COVID-19: NSW Small Business Grants

The NSW Government announced a third round of stimulus on 2 April, 2020 targeted at small business employers.   The new assistance scheme involves the NSW government providing $750m to a Small Business Support Fund with eligible businesses able to apply for a grant of up to $10,000.

To be eligible, businesses will need to :

  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000
  • have an Australian Business Number as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application. 

The definition of highly impacted is expected to be a 75% decline in revenue over a certain period.

It is expected that businesses such as cafes, restaurants, gyms and boutique accommodation providers are to be the most likely recipients.

The grants will be tax free and applications will be available through Service NSW within the next two weeks and remain open until 1 June, 2020.

The information contained on this website and in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a financial adviser. Taxation, legal and other matters referred to on this website and in this article are of a general nature only and are based on our interpretation of laws existing at the time and should not be relied upon in place of appropriate professional advice. Those laws may change from time to time.

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