activities.
  • workforce training and accreditations.
Last Updated: 10th of July 2022
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Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant - 2022-23 Grant Closes: 30th of June 2023 - 5:00 pm Value: $10,000 to $40,000 Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://education.nsw.gov.au/skills-nsw/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/elsa-dixon-aboriginal-employment-grant

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant (EDAEG) adopts a number of strategies to develop and support Aboriginal people through the creation of training and employment opportunities. Promoting diversity, innovation and service responsiveness in the NSW workforce, the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant subsidises the salary, development and support costs of Aboriginal employees in public service agencies and local government authorities.

Grant elements:

  • Permanent Employment – $30,000 up to $40,000 (dependant on level of position) to support permanent employment.
  • Temporary Secondment – $20,000 up to $40,000 (dependant on level of position) to support a temporary position of up to 12 months that offers significant skill development for a permanent employee.
  • School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships – $10,000 one off payment to support school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
Last Updated: 10th of July 2022
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Electric Vehicle Destination Charging Grants Grant Closes: 11th of November 2023 - 5:00 pm Value: Based on Number of Chargers Installed Run By: NSW Government Energy Saver Further Information: https://www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au/reducing-emissions-nsw/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-destination-charging-grants

The NSW Government are investing $20 million to assist eligible regional NSW destinations by co-funding the purchase and installation of EV chargers.

An investment in EV charging by your business will:

  • attract new visitors to your site
  • enhance your visitors’ experience  
  • increase the average length of time visitors spend at your site  
  • enable you to promote your location and EV charging facilities through online charging maps, future EV tourist drives, and word of mouth.  

The grants will fund the following for up to 4 EV chargers per site:

  • 75% towards the cost of an eligible 7 kW and/or 22 kW electric vehicle charger(s)  
  • 75% towards the cost of installation (capped at $1,000 per charger)  
  • 50% towards a 2-year EV charger software subscription from the EV charger software list.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • located in an eligible regional NSW local government area (LGA) (All Northern Inland LGAs are eligible)
  • an approved destination type as listed on page 25 of the guidelines
  • have no more than one existing EV charger installed.
  • able to meet additional eligibility requirements for each site as outlined in the guidelines.

There is no limit to the total number of sites you can apply under the grants, as long as each site meets the eligibility criteria outlined on page 20 of the grant guidelines and are registered under the same Australian Business Number (ABN). Each site must be owned or operated (for example, through a lease arrangement) by you as the applicant organisation. Requests for funding of EV charger(s) at each site within an application will be assessed individually, and there is no guarantee that all sites within an application will be approved. If your site(s) are registered under different ABNs, you must submit separate applications.   

Currently education facilities, such as TAFE campuses, schools, universities, are not deemed as a standalone eligible destination type under the grants. However, heritage buildings or libraries within a TAFE or university campus, may be considered an eligible building type if there is a clear case that the building/site is part of a dedicated tourism-related offering within the NSW visitor economy, and all other eligibility criteria are met. Contact the destination charging grants team I at destination.charging@environment.nsw.gov.au if you are unsure about your site’s eligibility. 

Last Updated: 26th of September 2022
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Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program - 2022 to 2024 Grant Closes: 30th of June 2024 Run By: Australian Government Department of Education Further Information: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will provide broad support to the economy through wage subsidies for eligible employers in priority occupations. Priority occupations are those listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.

The objective of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program is to contribute a highly skilled and relevant Australian workforce that supports economic sustainability and competitiveness.

This is achieved by encouraging:

  • genuine opportunities for skills-based training and development of employees; and
  • people to enter into skills-based training through an Australian Apprenticeship.

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contains a range of payments. Eligibility criteria apply to all Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives payments. Further information regarding eligibility can be obtained from your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

Support through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program is also provided to employers of Australian Apprentices working towards a Priority Occupation. The eligible Priority Occupations are Aged Care, Child Care, Disability Care Workers and Enrolled Nurses.

There are a range of financial and non-financial supports available, including:

  • Commencement payments
  • Retention payment
  • Recommencement payment
  • Completion payment
  • Wage subsidy
  • Identified skill shortage payment
  • Assistance for apprentices with a disability
Last Updated: 14th of July 2022
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AgBiz Drought Loans Program Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $500,000 Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation Further Information: https://www.ric.gov.au/agbiz-drought

You can only apply for concessional this loan if your small business is currently or has been supplying goods or services relating to primary production to farm businesses in an affected area. This loan is not available to farm businesses.

The loan is for ten years and has no fees, 2 years interest free, 3 years interest only and 5 years principal and interest.

It may be used for:

  • refinance your debt
  • pay suppliers
  • pay for operating expenses
  • pay salaries, wages and rent
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant Grant Closes: Ongoing rounds through the year Value: Up to $140,000 Run By: Impact Investing Australia Further Information: https://impactinvestmentready.com.au/

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $140,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.

