Small Business Grants and Support
A global crisis such as natural disasters or public health pandemic has a significant impact on small to medium-sized businesses (SME) and their employees.
During the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown, as many fought to keep their head above water, the Federal and State Governments issued a series of grants and funding options that are available to eligible businesses.
rev™ Branding is a specialist digital brand agency helping to integrate brands with digital technology and marketing to drive sales and growth opportunities.
We have helped dozens of companies to access these small business grants and funding options, and use them to improve and grow your business through digital marketing and sales programs.
Out & About Voucher Scheme (NSW)
NSW Government (Closes March 30th)
To help stimulate the NSW economy and keep businesses in business, the NSW Government has created the Out & About Scheme to support local hospitality, arts and tourism providers across the state.
Vouchers can only be used with registered businesses that have implemented a COVID safety plan, have an active MyServiceNSW account, and are registered as a COVID safe business.
This program will be rolled out across the state from late January 2021.
Export Assistance Grant (NSW)
NSW Government (Available)
The NSW Government is launching a range of support measures for NSW businesses at each stage of their export journey. The package includes a range of financial ($10,000) and non-financial assistance, export capability-building and tailored engagement with our trade professionals in NSW and overseas.
• The Export Assistance Grant program will help NSW businesses recover from drought, bushfires and COVID-19 by providing co-funding to identify and access new export markets and re-enter previous export markets.
• Grants of up to $10,000 per eligible business will support up to 1,000 NSW eligible businesses
• Matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, funding will centre on export marketing and development activities, such as market research, participation in international tradeshows and trade missions, inbound business support, e-commerce development and marketing materials.
Arts and Culture Rescue & Restart Grant (NSW)
NSW Government (Open)
The Rescue and Restart package ($50 Million) is designed to assist NSW arts and cultural organisations now, and so they are in a position to restart operations when health guidelines permit.
Funding will be available to NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations across the state on a case by case basis.
Circuit Breaker Action Business Support (VIC)
Victoria Government (Opens Soon)
To help businesses manage this impact, the Victorian Government has announced a further $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19. There are four initiatives available for eligible businesses as part of this support package.
Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund
Eligible businesses who received a grant through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will receive a further one-off payment of $3000 to help with costs incurred as a result of the circuit breaker action. Businesses that receive this payment will not be eligible to receive a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program.
Victorian Accommodation Support
The Victorian Accommodation Support Program supports Victorian accommodation providers that experienced cancellations due to circuit breaker actions.
– Tier 1: Funding of $2250 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 10 or fewer cancelled nights.
– Tier 2: Funding of $4500 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises with 11 or more cancelled nights.
Business Cost Assistance Program
The Business Costs Assistance Program assists businesses in eligible sectors that have incurred direct costs as a result of the circuit breaker action.
Small Business Digital Adaptation Program (VIC)
Victoria Government (Closes February 28th 2021)
The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program will allow eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. Once businesses have purchased a product from a specified vendor, they can apply for a rebate of $1,200 to access the product for 12 months.
Export Recovery Package (VIC)
Victoria Government (Open)
The Victorian Government has announced a $15.7 million export recovery package to address logistics and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic and establish new export channels.
Businesses will be connected to international markets through virtual trade missions as well as assistance to adapt their export strategies to respond to the rapidly changing global market.
Trade Mission Program (VIC)
Victoria Government (Ongoing)
The Trade Mission Program helps Victorian businesses to expand their export potential with international markets by providing opportunities to:
• Build international connections, foster relationships and identify partnering opportunities
• Attract foreign investment
• Secure local distributors and / or importers
• Understand regulatory requirements in international markets
• Acquire international orders for your product and / or service
Trade Missions are generally sector-based and programs are tailored to each sector. Trade Missions run throughout the year.
Small Business Disaster Recovery Fund (QLD)
Queensland Government (Open)
Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants provide assistance to small businesses severely impacted by the North and Far North Queensland monsoonal trough to engage high-level expertise to help them recover and rebuild business confidence. Funding for building, plant and equipment repairs is available in specific circumstances.
Funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage business consultants, mentors, coaches or advisory service to assist with business recovery following the monsoonal trough.
Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program (QLD)
Queensland Government (Regional Queensland Open)
The available grant amount is a minimum of $2,000 and up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business.
In recognition of the significant impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, the funding can be used towards the following:
• Financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
• Continuing to meet business operational costs including utilities, council rates, rent, telecommunication charges, insurance fees, licensing or franchise fees
• Strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
• 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).
Small Business Digital Champions (Aust Gov)
Australian Government (closed)
Small Business Digital Champions provided 100 small businesses with support for a comprehensive digital transformation of their business.
• Online content development
• Digital training
This grant is closed to applications. Showcasing of the digital transformation from participating businesses will be completed via the case studies.
Business Events Grants Program (Aust Gov)
Australian Government (Open – for events held in 2021)
The Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business Events Grants program. Support would target larger, multi-day business to business events that promote Australian Government’s industry priorities and sectors.
The upfront grant ($10,000–$250,000) will meet up to 50 per cent of costs incurred in participating at a pre-approved business to business events, such as space hire, design and manufacture, plus travel, accommodation and cancellation fees.
Entrepreneur Matched Funds Growth Program (Aust Gov)
Australian Government (Open )
Funding of between $2500 (ex GST) and $20,000 (ex GST), covering up to 50% of eligible project costs. Applicable to businesses who have received one of the Entrepreneur Growth services, you can apply for a Growth Grant. With the grant you can engage external expertise to implement the recommendations in your Growth roadmap or plan.
Export Market Development Grant EMDG (Austrade)
Australian Government (Open until 02nd March 2021)
The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) reimburses 50% of expenses incurred for export promotional activities to existing and potential Australian exporters, and may include:
• Overseas representation expenses
• Marketing consultant expenses
• Free samples expenses
• Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions expenses
• Promotional literature and advertising expenses
• Overseas buyers expenses
• Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property expenses.
Funding is provided to compensate eligible export businesses up to 50% of their promotional expenses above $5000, up to a maximum of $150,000, provided total eligible expenses incurred amount to at least $15,000.
COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program (Austrade)
Australian Government (Closes March 13 2021)
Supporting travel agents and tour arrangement service providers who’ve lost income because of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program provides a one-off grant between $1,500 and $100,000 to help travel agents and tour arrangement service providers stay viable. This will help them continue to trade and to meet their legal obligations to keep paying refunds and credits to Australian consumers who are unable to travel because of COVID-19.
Training and Education Options
Business Victoria Upskill My Business
Victoria Government (Open)
Upskill My Business connects you to short courses, online events and resources from the state’s top education providers and industry experts. Courses on offer can help you regain ground to find more customers, better manage cash flow or just prepare for new market conditions
Training and Education Course Contribution (AIM)
Australian Institute of Management (Open)
In order to support the development of Australia’s workforce long term, AIM has launched the COVID Stimulus Fund. This fund can be used by eligible students and organisations to:
Apply a contribution towards tuition fees for AIM Vocational Qualifications capped at:
• $3,200 for online Diplomas
• $2,000 for online Certificate IVs
Provide an additional 2 training seats at no cost to organisations who book in 3 or more employees to an AIM short course
Business Growth Resources
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Ready to improve your business?
If you feel that your business can benefit from these grants and funding options, please get in touch with us to speak about how we can help you to apply for the funding and bundle our digital marketing and sales programs to improve and grow your business.
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