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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.

Connecting Women to Trades Grant Closes: 7th of December 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $30,000 Run By: Training Services NSW Further Information: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/programs_services/tpws/grants/index.html

The grant round will enable eligible organisations to engage with Smart and Skilled providers to deliver fee-free part qualifications. Funded projects will offer an introductory experience and targeted support for women considering a career in trades.

The Connecting Women to Trades Grant Round will provide an opportunity for eligible organisations to deliver projects targeted at the attraction, retention and recruitment of women in trades. This will be achieved through skills development training, short pre-apprenticeship courses and advice on career pathways to trades.

Each project requires three components:

  1. Career information session/s - Engage with industry representatives and/or qualified tradespeople to deliver career information session/s.
  2. Delivery of accredited training - Engage with an approved Smart and Skilled Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to facilitate the delivery of 2-4 units of accredited training.
  3. Delivery of non-accredited training - Deliver non-accredited training that aligns with the grant round objectives.
Last Updated: 21st of November 2021
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Tourism Product Development Fund – Refresh and Renew Grant Closes: 9th of December 2021 Value: Up to $30,000 Run By: Destination NSW Further Information: https://www.destinationnsw.com.au/tourism/business-development-resources/funding-and-grants/tourism-product-development-fund#rar

This fund is available to businesses based in regional NSW that operate a medium size accommodation property i.e. more than 10 rooms and less than 100 rooms.  Grants are intended to assist the accommodation provider improve their facilities and accommodation to better meet consumer expectations with particular emphasis on addressing issues that have been identified by consumers through their feedback.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Motels
  • Private Hotels
  • Guest Houses
  • Apartments
  • Caravan, Camping and Holiday Parks (Note: Cabins only - not camping or caravan sites).
  • Retreats and Lodges
  • Backpackers and Hostels
  • Bed and Breakfasts

Work could include, but is not limited by:

  • Fresh paint
  • New linens
  • Upgrades to the reception area
  • New beds
  • Soft furnishings
  • Awnings or shade structures to expand all-weather outdoor dining/seating
  • Improved Wi-Fi
  • Contactless customer service technologies, such as, keyless entry and automated check-in.

A grant of $30,000 (excluding GST) is available per applicant. The applicant will need to contribute at least $15,000 (excluding GST) of their own funds towards the work proposed. The work proposed must therefore cost at least $45,000 (excluding GST). Applications can be for projects of a greater value; however, all additional costs will need to be covered by the applicant.

Last Updated: 21st of November 2021
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National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge – Feasibility Study Grants Grant Closes: 10th of December 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $50,000 to $100,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=668114cd-89be-41a1-86c4-5cdbc3a291b8

The purpose of this grant opportunity is to determine feasibility of lower-cost, accurate technical solutions to measurement of soil organic carbon. Successful applicants will be required to deliver a completed feasibility study that demonstrates the technical viability and commercial potential of their proposed solution.

The objectives of the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge program are to:

  • fast-track the development of lower-cost, accurate technical approaches to enable land managers to quantify the impact of their land management activities on soil organic carbon
  • secure co-investment and foster partnerships that trial and deploy novel soil carbon measurement technological solutions.

There will be other grant opportunities as part of this program, supporting proof of concept and validation and deployment stages of technology development. This stage does not have to be completed to be eligible for future grant opportunities.

Last Updated: 9th of November 2021
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Small Business Month Event Grants Grant Closes: 10th of December 2021 Value: Up to $3,500 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au/grants/

Grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and $3,500 for chambers of commerce, industry associations and not-for-profit groups are available to help them organise events for the fifth NSW Small Business Month in March 2022.

The grants can be used to help host activities for business communities across the state from 1 to 31 March 2022.

Applicants must design and produce an activity that support small businesses in their local area and aligns to our 2022 theme ‘Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’. Some suggested categories of activities include

  • Focusing on your Customers
  • Working with Digital Technology
  • Leading your Team
  • Managing Money
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Growing your Business
  • Upskilling your Staff
  • Creating New Products and Services
  • Recruiting the Right Staff
  • Maintaining Mentally Healthy Workplaces, and
  • Building your Supply Chain.
Last Updated: 20th of November 2021
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NSW Mouse Control Program – Zinc Phosphide Rebate for Primary Producers Grant Closes: 17th of December 2021 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: Rural Assistance Authority Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/mouse-znp-rebate

The NSW Government's Mouse Control Program – Zinc Phosphide Rebate program is available to eligible primary producers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the 2021 mouse plague, to help with the cost of purchasing the critical mouse control chemical zinc phosphide. The rebate is 50 per cent up to a maximum claim of $10,000 per farm enterprise.

