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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.

Boosting Australia's Diesel Storage Program Grant Closes: 22nd of February 2021 - 5:00 am Value: $6 Million to $33.3 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=2005ccaf-6dae-4072-bf94-de390248fada

The Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage Program will provide up to $200 million over three years from 2021-22 to 2023-24. The program is part of the Australian Government’s ten-year comprehensive fuel security package to increase Australia’s resilience to fuel supply disruptions, which aims to secure local industry capability while keeping fuel prices low for consumers. The objectives of the program are to:

  • provide matched funding to industry to construct new diesel storage that will result in an estimated 780ML of additional diesel storage being kept onshore. This quantity is estimated to be required for industry to meet the proposed minimum stockholding obligation by 2024.  
  • support job creation in local industries.

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • support Australia’s fuel security through the creation of additional domestic storage capacity to hold diesel stocks whilst retaining sovereign refining capacity
  • contribute to the Australian Government’s JobMaker Plan and COVID-19 economic recovery agenda.
Last Updated: 18th of January 2021
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Business Events Grants Grant Closes: 30th of March 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $10,000 to $250,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants

The Business Events Grant program aims to support the event industry including the tourism sector to fund Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events including exhibitions, conferences and conventions from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. It aims to ease the financial pressure for business event organisers and to incentivise Australian business to participate as buyers/sellers at pre-approved events.

Funding is to support the sustainability of events in government priority areas and to cover the cancellation costs that may occur to planned events due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The objective of the program is to:

  • support delegates that are buying or selling to participate in ‘business events’. Business events includes exhibitions, conferences, and conventions
  • promote Australian businesses, including to a domestic audience.

The focus of the program is to support the promotion of Australian business capability, including to a domestic audience, bolster supply chain resilience, enhance industry match making opportunities and Australian product and service value add. Events will need to have a trade element that brings together buyers and sellers.

Approved events are listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on the Austrade program website. The Schedule of Approved Business Events will be updated from time to time as new events will be added once approved.

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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1,000 Jobs Package Grant Funding Grant Closes: 30th of April 2021 or until 1000 allocations 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: 15th of October 2020
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Business Improvement Fund for Residential Aged Care Grant Closes: 30th of April 2021 Value: Unspecified Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=068A9519-03B3-6B9E-7B61126A5ABA12C1

Provides targeted support to eligible providers of residential aged care experiencing financial difficulty, prioritising providers in regional, rural, and remote areas, and small to medium sized providers, with limited access to financial support, that are facing significant financial pressure.

The fund will provide financial support to providers through three streams of grant funding which include:

  • Supporting a provider to go through a process of business improvement
  • Supporting the sale of the residential aged care facility to another provider
  • Where no options exist, supporting the orderly and safe close down of a residential facility
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Wine Export Grant Grant Closes: 1st of May 2021 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: 15th of October 2020
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Regional Job Creation Fund Grant Closes: 14th of May 2021 - 5:00 am , or when exhausted Value: Up to $10 Million Run By: NSW Department of Regional NSW Further Information: https://www.investregional.nsw.gov.au/investment-support/regional-job-creation-fund/

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.

The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Grant Grant Closes: 29th of June 2021 Value: Up to $40,000 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/programs_services/funded_other/acp/edaep.html

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.

The EDAEG comprises three (3) 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.

Organisations applying for funding under the EDAEG must be registered, based in NSW and provide services within the State.

To be eligible, organisations must be a:

  • NSW public service agency; or
  • NSW local government authority operating under the Local Government Act 1993.
Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program Grant Opened 1st of September 2020 Closes: 30th of June 2021 Value: Up to $2 Million Run By: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Further Information: https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Planning-reforms/NSW-Public-Spaces-Legacy-Program

The program incentivises local councils to accelerate their assessments of development applications (DAs) and rezonings to create new development capacity and meet demand for housing and employment over the next decade.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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Jobs Plus Program Grant Opened15th 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://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/250-million-confirms-nsw-as-jobs-capital

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: 5th of November 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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Export Market Development Grants Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $150,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Export/Export-Grants/About/What-is-EMDG/what-is-emdg

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.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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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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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Income Assistance and Advice Run By: Australian Government Department of Employment Further Information: https://www.employment.gov.au/self-employment-new-enterprise-incentive-scheme-neis

NEIS is a program delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners.

Last Updated: 15th 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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Incubator Support - Expert-In-Residence Grant Closes: Applications are ongoing Value: $5,000 to $100,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: http://www.business.gov.au/Assistance/Entrepreneurs-Programme/Incubator-Support-Expert-in-Residence

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity at the firm level. The objective of the program is to drive business growth and competitiveness by supporting business improvement and innovation connections in targeted Growth Sectors and the commercialisation of novel products, process and services.

The objective of the Expert in Residence component is to increase the capabilities of incubators and improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets by organising and providing access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through incoming and outgoing secondments of national or international experts.

Last Updated: 15th of October 2020
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SMART Projects and Supply Chains Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Tailored advice Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Supply-Chain-Facilitation

Provides businesses with access to strategic or high-value projects that increase business capability, meet the specific needs of a market opportunity, or otherwise improve business performance and leadership capacity.

A facilitator will provide advice, guidance, and network connections, and you may also be able to access a matched Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from your participation in 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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