Funding Round: Regional Job Creation Fund NSW


Second Round of grants opening soon: The $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund will help businesses in engine industries to withstand the impact of these shocks by co-funding projects that initiate or accelerate investment, create jobs and support economic recovery and resilience in regional NSW.

Key Requirements

  • Applications Open: 2022
  • Applications Close: No info
  • Grants between $100,000 to $10 million
  • Each application requires a cash co-contribution of 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Co-contributions of less than 50 per cent or that include in-kind contributions may be considered in extenuating circumstances.

What is eligible for funding?

Projects must:

  • Be based in regional NSW. Projects based in Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong Local Government Areas are not eligible
  • Create employment outcomes in regional NSW that are sustainable without additional NSW Government investment beyond the agreed grant
  • Demonstrate the project would not occur in regional NSW at all or in the same timeframe without government investment
  • Align with existing NSW Government policies and strategies, including the 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW and the relevant Regional Economic Development Strategy. The project must not contradict or inhibit any other identified NSW Government policies, priorities, strategies or projects
  • Have a minimum cash co-contribution of 50 per cent of the total project cost. Co-contributions of less than 50 per cent or that include in-kind contributions may be considered in extenuating circumstances
  • Be able to be completed by June 2022. Employment outcomes may be achieved over a three-year period from signing of the funding deed but must be in place for at least six continuous months before the three-year period ends.

What companies are eligible for funding?

To be eligible you must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be a small to medium enterprise (up to 199 employees)
  • And be one of the following entities:
    • An entity incorporated in Australia and a trading corporation, where your trading activities:
      • Form a sufficiently significant proportion of the corporation’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading corporation; or
      • Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the corporation
    • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust where the trust’s trading activities:
      • Form a sufficiently significant proportion of the trust’s overall activities as to merit it being described as a trading trust; or
      • Are a substantial and not merely peripheral activity of the trust.

Applicants must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and
  • Be one of the following:
    • A company incorporated in Australia
    • A company incorporated by guarantee
    • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
    • An incorporated association or co-operative
    • A partnership
    • A sole trader
    • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.
  • Be registered for GST
  • Have the demonstrated skills and capacity to deliver the project
  • Be financially viable and able to demonstrate that they are likely to remain so over the duration of the project
  • Have at least $20 million public liability insurance.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Entitlement. Applications are assessed against eligibility criteria.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.