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


Grants for wine export promotion

Applications are being invited for the Federal Government’s $500,000 Wine Export Grants program.

These grants are designed to support small to medium wine exporters in capturing export opportunities in China and the USA, by offering reimbursement grants for specific export promotion activities from January 2018.

Small and medium wine producers can claim up to $25,000 or 50 per cent of the cost of promoting their wine in either country.

The program is part of the Coalition Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package to showcase Australia’s world class wine industry and drive demand.

Applications can be made until 1st May 2020.

More information and applications forms can be found here at


Tackling Tough Times Together

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

For more information, please visit the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal website.


NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for Regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and business events for their future.

For more information, please visit


Cyber Security Small Business Program

Provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.


Upgrade your manufacturing equipment and save

In early 2019, the NSW Government will launch a new $16 million funding offer for manufacturers to upgrade their equipment. It will help businesses save energy and money.

There are currently three draft offers being considered.

The NSW Government would like to get your feedback on them in a short survey or if you have your own energy efficiency upgrade project in mind, you can let them know.

For more information, please visit:

CSIRO Kick-Start Program

This program aims to help Australian start-ups and small SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) access funding to undertake research, development, or testing activities with CSIRO. It is a targeted program, which forms part of CSIRO’s strategic commitment to deepen its direct support for Australian technology start-ups and SMEs in areas of national growth priorities.

For more information, please visit the CSIRO Kick-Start Program website.


Applications are now invited for small grants, under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, to assist property owners and tenants to improve, repair and maintain buildings within the Bathurst CBD.

Grants of between $300 and $5,000 (but not exceeding 50% of the value of the project) will be offered to successful projects.

Applications for funding must be made on Council’s application form which is available on Council’s website at or from Council’s Environmental, Planning and Building Services Department, Civic Centre, Russell Street, Bathurst.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2019.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Council’s Strategic Planning Section, on (02) 6333 6211.