Applications are now open for the 2021 COVID-19 Micro-Business Grant. If you’re a micro-business (small business, sole trader, or not-for-profit organization with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000) impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible to apply for a fortnightly payment of $1,500.
The 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant provides cash flow support for micro-businesses in New South Wales who have had their work impacted by the restrictions while continuing to incur business costs.
Eligible applicants can use the grant for business costs incurred due to the impacts of the public health order in NSW and for which no other government support is available, including:
- Salaries and wages
- Utilities and rent
- Financial, legal or other advice
- Marketing and communications
- Perishable goods
- Other business costs.
To be eligible for the grant, you must:
- Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in, or demonstrate your business was primarily operating in, NSW as at 1 June 2021.
- Have had an aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020.
- Have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the public health order over a minimum 2-week period within the period of restrictions (commenced 26 June 2021), compared to:
- the same period in 2019, or
- the same period in 2020, or
- the 2 weeks immediately prior to any restrictions of 12 June to 25 June 2021 (inclusive).
- Have business costs for which no other government support is available.
- Have not applied for either the 2021 COVID-19 business grant or the JobSaver payment.
- For employing businesses, maintain 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, for the period you are receiving grant payments; businesses that do not maintain their headcount agree to notify Service NSW.
- Have this business as your primary income source (50% or more of total income), if you’re a non-employing business such as a sole trader.
Businesses that received the $1,500 small business fees and charges rebate can apply for this grant.