Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Export Assistance Grant Program 

The Export Assistance Grant program provides grants to eligible businesses to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and drought on their international markets.

Reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business is available for current or previously exporting businesses enabling access to new or re-entering previous markets.

Funding is available for export marketing and development activities, such as market research, participation in international tradeshows and trade missions, inbound business support, e-commerce development and marketing materials.

For more information and eligibility criteria visit Export Assistance Grant Program guidelines

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Huge response to Business Partner Program street beautification round

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Business Partner Program recent round aimed at street beautification has proven a runaway success, with 45 local businesses and organisations approved for funding.

As part of the Invigorate Gunnedah – COVID-19 Business Recovery Package, Council supported a plan to bring vibrancy back into the CBD and build business resilience.

Chair of the Business Partner Program Advisory Group Cr Ann Luke said this round of the super-charged 2020 program was aimed at street beautification through the support of signage and façade upgrades.

“We are very excited about the number and the quality of submissions for this round of the Business Partner Program,” Cr Luke said.

“It is wonderful to see so many businesses and organisations confident in their future, and the successful submissions showed a clear economic or employment benefit for our Shire.

“Local signage businesses are also winners as the funds required use of local contractors where possible, keeping the dollars in town with close to $112,000 in total project costs.

“Gunnedah Shire Council’s total contribution of $40,506 will go towards improved signage, shopfronts and generally making our streets more inviting and appealing. It is a great way to meet the needs of our businesses and improve the look of our Shire. The total of

“I really look forward to seeing the results of this round of the Business Partner Program.”

The successful businesses and organisations in the signage and façade round of the Business Partner Program were:

Blush & Bloom Skin and Beauty, Sunburnt Treasures, Harvest Lodge Motel, Stacey McAllan Legal, Gracia Rose, W A Baxter & Co Pty Ltd Solicitors, Gunnedah Locksmiths, Carwash 2380, Goodness & Gracious, The Verdict Coffee, Kez’s Café, Ricky Graham Fitness, Col Nelson Motorcycles, Enchanted on Conadilly, Second Edition Bookstore, Robertson Real Estate Gunnedah, Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises Ltd, Eat Street Asia, 4eva Keepsakes, Stewart Surveys Pty Ltd, Gunnedah Shire Band, Crest Financial Services Pty Ltd, Mpowered Health and Wellness, Valley Fasteners, Co-operative Businesses @ 203 Conadilly Street, Hartley’s Electrical, Lakeford Real Estate, GB Auto Group Pty Ltd, The OBG Co Pty Ltd, Jobs Australia Enterprises, Thub Thim Thai, Parkview Hotel, Turner Cycle Shop, The Barbers Way, Raw Confetti, Chan Supa Thai Massage and Day Spa, MDH Haulage Pty Ltd, Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Association, Soul Hair Studio, BTS Blinds & Awnings, Gunnible Pastoral Company Pty Ltd, SE Michel and Co Pty Ltd, Downtown Serviced Apartments, Impact Solutions Pty Ltd and Ray White Fleming & Ross.

Economic Development Officer - Gunnedah Shire Council
Regional Job Creation Fund

The $100M Regional Job Creation Fund launched on Sunday 25th October.

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering up to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the:

  • replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business
  • establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business
  • onshoring of activity currently done overseas to a regional NSW location
  • development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions
  • relocation of a business operation from out of state to regional NSW.
Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Business Partner Program Round Two NOW OPEN

This year the Business Partner Program has received a significant funding boost, with an additional allocation of $200,000 through Gunnedah Shire Council’s Community Resilience Business Recovery Package – Invigorate Gunnedah.

business owners will need to show:

  • Opportunity, need or demand for the project,
  • Employment generation,
  • Capacity and experience to undertake the project including marketing/promotional plans and any required approvals, and
  • Commitment, capacity and plans to continue the initiative, if successful, without further support from Gunnedah Shire Council.

To apply, head to

Applications close at midday on October 30.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Energy Efficient Communities Program – Business Stream – High Energy Using Grant

Business Stream – High Energy Using Business Grants opened for applications today and closes on 24 September 2020.

This grant opportunity is for high energy using businesses with an annual net energy consumption of more than 0.05 PJ per year.

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to support high energy using businesses to:

  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are:

  • reduced energy consumption leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from high energy using businesses
  • increased awareness amongst high energy using business owners on how to improve their energy efficiency
  • reduced energy costs for businesses
Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Invigorate Gunnedah supporting recovery in the wake of COVID-19

Gunnedah Shire Council is moving to the second phase of its economic response to COVID-19, with the introduction of the Community Resilience Business Recovery Package – Invigorate Gunnedah.

Endorsed by Council at the July Ordinary Meeting, the second phase of the package, valued at more than $800,000, incorporates a range of community and business initiatives to support recovery, rebuilding and revitalisation throughout the Gunnedah Shire.

The recovery package is centered upon six key objectives, including:

  1. Support local spending,
  2. Bring vibrancy back into the CBD,
  3. Strengthen our businesses and encourage resilience,
  4. Grow our tourism sector in Gunnedah Shire,
  5. Promote Gunnedah as the first choice to live, work and invest, and
  6. Drive local infrastructure projects to create more jobs.

Each objective will be achieved through a number of initiatives and strategies, to be rolled out in the coming weeks.

For further information about these initiatives and Gunnedah Shire Council’s broader COVID-19 response, visit

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Council offers double serving of Business Partner Program

Gunnedah Shire Council is pleased to announce that two rounds of the Business Partner Program are now open. As part of the COVID-19 Business Support Package, Council has released an extra round of the Business Partner Program aimed at getting businesses online with e-commerce platforms.

Businesses looking to grow their online presence or expand into new areas to build their resilience can apply for funding under the designation COVID-19 Business Partner Program. This round includes funding of up to $2,000 for businesses who meet the funding criteria to boost their online presence with e-commerce capability to offset the challenges of COVID-19. This round will have a focus on supporting business that are diversifying their goods and services to meet changed circumstances during the Coronavirus.

At the same time, Gunnedah Shire Council is opening Business Partner Program round one of the 2020/21 financial year.

To apply for the COVID-19 round, visit

To apply for round one, visit

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Gunnedah Shire Business Support Package

Gunnedah Shire Council has announced a $1.6 million COVID-19 Business Support Package to help local businesses through this challenging time.

The package includes new measures to reduce some of the charges businesses face, as well as introducing a new Business Partner Program round to assist in developing ways to adapt to changes in spending.

To take a look at Gunnedah Shire Council’s COVID-19 Business Support Package, click here.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Breaking News: Wage Subsidy

Wage Subsidy

If your business has been significantly impacted by the Coronavirus you will be able to access a wages subsidy to continue paying your employees. Under the JobKeeper program, you can claim a fortnightly payment of up to $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum of six months. This assistance will help you keep staff and will help you restart when the crisis is over.
To register your interest for the payment, click here.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
Gunnedah Shire Council: Free Grant Access Page

Click here to access Gunnedah Shire Council’s Funding Finder page which lists COVID-19 specific grants available.