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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance

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.

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Support for Individuals

Support for Homeowners Financially Affected by COVID-19 Program Closes: Ongoing Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/financial-support/homeowners

The NSW Government has compiled a guide to assist people with home loans who are owner-occupiers that are experiencing financial difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19.

The site includes information about

  • Speaking to your lender
  • Changing the terms of your homeloan
  • Deffering payments
  • What to do if you default on your home loan
  • Debt agreements and bankruptcy
  • Help with managing your finances
  • Mental health support and legal advice
Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment Grant Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pandemic-leave-disaster-payment

Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to earn an income having been informed by a health official in the state they live and/or work to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.

Claimants are required to complete an application by telephone or by submitting a completed claim form by fax to Services Australia. The easiest way to claim is over the phone.

A claim will be assessed by Services Australia against the eligibility criteria before making payment and claimants will be notified by letter if their claim has been granted or rejected.

Where requested, a claimant may also need to provide evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria for the payment.

Services Australia makes every effort to process claims as quickly as possible. Depending on individual circumstances, payments can be released in real time to the claimant’s Australian bank account.

Last Updated: 20th of August 2021
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COVID-19 Disaster Payment Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $750 per week Run By: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment-new-south-wales

Provides a lump sum financial assistance to limit the financial hardship for eligible individuals who are unable to work and earn an income in an area under a state public health order for a lockdown that is greater than seven days and is a determined Commonwealth hotspot.

Last Updated: 19th of August 2021
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A Hold on Evictions for Renters Program Run By: Australian and NSW Governments Further Information: https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/publications/coronavirus-covid-19/property/moratorium

Evictions have been put on hold for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress, who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of the coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to talk about short term agreements.

The Government has also announced a mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Energy Accounts Payment Assistance Grant Value: Up to $50 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/energy-accounts-payment-assistance-eapa-scheme

If you're having difficulty paying your household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers.

Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Support for Businesses

Hardship Review Panel for JobSaver Grant Closes: Ongoing Run By: Service NSW Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-covid-19-business-support-hardship-review?utm_source=NSWGovt_Business&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-06-10_swift_404_bus_covid_newsletter&utm_content=business_grants&utm_term=request_a_call_back_button_x

If your business or eligible NFP is experiencing financial hardship and is not eligible for the 2021 JobSaver payment or had previous applications rejected, you can request to have your application reviewed by the Hardship Review Panel.

If your business meets the eligibility criteria, request a call back from a Service NSW Business Concierge.

They will check your eligibility to apply for hardship review before you submit your application.

Applications for hardship reviews for the business grant and the micro-business grant will be available from Tuesday 19 October.

 

Last Updated: 7th of October 2021
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COVID-19 Support for Indigenous Businesses Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $20,000 and support Run By: Indigenous Business Australia Further Information: https://iba.gov.au/support-during-covid-19/

Indigenous Business Australia is offering an Indigenous business relief package for eligible Indigenous businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19, including Indigenous businesses which are not already IBA customers.

This relief package has been designed in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency to respond to the immediate challenges Indigenous businesses are facing.

For businesses that are existing International Business Australia customers and are significantly impacted by COVID-19, they are offering deferral of business loan and lease repayments for a 4-month period, zero interest on business loans and leases for the 4-month deferral period and where necessary, extension of your loan term by 4 months (to accommodate the deferral period).

For all eligible indigenous businesses, including those not already existing customers, they are offering two programs:

Business Impact Assessment

Access to specialist advice to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including a rapid assessment of your business positioning, cash flow management and assistance to access available stimulus measures from Federal, State/Territories.

Working capital assistance

Working capital assistance of up to $200,000 in the form of either a loan, a grant or a combination of both (assessed on a needs basis), which may consist of one or both of the following:

  • A capped grant component to assist with ongoing fixed costs, purchase of equipment and generating revenue.
  • A loan to assist with working capital needs, with a term of up to 5 years, with no repayments for the first 12 months, and preferential interest rates.

They have also partnered with Terri Janke & Co and 33 Creative to produce a 4-part video series on managing your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Topics include employer obligations, financial responsibilities, managing contracts and insolvency trading. Their COVID-19 Information Videos are available on Youtube.

Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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SME Recovery Loan Scheme Program Closes: Ongoing Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/sme-recovery-loan-scheme

The SME Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support the economic recovery, and to provide continued assistance to SMEs that are dealing with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The Scheme is enhancing lenders’ ability to provide cheaper credit, allowing many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus, recover and invest for the future. 

Participating lenders are offering guaranteed loans on the following terms under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme:

  • The Government guarantee will be 80% of the loan amount.
  • Lenders are allowed to offer borrowers a repayment holiday of up to 24 months.
  • Loans can be used for a broad range of business purposes, including to support investment. Loans may be used to refinance any pre-existing debt of an eligible borrower, including those from the SME Guarantee Scheme.
  • Borrowers can access up to $5 million in total, in addition to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 loan limits.
  • Loans are for terms of up to 10 years, with an optional repayment holiday period.
  • Loans can be either unsecured or secured (excluding residential property).
  • The interest rate on loans will be determined by lenders, but will be capped at around 7.5 per cent, with some flexibility for interest rates on variable rate loans to increase if market interest rates rise over time.

