The latest funding, opportunities & grants for businesses

Some national funding and grants opportunities and initiatives to help businesses deal with the fallout caused by COVID. Be sure to check out each link to see if your business is eligible.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Amp It Up! Supporting Live Gigs
The Amp It Up! Fund was developed to assist small to medium live music venues to recover after the impacts of COVID-19 by offsetting the costs associated with programming and promotion and to provide opportunities for musicians and other performance artists to pursue performance outcomes in the ACT. Funding is available to small to medium ACT businesses and organisations that operate live music venues. You can apply from $5,000 to $45,000, noting that the more you apply for the greater the expected outcomes and strength of application.
Applications close 5pm 30 May 2022

NEW SOUTH WALES

Small Business Fees & Charges Rebate
As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plan, small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations may apply for a rebate worth $1,500 to help pay for government fees and charges.
Available until 30 June 2022

Assistance for Indigenous Businesses
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is offering support to Indigenous businesses impacted by COVID-19. Designed in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, assistance may include loans, grants or a combination of both to help with ongoing fixed costs; access to specialist advice to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis; videos on how to manage a business during the pandemic.
Ongoing

Alfresco Restart rebate
Registration for the $5,000 Alfresco Restart rebate is now open. The first 5,000 eligible small or medium food and beverage businesses that register can use the rebate to help create or expand their outdoor dining areas. Businesses must first register to confirm their eligibility. From late February, registered businesses will be able to claim the rebate for eligible expenses incurred between 14 October 2021 to 30 April 2022.
Ongoing until 5,000 registrations are reached. Claims close 30 June 2022.

Jobs Plus program
The Jobs Plus program provides support to Australian and international businesses that want to start or expand their operations in NSW. Program support will help reduce the costs and financial risks of growing a business or moving its operations to NSW. To be eligible for the program, Australian businesses must currently employ at least 20 workers and overseas businesses must employ at least 80 workers. All businesses must be able to create at least 30 net new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in NSW before 30 June 2024. Further conditions apply.
Applications close 30 June 2022, or until support is fully allocated.


NORTHERN TERRITORY

Business Growth Program
If you run a business in the Northern Territory, you may be able to apply for funding to improve and support your business. The Business Growth Program helps businesses access professional services to improve their performance, sustainability and profitability. It also provides mentoring and coaching support.
Ongoing

Business Pivot Grant
If you run a business in the Northern Territory you may be able to apply for funding to adapt to the changing economic environment. The funding may assist to grow profits and improve the visibility of your business. The funding can be used to go towards a range of things to help propel your business.
Applications close 30 June 2022

Creative Communities Grant
Up to $5,000 for arts and cultural projects that increase community participation.
Ongoing

General Grant Program - Office of Gender Equity and Diversity
If you would like to undertake a project, service or activity which addresses intersectional gender-based inequalities you can apply for a general grant of up to $5,000. 
Applications close 31 May 2022

QUEENSLAND

Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme
The Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) is designed to assist services with the cost of implementing and delivering an approved kindergarten learning program.
Ongoing

Tourism Business Professional Advice Rebate
The Tourism Business Professional Advice Rebate provides an eligible business in a tourism industry in Queensland with a rebate of up to a maximum of $2,500 (excluding GST) per applicant for additional professional financial, legal and/or human resource advice. That is, a rebate of 50% of the costs of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) in professional advice received by the applicant.
Applications close 30 June 2022

Manufacturing Hubs Grants Program
The Manufacturing Hub Grant Program was developed to address identified industry challenges and opportunities associated with manufacturing firms transitioning to advanced manufacturing and provides funding support between $5,000 and $1 million.
Applications close 30 June 2022

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Financial Support for businesses and workers
Wage subsidies of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) are available to encourage businesses to hire and retain eligible job seekers in ongoing and sustainable positions.
Applications close 31 June 2022

TASMANIA

Events Tasmania – One Off Assistance Grants
One-off Assistance grants of up to $20 000 are available to promote the number of winter events in regional Tasmania, increasing visitors and local community engagement through the non-peak tourist season, and assisting to grow event expertise skills and capacity in regional Tasmania.
Ongoing

Events Tasmania Attraction Fund
The Events Tasmania Attraction Fund provides support to events that return substantial economic benefits for our state. The program is a competitive process with applications considered by the Major Events Group – a body made up of industry experts – against set criteria. The program aims to help deliver a regionally balanced event portfolio for Tasmania, spread across the calendar year.
Ongoing

Major Events Partnership Program
Events Tasmania's Major Event Partnerships Program provides funding to significant events that return substantial economic outcomes for our state. The Program is a competitive process with applications considered by the Major Events Group – a body made up of Government and industry representatives – against set criteria. The Program aims to deliver a regionally and seasonally balanced event portfolio for Tasmania that includes a variety of event types.
Ongoing

Event Ready Grant Program
The Event Ready Grant Program aims to support events with COVID-19 safety planning. The program is responsive to the Tasmanian Government’s Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania process and the additional needs, demands and costs associated with planning and delivering safe events in a COVID-19 impacted environment. Events Tasmania is offering grants of up to $5,000 in funding to support events.
Ongoing

Live Performance Support Program
The Live Performance Support Program was launched in March 2021 to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. The program has been extended to support eligible arts activities until 30 September 2022. Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000 through this $2 million program. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists.
Applications close 30 September 2022

VICTORIA

Business recovery and resilience mentoring
A business mentoring program to help small businesses navigate the economic challenges posed by restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID‑19. Through this program, eligible business owners can receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business.
Ongoing

Jobs Victoria Fund
The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to assist Victorian businesses to employ at least 10,000 people who are looking for work. If you are a Victorian employer ready to hire new staff or increase hours of existing staff, the Jobs Victoria Fund can financially support you to employ people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Ongoing

Regional Jobs Fund
The Regional Jobs Fund provides Victorian Government financial assistance primarily to businesses seeking to develop and expand operations in regional Victoria. The aim of the Regional Jobs Fund is to attract new investment, create new jobs, and in some cases retain existing jobs  in regional Victoria and to support businesses to improve their productivity and competitiveness.
Applications close 30 June 2022

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Level 2 COVID-19 Business Hardship Grants Expansion
Businesses will benefit from an increase in payments through the Small Business Hardship Grants Program, and more businesses will be able to apply for the boosted grants with adjustments made to eligibility requirements. A new tiered grant will be available to businesses that have experienced a 30 per cent reduction in turnover over any consecutive four-week period between January 1, 2022 and April 30, 2022, relative to the same period last year. Businesses in this category will be eligible for a grant of between $3,750 and $37,500 depending on the size of the business and the number of employees.
Ongoing

$5 million COVID-19 Activating Alfresco Rebate Program
Eligible small businesses can apply for grants of up to $5,000, and can be used to reimburse the cost of creating or expanding alfresco spaces. This includes the costs of things such as purchasing new furniture, lighting, weather protection, interactive play spaces and art. It promotes safe socialisation and the creation of community vibrancy though the activation of footpaths, and other underused public and private spaces.
Applications close 5pm 17 June 2022


$30,000 available for artist-in-residence local government projects
The $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program is available for artist-in-residence projects. Projects must engage communities and are delivered with a local government, school or not-for-profit community organisations.
Ongoing

Tropical Cyclone Seroja Small Business Recovery Grants
Reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 are available to help eligible small businesses directly impacted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja cover cyclone-related clean-up and reinstatement costs for their business.
Ongoing