Business Grants

Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Package

For the full list of announcements, please refer to the section on the Grants landing page - it details the Federal and State measures, including subsidies for businesses. 


Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses to innovate, compete and grow by providing expert support, funding and incentives. 

The programme’s primary focus is to provide support and advice to businesses in solving problems. A network of business advisers, drawn from industry, is available to small and medium businesses that produce novel products and those in targeted growth sectors. Advisers then work with you to recommend grants appropriate for your business.

There are four programme elements:

Business Management – business advisors review your business operations and work with you to improve them, to help your business grow and enter new markets. Your business adviser then assists you in moving on to apply for further grants. Services include:

  • Growth Roadmap provides businesses with an action plan to increase their capability to trade in Australia or overseas markets. The Growth Roadmap service provides an analysis of your business by a skilled independent facilitator who will:
    • come to your business premises to gather information
    • analyse your business using industry knowledge and diagnostic tools
    • do further research and analysis away from your business
    • prepare a tailored roadmap to increase your ability to trade in Australia and/or other markets
    • coach and mentor you for up to one year
  • Growth Services provides access to experienced business advisers for up to two years. The High Growth Accelerator service provides access to an independent facilitator who will work with you to develop a growth plan to help you realise an Australian and/or overseas growth opportunity. They will then mentor you as you action your plan.
  • Growth Grants help you improve specific business areas that your adviser recommended in your roadmap or plan. You must have received a roadmap or plan before you can apply for a Growth Grant.  You can get up to 50% of eligible project costs, between $2500 and $20, 000 (GO111).  Grant Guidelines.
  • Smart Projects and Supply Chain

Innovation Connectionsassists small to medium size businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects with grants up to $30, 000 and $50, 000 (GO113). The Innovation Connections Facilitation service is free and includes access to a highly-skilled facilitator. Your facilitator will work with your business to understand your research needs. If your facilitator recommends a collaborative research project, they will connect your business to expertise within the research sector. Your facilitator will also help define a project scope. You can then apply for an Innovation Connections Grant to co-fund the project. Grant Guidelines

Accelerating Commercialismsmall and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers have access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. 

The programme includes:

1. Commercialisation guidance - advice in developing the commercialisation potential of novel products, process or services. Applicants must receive this guidance first before applying for financial assistance.

2. Commercialisation grants - financial assistance to help commercialise novel products, processes and services.

Grants available are:
a) $50,000 and $500,000 for research commercialisation entities and eligible partner entities.
b) Up to $1 million for all other eligible applicants.

The grant amount will be up to 50% of eligible project costs (grant percentage) over a minimum project period of 12 months and a maximum of two years.

Grant Guidelines

Incubator Support - New and Existing Incubators – assists start-ups to develop the capabilities to achieve commercial success in international markets and realise their economic potential faster than they otherwise would. An incubator is defined as an innovative, adaptive, early-stage and scalable company with global potential.  This grant has been expanded to support new migrants and refugees who are interested in establishing a start-up.  New and existing incubators can receive grants between $13, 000 and $250, 000.  The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest (GO3602). Grant Guidelines

Part of the Incubator Support Initiative includes providing an Expert in Residence to support incubators in increasing their capabilities and improving their chance of commercial success in international markets by providing access to managerial and technical experts. Grants are available from $5, 000 to $100, 000 (GO3605). Grant Guidelines

All of these business grants are ongoing.

Click here to go to the Entrepreneurs' Programme Podcasts that showcase successful applicants.


New business assistance

People interested in starting their own business or existing micro-business owners who need help to refocus their business during COVID-19 may be eligible for New Business Assistance with NEIS.

New Business Assistance with NEIS can help by providing:

  • Accredited small business training
  • Personalised mentoring and support from a NEIS provider
  • NEIS Allowance for up to 39 weeks and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)

New changes to the NEIS program include:

  • From 15 October 2020, people can access NEIS and start their own business if they are working 25 hours per week or less. This will enable people with part-time work, study or caring responsibilities to participate in the program on a part-time basis
  • From 7 December 2020, existing micro-business owners impacted by COVID-19 can access NEIS if they need help to keep their business running or refocus their operations to meet new areas of demand.

For more information, please click here.