On 25 August 2021, the Government announced that in recognition of the continued economic impacts of the coronavirus, the current requirements for SME’s to have received JobKeeper during the March quarter of 2021 or to have been a flood affected business in order to be eligible under the SME Recovery Loan Scheme will be removed.

Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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JobSaver payment – Large Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Businesses Grant Closes: Ongoing Value: Up to $500,000 per week based on payroll Run By: Service NSW Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/jobsaver-payment-large-tourism-hospitality-and-recreation-businesses

Tourism, hospitality or recreation businesses in NSW with an annual turnover over $250 million and up to $1 billion, and you've been impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 JobSaver payment.

JobSaver will provide cash flow support to impacted businesses to help maintain their NSW employee headcount from the day immediately prior to the month they first experienced the required decline in turnover.

Payments will be equivalent to 40% of the weekly payroll cost incurred prior to the start of COVID-19 restrictions on 26 June 2021, with a maximum weekly payment per group of:

  • $300,000 for eligible businesses with an aggregated annual turnover more than $250 million and up to $500 million
  • $500,000 for eligible businesses with an aggregated annual turnover more than $500 million and up to $1 billion.

Fortnightly payments will be backdated to the start of the month in which they first experienced the required decline in turnover on or after the commencement of JobSaver on 18 July 2021.

To be eligible, your business should:

  • be a tourism, hospitality or recreation business – see Attachment D of the JobSaver payment guidelines for the full list of eligible industries
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have been operating in NSW on 1 June 2021
  • have an aggregated annual turnover of more than $250 million and up to $1 billion
  • maintain your employee headcount from the day immediately prior to the month you first experienced the required decline in turnover while you continue to receive JobSaver payments.

Businesses must demonstrate decline in turnover due to the public health order in line based on their level of aggregated annual turnover:

  • 50% decline for businesses between $250M and $500M
  • 70% decline for businesses between $500M and $1B.
Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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ATO Support Program Run By: Australian Taxation Office Further Information: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Additional-support-during-COVID-19/

The ATO are also offering tailored support for your needs and circumstances on a case-by-case basis. They do not apply these additional relief options automatically, so you need to contact the ATO. Assistance includes:

  • Payment deferrals
  • Changing your GST reporting cycle
  • Vary pay as you go instalments
  • Remitting interest and penalties
  • Low interest payment plans
Last Updated: 20th of July 2021
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Support for Communities

Relief for Council Not-for-Profit Lesees - Armidale Regional Council Grant Run By: Armidale Regional Council Further Information: https://www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au/news/news-2020/relief-for-ratepayers-and-not-for-profit-lessees-available-now-from-council

Armidale Regional Council is offering immediate relief to to not-for-profit organisations renting property from Council.

Last Updated: 11th of February 2021
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Past Assistance and Programs

Past Assistance For Individuals

Dine and Discover NSW ClosedGrant Closed: 30th of June 2022 Value: Up to $100 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-discover-nsw/application-for-vouchers

Under this initiative NSW residents aged 18 and over can receive four $25 vouchers to use at participating businesses, including:

  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs.
  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues.

To receive the vouchers, residents need to have the Service NSW app and register for a MyServiceNSW account.

Last Updated: 27th of August 2021
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HomeBuilder ClosedGrant Closed: 31st of March 2021 (Extended) Value: Up to $25,000 Run By: Australian Government Treasury Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder

HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder will assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations.

Last Updated: 30th of November 2020
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Lower-Income Support Payment ClosedGrant Value: Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

The Australian Government has provided two separate $750 payments to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders. The first payment was made from 31 March 2020 and the second payment was made from 13 July 2020.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Income Support Supplement for Individuals ClosedGrant Closes: Ongoing Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

The Australian Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited fortnightly Coronavirus supplement. This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefits.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Additional Child Care Subsidy ClosedGrant Run By: Services Australia Further Information: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/additional-child-care-subsidy/how-apply/applying-during-temporary-financial-hardship

If you’re eligible for Child Care Subsidy you may be able to get extra help with the cost of approved child care under the temporary financial hardship subsidy.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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Past Assistance for Businesses

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program Extension ClosedGrant Closed: 30th of June 2022 - 2:00 pm (extended) Value: Unspecified Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=410cfd78-dacf-4668-a14c-d4f25d4a410d

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program Extension will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 1 year in 2021-22. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care for consumers.

Eligible applicants can apply for funding for each impacted service for the periods between the date on which the resident, staff member or client is tested for COVID-19 and the date on which direct COVID-19 impacts are resolved (i.e. no infected or isolated residents, staff members or clients). 

