Would you like to access business funding to grow your Australian business or help you to get through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? Take advantage of these government grants for Australian businesses and see how it can give you and your business the boost it needs to recover, grow and scale.
Know more about various government grants and recovery assistance available for:
The Australian Government and The Government of Queensland have partnered to deliver the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grant for lockdown-affected businesses in 2021.
This program is now open and offers assistance for non-employing sole traders while also supporting qualified small and medium businesses, and large Hospitality & Tourism businesses.
Depending on the business or not-for-profit organisation suitable applicants will receive the total value of the boosted grants varying from $1,000 to $30,000. The available fund will be based on the payroll size of the eligible business or not-for-profit organisation.
For more information, please visit: COVID-19 Business Support Grant
The Business Basic Grants Program Round 2 (Regional Queensland only) will open 9am, 8 September 2021.
This initiative is managed by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, and aims to provide businesses with support to grow core skills and adopt best practice.
Available funding for eligible businesses includes a single up-front fixed grant payment of $5,000.
Grant funded activities must be in one of five the priorities below:
Closing date: when sufficient applications have been received for competition. Please note that funding will be based upon eligible criteria, and not all applicants will be funded.
For more information, please visit: Business Basics Grant Program Round 2
The South Australian Government has announced the combination of two previously established funds to continue supporting business, jobs and community organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Support Fund total funding is $795 million and its priority will be to reduce job losses and to support the continuing survival of entities.
The COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 Program provides financial support for eligible businesses that have experienced a significant loss of income or have been impacted by the health restrictions imposed in July and August 2021 in South Australia.
For details please visit: COVID-19 Business Support Grant - July 2021
This joint package funded by the Victorian and the Commonwealth Government offers grants of $14,000 to eligible small and medium businesses whose operations have been harshly impacted by health restriction imposed due COVID-19 since 27 May 2021.
This program provides financial support to businesses that have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 70%. It includes employing and non-employing businesses and may involve businesses who have not previously received financial relief or support in previous programs.
Closing date: until funds are exhausted or 11:59 on Friday 10 September 2021.
For more information, please visit: Small Business COVID Hardship Fund
New South Wales Government is assisting eligible businesses, sole-traders, and not-for-profit organisations in Greater Sydney and regional NSW by subsidising an equivalent to 40% of their weekly payroll for work performed in the state.
The Job Saver program provides cash flow assistance to support businesses to retain their NSW employees, while also covering other businesses costs. Payment will be a minimum of $1,500 per week and a maximum $100,000 per week.
Businesses will need to declare the 2-week period in which operations were first impacted by restrictions leading to the required turnover decline on or after the start of the program on 18 July 2021.
Closing date: 11:59 pm on 18 October 2021
For more information, please visit: JobSaver Payment
The 2021 Covid-19 Micro Business Grant is a package to financially assist eligible small businesses, not-for-profit organisations, and sole traders with totaled annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000, that have been affected by health restrictions.
Businesses will need to declare the 2-week period in which operations were first impacted by restrictions leading to the required turnover decline. Eligible businesses will receive a fortnightly payment of $1,500.
This package aims to provide micro-businesses with cash flow to support their incurring business costs which may include perishable goods, financial or legal advice, utilities, and rent, salaries and wages, or any other business cost.
Closing date: 11:59 pm on 18 October 2021
For more information, please visit: 2021 COVID-19 Micro Business Grant
The COVID-19 Business Support Grant is a joint deal provided by the Government of Australia and the ACT.
Financial assistance will be provided to Canberra businesses affected by lockdown under the ACT COVID-19 Business Support Grants. Employing businesses who have been impacted with a turnover decline of 30% or more because of imposed public health restrictions will receive a support of $20,000 while non-employing businesses will receive $7,500.
For more information, please visit COVID-19 Business Support Grants.
Read more about COVID-19 Business Support Grant.
The COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme will assist eligible small businesses with financial support to cover business expenses which may include payroll tax, utility charges, rates and other selected fees up to a maximum of $10,000 per operator.
Applicants must have a turnover between $30,000 and $10 million, and demonstrate a 30% loss of revenue from June 2021 to September 2021.
The COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme will open in October 2021, and more details will be provided here: COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Scheme
NB: This post was first published in November 2019 and has been updated September 2021 to reflect changes to various government grants and funding opportunities for Australian businesses.