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. 


Search for a business grant

A great search tool for businesses to find grants can be found at - just put in your postcode, the industry you are in and the type of grant you are seeking.


Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme helps 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 business advisers, drawn from industry, to help small and medium businesses that produce novel products in targeted growth sectors. Advisers then work with you to create a Growth Roadmap and recommend grants appropriate for your business.

  • 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 grants of $2500-$20,000 for up to 50% of the project costs.
  • Growth Grants help you improve specific business areas that your adviser recommended in your Growth Roadmap. 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

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.


Small Business Rebate

The following services are available to small businesses in NSW:

  • Rebates of up to $500 
  • Access to free safety advisors to help small businesses build safety skills.
  • Support for small business and sole traders in NSW that have recently been impacted by a natural disaster, state of emergency or COVID-19.

Applicants must have attended an eligible SafeWork NSW safety workshop, webinar, program, event, or had an advisory visit from a SafeWork NSW officer before applying.

Eligible activities include buying and installing eligible safety equipment that addresses:
- Hazardous manual tasks
- Slips, trips and falls
- Injuries from moving objects
- Chemicals and dangerous goods
- Hazardous noise

New workplace hygiene items are also eligible.

For more information, 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.


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.


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).

The EMDG is open in its current form until 30 June 2021 and then opens again with some changes on 1 July 2021.

For more information, please click here. For information about this grant from 1 July 2021, please click here.


Export Assistance Grant

If you are an exporting business, or if you were exporting goods or services before the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought, you may be eligible for an export assistance grant of up to $10,000.  

This grant helps eligible export businesses in NSW access global markets. Funds can be used for:  

  • marketing materials
  • website internationalisation
  • pivoting to online delivery (for example, converting face-to-face training content to online content for international audiences)
  • e-commerce development
  • market research
  • international tradeshow and trade missions
  • inbound business support
  • costs to support compliance/localisation of products for export
  • costs to protect your business in international markets.

This grant will be provided as reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business, for expenses already paid since 1 January 2020. 

You can submit either one application up to the maximum of $10,000 or multiple applications of a minimum of $2000 per application each, totalling a maximum of $10,000. 

To be eligible for this grant, you must:   

  • be based in NSW  
  • be registered with an ABN and be registered for GST as of 1 August 2019 
  • be currently exporting, or were exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires or drought 
  • employ a minimum of 3 full-time equivalent workers at the time of application 
  • own the goods/services to be exported, or be able to provide documented evidence that you are the agreed export supplier 
  • produce the goods/services to be exported in Australia, or be able to provide documented evidence that the business provides substantial value to NSW  
  • be an exporting business with an annual turnover of:
    • up to $100 million, or 
    • greater than $100 million that can demonstrate export turnover has declined by more than 30% in the 2019–2020 financial year and have an intention to re-establish your export business in your established markets and/or diversify into new markets.

Note: If you have applied for the Australian Government’s Export Market Development Grant (EMDG), you may still be eligible for the export assistance grant. Conditions apply, see the guidelines for more information.

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, 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.


COVID-19 National: Business, Non-Profits – Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) Scheme

To assist with business recovery from COVID-19 support is available to all employers who engage a new Australian apprentice. 

Eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50% of the Australian apprentice’s gross wage paid. The subsidy is available for Australian apprentices commencing or recommencing between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, per eligible Australian apprentice, for wages paid in the 12-month period from the date of commencement or recommencement.

Group training organisations must pass on the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements payments to the host employer, or may retain the payment where an Australian apprentice or trainee is no longer hosted to a host employer.

Payments can be claimed in arrears at the following dates:

  • 1 January 2021, for any wages paid from 5 October 2020 to 31 December 2020.
  • 1 April 2021, for any wages paid from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.
  • 1 July 2021, for any wages paid from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.
  • 1 October 2021, for any wages paid from 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.
  • 1 January 2022, for any wages paid from 1 October 2021 to 31 December 2021.
  • 1 April 2022, for any wages paid from 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022.
  • 1 July 2022, for any wages paid from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022.
  • 1 October 2022, for any wages paid from 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022.

There will be no changes for existing workers in trade-based Australian Apprenticeships.

Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2022.

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):

•Cardboard and plastic balers
•Expanded polystyrene compactors
•Source separation bins
•Other (check with your assessor) - 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 b[email protected]
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. These 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.