Grants and Funding


Business Accelerator Funding 

The NSW Government recently announced a new $500,000 Murray Darling Regional Business Accelerator Program fund to support businesses in the Murray Darling Basin to undertake new marketing or technology projects. The program will offer matched funding up to $10,000 for activities including website development, digital media campaigns, or new product packaging.
The Murray Darling Basin Regional Business Accelerator Program is open to eligible businesses based in the Murray Darling Basin that can demonstrate growth potential beyond local markets and which are not solely reliant on local markets for sales.
For further information about the Murray Darling Business Accelerator Program and guidelines, please contact the local NSW Office of Regional Development on (02) 6360 8400 or via email at

Growing Local Economies Fund

As part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, funding will be made available through the Growing Local Economies fund over four years to turbocharge new regional economic opportunities and enliven local economies.

Growing Local Economies is designed to unlock growth in regional NSW by delivering the infrastructure that supports projects of economic significance. This could include road works, natural gas mains and pipelines, water supply, sewerage connections and telecommunications (including data networks). The program is expected to deliver long–term growth benefits.

Project applications are invited from local government; Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups; infrastructure providers, such as telecommunication firms; incorporated associations, including business, industry and community organisations; cooperatives; educational institutions and non–government organisations. Partnerships between groups are encouraged.

For more information, visit 

Business Growth Grant

Business Growth Grants are one of the services of the Entrepreneurs’ Program administered by AusIndustry. A Business Growth Grant reimburses businesses for up to half of the cost of engaging a service provider, to a maximum if $20,000 (excluding GST).  The grant may be used to engage external expertise to help your business implement improvements through a:

  • business evaluation
  • supply chain facilitation
  • growth service
  • tourism partnership service

You may be eligible for a Business Growth Grant if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you are applying for a Business Growth grant within 6 months of receipt of a Business Evaluation Report or Action Plan, Supplier Improvement Plan or Tourism Partnership Plan, or within 24 months of receipt of a Growth Plan
  • you are implementing strategies identified in a Business Evaluation Report or action Plan, Supplier Improvement Plan. Growth Plan or Tourism Partnership Plane, and
  • you are able to fund the total value of project costs to engage the service provider before receiving the Grant


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF)

The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Grants are available through two funding streams; Infrastructure Projects and Community Investments.

  • Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities.

Program Guidelines, the application form, contact details for inquiries, and other program information, are available at

Small Business Grant

The Small Business Grant is a key priority of the New South Wales Government. The grant is designed to encourage the nearly 650,000 small businesses in New South Wales that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand 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.

Jobs for NSW – Startups

NSW is Australia’s startup capital, with nearly half of our nation’s startup businesses calling Sydney home.

Jobs for NSW is focused on building a strong and supportive ecosystem for startups. We want to help them thrive and prosper, and become the job-creating power-houses of the future.

To achieve this, Jobs for NSW are offering grants to promising startups, as well as support for accelerators and incubators that help NSW startups find their feet.

The Incubator Support Initiative

The Incubator Support Initiative is now open for applications from new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups in international markets and to develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in regional areas.

Two kinds of funding are available:

  1. Matching grants between $10,000 and $500,000 for the creation of new incubators in regions with strong links to international trade or the expansion of existing incubators offering services.
  2. Matched funding up to $25,000 to support experts-in-residence to provide support through incubators (can be domestic or international experts).

To apply and for further information visit