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COVID-19 business grants and payments comparison

Use our guide to compare the 2021 COVID-19 support grants and work out which one suits your situation.

JobSaver payment

If your business has an annual turnover between $75,000 and $250 million and you’ve experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the JobSaver payment. 

JobSaver provides fortnightly payments valued at 40% of your weekly payroll. JobSaver payments can be used to help you pay your workers and provide cash flow to keep your business running. 

If you’re a sole trader or not-for-profit organisation, you may be eligible for the JobSaver payment. 

Further eligibility criteria apply.

For more information, visit JobSaver payment – Common questions.

Applications close on 18 October 2021. To apply, visit Apply for the JobSaver payment.

COVID-19 micro-business grant

If your business has an annual turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 and you’ve experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 micro-business grant. 

The micro-business grant provides fortnightly payments of $1,500. Payments can be used to:

  • pay your workers
  • pay utilities and rent
  • obtain legal or financial advice
  • pay for marketing and communications
  • purchase perishable goods
  • cover other business costs.

If you’re a sole trader or not-for-profit organisation, you may be eligible for a micro-business grant.

Further eligibility criteria apply. For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant – Common questions

Applications close on 18 October 2021. To apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant.

COVID-19 business grant

The COVID-19 business grant is a one-off payment of between $7,500 and $15,000 to help businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations impacted by COVID-19. 

If your business has an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million and you've experienced a decline in revenue of at least 30% due to COVID-19 restrictions in place between 26 June and 17 July 2021, you may be eligible for this grant. 

Further eligibility criteria apply. For more information, visit 2021 COVID-19 business grant – Common questions.

Applications close on 1 October 2021. To apply, visit Apply for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

Accommodation support grant

If you have more than one accommodation property in NSW and you’ve experienced cancellations in the winter public school holidays between Friday 25 June and Sunday 11 July 2021, you may be eligible for an accommodation support grant of either $2,000 or $5,000. 

Eligibility criteria apply. For more information, visit Accommodation support grant.

Small business fees and charges rebate

As part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus and recovery plan, small businesses, sole traders and not-for-profit organisations may apply for a rebate worth $1,500 to help pay for government fees and charges.

The rebate is available until 30 June 2022. 

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for the small business fees and charges rebate.

Stay & Rediscover Accommodation Voucher scheme

The NSW Government’s Stay & Rediscover Voucher Scheme supports accommodation providers in the City of Sydney area. Up to 200,000 vouchers worth $100 each will be available to NSW residents to use to pay for accommodation.

Eligible businesses can get ready now to become a Stay & Rediscover business.

For more information, visit Stay & Rediscover.
 

Dine & Discover NSW Voucher scheme

The NSW Government's Dine & Discover Voucher scheme supports hospitality, arts and tourism businesses. 

Four vouchers, worth $25 each, are available to every NSW resident. They can be used for:

  • dining in at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs
  • takeaway meals
  • entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues.

Vouchers are valid until June 2022. 

Eligible businesses can register now for the scheme. For more information, visit Dine & Discover NSW.

Sydney CBD Friday voucher program

The NSW Government has announced a new voucher program to encourage the community back into the Sydney CBD and support businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The program will offer 500,000 NSW residents 4 x $25 vouchers to spend at dining and entertainment venues in the Sydney CBD on Fridays. 

Eligible COVID-Safe dining and entertainment businesses in the 2000 postcode will be able to register for the program in late 2021.

We'll have more information available soon.

Jobs Plus program

The Jobs Plus program provides support to Australian and international businesses that want to start or expand their operations in NSW. Program support will help reduce the costs and financial risks of growing a business or moving its operations to NSW.

To be eligible for the program, Australian businesses must currently employ at least 20 workers and overseas businesses must employ at least 80 workers. All businesses must be able to create at least 30 net new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in NSW before 30 June 2024. Further conditions apply.

For more information about eligibility criteria, as well as details about funding, visit Jobs Plus program.

Export assistance grant

An export assistance grant of up to $10,000 is available to eligible NSW businesses impacted by COVID-19, bushfires or drought, to help your business access new global markets or re-enter old ones. 

Eligible exporting businesses can apply for 50% reimbursement of certain export-enabling expenses, such as marketing and e-commerce, for expenses already paid since 1 January 2020.  

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Apply for an export assistance grant.

Small and medium enterprise (SME) guarantee scheme

Phase 3 of the Australian Government's SME guarantee scheme guarantees 80% of the value of eligible business loans to small and medium enterprises impacted by COVID-19.

Loans must be approved by 31 December 2021. 

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the Australian Banking Association.

Financial institutions

The Australian Banking Association has outlined 3 key stages to repayments for eligible business owners who continue to experience financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19. This includes options to pay in full, make partial payments or access further hardship assistance.

Customers will need to contact their financial institutions to discuss the options available to them.

For details, visit Australian Banking Association or contact your banking institution directly.

Assistance for Indigenous businesses

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is offering support to Indigenous businesses impacted by COVID-19, including those that are not existing IBA customers.

Designed in collaboration with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, assistance may include:

  • loans, grants or a combination of both to help with ongoing fixed costs
  • access to specialist advice to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis
  • videos on how to manage a business during the pandemic.

For more information, visit Indigenous Business Australia.