Growth Grants were created in recognition of the potential for impact investing to change the way Australia addresses social issues and the important role that access to capital can play in delivering better outcomes for people and communities. They support enterprises that are high growth, can deliver positive social outcomes and have the potential to secure capital investment.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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Innovation Connections Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: AusIndustry Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/innovation-connections

Innovation Connections assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.

The Innovation Connections Facilitation service is free and includes access to a highly skilled facilitator. At the completion of your Innovation Connections Facilitation, and at the recommendation of your facilitator, you may subsequently apply for an Innovation Connections Grant.

An Innovation Facilitator will work with your business to understand your research needs. This might include:

  • discussing strategic research opportunities into new or existing markets
  • identifying critical research areas for improving your products, processes and services
  • finding ways for your business to work with the research sector (i.e. CSIRO, universities and other publicly funded research organisations).

At the end of the engagement, you will be provided with an Innovation Facilitation Report that outlines your business’ research needs and opportunities. If a collaborative research project is recommended, the facilitator will connect your business to expertise within the research sector and help to define a project scope. You will then be able to apply for an Innovation Connections Grant to co-fund the project.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Newsagents Assistance Fund Grant Closes: Unspecified Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: NSW Fair Trading Further Information: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/trades-and-businesses/business-essentials/newsagents

The Newsagents Assistance Fund assists eligible agents to update their NSW Lotteries retail image and fit-out to align with the NSW Lotteries brand.

The Newsagents Assistance Fund is available to NSW Lotteries Agents that were active on 30 January 2015

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Australian Government's Youth Jobs PaTH Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $11,000 Run By: Australian Government Job Active Further Information: https://jobactive.gov.au/path

Trial a young person to find out if they're the right fit for your business and get $1000 to help cover the costs of the trial. During the trial, you don't pay the young person. Instead, the Australian Government gives them $200 a fortnight on top of their income support and covers their insurance.

Businesses can also receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) through a Youth Bonus wage subsidy if they hire an eligible young person between 15 and 24 years of age.

The young person must:

  • be a fully eligible participant, commenced with a jobactive or Transition to Work provider
  • have received employment services from a provider (jobactive, Transition to Work, Disability Employment Services or Community Development Programme provider) continuously for the last six months
  • have mutual obligation requirements at the time they commence in the wage subsidised job
  • not been in a pre-existing employment relation with you in the previous six months
  • not be an immediate family member.
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Drought Loans Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $2 Million Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation Further Information: https://www.ric.gov.au/farmers/drought

Concessional loan to help farm businesses in the agriculture, horticulture, pastoral, apiculture, or aquaculture industryto prepare for, manage through, and recover from drought.

The loan is for ten years and has no fees, 2 years interest free, 3 years interest only and 5 years principal and interest.

It may be used for:

  • refinance your debt
  • pay for operating expenses or capital
  • access new debt for operating expenses and capital
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Farm Investment Loans Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $2 Million Run By: Australian Government Regional Investment Corporation Further Information: https://www.ric.gov.au/farm-investment

You can apply for this loan if you solely or mainly sell products into supply chains that are interstate or outside Australia, or plan to in the future.

It may be used for:

  • improve long-term strength, resilience and profitability
  • diversify your markets
  • ​refinance existing debt
  • prepare for, manage through or recover from drought
  • access new debt for operating expenses and capital
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Get Connected Listing for Tourism Businesses Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Website Listing Run By: Destination NSW Further Information: https://www.destinationnsw.com.au/tourism/industry-opportunities/connect-your-tourism-product/get-connected

Get Connected is Destination NSW’s website membership program. Simple and easy to use Get Connected membership is free and is open to all tourism operators within New South Wales.

With Get Connected, Destination NSW gives you the opportunity to showcase your tourism products on Destination NSW’s consumer websites FREE of charge and tap into over 1.7 million potential customers a month, both domestic and international - that’s 21.4 million people a year who are looking for tourism products.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Advancing Renewables Program Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Unspecified Run By: Australian Government: Australian Renewable Energy Agency Further Information: https://arena.gov.au/funding/programs/advancing-renewables-program/

ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy for Australian families and businesses.

The program’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • reduction in the cost of renewable energy
  • increase in the value delivered by renewable energy
  • improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy
  • reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
  • increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy

This fund is open to applications for all activities identified in the ARENA Investment Plan, except the competitive rounds. Applications for the competitive activities are accepted during competitive rounds.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Dreamstarter - Grants for Growth Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Unspecified Run By: ING Further Information: https://campaigns.ing.com.au/Dreamstarter/Apply-grants-for-growth#tab-top-position

Dreamstarter Grants for Growth provides ING Dreamstarter Alumni with access to funding to accelerate the growth of their businesses and increase their positive social impact. Because they understand that opportunities don't always appear at a time when grant applications are open they have created an ‘always open’ program, so that ING Dreamstarters can apply for a financial boost at a time that suits them.

Last Updated: 23rd of October 2020
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