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NSW 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant

2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant

Applications close 18 October 2021

If you’re a micro-business (small business, sole trader or not-for-profit organisation 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 to cover business expenses for the duration of the Greater Sydney lockdown.

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 from 1 June 2021 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 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 orders over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June 2021  and due to end 30 July 2021), compared to the same period in 2019
  • 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
  • maintain your employee headcount as at 13 July 2021 while receiving payments from this grant, if you’re an employing business
  • have this business as your primary income source, if you’re a non-employing business such as a sole trader.

Certain entities, including those primarily earning passive income (such as rents, interest or dividends) or those with an ABN registered after 1 June 2021, are not eligible for this grant. See the full list of ineligible businesses in Attachment A of the guidelines.

Non-employing businesses are not eligible to apply for this grant if anyone associated with the business or who derives income from it has received the Commonwealth COVID-19 disaster payment.

For employing businesses, your employees can receive Commonwealth COVID-19 disaster payments if you receive this grant.

Businesses that received the $1,500 NSW small business fees and charges rebate can apply for this grant.

For full details including proof of identity, supporting evidence and auditing requirements, visit the Service NSW website and call the Salisbury’s team on 02 6041 3014 in Albury for our assistance.

Source: Service NSW