Please read these Guidelines before applying for the Small Business Grant.

Small Business Grant Program: COVID-19 Assistance
(non-Employing Business)

Summary

The Government of South Australia has established a Small Business Grant program to support South Australian small businesses operating from a commercial premises that do not employ staff and are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020 (JobKeeper extension 1) or from 4 January 2021 (JobKeeper extension 2).

Eligible businesses will be provided with a once-off $3,000 grant to support them in these unprecedented circumstances.

This document provides guidance for Small Business Grant (non-employing business) applicants. Please read these Guidelines before applying for the Small Business Grant (non-employing business).

Eligibility

Businesses are eligible to apply for a Small Business Grant (non-employing business) provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Australian business number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia on 30 September 2020
  • Is operating from a commercial premise*
  • Did not employ people in South Australia as at 30 September 2020 ^^
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (excluding GST) in either 2018-19 or 2019-20
  • Are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020 (JobKeeper extension 1) or from 4 January 2021 (JobKeeper extension 2)
  • The enterprise does not engage in illegal activity.

* Residential premises and vacant land are not considered commercial premises for the purpose of this grant.  Businesses operating from premises with a classified land use of Primary Production will only be eligible where the business type is consistent with the Primary Production land use (for example a book keeper operating from a farmlet would not be eligible).

^^ To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria when submitting an online application.

Applicants will be subject to audit by the Government of South Australia or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence at the request of the Government for a period of two years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in applications is found to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.

Available Funding

The grant amount is $3,000 per eligible business. Where multiple businesses meeting the eligibility criteria are controlled by one individual, company, partnership, or trustee, funding will be restricted to one grant for all businesses controlled by the individual, company, partnership, or trustee.

Grant Use

Grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by restrictions enacted by State or Commonwealth government due to COVID-19.  This may include for example:

  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, rent
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities
  • Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an application online via www.treasury.sa.gov.au. All questions in the application need to be completed to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The online application must be completed by an Authorised Officer, being:

  • In the case of a business that is a sole trader, the sole trader.
  • In the case of a business that is a partnership, a partner.
  • In the case of a business that is a body corporate, a director, secretary, public officer or equivalent.

Note: It is permissible for an agent such as an accountant or lawyer to submit the application on behalf of business provided they have been instructed to do so by the above Authorised Officer.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the grant to be eligible.

Applicants are required to provide a copy of their most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS). Applicants will also be asked to provide evidence that the business operates from a commercial premises.

Evidence of commercial premises or location includes the examples listed below:

  • If a tenant – a current commercial rental agreement of six months or longer, or most recent council rates notice with an eligible land use code*
  • If a licensee – a current commercial lease or similar agreement of six months or longer, or most recent council rates notice with an eligible land use code*.
  • If an owner/occupier of a fixed commercial premises – the most recent council rates notice with an eligible land use code*.

* Refer FAQs for eligible land use codes

Small Business Grants (non-employing business) will be provided to successful applicants by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF). Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by DTF in its absolute discretion. To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to Terms and Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which assistance will be given to eligible applicants.  DTF will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.

Potential applicants should note that information received in connection with an application may be used and communicated outside the Government of South Australia for due diligence purposes and may also be provided to the Commonwealth Government and third parties engaged by DTF to assist with the assessment and processing of the applications received, together with program monitoring, reporting and evaluation purposes.

Opening Date

Applications open on announcement

Applications for Small Business Grants (non-employing business) must be submitted via www.treasury.sa.gov.au

Closing Date

Applications close midnight 28 February 2021

Further Information

If you require further information to participate in the program please refer to the FAQs or contact smallbusinessgrant@sa.gov.au

DTF reserves the right to amend these Guidelines and application terms as required.

Applicants should be aware that DTF is subject to certain legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Commonwealth Government and Government of South Australia, including public disclosure in accordance with Premier and Cabinet policy.

DTF will treat all information provided by applicants sensitively. Any information contained in, or relating to, an application, including information identified by an applicant as confidential, may be disclosed by DTF:

  • to its employees, advisers or third-parties in order to assess and process an application;
  • within the Government of South Australia or other entities where this serves the legitimate interest of DTF;
  • in response to a request by a House or Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or South Australia;
  • where information is authorised or permitted by law to be disclosed; and/or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.

