COVID-19 Australian Grant Information

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Last Updated: 31/7/2020 

Available Grant: $5000

Status: The grant program will open at 12 noon on 3 August 2020 and close at 12 noon on 24 August 2020.


COVID-19 Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant Program

The purpose of this grant program is to assist small businesses across a number of sectors to sustain themselves, recover, re-open, build capacity and innovate whilst continuing to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A limited number of grants of $5,000 are available to assist small businesses that:

Operate in sectors that are heavily reliant on the visitor economy and will continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by border closures; OR

Continue to be significantly impacted directly or indirectly by public health restrictions; OR

Are reliant on contributing to the local supply chain of sectors that continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by border closures or public health restrictions; OR Are heavily reliant on exporting a significant proportion of their product to interstate and/or international markets that continue to be directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions.

The grant program will open at 12 noon on 3 August 2020 and close at 12 noon on 24 August 2020.

This will be a competitive merit based program, with limited funding of $15 million.

Up to 3000 grants will be awarded.

Assessment of grants will begin after the grant program has closed.

Applicants should note that meeting the eligibility criteria will not automatically result in a successful grant. Eligible applications will be assessed on a competitive basis against the assessment criteria with a decision by an independent panel.

What can I spend the money on if I am successful?

Funds can be used on any legitimate business expense that will improve the business’s sustainability. This includes

but is not limited to wages, equipment, stock, energy bills, rent, insurance, etc.


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New South Wales

Last Updated: 31/7/2020 
Available Grant: $500-$3000
Status: Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 16 August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.


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:

How can the funding be used?

The program aims to see small and micro businesses:

  • 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).
  • This grant can only be used for purchases of eligible expenses made from 1 July 2020, and only where no other government support is available.

Note: Applications close 11:59pm Sunday 16 August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.



To be eligible for this grant, you must as at 1 March 2020:

be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation (see guidelines) based in NSW have an ABN registered in NSW (make sure all your business details are up to date on the Australian Business Register – this is used to determine eligibility) have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (a Business Activity Statement must be provided as evidence).

Where a small business does not submit a BAS to the Australian Tax Office, and meets all other criteria, the small business should contact Service NSW to discuss further. In these cases, an income tax declaration may be accepted as evidence of an annual turnover of $75,000. employ less than 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff (non-employing businesses can apply) be able to report a payroll below the NSW 2019-2020 payroll tax threshold of $900,000 be in a highly impacted industry by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 (see guidelines) have experienced at least 30% decline in turnover from March to July 2020 compared to the equivalent period (of at least 2 weeks) in 2019 have costs associated with safely reopening or up-scaling your business from 1 July 2020. Note: If you have received a COVID-19 small business support grant of up to $10,000, you may also be eligible to apply for the $3000 COVID-19 small business recovery grant.




Last Updated: 31/7/2020

Status: SEQ funds 100% allocated

Regional QLD 57.48% allocated (still available)


Round 2 is open for regional Queensland businesses

Up to $100 million is being made available to deliver a second round of grants, with half of this funding specifically earmarked for regional small businesses located outside of South East Queensland.

South East Queensland is now closed.

New applications are no longer being accepted for South East Queensland businesses.

If you have an application in the QRIDA system, you can still access your application using the QRIDA portal.

Regional Queensland is open. We are still accepting applications for regional Queensland.

To submit a regional Queensland business application, follow the ‘how to apply’ information below. The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

The program aims to see small and micro businesses:

  • prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
  • continue to meet operating costs
  • access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
  • respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer-term growth
  • upskill and reskill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
  • embrace business diversification to adapt and sustain operations
  • create or retain employment.
  • Regional and SEQ funding
  • Round 2 funding for South East Queensland (SEQ) is now closed and we are not accepting new applications.

If you have an application in the QRIDA system, you can still access your application using the QRIDA portal.

Round 2 regional Queensland funding is open and we are still accepting applications.

The program is available to eligible businesses throughout Queensland. For round 2, funding is being equally divided between regional Queensland and South East Queensland (SEQ).

  • building the business through marketing and communications activities (e.g. content development – web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • digital/technological strategy development
  • digital training or re-training and up-skilling employees to adapt to new business models
  • capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 safety requirements
  • specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering).
  • Note: Grant funds can be used towards any of the above activities occurring from 23 March 2020 onwards, keeping in mind the project must be completed within a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval.




Last Updated:
$5000 Grants open for Melbourne Metro & Mitchell Shire

About the initiative

The Victorian Government has announced that Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ will be in reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59 on 8 July 2020 to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria. These restrictions will be in place for six weeks and will then be reviewed by the Chief Health Officer.

The return to Stay at Home restrictions mean that businesses within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, live music, entertainment venues and other businesses are either restricted in their operations or can no longer operate.

Businesses within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that are affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions may be eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program.

Applications for the program close on 19 August 2020.

This program is in addition to the first round of the Business Support Fund, which closed on 1 June 2020.

Please read the information on this page as well as the Guidelines and FAQs carefully before applying.

How the funding may be used

Grant funds may be used to assist the business, for example on:
  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, rent;
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning; 
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities; or
  • Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.