Grants & Programs 


Hotel Energy Uplift Program

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program will run over one year from 2020-21 to 2021-22. The program provides grants to support small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

Close date: 01 April 2021

Grants from $10,000 to $25,000

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized hotel, motel or serviced apartment complex with 1 to 99 guestrooms that are advertised to, and available to be booked by, members of the public on a nightly basis. 

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NIAA Indigenous Tourism Fund

The Indigenous Tourism Fund will also be used to invest in activities and initiatives to boost the Indigenous Tourism sector as a whole.


Up to $17 million will be co-invested with the states and territories for Strategic Indigenous Tourism Projects that generate supply chain opportunities for Indigenous owned tourism businesses. This investment will be in partnership with state and territory governments.


Applications for the Grant program can be submitted from 22 February to 22 March 2021

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Modern Manufacturing Initiative

The Government is committing $1.3 billion to the Manufacturing Modernisation Initiative (MMI) to help our manufacturers scale and compete internationally.

At this stage, the MMI will offer funding for:

  • Translation: to help translate good ideas into commercial outcomes.

  • Integration: to help firms integrate into domestic and global value chains.

For projects aligning with one of the National Manufacturing Priority Areas.

What assistance is available?

  • Approximately $140 million is available through these initial rounds.

  • Funding rounds will be open for four weeks from release of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and associated road map.

  • The grants will be delivered through an open, competitive, merit-based grants program.

  • The minimum grant amount is $1 million. The maximum grant amount is $20 million.

  • The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

View more information on the translation stream

View more information on the integration stream 


New Business Assistance with NEIS

Small Business Training for individuals provides individuals who are not currently in employment, education or training with accredited small business training, mentoring and support and an allowance to help them start their own business.


Application detail: Applications may be made at any time.


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Up to $75,000 for flood-hit small businesses and farmers

The grants address damage caused by the floods and help make up for lost income. 

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Industry Growth Centres Initiative

Are you an ambitious Australian business owner in one of our 6 priority industry sectors? An Industry Growth Centre may be able to help you achieve your goals.

Growth centres include:

  • advanced manufacturing

  • cyber security

  • food and agribusiness

  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals

  • mining equipment, technology and services

  • oil, gas and energy resources

You can contact Industry Growth Centres at any time.

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$1500 Small Business Rebate Scheme Opens

Small businesses are encouraged to sign up online for a new $1,500 rebate scheme to help cover the cost of government fees and charges. 

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Advice for businesses in the Defence sector

Australian businesses can access free advisory and facilitation services to improve their business capabilities, extend networks and take advantage of opportunities in the defence sector. Applications are open.

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Funding for skills development and training in the defence industry sector

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants provide businesses servicing the defence sector with upskilling and training opportunities to build skills capacity and capability to meet current or future Defence needs.

Grants are between $5,000 and $500,000

This grant is for:

-Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that currently have a Defence contract, are tendering for one, are a subcontractor to a defence prime or contracted through the Prime supply chain to deliver on defence projects.

-Defence industry associations training their own staff or facilitating training to businesses they are representing. 

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Export Finance Australia (EFIC)

As the Government’s export credit agency, Export Finance Australia provides a range of finance solutions for Australian businesses, including tourism and those in export-related supply chains.

Export Finance Australia works together with banks and other government agencies to help Australian businesses take on the world.

EFIC can help you with Working Capital Support; Capital Investment; International Expansion and Online Growth. 


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NSW Government Export Assistance

The package includes assistance grants for exporters, tailored workshops and opportunities to explore new markets.

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International Freight Assistance Mechanism

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is a targeted support measure put in place by the Australian Government to keep global air links open in response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

If the scheduled IFAM supported flights do not meet an exporter's needs, the exporter may discuss their options with their freight forwarder. 

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Live Music Australia Program

The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. 

It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country. 



Jobs Plus Program

Applications for the Jobs Plus program are now open. 


Australian businesses that employ 20 staff, or international companies with 80 employees, may apply for support to start or expand business operations in NSW.  

Companies must apply for Jobs Plus and start hiring new staff before 30 June 2022. All staff must also live, and be paid, in NSW. 


Energy and renewables

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)

This program aims to encourage investment in small-scale renewable energy, and creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install systems which produce electricity and deliver hot water. It does this through the creation of small-scale technology certificates which Renewable Energy Target liable entities have a legal obligatio​​n to buy and surrender to the Clean Energy Regulator on a quarterly basis.​

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Energy Lab Acceleration Program


This program aims to provide what energy entrepreneurs need to succeed, learning from the world's top cleantech accelerators and adapting those lessons for the Australian context.

It is structured around three three-month modules designed to help entrepreneurs achieve one key milestone at a time: Build, Sell, Raise.

The program offers:
- Exposure to over 250 mentors
- National coworking membership
- Guidance from a successful entrepreneur
- Legal and accounting assistance
- Masterclasses to build skills in critical areas
- Assistance raising capital

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Accessible sources of information about grants and funding:



Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed! When searching for funding, keep in mind that you’ll generally need to meet certain criteria to be eligible, and that aside from funding assistance, many programs can help your business by building your skills and knowledge.


Community Development NSW (formerly Community Builders) maintains a website that is an interactive online hub for everyone involved in community level social, economic and environmental change.


Grant Guru is the most comprehensive grants database in Australia. GrantGuru has developed a one-stop-shop for grants. Free search-based version and subscription for more advanced versions.




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Here are resources available to assist you and your employee’s mental health including:

  • Beyond Blue has developed free resources to assist you to find the information you need to feel confident in playing a support role. These can be accessed at

  • The My Business Health web portal offers dedicated holistic support to you to manage your outgoings, to access financial support, to prepare, respond and recover as the economy reopens, and how to seek out emotional support.

  • Every mind’s Ahead for Business, is another online resource specially designed to help you understand your mental health, manage business stress and provides tailored recommendations, information and programs.

Importantly, immediate assistance is available through each of these resources via a phone number, chat line, or referral to other services if in crisis.

If you or your employees need support, and you aren’t sure where to turn to, please reach out to Beyond Blue’s dedicated COVID-19 Mental Health Support Service.


View the Small Business Commissioner's new guide Prepare for the unexpected- Build a Business Continuity Plan to help you prepare for disruption.


Developed in partnership with Resilience NSW, the guide provides practical, expert advice and easy to use templates so small business owners can develop their own comprehensive Business Continuity Plan.

The guide is part of the Get Ready Toolkit to help small businesses build resilience.