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Grants for councils, chambers, NGOs and industry groups to host an SME event

Rebuild, Recharge, Renew during NSW Small Business Month: Councils, business chambers and others can apply for a grant to host an event.

The NSW Government is offering grants of up to $2,500 for local councils and up to $3,500 for business chambers, industry associations and not-for-profits to deliver events during NSW Small Business Month that directly benefit and support the small business community. It’s an important part of 2022’s NSW Small Business Month program.

The grants can be used to help host activities for business communities across the state from 1 to 31 March 2022.

Applicants must design and produce an activity that support small businesses in their local area and aligns to our 2022 theme ‘Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’.

Some suggested categories of activities include:

  • Focusing on your Customers
  • Working with Digital Technology
  • Leading your Team
  • Managing Money
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Growing your Business
  • Upskilling your Staff
  • Creating New Products and Services
  • Recruiting the Right Staff
  • Maintaining Mentally Healthy Workplaces, and
  • Building your Supply Chain.

Grant applicants will be chosen against the selection criteria and represent a spread of activity types and locations across NSW.

Hosting an event is a great way to help small businesses reset and recharge, and share new and better ways of doing business in a changed world.

From webinars to pitchfests, see our activity highlights from 2020.

How to apply

See our NSW Small Business Month Grant Guidelines for Applicants for eligibility and selection criteria.

Applications open Monday 1 November and close 5pm Friday 10 December.

NSW Small Business Month events

Grants are available to fund events for the fifth NSW Small Business Month in March 2022 and help NSW small businesses bounce back from the pandemic.

Grants of $2,500 for local councils and $3,500 for chambers of commerce, industry associations and not-for-profit groups are available. Other organisations are invited to become a collaboration partner to connect with small businesses, give back to their local business community and promote their services.

NSW Small Business Month is a unique opportunity to help the State’s hardworking small business owners and operators by offering events that teach them new skills, inspire them with new ideas and connect them with their fellow entrepreneurs.

The theme of this Small Business Month is `Rebuild, Recharge, Renew’, which reflects the NSW Government’s determination to help small businesses recover from their recent challenges and build a brighter, stronger future.

NSW Small Business Month events can be in person or online and must be COVID-19 safe. Examples include webinars, networking, podcasts, talks and workshops.

Grant applications must be submitted by 10 December, with organisations encouraged to get online, review the grant guidelines and start preparing applications now. Grants are competitive and applications will be assessed against the published criteria.

Apply for a grant, get more information about Small Business Month and sign up to receive regular updates through the NSW Small Business Month website.

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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: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.