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2021 COVID-19 Business Grant

Yesterday the NSW Government released Guidelines for the 2021 COVID-19 business grant.

The grant is available to businesses across New South Wales that meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications open today 19 July 2021 and close at 11:59pm on 13 September 2021.

As detailed in our earlier blogs, eligible businesses (including non-employing businesses such as non-employing sole traders) can apply for a one-off grant:

Business Industry Category

Businesses must provide evidence of their eligibility, which falls into two categories:

The type of industry is listed under your ABN and is by way of a four-digit number called an ANZSIC code. Your ANZSIC code can be reviewed on the Australian Business Register (we can assist our clients with their codes).

If your business is outside of the highly impacted industries (and businesses in highly impacted industries and claiming the $15,000 grant), you will require supporting evidence in the form of a letter from either a:

Eligibility Criteria

$7,500 (tier one) grant

$10,500 (tier two) grant

$15,000 (tier three) grant

Evidence Required

Highly Impacted Industries

Businesses on the ‘highly impacted industries list’ apply for the $7,500 or $10,500 grants

Businesses on the ‘highly impacted industries list’ applying for the $15,000 grant

Non Highly Impacted Industries

Businesses outside the ‘highly impacted industries list’ apply for any grant

Alternative Circumstances

Businesses that cannot demonstrate the minimum $75,000 aggregated annual turnover or the minimum decline in turnover should contact Service NSW as they may still be eligible to apply if they:

Where a business operates through a trust structure, the applicant will be required to provide additional information to demonstrate an aggregated annual turnover of $75,000 or more is derived through the trust, as opposed to a business linked to a trust.

Service NSW can request a combination of the following documents to support its determination of eligibility:

Businesses requiring assistance with their online application can contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Other Grants Available

1. Job Saver

Fortnightly payments to help maintain employee headcount (as at 13 July) and provide cashflow support to businesses.

How much


Applications open late July.

2. COVID-19 micro business grant

A fortnightly payment for businesses with a turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

How much


Applications open late July.

How to Apply

  1. Check you meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Have your documentation and evidence ready for uploading.
    Note: You cannot save and resume your application once you’ve started.
  3. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  4. Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  5. Select and verify your identity documents.
  6. When your identity is verified, select ‘Continue’.
  7. Confirm your personal details.
  8. Enter your business details and answer the eligibility questions, then select ‘Next’.
  9. Provide information about your decline in turnover and upload your supporting documentation, then select ‘Next’.
  10. Enter your bank details, then select ‘Next’.
  11. Review your application.
  12. Check the declaration boxes.
  13. Select ‘Submit’ to complete your application.

When you submit your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your application reference number. If you do not receive this email within 5 minutes after completing your application, please check your junk mail folder, and then call 13 77 88 if you’re still unable to locate the email.

After your application is received, it will be reviewed by Service NSW. They will contact you if they need additional information to support your application. If your application is approved, they will transfer funds to your specified bank account within 5 business days from the approval date.

If you’re not able to complete your application online, please call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

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