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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.

Recovery Boost Program Grant Closes: 2nd of August 2021 Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: State Insurance Regulatory Authority Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/mental-health-at-work/50000-for-recovery-at-work-projects

The Recovery Boost program provides up to $50,000 for mental health projects that encourage early help seeking, support recovery and reduce stigma.

They are looking to fund mental health projects that:

  • create greater opportunities for workers to recover at work, or return to work sooner
  • broaden the evidence base of what works, so that other workplaces can benefit from what your project learns and accomplishes
  • support workers in a workplace in a new 'innovative' way
  • encourage individuals to seek early support when they are experiencing mental health issues
  • break down mental health stigma and create greater awareness of the importance of mental health at work.

Anyone can apply, as long as you have an ABN or ACN and have a project that benefits NSW workplaces. This includes:

  • businesses and industry groups
  • not-for-profit and non-government organisations 
  • universities and research institutions 
  • government agencies and local councils

They are particularly interested in proposals from:

  • people with lived experience of workplace mental health recovery
  • regional and remote businesses
  • aboriginal people and businesses
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD)
  • youth networks and communities
  • small and micro businesses
Last Updated: 19th of July 2021
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Manufacturing Strategy - Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) Grant Closes: 12th of August 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $50,000 to $2 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=585ba305-ee90-47ff-9ebf-2114ff62cf71

The objective of the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy (the Strategy) is to build scale and capture income in high-value areas of manufacturing where Australia has established either competitive strength or emerging priorities. Accordingly, the aims of the Strategy are to help Australian manufacturers scale-up, build resilience, compete internationally and create jobs. The Strategy will harness Australian manufacturing capability and help drive our economic recovery and future resilience.

Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) was established as part of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. The SCRI aims to strengthen Australia’s ability to access critical products and inputs, better positioning us to respond to future supply chain disruptions.

A Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan (SMCP) outlining desired domestic capabilities has been developed to inform this funding round of the program. Applications for funding must address a vulnerability identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan. Funding is available for businesses to establish or scale a manufacturing capability or a related activity to address supply chain vulnerabilities for a critical product or input identified in the Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan.

Last Updated: 18th of July 2021
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Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants - Round 23 Grant Closes: 24th of August 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: No specified minimum or maximum - historical average of $45M Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=075cf28b-ca85-47c4-8859-0c4accf0500a

The CRC program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. The program is a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength, and in line with Government priorities, including National Manufacturing Priorities
  • foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations
  • encourage and facilitate small and medium enterprise (SME) participation in collaborative research.

The number of CRC grants funded in each round will depend on the number of quality applications received, the relative merits of applications, the amount of available funding and the need to ensure sufficient funding is available for future rounds.

There is no minimum and maximum grant amount. The average CRC grant in recent rounds is $45 million. The amount you request should be proportional to the scope and complexity of your project. The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible grant project costs (grant percentage) which includes the total eligible expenditure plus allowable in-kind contributions.

Last Updated: 18th of July 2021
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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration stream Grant Closes: 9th of September 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $20 Million to $200 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=f3c3c44d-2ec0-47e7-b03d-3ea9f6159db2

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative aims to stimulate business investment in the manufacturing sectorby addressing barriers to scaleand competitiveness for Australian manufacturers. It aimsto build manufacturing capabilities and networks, lift productivity, create jobs, build global competitiveness and boost the export potentialof Australian manufacturers. The government has designed the initiative to unlock private sector investment through three streams,Manufacturing Integration Stream, Manufacturing Translation Stream and Manufacturing Collaboration Stream.

The Manufacturing Collaboration Stream grant opportunity will support large-scale manufacturing projects with business-to-business and business-to-research collaboration at their core. The stream will catalyse long-term transformation in the National Manufacturing Priority areas, focusing private and public investment to help create the environment and incentives for Australian manufacturers to collaborate, scale up, move towards higher value added activities and become more competitive.

Last Updated: 26th of July 2021
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Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund Multi-Purpose Services Program - Minor Capital Grant Closes: 30th of September 2021 - 2:00 pm Value: $50,000 to $600,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=af492036-0a53-4263-9168-9c2b027c2e3f

The Multi-Purpose Services Program Minor Capital Grant Opportunity is for capital projects that directly relate to the provision of residential care by a MPS and further the objects of the Act.

The main outcomes of this grant opportunity will be to incentivise existing multi-purpose services to upgrade and improve residential care facilities. This will increase service capacity to cater for the changing number and increasing acuity of care recipients (including those with dementia) and assist services to meet the Aged Care Module (see Glossary) requirements. The grant will result in better access to safe and quality residential care for older people living in regional and remote areas.

The proposed works must not have been contracted, started or completed and must be undertaken in a MPS in a regional or remote area of Australia with a Modified Monash Model (MMM) rating of 5, 6, or 7..

Last Updated: 18th of July 2021
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Export Market Development Grants (To June 2021) Grant Closes: 30th of November 2021 Value: Up to $150,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/export/export-grants/emdg-to-30-june-2021

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for small to medium aspiring and growing export-ready businesses. It encourages businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure.

