Business Grants

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.

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


Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to help businesses become more competitive and increase their productivity.

The programme’s primary focus is to provide support and advice to businesses in solving problems. A network of advisers, drawn from industry, is available to businesses that produce novel products and those in targeted growth sectors.

There are four programme elements:

Business Management – provides businesses with independent advice tailored to their specific needs to help them grow and enter new markets.  Services include:

  • Business Evaluation that provides businesses with an action plan to increase their capability to trade in Australia or overseas markets
  • Growth Services providing access to experienced business advisers for up to two years
  • Business Growth Grants between $2500 and $20, 000 (GO111) Grant Guidelines
  • Supply Chain Facilitation
  • Tourism Partnerships

Innovation Connections – helps small to medium businesses collaborate with the research sector with three types of grants up to $30, 000 and $50, 000 (GO113). 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). Grant Guidelines

Incubator Support – assists start-ups to develop the capabilities to achieve commercial success in international markets and realise their economic potential faster than they otherwise would.  New and existing incubators can receive grants between $10, 000 and $500, 000.  Grants for start-ups to gain access to expert advisers can be between $1000 and $25, 000 (GO112) Grant Guidelines

This grant is ongoing.


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, go to  or call 1300 363 831 for Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – helping employers with incentives for apprentices.


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 equipment. 

Eligible equipment that reduces waste and landfill includes (but is not limited to):
- Compactors
- Glass crushing machines
- Commercial worm farms
- Composters
- Shredders
- EPS compaction equipment
- Recycling bins/bin equipment

For more information, email


Business Recycling Program - Bin Trim for businesses with up to 400 full-time employees

This program aims to change the standard waste management services offered to NSW businesses by providing the information and support they need to reduce waste to landfill and switch to improved recycling.

Funding is provided to organisations to deliver waste assessments to NSW businesses with up to 400 full-time equivalent employees. Waste experts undertake free assessments and enter the business’s waste data into the online Bin Trim App, which then generates a tailored Action Plan. The assessor provides support and advice to the business to help them implement recommended actions to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling.

The total grant amount is $4.9 million with individual grants of between $50,000 and $300,000

Eligible bodies include councils, groups of councils, industry, consultancies, and not-for-profit organisations.

Since its inception, the Program has engaged with more than 29,000 businesses.

This has resulted in an average increase in the recycling rate of 15% for participating businesses.

49% of engaged businesses have reduced the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

The Program has assisted businesses to collectively divert a total of over 70,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Closes 28 February 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants - Round 2 (GO3340)

This program aims to help businesses enhance their automotive product design and development process.

It will do this by supporting activities at specialised facilities and service organisations, including:

• designing
• prototyping
• testing

Australian businesses can benefit from the program’s objectives to support:

• access to automotive test facilities
• access to design and prototyping services
• new automotive product development
• enhanced business capability
• building capacity to deliver diversified products
• building capacity to supply products to local and international markets

The grant funding available is:

• between $50,000 and $200,000
• up to 50% of your eligible project costs
• for a project period up to 12 months

Closes 24 February, 2020

For Program Guidelines, 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.


Assisting Small Exporters (GO3409)

The Australian Government has announced the release of $6.1 million over four years to support small exporters in overcoming barriers to accessing international markets. $5 million is available for distribution over the period 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Under the program, grants are available to organisations and individuals who are either existing or potential small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal products industries.

Closes 28 February, 2020

Grant Guidelines


Relief from Outstanding Money (GO2860)

The Paying Legacy Unpaid External Dispute Resolution Determination program will pay individuals and small businesses the value of the award (inclusive of interest) not paid by a financial service provider that has failed to comply with a determination made under the Terms of Reference for the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Credit and Investments Ombudsman Rules, because the financial service provider is now bankrupt or under external administration, or has been deregistered or wound up. 

Payments will be made under the program until 30 June, 2020.


Australia-China Agricultural Co-operation Agreement 2020 (GO3415)

The ACACA aims to develop the trading relationship between Australia and China and provide for the mutual exchange of scientific information between the two countries.  The Australian Government is looking for projects undertaken in Australia and/or China.

A total of $222, 000 is available.  A maximum of $50, 000 is available for projects (in Australia or China) in Stream One and a maximum of $15, 000 is available for trade missions funding (in China only) in Stream Two.  You can apply for both Streams.

In Steam Two, funding can be used for airfares, accommodation, visas, travel insurance, daily allowances, conference fees and translation services.

Closes 12 February 2020

For grant guidellines, please click here.