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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 Female Founders Initiative Grant Closes: 22nd of April 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $25,000 to $400,000 as well as mentoring and advice Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=2a36511b-822f-4fdd-8046-dc9dc1a7f76b

This program provides targeted support on a co-contribution basis to female founders of startup businesses to scale their businesses into domestic and global markets. The program will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritorious applicants.


The objectives of the program are to:

  • stimulate private sector investments into innovative startups led by women
  • help women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support to grow their startups
  • enable female founders to scale-up, expand into domestic and global markets, and become self-sufficient
  • boost the economy through increasing the diversity of startup founders.
Last Updated: 11th of March 2021
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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream – Defence Grant Closes: 28th of April 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $1 Million to $20 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=65f7e362-c270-41df-918f-b0b58b21a9b1

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 Translation Stream will support projects that aid the translation of high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient. It will support businesses to adopt new technologies and improve their manufacturing processes to boost productivity and competitiveness.

Growing the defence industrial base is a key priority for the Australian Government and Australian manufacturers are in a prime position to take advantage of the increased domestic and global investments in Defence capabilities.

Last Updated: 8th of April 2021
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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Integration Stream – Defence Grant Closes: 28th of April 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $1 Million to $20 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=d129ae34-9b4a-4fae-be60-103370682769

The Modern Manufacturing Initiative aims to stimulate business investment in the manufacturing sector by addressing barriers to scale and competitiveness for Australian manufacturers. It aims to build manufacturing capabilities and networks, lift productivity, create jobs, build global competitiveness and boost the export potential of 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 Integration Stream will support projects that integrate Australian businesses into domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets and foster Australia’s reputation as a modern manufacturing leader.It will encourage and facilitate linkages between local businesses and domestic and international firms, increasing scale, supply capacity, and the ability to innovate. It will also facilitate the adoption of product standards and greater sharing and transfer of knowledge.

Growing the defence industrial base is a key priority for the Australian Government and Australian manufacturers are in a prime position to take advantage of the increased domestic and global investments in Defence capabilities.

Last Updated: 8th of April 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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NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund Grant Closes: 30th of April 2021 Value: Up to $30,000 Run By: Destination NSW 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 aimed at enriching the 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:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event
  4. Support for a Business Event Project
Last Updated: 17th of February 2021
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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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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Integration Stream – Recycling and Clean Energy Grant Closes: 5th of May 2021 - 5:00 am Value: $1 Million to $20 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=509bc200-7269-42e1-b6fa-12e85c2cd93c

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 Integration Stream will support projects that integrate Australian businesses into domestic and international value chains, propelling their goods and services into new markets and foster Australia’s reputation as a modern manufacturing leader.It will encourage and facilitate linkages between local businesses and domestic and international firms, increasing scale, supply capacity, and the ability to innovate. It will also facilitate the adoption of product standards and greater sharing and transfer of knowledge.

Materials and energy are at the heart of manufacturing. Modernising how we use them is central to building an advanced manufacturing economy that realises more potential from our resources and supports our national resilience, economic recovery and environmental sustainability.

Last Updated: 8th of April 2021
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Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Translation Stream – Recycling and Clean Energy Grant Closes: 5th of May 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $1 Million to $20 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8446dfe6-6369-4412-b449-3f4ce273fb24

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 Translation Stream will support projects that aid the translation of high quality research and ideas into commercial outcomes and support businesses to scale-up and become more competitive and resilient. It will support businesses to adopt new technologies and improve their manufacturing processes to boost productivity and competitiveness.

Materials and energy are at the heart of manufacturing. Modernising how we use them is central to building an advanced manufacturing economy that realises more potential from our resources and supports our national resilience, economic recovery and environmental sustainability.

Last Updated: 8th of April 2021
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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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Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program Grant Closes: 31st of December 2021 Unknown Value: Up to $300,000 per Local Government Area Run By: NSW Roads and Maritime Services Further Information: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/business-industry/heavy-vehicles/drought-relief/drought-relief-heavy-vehicle-access-program.html

The Drought Relief Heavy Vehicle Access Program has been established to contribute to the cost of maintenance and minor improvements on council roads and roadsides, where those improvements will contribute to heavy vehicle access, in support of the drought relief freight task.

NSW councils can submit an application for funding for proactive or reactive works and/or treatments for
improved heavy vehicle access in support of the drought relief freight task.

Funding approval will be merit based and limited to a maximum of $300,000 per council for all projects.

Proactive submissions may be made in instances where access is yet to be approved and specific or preventative work on substandard roads is required and can be delivered urgently in order to safely permit access for restricted access vehicles carrying drought related freight.

Reactive submissions may be made in instances where substandard roads and roadsides are required to be made good as the result of introducing or increasing the frequency of restricted access vehicle movements carrying drought related freight which has brought forward the need for maintenance activities.

Supporting information will be required, including evidence that:

  • Damage has or will be caused as a result of increased volumes of drought related road freight.
  • Permits have been approved for restricted access vehicles carrying drought related freight.
  • Safety and efficiency is improved by allowing approved vehicle types to use the road instead of the
  • existing access.
  • The work will provide safe and reliable driving conditions for drought assistance vehicles consistent
  • with the classification of the road, meet a reasonable standard, and keep the road in a safe and
  • trafficable condition.
Last Updated: 11th of February 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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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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