Small Business Grant Program: COVID-19 Assistance
(employing business)

Summary

The Government of South Australia has established a second round of the Small Business Grant program to support South Australian small businesses that employ staff and are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020 (JobKeeper extension 1) or from 4 January 2021 (JobKeeper extension 2).

Eligible businesses will be provided with a once-off $10,000 grant to support them in these unprecedented circumstances.

This document provides guidance for Small Business Grant (employing business) applicants. Please read these Guidelines before applying for the Small Business Grant (employing business).

Eligibility

Businesses are eligible to apply for a Small Business Grant (employing business) provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Australian business number (ABN) and were carrying on the operation of a business in South Australia on 30 September 2020
  • Employ people in South Australia as at 30 September 2020*
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (excluding GST) in either 2018-19 or 2019-20
  • Have total Australian payroll of less than $1.5 million in either 2018-19 or 2019-20, and not be entitled to a payroll tax waiver or deferral under COVID-19 support measures introduced by the South Australian Government
  • Are a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s extended JobKeeper Payment scheme from 28 September 2020(JobKeeper extension 1) or from 4 January 2021 (JobKeeper extension 2)
  • The enterprise does not engage in illegal activity.

* To be considered an employee, staff must be under the control of the business, receive regular PAYG salary or wages, and have Pay As You Go Withholding amounts as well as superannuation paid by the employer. An owner, partner, or beneficiary of a trust is not considered to be an employee for the purpose of this grant.

If a business is registered for payroll tax (including as part of a group of companies) or has grouped annual Australian wages of $1.5 million or more the business is ineligible for this grant. Where the entity is not liable for payroll tax (such as a not-for-profit organisation), the payroll eligibility criteria of less than $1.5 million is to be based on total Australian group wages for the organisation.

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria when submitting an online application.

Applicants will be subject to audit by the Government of South Australia or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence at the request of the Government for a period of two years after the grant has been approved.

If any information in applications is found to be false or misleading, the grant will be repayable on demand.

Available Funding

The Small Business Grant (employing business) grant amount is $10,000 per eligible business.

Grant Use

Grants are provided to support eligible businesses that have been adversely impacted by restrictions enacted by State or Commonwealth government due to COVID-19.  This may include for example:

  • Meeting business costs, including utilities, salaries, rent
  • Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning
  • Developing the business through marketing and communications activities
  • Other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an application online via www.treasury.sa.gov.au. All questions in the application need to be completed to ensure timely assessment and grant payment.

The online application must be completed by an Authorised Officer, being:

  • In the case of a business that is a sole trader that employs, the sole trader.
  • In the case of a business that is a partnership that employs, a partner.
  • In the case of a business that is a body corporate that employs, a director, secretary, public officer or equivalent.

Note: It is permissible for an agent such as an accountant or lawyer to submit the application on behalf of business provided they have been instructed to do so by the above Authorised Officer.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the grant, including that they employ staff to be eligible.

Applicants are required to provide a copy of their most recent Business Activity Statement (BAS).

Small Business Grants will be provided to successful applicants by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF). Whether an applicant is successful or not will be determined by DTF in its absolute discretion. To access grant funding, applicants will be required to agree to Terms and Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which assistance will be given to eligible applicants.  DTF will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant.

Potential applicants should note that information received in connection with an application may be used and communicated outside the Government of South Australia for due diligence purposes and may also be provided to the Commonwealth Government and third parties engaged by DTF to assist with the assessment and processing of the applications received, together with program monitoring, reporting and evaluation purposes.

Opening Date

Applications open on announcement

Applications for Small Business Grants (employing business) must be submitted via www.treasury.sa.gov.au

Closing Date

Applications close midnight 28 February 2021

Further Information

If you require further information to participate in the program please refer to the FAQs or contact smallbusinessgrant@sa.gov.au

DTF reserves the right to amend these Guidelines and application terms as required.

Applicants should be aware that DTF is subject to certain legislative and administrative accountability and transparency requirements of the Commonwealth Government and Government of South Australia, including public disclosure in accordance with Premier and Cabinet policy.

DTF will treat all information provided by applicants sensitively. Any information contained in, or relating to, an application, including information identified by an applicant as confidential, may be disclosed by DTF:

  • to its employees, advisers or third-parties in order to assess and process an application;
  • within the Government of South Australia or other entities where this serves the legitimate interest of DTF;
  • in response to a request by a House or Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia or South Australia;
  • where information is authorised or permitted by law to be disclosed; and/or
  • where the information is already in the public domain.