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Business Grants

Coronavirus Economic Stimulus Package

For 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.

 

Small Business Recovery Grant

Under the new Small Business Recovery Grant, small businesses will be able to apply for funding up to $3000.

The grants can be used to cover marketing and advertising expenses, make fit-out changes and train staff in how to work safely under the current COVID-19 health conditions.

Applications open 1 July 2020.

Closes 16 August 2020.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

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.

 

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 which 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.

In April 2020, the Federal Government announced an increase in funding for the EMDG scheme of $46.8 million, bringing the total funding for the program to $207.7 million for the 2019-20 financial year.

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.

 

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses become more innovative and 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:

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 - 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.

 

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 www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au  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 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 bintrim.rebates@epa.nsw.gov.au

 

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.

 

Australia-ASEAN Council 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round (GO4035)

The objectives of the Australia-ASEAN Council's 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round are to support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and the ASEAN region during and following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits.

In this context, the round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19. Countries in scope include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of ASEAN countries during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closes 5 August 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Australia-Indonesia Institute 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round (GO4036)

The objectives of the Australia-Indonesia Institute’s 2020 COVID-19 Special Grants Round are to support continuity in people-to-people and institutional engagement between Australia and Indonesia during and following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits.

In this context, the round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages, but do not require travel and are consistent with government restrictions in response to COVID-19. The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of Indonesia during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Closes 5 August 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.