COVID-19 business grants

Small Business Hardship Grants (Expanded Program)

The Small Business Hardship Grants Program is designed to provide financial support for businesses most impacted by Level 2 public health and social measures that came into effect on 3 March 2022.

On 27 April 2022 a revision and expansion of the program was announced. Two tiers of grants will now be available to businesses that experienced a decrease in turnover for a consecutive two-week period between 1 January and 30 April 2022:

  • A revised tier for businesses that experienced a decline in business turnover of 40 per cent (reduced from the original 50 per cent decline) or more.
  • A new tier for businesses that experienced a decline in business turnover of 30 per cent or more.

To be eligible for the Small Business Hardship Grants, businesses must:

  • Have a valid and active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million.
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $50,000, excluding GST.
  • Be able to demonstrate a reduction in turnover for any consecutive two-week period between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021*.
    • For the 40 per cent tier, a reduction of at least 40 per cent.
    • For the 30 per cent tier, a reduction of at least 30 per cent.

*An alternative period in 2021 may be used if the business did not operate at that time or it provides an inaccurate representation of the business' financial situation.

Eligible applicants will receive a tiered grant payment, dependant on their reduction in turnover and the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees of the business. For the purpose of this calculation, the business owner is excluded from the FTE calculation. The following grant tiers are available:

Number of FTEs New tier
30% decrease
Revised tier
40% turnover decrease
Non-employing (business owner, no additional employees) $3,750 $5,000
Micro businesses (business owner, plus 1-5 employees) $7,500 $10,000
Small businesses (business owner, plus 6-19 employees) $15,000 $20,000
Medium businesses (business owner, plus 20+ employees) $37,500 $50,000

This program is open to all eligible businesses that meet the criteria. Applicants may only be found eligible for one tier of the Small Business Hardship Grants (Expanded Program).

Previous applicants for this program do not need to reapply. Your application will be reassessed in line with the new decrease in turnover criteria and you be notified if your eligibility status has changed.

Applications close at 4pm AWST on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Applications are now open

Payroll tax waiver

Larger hospitality businesses that have a payroll of between $4 million and $20 million will be eligible for a three-month payroll tax waiver if they have experienced at least a 40 per cent drop in turnover over any four week period between January 1, 2022 and April 30, 2022, comparable to the same period last year.

Tenant Rent Relief Scheme

Small business tenants can apply for rental relief grants of $3,000.

To be eligible for the Rent Relief small business must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an annual turnover of more than $50,000.
  • Have a valid and active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million.
  • Be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any four-week consecutive time frame between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021. An alternative period in 2021 may be used if the business did not operate at that time or it provides an inaccurate representation of the business' financial situation.
  • Provide proof of tenancy (lease) in WA (excluding Government tenants).

Applications close at 4pm AWST on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Applications are now open

Landlord Rent Relief Incentive

Landlords who voluntarily match the Government’s Tenant Rent Relief payments of $3,000 per tenant may be eligible for an incentive payment of $1,500.

Applications will only be accepted from landlords once a tenant has been found eligible for the Tenant Rent Relief Scheme payment, with landlords directly invited via email to apply for the grant.

Applications are now open

Tenant Rental Credit Scheme (State Government tenants)

Business tenants of State Government buildings (including Government Trading Enterprises) will be offered rent relief of $6,000 provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Have an annual turnover of more than $50,000.
  • Have a valid and active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million.
  • Be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any four-week consecutive time frame between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021. An alternative period in 2021 may be used if the business did not operate at that time or it provides an inaccurate representation of the business' financial situation.
  • Provide proof of tenancy (lease) of a WA Government-owned building in WA.

Small Business tenants of State Government buildings who believe they may be eligible should contact their landlord agency or representative to ensure that the agency has provided your details to the SBDC.

If so you will receive an email from the SBDC to commence an application. If you are a sub-tenant to a tenant of a State Government building you are not eligible for this Scheme, but may be eligible for the Tenant Rent Relief Scheme.

Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021

Applications are now open for the Small Business Assistance Grant – December 2021 to assist small businesses that were directly financially impacted by the Chief Health Officer’s COVID Restrictions (Directions) from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.

The Small Business Assistance Grant – December 2021 is available to small businesses operating within the hospitality sector, the music events industry or the creative and performing arts sector.

