Federal Grants

Energy Efficient Communities Program (EEC) – High Energy Using Business GrantsDepartment of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Closing Date 24/09/2020

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – High Energy Using Business Grants provides businesses with grants of up to $25,000 to improve their energy efficiency. Grants may be used for equipment and component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring.

This grant is for high energy using businesses with an annual net energy consumption of more than 0.05 PJ per year.

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support high energy using businesses to save energy through:

– replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
– install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
– carry out energy audits
– carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions


Arts Projects for Individuals and GroupsAustralian Council for the Arts

Closing Date 01/09/2020

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.


Landing Pads Program for Start UpsAustrade

Closing Date 30/09/2020

The Landing Pads program provides market-ready startups and scaleups the opportunity to land and expand in global innovation hubs.

Landing Pads provide market-ready startups and scaleups with:

– a ninety day residency in a co-working space to help them grow their business by facilitating in-market business development, introductions to investors and mentor networks and strategic partnership opportunities
– business services and in-market learnings from local and international experts
access to a curated community that supports Australian entrepreneurs who want to go global via shared insights and collaboration opportunities, and
– assistance post residency with business advice to help them continue to grow their business.


Supporting Apprentices & TraineesDepartment of Education, Skills and Employment

Closing Date 31/12/2020

The Government is supporting small businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees.

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.

The wage subsidy will be claimable for wages paid since 1 January 2020. The apprentice or trainee must have been in-training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.

Employers can register for the subsidy from 2 April 2020.


Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Closing Date Ongoing

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) funds organisations through the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Programme (the STS Programme) to undertake projects and activities that directly commemorate Australia’s involvement in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.


R&D Tax Incentive

Closing Date Ongoing

Provides a tax offset for some of a company’s cost of doing eligible research and development (R&D) activities by reducing a company’s income tax liability.


Accelerating Commercialisation


Closing Date Ongoing

Accelerating Commercialisation provides access to expert guidance and grants to help businesses commercialise their novel products, processes and services.


State Grants

Export Support MeasuresNSW Government

Closing Date Ongoing

The NSW Government is launching a range of support measures for NSW businesses at each stage of their export journey. The package includes a range of financial and non-financial assistance, export capability-building and tailored engagement with our trade professionals in NSW and overseas.


Small Business COVID-19 Recovery GrantService NSW

Closing Date 16/08/2020

The NSW Government is gradually lifting the restrictions on movement and business trading that were designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means some businesses can now reopen.

If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

– fit-out changes and temporary physical changes (for example, plastic barriers at checkouts)
– staff training and counselling
– business advice and continuity planning
– cleaning products and additional cleaning services
– additional equipment necessary to comply with social distancing or other public health measures
– marketing, communications and advertising
– digital solutions (for example, e-commerce or business websites).


Recreational Fishing Trusts GrantsDepartment of Primary Industries

Closing Date Ongoing

To provide funding that will enhance recreational fishing. Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including fishing organisations, universities, councils, community groups, individuals etc. Organisations applying for funding should be incorporated. Joint applications are also encouraged.

What types of projects are funded?
– Recreational fishing enhancement – fish aggregating devices, artificial reefs and fish stocking
– Fishing facilities and access – fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, enhancing access
– Fishing education – fishing workshops, Fishcare volunteers, schools education
– Aquatic habitat rehabilitation – community grants to remove barriers to fish migration, replanting & protecting river bank vegetation, restoring water flows etc.
– Research on fish and recreational fishing – fishing surveys, biology of popular recreational species, angler catch projects
– Enforcement of fishing rules – Fisheries officers
– Gone Fishing NSW Day fishing club grants


Women in Business – Inspiring Women EntrepreneursTAFE NSW

Closing Date Ongoing

Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised (eligibility criteria apply) online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.


Disaster relief loans – Small businessRural Assistance Authority

Closing Date Ongoing

Small businesses who have been directly affected by a declared natural disaster including floods, fires or storm damage, may be eligible for low interest loans of up to $130,000.

This low interest rate loan can help a small business:
– return to its normal level of trading or until the next major income is received within 12 months from the date of disaster
– replace and repair damage caused to your small business and associated improvements not covered by insurance.

Application must be lodged within six months of the declaration of a natural disaster.


Regional Skills Relocation GrantNSW Department of Industry

Closing Date Ongoing

The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.


Apprentices and Trainees Payroll Tax Rebate NSWNSW Revenue

Closing Date Ongoing

A payroll tax rebate is available for employers in NSW who employ apprentices and new entrant trainees.

The rebate works as a payroll tax offset based on the wages you’ve paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees. The rebate can be claimed monthly or annually as part of the monthly returns and annual reconciliation.


Minimum Viable Product Grant

Closing Date Ongoing

Minimum Viable Product grants are designed to support promising startups with the funds needed to progress from Product Grant a proof of concept stage to a minimum viable product.

Job for NSW – Regional Jobs Now Portfolio

Closing Date Ongoing

Under the Regional Jobs Now portfolio, at least 30% of the $190 million Jobs for NSW Fund will be allocated to supporting the growth of businesses outside of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Regional businesses may apply for any of the grants and support services provided by Jobs for NSW subject to the eligibility requirements of each product.


Environmental Education Grants

Closing Date Ongoing

The aim of the Environmental Education grants program is to support educational projects or programs that develop or widen the community’s knowledge of skills in, and commitment to, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour.


Local Council Grants

Community Events and Place Activation GrantsCentral Coast Council

Closing Date Ongoing

The Community Events and Place Activation Grant Program aims to support local organisations to deliver community events and activities that activate spaces and places to complement activity around town centres, foreshores, lakes and green spaces for the community and visitors.

Opens: 31 August 2020


Community Grants

Women’s Leadership Development ScholarshipsWomen & Leadership Australia

Closing Date 11/09/2020

Partial scholarships of $1,000 – $5,000 are available for career building leadership courses for women.


Scholarship are available across three key management levels:

Early career managers

Delivered part-time over four months, Leading Edge is designed to enable the transition of aspiring and early career female managers into confident, capable and motivated leaders.
$1,000 partial scholarship

Mid-level managers

Delivered part-time over seven months, Executive Ready is designed to stretch mid-level leaders and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets.
$3,000 partial scholarship

Senior and executive leaders

Delivered part-time over twelve months, the Advanced Leadership Program is a high-impact and challenging developmental course for senior and executive leaders.
$5,000 partial scholarship


Budget Direct SponsorshipsBudget Direct

Amount: $1000-$5000

Closing Date 30/09/2020

Budget Direct will consider your sponsorship request whether you’re a leader in your field or a grassroots organisation, as long as you want to make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians.

Budget Direct are open to sponsoring registered organisations or associations that:

– provide local or statewide community services
– run community awareness and education programs
– promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
– advocate for road safety
– provide emergency services
– support in need or at-risk Australians
– help build strong, vibrant communities.