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Small business fees and charges rebate

If you are a sole trader, the owner of a small business or a not-for-profit organisation in NSW, you may be eligible for a small business fees and charges rebate of $1500.

This rebate helps businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and encourages growth by reducing the cost of running a business. Eligible businesses or not-for-profits only need to apply for the rebate once, but can submit multiple claims until the full value of $1500 is reached.

Funds can be used to offset the costs of eligible NSW and local government fees and charges. These include, but are not limited to:

  • food authority licences
  • liquor licences
  • tradesperson licences
  • event fees
  • council rates.

The rebate can only be used for eligible fees and charges due and paid from 1 March 2021. It cannot be used for fines or penalties, fees and charges that have the key purpose of discouraging behaviours or inducing behaviour changes, Commonwealth government charges, rent on government premises, or taxes. See guidelines for more information.

The rebate will be available until 30 June 2022.

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NSW Small Business Recovery Grant closing soon !

The NSW Government is gradually lifting the restrictions on movement and business trading that were designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means some businesses can now reopen.

If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • fit-out changes and temporary physical changes (for example, plastic barriers at checkouts)
  • staff training and counselling
  • business advice and continuity planning
  • cleaning products and additional cleaning services
  • additional equipment necessary to comply with social distancing or other public health measures
  • marketing, communications and advertising
  • digital solutions (for example, e-commerce or business websites).

This grant can only be used for purchases of eligible expenses made from 1 July 2020, and only where no other government support is available.

Note: Applications close 11:59pm Monday 31 August 2020.

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Top tips on applying for grants – advice from the Small Business Commissioner

Thousands of small business customers have applied for NSW Government support and recovery grants to help businesses recover from the impacts of bushfires and COVID-19.

We spoke to the team at Service NSW for Business to get their tips on applying for NSW Government support.

  1. Check the grant guidelines and eligibility criteria. There are three different grants currently available on the Service NSW website: the $10K Small Business Bushfire Support Grant, the $50K Bushfire Recovery Grant and the $3K Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant. Eligibility criteria and documentary evidence requirements are different for each grant scheme, so be sure to check the guidelines before you start.
  2. If you need support working through the guidelines, you can call 13 77 88 to speak to a Service NSW Business Concierge who will happily talk you through the process, or request a call-back.
  3. Once you’re confident you’re eligible for the grant, you are ready to apply. Make sure you have two forms of identification ready before you start, your ABN and the supporting evidence documentation ready to upload with your application. Your will also need a MyServiceNSW Account
  4. Remember, identification is not the same as documentary evidence. Documentary evidence is what you need to submit to prove your application meets the eligibility criteria under the relevant grant guidelines. For example, what you’ve provided for your latest Business Activity Statement (BAS) or income tax declaration. If you are not required to submit documentary evidence at the time of application, you may be audited in the future, so keep all documentary evidence relied upon to make an application for a minimum of 5 years.
  5. If someone else is applying on your behalf, they will need your authority to do so.  You will be contacted by Service NSW to confirm your identity and the relationship of your authorised representative to your business. If they are an accountant, for example, they will need to provide their ABN and Tax Agent’s number.
  6. If you hit a roadblock in the application process and you cannot proceed, for example, you receive a message saying you are not eligible when you believe you are, take a moment to recheck the online form. It may be something simple like selecting the wrong box. If you can’t find the error, feel free to speak to a Service NSW Business Concierge and they will be happy to review the application form with you. Take a screen shot that you can share with the Business Concierge as it is not possible to save your application and come back to it.
  7. If you are applying for a grant for the first time you will be automatically set up with a Service NSW Business Profile. You will receive an email asking you for further information to complete the process. The Business Profile allows you to prefill your details online to make the application process easier and enable you to check the progress of your application online. Find out how to set up a Business Profile here.
  8. If you need translation services, you can visit the Help in your language page or call the National Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450, ask them to call 13 77 88 and ask to be put through to the Service NSW Business Concierge.

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Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants

The Energy Efficient Communities Program – Small Business Grants provides small businesses with grants of up to $20,000 to improve their energy efficiency. Grants may be used for equipment and component improvements, energy audits, feasibility studies and/or energy use and emission monitoring.

Closing date for applications is 26 August 2020.