Last Updated: 21st of November 2021
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Tourism Product Development Fund - Experience Development Grant Closes: 16th of January 2022 Value: $80,000 to $150,000 Run By: Destination NSW Further Information: https://www.destinationnsw.com.au/tourism/business-development-resources/funding-and-grants/tourism-product-development-fund/experience-development-guidelines

This fund is available to businesses that are proposing to develop a new attraction or experience in NSW that directly aligns with the NSW strengths identified in the Visitor Economy Strategy (VES) 2030. This fund involves a two-stage process. The first stage is an Expression of Interest (EOI). The shortlisted EOIs will be invited to submit a full application.

Local Councils, Industry Associations and new or existing tourism operators based and operating in NSW, including Greater Sydney, can apply.

The Experience Development application is a two-stage process. Applicants will initially submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is a shorter form and will require less information and evidence from an applicant. Each submitted EOI will be assessed and a short list of the strongest eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application.

For every dollar in funding you are requesting, you will need to have your own funds to (at least) match the funding being requested on a dollar for dollar basis.

Last Updated: 21st of November 2021
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Recycling Modernisation Fund Grant Closes: 31st of January 2022 Value: $10,000 to $1 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://www.awe.gov.au/environment/protection/waste/how-we-manage-waste/recycling-modernisation-fund/supporting-waste-infrastructure-regional-remote

Managing waste in regional and remote locations presents a range of additional challenges including isolation through seasonal weather changes and a lack of connection to major roads or towns. These challenges mean that regional and remote areas often lack kerbside waste collection and access to recycling and remanufacturing centres.

A key target of the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan  is to achieve an 80 per cent average resource recovery rate from all waste streams following the waste hierarchy by 2030. The National Action Plan recognises that to achieve this target, regional and remote areas require better access to waste management and processing capabilities.

To help reach this target, the Australian Government will co-fund additional projects under RMF that increase the sorting, processing, and manufacturing or remanufacturing capacity of regional and remote locations. Co-investment for these projects will be delivered through the National Partnership on Recycling Infrastructure (NPRI) and existing terms and conditions for funding under the NPRI will continue to apply for these projects.

Last Updated: 21st of November 2021
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Business Event Grants - 2022 Grant Closes: 31st of January 2022 or until funding is exhausted Value: Up to $30,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.meetinnsw.com.au/business-event-development-fund

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives. The Fund aims to enrich these business events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions, while helping secure successful conferences and events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  • Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events.
  • Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have been held previously in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.
  • Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
  • Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW to implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project designed specifically to support growth in business events.

An Applicant may apply for funding based on the following scale:

  • Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)

Applications submitted prior to 5:00pm AEDT Monday 31 January 2022 will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis until the funds have been expended. Funding is to be matched dollar-for-dollar by local communities, councils, entrepreneurs, associations, corporations, professional conference organisers or grants received by other local, state or federal government agency.

Last Updated: 21st of November 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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On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme Grant Closes: 30th of June 2022 or until expended Value: Up to $25,000 Run By: Rural Assistance Authority Further Information: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/ewir

This scheme helps Australian farmers to better prepare, respond to and recover from drought. Primary producers and horticulture farmers can apply for rebates to buy and install on-farm water infrastructure to water livestock and permanent plantings.

Eligible farmers can claim up to 25% (of which at least 50% of the rebate will be provided by the relevant state or territory government) of expenses for on-farm water infrastructure up to a maximum total rebate of $25,000. 

You must be:

  • a primary producer or horticulture farmer 
  • a property owner, share farmer or lease holder
  • in an area defined as drought affected (visit your state or territory’s website for details)
  • in the grazing or horticulture industries.

Your new infrastructure must be:

  • for your own grazing livestock or permanent plantings (rebates do not apply to agisted stock)
  • purchased and installed for an animal welfare or permanent planting need and to improve your drought resilience.
Last Updated: 23rd of August 2021
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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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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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