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Strengthening Business

Strengthening Business provides access to a network of experienced business facilitators who will help bushfire affected businesses in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria recover and re establish themselves to be stronger and more resilient businesses in the future.

Close date: 31 Mar 2022 05:00 PM AEDT.

What do you get?

Access to a business facilitator who'll provide a business health check, tailored advice, a roadmap and growth strategies. They may also connect you to a range of digital or tourism services, or help you access funding.

Who is this for?

Bushfire-affected small businesses located in identified bushfire-affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. The LGAs are determined by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and State governments.


Strengthening Business was announced on 11 March 2020, as part of the Small Business Rebuild Package.  

As a new element of the Entrepreneurs' Programme, Strengthening Business will deploy 21 new business facilitators into bushfire affected regions.

Strengthening Business focuses specifically on supporting businesses to recover from the 2019-20 summer bushfire emergency. Under the program, 21 new business facilitators will work with individual businesses and provide tailored advice. Their advice will help businesses remain viable over the short term and have stronger frameworks, systems and strategies over the long term.

A number of LGAs have been listed as the most severely impacted. We're currently working with state and local networks, and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, to determine which of these are urgently in need of business advice.

Our business facilitators will seek to complement the work of existing bushfire recovery networks to offer the region, the community and the bushfire-affected businesses, the most tailored service.

Our business facilitators can first help businesses navigate the financial and professional services available to them as part of numerous Bushfire Recovery Packages. The facilitator can then work with businesses to develop a roadmap of what an individual business needs and then a timeline of how to achieve it. Their support could also include referrals to grants, financial services or digital upskilling programs.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for Business Facilitator services, a business must:

  • be a bushfire affected small business
  • be located in one of the bushfire-affected LGAs of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria
  • have a current Australian business number (ABN)

You must also have been engaged in carrying on your small business at the time of the bushfire, which is defined differently by each of the states: 

  • New South Wales is between August 2019 and February 2020
  • South Australia is between November 2019 and February 2020
  • Victoria is between November 2019 and February 2020

The Strengthening Business element is open to businesses from any sector and with any annual turnover. Being eligible for this element of EP does not in itself mean you are automatically eligible for other elements of EP.

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How do you apply?

Submit your application using our online portal.

The portal allows you to apply for and manage a grant or service in a secure, online environment.

You'll need to register to apply by clicking 'Sign in'. Once you've registered, you'll be taken to the secure online portal to complete your application.

Apply for Strengthening Business

If you're confident you are eligible and ready, you can apply through our online portal below.

Make sure:

  • You have read through the eligibility criteria
  • You have thoroughly read through the information on this page

Need help?

  • Contact us for help with your application or to find out more.

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm across Australia


Customer stories

We’re proud of the funding we’ve provided to support Australian businesses. Learn about some of our previous customers and how the Entrepreneurs' Programme has helped them.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Strengthening Business is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme. It aims to help businesses to:

  • improve their growth capabilities and networks
  • engage with researchers
  • foster innovation
  • encourage commercialisation of novel products, processes or services

Transform your business with access to expert advice that money can’t buy, and financial support through access to grants.

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