Business resources

Grant opportunities:

Did you know that you can access grants and assistance for starting, expanding or relocating small businesses through Government and community?

 

These links contain useful information on packages you may be eligible for:

 

Grant Connect

GrantConnect provides Australian businesses and community organisations a centralised publication of forecast and current grant opportunities and grants awarded by the Australian Government.

www.grants.gov.au

 

Business.Gov.au

An online Australian Government resource for the Australian business community, providing a database of grants for the business sector and other assistance in the form of low-interest loans, tax and tariff concessions.

www.business.gov.au/Assistance

 

Jobs Action Plan

The Jobs Action Plan is an incentive for businesses to employ new workers and grow their business in NSW. The end date of the scheme is 1 July 2019. You must register any new jobs before this date to be eligible for the scheme.

 

Jobs for NSW

Jobs for NSW provides financial support to startups and emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to build momentum and grow jobs. Explore our funding options below to see which product best suits the needs of your business.

 

Specific Areas:

 

Small Business

Boosting Business Innovation Program

The NSW Government has invested $18 million in the Boosting Business Innovation Program, giving small businesses access to research organisations to build strong local business communities and stimulate economic growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.

 

Lighting for small business

The NSW Government has launched a lighting upgrade offer for small businesses - Lighting for small business. The purpose of the offer is to help eligible small businesses replace old lights with new LED bulbs. The cost of the LED bulbs and the fee for installation is subsidised.

 

SafeWork NSW - Small Business Rebate

The small business rebate gives up to $500 back to small business owners who buy and install eligible safety equipment to address a safety problem in their workplace. It is open to sole traders or small businesses with up to 50 full time employees or equivalent.

 

Environment

NSW Office Environment and Heritage

The NSW Office Environment and Heritage (OEH) administers a number of funding programs and initiatives, including support for business and land holders.

 

The Arts

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.

 

Create NSW

Create NSW is the NSW Government’s agency for arts, screen and culture in NSW. The Create NSW website has a dedicated Funding and support section which provides information on a range of funding opportunities including its Arts and Cultural Development Program.

 

Regional Arts NSW

The Regional Arts NSW website has a dedicated grants page that lists funding opportunities available to artists that work in the regional arts and cultural sector.

 

Rural and Regional

Rural Assistance Authority

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority administers financial assistance programs including transport subsidies for animal welfare and natural disasters to primary producers on behalf of both the NSW and Australian Governments.

 

Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package

The NSW Government’s Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package makes it easier for businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW. The NSW Government offers a range of incentives to attract new and growing businesses to regional NSW. Businesses can take advantage of benefits including direct access to an investment concierge for expert and tailored support, grants and interest-free loans, and relocation assistance for skilled workers.

 

Tourism

Destination NSW - Regional Tourism Product Development Program

The Regional Tourism Product Development Program offers between $15,000 and $150,000 for eligible projects that satisfactorily meet the assessment criteria. The funding must be, at least, matched dollar-for-dollar.

 

Destination NSW - Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program

Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program is available to undertake a Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program which will be led by Destination NSW.

 

Destination NSW - Meet in Regional NSW

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for Regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and business events for their future.

 

It is worth noting that funding opportunities constantly change. Therefore, it is recommended that the enclosed links to funding sources be monitored regularly to determine the availability of funding opportunities.

 

The selection of the right grant for your project needs is one of the most important factors in securing funding. A number of grant bodies recommend that you only apply to those bodies that match your project. To assist in this process, it is recommended that you contact the funding body about your application prior to submission. The majority of the funding bodies included here provide additional information to assist applicants by providing application guidelines or answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on their websites.

 

Also check out our Business and investment contacts page for regional contacts to various agencies to assist you with your new business.