• Anthony Mazza

COVID-19 Micro-business Grant

Applications for the 2021 COVID-19 Micro-business Grant opened on 26 July 2021 and will close on 18 October 2021.


The grant provides fortnightly payments of $1,500 to eligible businesses with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000 to boost cash flow.


Payments will be made fortnightly in arrears, with the first payment backdated to 26 June 2021.


Businesses (including sole traders) and not-for-profits will be eligible for the 2021 COVID-19 Micro-business grant if they meet the criteria below:

  • have an ABN registered in NSW or demonstrate that they are primarily operating in NSW on 1 June 2020.

  • have a national aggregated annual turnover of between $30,000 and $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020.

  • experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the Public Health Order over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June and due to end 30 July 2021), compared to the same period in 2019.

  • they have business costs for which there is no other government support available.

  • They have not applied for either the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or the JobSaver scheme.

  • For employing businesses, maintain their employee headcount on 13 July 2021 while receiving the Grant.

  • For non-employing businesses, the business receiving payments must be the primary income source for the associated person. Individuals with more than one non-employing business may only claim expenses for one business.

Only one application can be submitted for a single ABN. Further, only one application is permitted where there are multiple businesses under a single ABN.


The 2021 COVID-19 micro-business grant cannot be used to cover expenses for which another government support is available, such as government fees that the small business fees rebate would cover.


Businesses that are not eligible:

  • the entity is a non-employing business if individuals associated with the business and deriving income from the business have received a Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment since 18 July 2021.

  • the entity is in liquidation or provisional liquidation.

  • The individual has entered bankruptcy.

  • The entity has been found to have been engaged in fraud.

  • The entity primarily earns passive income (rents, interest, or dividends).

  • The business registered its Australian Business Number (ABN) after 1 June 2021.

To apply, you will need to:

  • declare that you meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Submit evidence you experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more due to the Public Health Order over a minimum 2-week period within the Greater Sydney lockdown (commenced 26 June and due to end 30 July 2021) compared to the same period in 2019. This is in the form of a:

  • letter from a qualified accountant registered tax agent or registered BAS agent, or

  • business bank account statement.

  • Submit evidence you had an aggregated annual turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020. This can be in the form of:

  • letter from a qualified accountant registered tax agent or registered BAS agent, or

  • business bank account statement.

  • Declare your employee headcount on 13 July 2021.

  • if you have employees, declare that you will maintain your employee headcount on 13 July 2021 for the period for which you will receive the Grant. Service NSW must be notified if the headcount declines over the payment period.

  • If you do not have employees, declare that the business is the primary income source for the business owner.

  • Lodge other supporting documents as required to demonstrate you meet the eligibility criteria.

How to apply for the grant

Applications for the Grant are made through the Service NSW website and are now open until midnight on 18 October 2021.

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