Business Events Grant (GO4512)

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

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

The objective of the program is to:

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

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

Approved events are listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on the Austrade program website. The Schedule of Approved Business Events will be updated from time to time as new events will be added once approved. It is therefore important that you check the list at the time you submit your application. A list of eligibility criteria and the application process for the schedule of events, along with the relevant priority sectors will be published on the Austrade program website.

Closes 30 March 2021.

For grant guidelines, please click here. 


Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) – Advisory and Facilitation Services

Small to medium-sized Australian businesses that have, or are developing, products or services that can be applied to Defence can access free advisory and facilitation services to improve their business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector.

This grant provides up to 10 days of support over 12 months from an expert business adviser or defence facilitator. The service is tailored to your business needs and may include:

  • guidance and mentoring
  • connecting you with relevant Defence capability areas or other businesses
  • a detailed analysis of your business to identify, recommend and prioritise business improvement and skills
  • development opportunities (the recommended actions may be eligible for a Capability Improvement Grant)
  • analysis of defence-specific training needs
  • help to access domestic and global supply chains and export opportunities
  • guidance to understand the defence sector’s supply requirements
  • help to present your innovative ideas to Defence

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


CSIRO Kick-Start

This is an initiative for innovative Australian start-ups and small SMEs, providing funding support and access to CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow and develop their business.

The program offers eligible businesses access to dollar-matched funding of $10,000-$50,000 to undertake the following research activities with CSIRO:

•Research into a new idea with commercial potential.
•Development of a novel or improved product or process.
•Testing of a novel product, developed by the company, to inform research and development activities.

Experienced SME Connect team members work with businesses to identify the relevant research capabilities best suited to their needs and facilitate researcher introductions and project scoping. They also assist with the application process and maintain an end-to-end engagement with the businesses and researchers to ensure favourable outcomes for all parties.

CSIRO Kick-Start projects must be under 12 months in duration and businesses are required to make a cash contribution that matches the funding voucher.

Australian businesses will need to provide evidence they meet the following criteria as part of the application process:

  • Have an annual turnover and operating expenditure <$1.5million, in the current and each of the two previous financial years OR have been a registered company for less than three years
  • Have an ACN and be registered for GST
  • Be able to demonstrate they can fully support their proportion of the project funding.

Eligible companies are able to apply for a second CSIRO Kick-Start project, after completion of their first, providing they continue to fulfil the eligibility requirements.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant

This grant seeks to support small and medium-sized businesses to supply capabilities critical to Defence.

Grants between $70,000 and $1.4 million up to 30% of eligible project costs are available.

There is no limit on the number of grants a business can receive over the life of the grant. However, grants are capped at $4.2 million in a three-year period per recipient.

To support COVID response changes to co-contribution amounts, there is an estimated additional $19.5 million available over 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Closes 30 June 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Business Events Bid Fund Program

Managed by Tourism Australia’s specialist unit, Business Events Australia, the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events for Australia through the offer of financial support at the critical bidding stage.

The BFP is designed to deliver the conversion of new business in situations where Australia is bidding against international competitors for the right to host the business event.

For more information, please click here.


Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (GO1226)

This $4 million initiative forms part of the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund which aims to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing.  This fund runs over four years with $1 million worth of funding each year to support small-scale and pilot/early-stage research projects.  Grants between $100, 000 and $400, 000 are available.

Closes 30 June 2021

Click for more information.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


The International Business Development Program

The International Business Development Program (IBDP) encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets.

The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events that have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators.

For more information, please click here.


Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

Whether you have an extensive or limited domestic market, please consider exporting. Global brands can be built from small local companies by expanding their market overseas.

This is a government financial assistance program for both aspiring and current exporters.

It supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

The EMDG scheme:

  • Encourages small and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • Provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.

Your business also must have promoted one of the following:

  • the export of goods or most services
  • inbound tourism
  • the export of intellectual property and know-how
  • conferences and events held in Australia

To be eligible, your business must have:

  • income of not more than $50 million in the grant year
  • incurred at least $15,000 of eligible expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years expenses)
  • principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, such as non-profit export-focused industry bodies).

For more information, please click here.


