2021 COVID-19 $1,500 Micro-Business Grants

2021 COVID-19 $1,500 Micro-Business Grants

If your business is adversely impacted by NSW lockdowns, support is available.

The micro-business grant provides $1,500 per fortnight to sole traders and other small businesses with aggregated annual turnover between $30,000 and $75,000. The grants are available from week one of the lockdown until restrictions are eased.

Grants are for costs incurred from 1 June 2021 including salaries and wages, utilities and rent, financial and legal costs, perishable goods, etc.


To access the micro-business grant, you must:

  • Have an active ABN registered in NSW or can demonstrate your business was operating in NSW as at 1 June 2021; and
  • Have aggregated annual turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 for the year ended 30 June 2020 (for businesses that were not in operation for the full year or where conditions were not usual in 2019-20, see For new business and businesses where 2019-20 was not a normal year above);
  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30% over a minimum 2-week period from the start of the Greater Sydney Lockdown (from 26 June 2021), compared to
    • The same period in 2019, or
    • The same period in 2020, or
    • The 2-week period immediately before the start of the lockdown period
  • Have business costs for which there is no other government support available; and
  • Have not applied for either the 2021 COVID-19 Business Grant or JobSaver; and
  • Have less than 20 full time equivalent employees at 1 June 2021; and
  • If you are an employer, maintain your headcount as at 13 July 2021; and
  • If you do not have employees, such as a sole trader, the business making the application is your primary source of income.

Businesses that received the $1,500 small business fees and charges rebate can apply for this grant.

If your business does not have any employees, you cannot access the grant if persons associated with the business, and who derive income from it, have applied for, or are receiving, the Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

Ineligible businesses include those predominantly earning passive income (rent, interest, or dividends), or businesses in liquidation or individuals in bankruptcy proceedings.

How to apply

Applications are made online through Service NSW and close at 11:59pm on 18 October 2021.

If we submit the application for you, we will provide a letter to ServiceNSW documenting your decline in turnover and aggregated annual turnover. 

If we are not submitting your application for you, you will need show evidence such as your income tax return, business activity statement, and business bank accounts.

If your business operates in another State or Territory, you will also need to evidence that your business operates in NSW (e.g., utility bills, insurance papers, supply invoices, registration papers, contractor licences).

Where your business operates through a trust structure, you will need to provide additional information to demonstrate that a national aggregated annual turnover of more than $30,000 and less than $75,000 is derived through the trust.

If your business is a not-for-profit, you will also need to provide a copy of your constitution, minutes and resolutions from your AGM for the last 3 years, and audited financial statements for the last 3 years.

Rent protections and grants

Commercial and retail rent protections are in place from 13 July 2021 until 20 August 2021.