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 Commercialism – helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs or researchers attract private investment and commercialise novel products, services and processes with two different types of grants of up to $250, 000 and $1 million (GO110). Accelerating Commercialisation provides access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. 

 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.


Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grants

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency to expand their digital programs.

This grant funds the transition of programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery, while continuing to meet the objectives of the Creative Kids Program.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Closes Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Grant activities must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

For an application form and 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

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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)

This is a government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme 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.

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.


Australia-Japan Foundation

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with Japan by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying and shifting perceptions of Australia in Japan to reflect contemporary Australia; and facilitating the promotion of the inventive, innovative capabilities that Australia brings to Australia-Japan collaborations across broad and ever-sophisticated sectors. The AJF also seeks to bring to the fore awareness of the ongoing vital importance of Australia and Japan on each other's foreign and trade policies by facilitating informed discussions.

The objectives of the AJF are:

•to increase awareness and understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
•to increase awareness and understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
•to increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.

To achieve its objectives, the AJF will prioritise high-quality programs particularly, but not exclusively, across any one of the three cross-cutting themes: youth; gender, diversity and inclusion; and innovation. Applicants must have capability and capacity to promote their project to a wide audience such as through effective media engagement (including social media).

Priority areas for 2020 are (in alphabetical order):

•Communication, Information and Advocacy
•Economic Diplomacy and Geopolitics
•Education and Australian studies
•Scientific innovation; and
•Society, Culture and Sport

Closes 6 October 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.