Grants and Funding

Small Business Grant

The Small Business Grant provides small business owners in NSW who don’t pay payroll tax, a payment of $2,000 for each new full-time position employed in their business.


Central West Jobs Action Plan

NSW’s central-west region has encountered a number of challenges in recent years, including the announced closure of the Electrolux plant in Orange to take place in 2016 and the downsizing of Simplot in Bathurst. To help support the region through these major structural changes, the NSW Government launched the Central West Jobs Action Plan (CWJAP). For more details, contact the Department of Industry Office in Orange, NSW, on +61 2 6360 8400.


Business Growth Grants

Provides businesses with matched funding of up to $20,000 for the cost of hiring an expert to help with implementing the advice and strategies recommended through the Business Evaluation, Growth Services, Supply Chain Facilitation or Tourism Partnerships programmes.


Smart and Skilled Program

The NSW Department of Industry, Smart and Skilled Program, offers support for both students and employers to get the skills needed for jobs in the NSW workforce.

There are a range of government-subsidised courses and approved training providers to choose from, as well as new fee arrangements.

Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

The courses subsidised are on the NSW Skills List. The Skills List identifies courses that help people get the skills they need to find a job. It also aligns with the skills needs of businesses in NSW.

As part of the Smart and Skilled program, Local Governments are also eligible for support in offering pre-employment training, employing apprentices and new entrant trainees, and also upskilling current employees. Information specific to the Local Government Skills Strategy can be found here.

For more information visit the Smart and Skilled website or call 1300 772 104


Growing Local Economies Fund

Applications are open for the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Fund, which is designed to deliver infrastructure projects in regional areas that support economic growth.

Under this Fund, Bathurst Regional Council is able to act as an administrative applicant on behalf of commercial projects that fit the economic criteria of the grant.

If you are a local commercial organisation, you may be eligible for the grant if you meet the following criteria:
– Enabling infrastructure (such as roads, gas mains, water supply, sewerage connections, telecommunications) that creates new jobs
– Minimum project size of at least $1M, with contributions encouraged from the applicant
– Must represent a consortium of businesses.

For more information on the Growing Local Economies Fund, please contact Alvaro Marques at the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet on 02 6360 8419 or


Bathurst Access Improvement for Small Business Grants

Bathurst Regional Council in partnership with the Bathurst Regional Access Committee provides grants to assist small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the local area to improve access for all members of the community.

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations within the Bathurst region may apply for funding of either 50% of project costs, or up to a maximum of $5,000 on a dollar for dollar basis.

In the past, funds have been awarded to complete paths, build access ramps, install automatic doors and build or modify accessible toilets.

Projects must be completed within the current 2018/2019 financial year to be eligible to apply for a grant.

Applications will be received up until 4pm Friday 31 August 2018.  Applications will be referred for consideration to Bathurst Regional Access Committee.  Successful projects must be completed by Friday 24 May 2019.

Further details of the fund can be obtained by contacting Council’s Community Services Department on 02 6333 6523 or on Council’s website.