NSW Small Business Bushfire Support Grant – Guidelines

The grant amount is $10,000.

Grants are provided to support eligible small businesses (NOT for not for profits) to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

  • meeting standing business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent
  • seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business
  • adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires
  • developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities, or
  • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:

  • be a small business owner
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
  • have been engaged in carrying on the small business in a defined disaster area when affected by the eligible disaster
  • have suffered a decline in revenue of 40% or more in a relevant three month period (compared to a relevant three month period in the previous year) as a result of the eligible disaster in the defined disaster area.

Evidence of impact

Applicants will certify in writing, or to an official in the administrating agency, that they meet the eligibility criteria. Supporting documentation may be submitted along with the application, however where evidence is not readily available the application will still be considered.

Applications are subject to audits. Applicants will be required to produce evidence of decline in revenue associated with the eligible disaster, for example bank statements, evidence of cancellations of bookings, evidence of lost production or harvest as a result of the bushfire or smoke impacts, invoices issued, or business activity statements compared to a relevant 3-month period the year before. Evidence is also required to support location of the Small Business within the eligible LGA area for example rates notice or lease agreement and also that the business meets the small business criteria FTE (eg payroll reports) and business turnover.

A decline in revenue will be taken to be a result of the bushfire if, for example, the business was in defined disaster area and subject to either:

  • an evacuation order or tourism leave order
  • other supply chain interruptions or stock damage resulting in reduced sales, such as through road closures and utility disconnections, or
  • significantly reduced customer numbers, such as through consumer perception of danger and smoke haze.




Local Government Area


NSW Bega Valley
Blue Mountains
Clarence Valley
Port Macquarie-Hastings
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional
Richmond Valley
Snowy Monaro Regional
Snowy Valleys

Small Business is a business that:

  1. holds an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  2. is notpublic company, charitable business (charitable business means a business that does not operate to make a profit) or body corporate under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997
  3. employs fewer than 20 full time employees. That is, the sum total of all standard hours worked by all employees (whether full-time or part-time) is less than the number of standard hours which would be worked by 20 full-time employees, as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.





Image: Sugar Pines 2020, Snowy Valleys by Marcus Wright