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Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There are a number of grant and funding opportunities that may be available to your business, project or event. Make sure you read the criteria carefully to ensure that you meet the guidelines. Some grants are highly competitive with short application time frames.

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$10,000 Small Business COVID 19 Grant

Small businesses impacted by the COVID 19 shutdown can receive a grant up to $10,000. Applications for a small business grant of up to $10,000 will be available through Service NSW and remain open until 1 June 2020

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National Bushfire Recovery - Support for Small Business

Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.

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Small Business Organisations Australia - Covid 19 Grant

These funds are aimed at supporting initiatives by small businesses as they adapt and innovate to emerge from this challenging period in a strong position. Such initiatives could include: re-purposing or re-modelling workspace, redesigning your business processes, new approaches to marketing, creating a new or upgraded digital presence, acquiring new software or equipment for a specialised service, or anything else that is aimed at securing or growing your business into the future. Applications are open from 25th May and close on 1st June. For full details, including eligibility criteria, terms and conditions go to the COSBOA website:

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Business Events Bid Fund

Managed by Tourism Australia’s specialist unit, Business Events Australia, the Business Events Bid Fund Program (BFP) is designed to increase the conversion of bids for new international business events for Australia through the offer of financial support at the critical bidding stage. The BFP is designed to deliver conversion of new business in situations where Australia is bidding against international competitors for the right to host the business event. CLOSES 30 JUNE 2021

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Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants - Stream 1

Stream 1: will support smaller-scale events (including the promotion of these events). Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream, up to a total value of $30,000 per applicant. Applications will be assessed as they are received. Recognising potential applicants may seek to hold events as early as mid-March/April 2020, applications in excess of $30,000 will be considered for Stream 1 in exceptional circumstances. Applications opened at 2pm (AEDT) on 17 February 2020 and close at 5pm (AEDT) on 20 November 2020

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Museum and Galleries of NSW - Small Grant

Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered. Note: Small Grants in 2020 will be prioritising projects related to bushfire recovery. Round 1 Closes 29 MARCH. Round 2 Closes 13 SEPT 2020

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW. Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with some relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers.

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Business Events Advance Program 2020/21

Business Events Australia’s Advance Program offers the opportunity for industry to leverage Tourism Australia’s international marketing and distribution expertise to increase the number and value of business events for Australia, and to deliver best-practice marketing to grow international delegate attendance at confirmed international business events taking place in Australia. Applications CLOSE Monday, 1 June 2020.

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International Business Development Program

This program encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets. The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events which have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators. Ongoing

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Assistance accessing finance - Export Finance Australia

If you're a business that provides tourism services directly, or through the supply chain, to international tourists and you need finance to help you grow the international side of your business, Export Finance Australia may be able to help. Examples of how they support tourism businesses are; providing working capital needed to add more staff or upgrade assets to service international customers, working capital to undertake international marketing campaigns, loans to buy assets to service international visitors.

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Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Facebook is offering USD 100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. Sign up for more information.

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Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians. There is up to $12 million available for grants under the Program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered. CLOSES 22 April

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