Eligible employing businesses will receive $1,130 for each impacted day (up to a maximum of $12,500), while eligible non-employing small businesses will receive $400 for each impacted day (up to a maximum of $4,400).

The final grant payment available will be based upon the number of days that your business was impacted over this period, as demonstrated in your application and supporting evidence.

Applications close at 4pm AWST on Tuesday 31 May 2022

Applications are now open

Hospitality and event grants

Alfresco support package

Small businesses in the hospitality sector may be eligible for up to $5,000 reimbursement of eligible costs associated with creating and expanding an alfresco area to meet the requirements of public health and social measures.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Have an annual turnover of more than $50,000.
  • Have a valid and active Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million.
  • Operate in the food and beverage industry.
  • Have a local government approved alfresco plan.

Applications are managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and close at 5pm on 17 June 2022.

Find out more and apply

Waiver of Liquor Licensing fees

  • Liquor licence renewal fees for 2022 will be waived and refunds provided for businesses that have already paid. If you are eligible for a refund, you will be contacted by the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) with instructions to follow. If DLGSC does not have your current email address, you can complete an online refund form.
  • Fees will be waived for new permit applications or variations to existing permits to enable extended alfresco trading. 
  • One-off fees for variations to liquor licensing to enable alfresco services will also be waived, and fees for a COVID-19 occasional permit will be waived to permit the sale of take-away alcohol as part of a take-away meal.

All licenced liquor businesses will be eligible, unless exempted.

Visit the DLGSC website to find out more.

Nightclub Assistance Program

The Nightclub Assistance Program will provide payments of up to $50,000 for eligible nightclubs impacted by capacity limits and social distancing. Payments will be based on the nightclub’s licence capacity limit. To be eligible, nightclubs must:

  • Be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any six-week consecutive time frame between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021

Applications are managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and close at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

Find out more and apply

Independent Performing Arts, Theatres and Cinemas Assistance Program

This program will provide payments of up to $50,000 to provide cash flow assistance to a range of larger, indoor entertainment venues that are particularly affected by capacity constraints. Payments will be based on the seating capacity limit. Eligible venues include:

  • Regional and outer metropolitan Performing Arts venues network (Circuit West)
  • Other Independent Theatres:
    • The Astor
    • The Regal
  • Palace/ Luna Cinemas including:
    • Raine Square
    • Luna Leederville and SX
    • Windsor
  • Cygnet cinema

To be eligible, venues must:

  • Be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any six-week consecutive time frame between 1 January 2022 to 30 April 2022, compared to the equivalent period in 2021

Applications are managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and close at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

Find out more and apply

Event Suppliers Support Program

The Event Suppliers Support Program will provide payments of up to $50,000 for eligible event suppliers impacted by delay to full border reopening of the Western Australian border or capacity constraints introduced to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Payments will be based on the size of the event supplier business.

Eligible applicants will be able to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction in revenue for any six-week consecutive time frame between 5 February and the 5 May, compared to the equivalent period in 2021 (or a comparable period).

Applications are managed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and close at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

Find out more and apply

City Events Grants Program

A $4 million event grants program will offer funding of up to $100,000 for eligible businesses, property owners and not-for-profits to run a wide range of events in city venues. As part of the grants program, successful recipients will be able to apply to the State Government for the use of locations such as Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Cultural Centre Precinct.

The event grants will be available from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with applications opening next month.

Safe Transition Industry Support package

On 10 February 2022, the Premier announced a $77 million support package to provide financial assistance to small and medium sized businesses in the following industries:

  • International Education
  • Tourism
  • Aviation
  • Event suppliers

Visit WA.gov.au for more information.

School Camp providers

This program provides financial support to third-party camp providers who have experienced financial loss as a result of cancellations of school camps from public, private and independent schools. It is administered by the Department of Education.

Find out more and apply

Federal Government support packages

  • The Regional Small Business Support Program provides free financial counselling to regional small businesses affected by COVID-19. In Western Australia, this program is administered by Rural West.

Fraudulent grant applications

Do you have information about a fraudulent attempt to benefit from a COVID-19 grant? To make an anonymous online report, visit the Crime Stoppers WA 'COVID-19 Grant Fraud - Make a Report' page.