Eligible exporters are reimbursed up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000, up to a maximum of $150,000 (subject to available funds), provided total eligible expenses incurred amount to at least $15,000.

 

These details are for expenses incurred prior to the 1st of July 2021. A new program will commence in August 2021 for expenses on or after the 1st of July (see our seperate grant listing).

Last Updated: 19th of July 2021
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Wine Export Grant Grant Closes: 2nd of May 2022 Value: Up to $25,000 Run By: Wine Australia Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=C166C3CA-FB13-B515-2ED1BBDDF125A8EC

Wine Export Grants are offered for specific wine export promotion activities aimed at supporting small and medium wine businesses to secure new distribution channels in export markets.

Eligible wine businesses can claim a reimbursement grant of up to AU$25,000 for 50 per cent of total eligible expenses incurred on or after 1 July 2020. There is $1 million allocated to the grant program and applications will close on 1 May 2021, or on the expiration of funds, whichever comes first.

Last Updated: 19th of May 2021
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Jobs Plus Program Grant Opened: 15th of December 2020 Closes: 30th of June 2022 Value: Payroll Tax releif for up to four years and support Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/Jobs-Plus-Program-NSW

The Jobs Plus Program will support companies who want to relocate their head offices to NSW, or expand their jobs footprint in NSW.

Under the Jobs Plus Program, the NSW Government will provide support to businesses if they create at least 30 new net jobs. Support will include:

  • payroll tax relief, up to a four-year period, for every new job created where a business has created at least 30 new net jobs
  • assistance with the NSW planning system, including fast-tracked planning approval pathways and advice, plus guidance on appropriate site selection to increase speed to market
  • partnering to develop subsidised training programs in order to build specialised skills aimed at sustaining these new jobs into the future. This includes funding to develop and deliver bespoke skills programs which can be accessed by the wider NSW community
  • providing enabling infrastructure such as building local roads, access to utilities and future-proofed digital infrastructure
  • access to a one-stop-shop Jobs Plus Concierge Service in government to help businesses efficiently navigate and access government agencies and programs
  • access to free or subsidised government spaces and accommodation. 
Last Updated: 11th of February 2021
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Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate Grant Closes: 30th of June 2022 Value: Up to $1,500 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/businesses-and-employment/financial-assistance?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyPDJlKiK8AIVR3ZgCh2PjQfsEAAYASAAEgJGOfD_BwE

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.

The Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate is open to small businesses which have a total wages bill below the new 2020-21 $1.2 million payroll tax threshold and have a turnover of at least $75,000 per year.

It is available from 1 April 2021 until 30 June 2022, for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021.


Fees and charges that can be claimed back through the scheme include, but not limited to, liquor licences, food authority licences, tradesperson licences, event fees, council rates and outdoor seating fees.

Last Updated: 19th of April 2021
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Defence Global Competitiveness Grants Grant Ongoing Until Closes: 30th of June 2022 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: 15th of October 2020
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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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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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Regional Investment Attraction - Investment Concierge Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Support Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.investregional.nsw.gov.au/investment-support/investment-concierge/

The NSW Government offers a range of incentives to attract new and growing businesses to regional NSW. Businesses can take advantage of benefits including direct access to an investment concierge for expert and tailored support, grants and interest-free loans, and relocation assistance for skilled workers.

The Concierge Service provides end-to-end support for businesses wishing to set up or expand their operations in Regional NSW.

The concierge can provide:

  • Tailor-made investment facilitation and information services in collaboration with partners across State and Federal Governments.
  • Navigation of Government and solution brokering.
  • Referrals to other agencies and partners.
  • Coordination of comparative investment metrics, data and potential locations against site selection criteria.
  • Identification of commercial opportunities in a specific industry sector or region.
  • Assistance in identifying business-to-business solutions and opportunities.
  • Information on relocation and visa requirements.

 

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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Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $100,000 Run By: Wine Australia Further Information: http://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=74A6CA33-EE91-32E3-772EDABB9D36F6D1

The Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program (the program) has been introduced to support producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions. Wine producers will be able to access an annual grant reflective of their eligible physical cellar door sales. The grant is part of a coordinated suite of measures developed with the Australian wine industry after extensive consultations on reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) arrangements. It complements the $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package being implemented by Wine Australia from 2016 through to 2020.

To be eligible for the Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant applicants must:

  • be a wine producer
  • be a legal entity registered for GST and with an active ABN
  • have made at least $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) in sales of rebatable wine in the relevant financial year
  • accrue rebatable domestic cellar door sales in excess of any such sales used to meet the $1,207,000 (GST exclusive) threshold in the relevant financial year
  • have paid the WET on all eligible sales used as part of the application
  • have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year, and/or their related entity/ies have owned or leased a physical cellar door in Australia in the relevant financial year.
  • have a liquor licence valid in the relevant financial year.
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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