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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.

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.

Payments will change to 30% of weekly payroll for all eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations after NSW reaches 70% double-dose vaccination, taking effect from 10 October 2021. Payments will change to 15% of weekly payroll after NSW reaches 80% double-dose vaccination, taking effect from 24 October 2021, unless you're in regional NSW.

For businesses and not-for-profit organisations in regional local government areas (excluding the Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains), payments will change to 15% of weekly payroll, taking effect from 31 October 2021.

The $1,000 weekly payment for non-employing businesses and not-for-profits will change to $750 when NSW reaches 70% double-dose vaccination, taking effect from 10 October 2021. The weekly payment will change to $375 when NSW reaches 80% double-dose vaccination, taking effect from 24 October 2021, unless you're in regional NSW. For regional non-employing businesses, this change will come into effect from 31 October 2021.

Applies from 18 July or from the fortnight that businesses first experienced a decline in turnover after 18 July. Payments will end on 30 November 2021.

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.

Payments will change to $750 a fortnight after NSW reaches 80% double vaccination (taking effect from 30 October 2021).

Applies from 26 June or from the fortnight that businesses first experienced a decline in turnover after 26 June. Payments will end on 30 November 2021.

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

Applications are now closed.

Payments will end on 30 November 2021.

For more information, visit JobSaver payment.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

Applications are now closed.

Payments will end on 30 November 2021.

For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant.

COVID-19 business grant

Applications are now closed.

For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

More information

JobSaver payment

  • For more information, refer to the guidelines and common questions.
  • To find out what documents you need, visit JobSaver payment documentation.
  • If your business does not meet all the eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply if you can provide evidence to support the alternative circumstances outlined in the guidelines.
  • Businesses or not-for-profit organisations that are not eligible for this payment but are suffering financial hardship may be able to apply through the hardship review pathway.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

  • For more information, refer to the guidelines and common questions.
  • To find out what documents you need, visit micro-business grant documentation.
  • If your business does not meet all the eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply if you can provide evidence to support the alternative circumstances outlined in the guidelines.
  • Businesses or not-for-profit organisations that are not eligible for this payment but are suffering financial hardship may be able to apply through the hardship review pathway.

COVID-19 business grant

  • For more information, refer to the guidelines and common questions.
  • To find out what documents you need, visit business grant documentation
  • If your business does not meet all the eligibility criteria, you may be able to apply if you can provide evidence to support the alternative circumstances outlined in the guidelines.
  • Businesses or not-for-profit organisations that are not eligible for this payment but are suffering financial hardship may be able to apply through the hardship review pathway.