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The NSW Government is offering 3 types of financial support to businesses across NSW as part of the COVID-19 support package:

  • JobSaver payment
  • COVID-19 micro-business grant
  • COVID-19 business grant.

Use our guide to compare the grants and work out which one suits your situation. You may also be eligible for the Small business fees and charges rebate of $1,500.

Before you apply

Check that you have the supporting documentation needed and where possible, have this ready to attach to your application. We will be able to assess your application faster if the correct documentation is provided to us when you apply.

What is it?

JobSaver payment

Fortnightly tax-free payments of 40% of pre-COVID weekly payroll (from $1,500 to $100,000 per week for employing businesses) to help maintain employee headcount and provide cash flow support to impacted businesses and not-for-profits across NSW; $1,000 weekly for non-employing businesses and not-for-profits.

Applies from 18 July or from the fortnight that businesses first experienced a decline in turnover after 18 July.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

A fortnightly tax-free grant of $1,500 to help impacted micro-businesses and not-for-profits across NSW that have a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

Applies from 26 June or from the fortnight that businesses first experienced a decline in turnover after 26 June.

COVID-19 business grant

One-off tax-free grant of $7,500 to $15,000 (depending on your decline in turnover) to help impacted businesses and not-for-profits across NSW. If you are eligible for this grant, you may also be eligible for the JobSaver payment.

Only applies for the period 26 June to 17 July.

Eligibility

JobSaver payment

You're eligible if you have:

  • an annual turnover between $75,000 and $250 million (larger businesses in the hospitality, tourism and recreation industries with a turnover more than $250 million and up to $1 billion may also be eligible)
  • an active ABN (only one application can be submitted per ABN)
  • proof you were operating in June 2021
  • proof that you experienced a revenue decline of 30% or more due to the COVID-19 restrictions
  • employing businesses – maintained your employee headcount from 13 July 2021 if you received payments from the start of JobSaver, or otherwise from the day before the fortnight that you first experienced the required decline in turnover
  • non-employing businesses – show that your business is your primary income source (50% or more of your total income).

COVID-19 micro-business grant

You're eligible if you have:

  • an annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000
  • an active ABN (only one application can be submitted per ABN), or proof you were operating in June 2021
  • experienced a revenue decline of 30% or more
  • employing businesses – maintained your employee headcount from 13 July 2021 if you receive payments from the commencement of the micro-business grant, or from the day immediately prior to the fortnight you first experienced the required decline in turnover
  • non-employing businesses – show that your business is your primary income source (50% or more of your total income).

COVID-19 business grant

You're eligible if you have:

  • an annual turnover between $75,000 and $50 million
  • an active ABN (only one application can be submitted per ABN)
  • proof you were operating in June 2021
  • experienced a revenue decline of 30% or more
  • payroll up to $10 million at July 2020
  • employing businesses – maintained your employee headcount from 13 July 2021
  • non-employing businesses – proof that your business is your primary income source (50% or more of your total income).

If you're receiving the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment

JobSaver payment

Non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, are not eligible to apply if individuals associated with and deriving income from the business have received a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment for the same period that they're receiving JobSaver.

If you have employees, they can still receive the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment if you're receiving JobSaver.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

Non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, are not eligible to apply if individuals associated with and deriving income from the business are receiving a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment for the same period that they're receiving the COVID-19 micro-business grant.

COVID-19 business grant

Non-employing businesses, such as sole traders, are not eligible to apply if individuals associated with and deriving income from the business received a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment between 26 June and 17 July 2021, or any part thereof.

When can I apply?

JobSaver payment

Open: 28 July 2021

Close: 11:59pm on 18 October 2021

Apply for the JobSaver payment

COVID-19 micro-business grant

Open: 26 July 2021

Close: 11:59pm 18 October 2021

Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant

COVID-19 business grant

Open: 19 July 2021

Close: 11:59pm on 1 October 2021

Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant

More information

JobSaver payment

COVID-19 micro-business grant

COVID-19 business grant