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$5,000 Grants to set up outdoor dining spaces

Hospitality businesses will be able to apply for grants of $5,000 to set up outdoor dining spaces and planning rules will be further eased to make it easier for businesses to get permission. The NSW Government is also offering local councils funding to promote outdoor events and revive street spaces. The trial easing of planning

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NSW promises SMEs $20k re-stocking grants if another lockdown occurs

Financial support for small business in the event of future lockdowns: Grants of up to $20,000 to compensate for loss. The NSW Government has announced financial assistance for small businesses to compensate impacted businesses for loss of perishable stock if a future local lockdown occurs. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a grant

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$10k Funding boost for travel agents with multiple shopfronts

Eligible Australian travel agents and tour arrangement service providers with multiple shopfronts or retail premises from today will be invited to apply for a one-off $10,000 funding boost for each of their outlets. This additional funding is on top of support provided to travel agents through the $258 million Consumer Travel Support Program, JobKeeper program

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ACT COVID-19 Small business support grants

The Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Governments have worked together to continue supporting ACT businesses impacted by COVID-19. A jointly-funded package of grants from the Commonwealth and ACT Governments will support thousands of small and medium-sized businesses through until mid-October at which point the ACT is expected to reach 80 per cent vaccination.

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Hardship panel to consider support for businesses

Businesses can now apply for individual support if ineligible for other COVID-19 grants. A new panel has been established to consider financial support for businesses experiencing financial hardship that do not qualify for existing COVID-19 business support measures. The Hardship Review Panel will assess applications on a case-by-case basis from businesses which did not meet

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Increased funding for business events

The Victorian Government has expanded the National Business Events Program in further support for the business events sector in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced applications are open for the next round of the program and a new stream of funding is available for events to be hosted

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Fifth of small businesses unsure if they qualify for financial support

Small businesses are encouraged to seek advice on available financial support. One fifth of small businesses have stated they are unsure if they qualify for government support, according to the September Small Business Survey conducted by the NSW Small Business Commission. NSW Small Business Commissioner Chris Lamont said it was vital that businesses not rely on

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$2-5k Accommodation grants for businesses impacted by lockdown cancellations

New accommodation support grant for businesses impacted by cancellations: Grants of $2,000 and $5,000 are available for affected accommodation providers. NSW accommodation providers who experienced booking cancellations due to COVID lockdowns can now apply for the accommodation support grant through Service NSW. Businesses affected by cancellations for stays between Friday 25 June 2021 and Sunday

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link:
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.