Last Updated: 20th of April 2022
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COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program - Round Three ClosedGrant Closed: 20th of April 2022 - 5:00 pm Value: $7,500 to $90,000 Run By: Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=e268d357-32b2-4e8d-91eb-11bdd2144f0c

Round Three of Consumer Travel Support Program (the Program) will provide a payment for travel agents and inbound tour operators and tour wholesalers (tour arrangement service providers consistent with ANZSIC code 7220), and to eligible businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The objectives and intended outcomes of Round Three of the Program are to further assist previous grantees and eligible businesses that have received a payment under Round Two, Multi-outlet, or both. There is also a new stream for eligible new businesses who established and commenced operations between 01/01/2019 and 31/03/20 (inclusive).

Last Updated: 9th of April 2022
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2022 Small Business Support Program ClosedGrant Closed: 31st of March 2022 Value: $500 to $5,000 Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-2022-small-business-support-program

If you’re a business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation in NSW and you've been impacted by the Omicron wave of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a payment under the 2022 Small Business Support Program.

The program provides cash flow support to help eligible businesses survive the impacts of COVID-19 and maintain their NSW employee headcount.

If you’re an employing business, the payment will be equivalent to 20% of weekly payroll for work performed in NSW:

  • minimum payment will be $750 per week
  • maximum payment will be $5,000 per week.

Weekly payroll should be determined by referring to the calculations underlying the most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS) provided to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for a tax period that falls within the 2021–22 financial year.

If you’re a non-employing business, such as a sole trader, you may be eligible to receive a payment of $500 per week.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2022
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NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package ClosedGrant Closed: 30th of April 2022 - 5:00 pm Value: Based on value of tickets Run By: NSW Government Further Information: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-performing-arts-relaunch-package/

The aim of this package is to relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery. This package is an extension of the original Performing Arts COVID Support Package that was designed to support the sector while in lockdown.

This new package is designed to assist the sector to relaunch by providing certainty and confidence as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues. Funding will cover eligible performances from 19 September 2021 to 30 April 2022

Last Updated: 14th of February 2022
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Support for the Creative Arts Sector ClosedGrant Closed: 14th of February 2022 Ongoing Value: Calculated based on ticket price, number of tickets and a specified percentage Run By: Create NSW Further Information: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/nsw-performing-arts-covid-support-package/

The aim of this package is to provide urgent financial support to performing arts venues, producers and promoters impacted by the cancellation or postponement of performances resulting from the NSW Government COVID-19 Public Health Orders from 26 June 2021.

The package is also designed to provide certainty to performing arts venues, producers and promoters of what assistance will be available if further COVID-19 Public Health Orders result in further cancellation of performances or restrictions in audience numbers.

Last Updated: 16th of January 2022
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Past Assistance for Communities

COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response Grants ClosedGrant Closed: 19th of November 2021 - 5:00 pm Value: $1,000 to $10,000 Run By: Aboriginal Affairs NSW Further Information: https://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/grants/covid-19-aboriginal-community-response-grants-program/

This program provides grants to meet the health and well-being needs of Aboriginal people across NSW in response to the impact of COVID-19.

 
The program aims to support:

  • activities that limit the movement of Aboriginal people outside their homes and ensure this movement is COVID safe, to minimise the risk of transmission.
  • the provision of trauma informed, culturally appropriate, local community based social and emotional well-being support for Aboriginal people impacted by COVID-19.
  • Aboriginal people’s access to accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 and its impacts.

Applications will be accepted at any time during the opening period and the assessment panel will meet weekly.

Applicants can apply more than once if a separate need has been identified.

Last Updated: 25th of September 2021
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COVID Community Support Grants ClosedGrant Closed: 29th of January 2021 Value: Up to $5,000 Run By: Multicultural NSW Further Information: https://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/grants

This funding aims to support a broad range of culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse stakeholders who are looking for ways to continue or start community programs to provide food, transport and language support to vulnerable cohorts.

Applications must address how they are providing one of the following:

  • Immediate community care support – to provide culturally appropriate care to vulnerable and isolated people. This includes programs that focus on seniors, mental health and building community connection.
  • Overcoming language barriers - to enable volunteer and charitable organisations to overcome language and cultural barriers to connect with essential support services available to the community during COVID-19.

 

Last Updated: 13th of January 2021
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COVID19 - Aged Care Support Program ClosedGrant Closed: 31st of May 2021 - 2:00 pm Run By: Australian Government Department of Health Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=068A9519-03B3-6B9E-7B61-126A5ABA12C1

The COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program will reimburse eligible aged care providers for eligible expenditure incurred on managing direct impacts of COVID-19. The Program will run over 2 years from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The Program will assist Residential Aged Care, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program and Home Care Package providers that are subject to direct COVID-19 impacts, to deliver continuity of safe quality care.

Last Updated: 2nd of November 2020
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