Advancing Renewables Program

This grant provides businesses with financing to develop renewable energy technologies and funds projects that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • reduction in the cost of renewable energy
  • increase in the value delivered by renewable energy
  • improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy
  • reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
  • increase in skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grants are expected to be between $100,000 and $50 million. Applicants need to match the funding sought from ARENA.  Applicants are strongly advised to contact ARENA before submitting their Expression of Interest.

Find out more about how to apply at Advancing Renewables Program.


Employer Incentives with Apprentices (GO90)

All eligible employers who take on a new apprentice (Certificate III or higher), regardless of the occupation, will be able to claim $4000: $1,500 when the apprentice reaches the six-month point and a further $2,500 when they complete their apprenticeship.

Where the apprentice is an existing employee, the employer will only be able to claim the incentive if the apprentice is working in an area of national skill need.

A $750 incentive, however, will be available to employers if they take on an apprentice who has had to leave their previous employer part way through an apprenticeship.

On top of this, eligible employers can access three additional incentives:

  • a further $1,500 over the life of an apprenticeship if the apprentice is an Australian School-based Apprentice or working in a rural or regional area
  • a further $4,000, paid at the 12-month point if the apprentice is aged 21 years or older and working towards an occupation on the National Skills Needs List; and
  • a further $1,500 over the life of an apprenticeship if the apprentice is a disadvantaged worker aged 45 years and over. 

For more information on all apprenticeship incentives, click here or go to  or call 1300 363 831 for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – helping employers with incentives for apprentices.

Please also see information on COVID-19 Economic Stimulus for Apprentices on this website. 


Business Recycling Program – Bin Trim Rebates for small-medium businesses

This program aims to fund small scale equipment used for recycling waste generated by small to medium-sized businesses. It is part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Rebates of $1,000 - $50,000 are available for up to 50% of the cost of the recycling equipment. A maximum of $50,000 is available for any single site per financial year period and a maximum of $250,000 is available to any single applicant over the life of the program.

Eligible applicants include:
- Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
- Facility managers
- Recyclers (collectors and processors)

Eligible equipment that reduces waste and landfill includes (but is not limited to):
- Balers
- Compactors
- Glass crushing machines
- Commercial worm farms
- Composters
- Shredders
- EPS compaction equipment
- Recycling bins/bin equipment
- Public place recycling bins if the material is collected under a commercial and industrial contract
- Other types of equipment on a case by case basis that meet the terms and conditions of the Bin Trim Rebate program

For more information, email
For grant guidelines, please click here.


Small Business Connect Advisors

Whether you are just starting out with a great business idea or looking to expand and grow your business, Business Connect services can help you on your journey to business success.

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.

You can choose an independent Business Connect advisor that meets your needs. Check out their bio and register for your first free advisory session.

Every Business Connect advisor is accredited, with experience running their own business and formal qualifications in a business-related discipline. Our business advisors have a broad range of skills covering essential business topics including business planning, marketing and how to grow your digital presence.

The business advisor can meet you at your business premises or another convenient location. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Minimum Viable Product Grants

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) grants are designed for pre-revenue technology startups to help them engage with a potential business customer, or channel to market, to achieve market validation and first sale.
An MVP grant is a matched funding grant up to 50% of approved project costs,  Successful grant applicants will receive 35% of the funding up-front and 65% after completion and validation of the MVP.

MVP grants are available to pre-revenue technology startups for the development of scalable technology solutions.

To be eligible for an MVP grant, a startup must:

  • Have an ABN registered in NSW and be based in NSW.
  • The business entity must be at the pre-revenue stage.
  • Have a completed proof of concept (e.g. customer interviews, surveys, or focus groups).
  • Have a potential business customer (B2B) or business channel to market (B2C).
  • Have a scalable solution that can be deployed to multiple customers.
  • Hold IP or the rights to commercialise.
  • Demonstrate that 80% of development costs will occur in NSW.
  • Demonstrate adequate matched funding has been secured for the project.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (GO4544)

To be eligible you must:

  • be located in Australia and have a partner institution that is located in India for the purposes of the activity; or
  • be located in India and have a partner institution that is located in Australia for the purposes of the activity

Grants from $150, 000 to $1m

Closes 5 February 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.

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