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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.

Circular Solar Grants - Phase 2 Grant Closes: 4th of November 2021 Value: $100,000 to $3.5 Million Run By: Environment Protection Authority Further Information: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/infrastructure-fund/circular-solar-trials

To prepare for the emerging waste stream created by solar panels, the Circular solar grant program supports collaborative ‘whole-of-supply chain’ projects that trial managing end-of-life solar panels and/or battery systems within a circular economy framework.

A total of $7 million is available in Phase 2 of the Circular Solar grants program for eligible projects. Funding is available as a single stream. Project proposals can only be submitted under one of the three categories with the following funding request caps:

  1. New infrastructure and expansions - up to $3.5 million
  2. Research and development for reuse, second hand or refurbished items, and market development for recovered materials - $100,000 to $1 million
  3. Collection and recovery logistics - $500,000 to $1 million

Priorities under this program are to:

  • reduce solar panel and associated battery waste entering landfill in NSW
  • promote circular economy models for managing waste at end-of-life
  • increase the capability and capacity of industry to recover and reprocess end-of-life solar panels and associated large energy storage system batteries.
  • improve the recyclability/reusability/refurbish potential by using high-value recovery and/or processing technologies
  • develop secondary markets for resources recovered from solar panels and batteries
  • update standards for reuse of solar panel and battery systems that are still functioning efficiently after being decommissioned
  • grow cost-effective recovery logistic models
  • partnerships that deliver end-to-end solutions across the whole supply chain
  • create immediate and ongoing job creation and economic activity
Last Updated: 25th of September 2021
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Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program - Technologies Stream Grant Opened: 11th of October 2021 Closes: 8th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $1 Million to $30 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=783dad6f-ba63-4ca3-8684-5139983cd328

The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Hubs and Technologies Program  will support deploying CCUS1 at scale through co-funding of innovative advancements in CCUS technologies, and the development of commercial scale CCUS assets and shared hub infrastructure. It also seeks to support cost reductions associated with storage site selection and development.

The program will be delivered through two streams, the $150 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Technologies Stream and the $100 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs Stream.

The Technologies stream will focus on supporting collaboration and innovation in CCUS technologies and the identification and development of viable CO2 storage sites, especially where these may support development of Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs or clean LNG production facilities.

The CCUS Technologies Stream will be delivered through three focus areas:
a) researching, developing or commercialising carbon capture and storage technologies
b) researching, developing or commercialising CO2 utilisation technologies
c) feasibility and geological studies into new potential CO2 storage locations.

The objectives of this stream are to:

  • drive cost reductions in deploying CCUS at scale through innovative advancements in CCUS technologies  
  • progress the deployment of CCUS projects from R&D towards commercial operation  
  • foster domestic and international collaboration to research, develop or commercialise carbon capture and storage, and carbon utilisation technologies with export potential (either through the export of the technologies themselves, or through the export of clean or low carbon products, services or offsets)
  • improve the understanding of viable large-scale CCS hub sites in Australia, especially where these are in proximity to potential Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs or clean LNG production facilities
  • increase Australia’s capabilities in ramping up CO2 abatement in the long-term
Last Updated: 4th of October 2021
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Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program - Hubs Stream Grant Opened: 11th of October 2021 Closes: 11th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $5 Million to $50 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=c7de6a3e-d93d-4bad-9076-8e10a35b2a06

The Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Hubs and Technologies Program  will support deploying CCUS1 at scale through co-funding of innovative advancements in CCUS technologies, and the development of commercial scale CCUS assets and shared hub infrastructure. It also seeks to support cost reductions associated with storage site selection and development.

The program will be delivered through two streams, the $150 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Technologies Stream and the $100 million Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs Stream.

The Hubs stream will focus on the design and construction of shared CCUS infrastructure between multiple co-located emitters and viable CO2 storage sites.

The CCUS Technologies Stream will be delivered through three focus areas:
a) researching, developing or commercialising carbon capture and storage technologies
b) researching, developing or commercialising CO2 utilisation technologies
c) feasibility and geological studies into new potential CO2 storage locations.

The objectives of this stream are to:

  • drive cost reductions in deploying CCUS at scale through the development of shared hub infrastructure and leveraging economies of scale
  • foster domestic and international collaboration in the development of shared CCS hub infrastructure
  • improve the understanding of viable large-scale CCS hub sites in Australia, especially where these are in proximity to potential Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs or clean LNG production facilities
  • increase Australia’s capabilities in ramping up CO2 abatement in the long-term
Last Updated: 4th of October 2021
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Cooperative Research Centres Projects - Round 12 Grant Closes: 16th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $100,000 to $3 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8a49a273-16e0-484a-a8c4-4f4be8f59f8f

The Cooperative Research Centres Program (the 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 program consists of two elements:

  • CRC Grants to support medium to long term, industry-led collaborations; and
  • CRC-P Grants to support short term, industry-led collaborative research.

Round 12 of CRC-P will support short-term industry-led collaborative research that focuses on the National Manufacturing Priorities. A small pool of funding will also be available to high quality projects from all industry sectors.

The six National Manufacturing Priorities are:

  • Resources technology and critical minerals processing
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical products
  • Recycling and clean energy
  • Defence
  • Space
Last Updated: 7th of October 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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Export Market Development Grants (Post July 2021) Grant Opened: 16th of August 2021 - 9:00 am Closes: 30th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $40,000 to $450,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/export/export-market-development-grants/emdg-from-1-july-2021

Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in overseas market

The Export Market Development Grants Program has been revised in 2021. These details are for the new program which covers expenses incurred post July 2021. See our separate grant listing for the older program which covers costs up to July 2021 and closes in November 2021.

The EMDG program now provides upfront funding certainty so you know how much you will receive over the life of your grant agreement (2 or 3 years) and you can plan your promotional activities with confidence.

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years (not necessarily consecutively) for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages, called tiers. Each tier provides a different level of support to SMEs as they grow their export markets:

  • Tier 1: Ready to export- For first time exporters with grants for a maximum 2 years and maximum $40,000 per financial year
  • Tier 2: Expanding - For expanding your export promotion activities with grants for a maximum 3 years and maximum $80,000 per financial year
  • Tier 3: Expanding and strategic shift - For expanding your export promotion activities and making a strategic shift, for example targeting a new market or a new type of customer, with grants for a maximum 3 years and maximum $150,000 per financial year

Assistance for industry bodies and alliances (representative bodies) extends to helping members who are new to export to become export ready. Industry bodies and alliances will continue to have access to financial assistance for promotional activities on behalf of their members in international markets, with grants of up to $150,000 per year.

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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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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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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