COVID Business Support Grants

The new Business Support Package will assist an estimated 50,000 eligible* SMEs across the state, from gyms, hairdressers and nail salons to restaurants, cafes, and hotels, affected by the new necessary heightened restrictions to help stop the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

It will help businesses cover ongoing operating costs such as rent, power bills, supplier and raw material costs and other fees, and to re-open when restrictions ease. The major support package also includes a new $1,000 cash grant for eligible** small businesses who don’t employ staff (e.g., non-employing sole traders).

The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment scheme provides $375 per week for those workers who have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours’ work, or have lost a full day of work, and $600 per week if a person has lost over 20 hours’ work. (These payments will be paid in arrears for the lockdown, and anyone affected can apply through myGOV from Wednesday, 28 July).

Information about Government support is available from  and to register for the Support Grant go to

* Eligibility for the one-off $3,000 emergency cash grant, a business must, as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  • Be located within SA
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST
  • Employ people in SA
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • Have a valid ABN
  • Experienced at least a 30% reduction (compared to the week prior) in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions

 **To be eligible for the one-off $1,000 emergency cash grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria listed above excluding the requirement to employ people.

 Update: The State Government says more than 14,300 businesses have registered for emergency cash grants and 2,500 have so far received them.


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