Small Business Cyber Resilience Service Grant Opportunity

The Small Business Cyber Resilience Service program will fund one service provider up to $8.1 million to set up a free, tailored, person‑to‑person support that will help small businesses improve their cyber resilience and support small businesses impacted by a cyber incident.
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Closing date: Friday 26 April 2024 5:00pm AEST Fri 26 Apr 2024 5:00pm AEST

What do you get?

A total of $8.1 million over 3 years from 2024-25 to 2026-27 will be available for the program. The maximum grant amount is $8.1 million. We expect applications will be for the maximum grant available.

Who is this for?

Australian companies and not-for-profit organisations including publicly funded research organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations.

Overview

The Small Business Cyber Resilience Service program (the program) was announced as part of the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy. Under Shield 1 of the Strategy, Strong businesses and citizens, the program will support small businesses to build their cyber security resilience and capability.

Small businesses face unique barriers to strengthen their cyber security as they have limited knowledge, time, staffing and resources to invest in cyber security. Small business owners need help navigating cyber security information and applying it to their business.

The Small Business Cyber Resilience Service will provide free, tailored, person-to-person cyber security support for small businesses, including:

  • working one on one with a small business to develop a tailored plan to improve the small business's cyber security
  • recommending specific actions, tools and guidance best suited to the small business's risk, situation and capability
  • providing guidance on practical steps the small business can take to recover from an incident
  • facilitating referrals to additional support services where required.

The objectives of the program are:

  • build the cyber resilience and capability of small businesses
  • provide support to small businesses impacted by a cyber incident.

The intended outcomes of the program are to improve the cyber security of small businesses and their ability to recover from a cyber incident.

Information session

You can download the Questions and Answers from the information session.

Check if you can apply

You can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are a set of rules that describe who we can consider for this grant. You can apply if you:

  • are an eligible entity
  • have an eligible project
  • have eligible expenditure.

The rules are in the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can apply if you:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • are registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST)

and are one of the following entities:

  • an entity, incorporated in Australia
  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth)
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust, 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 association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation or registered charity
  • a publicly funded research organisation as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

You can’t apply if you are:

  • an organisation, or your project partner is an organisation, included on the National Redress Scheme’s list of Institutions that have not joined or signified their intent to join the Scheme
  • an employer of 100 or more employees that has not complied with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012)
  • an individual
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee
  • a co-operative
  • a partnership
  • an unincorporated association
  • any organisation not included in section 4.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • a trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state, territory or local government body (including government business enterprises
  • a non-corporate Commonwealth entity.

Partner with other organisations

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead organisation who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. But you must decide who the lead organisation is.

The lead organisation must fill out the application form.

If we give your group the grant, the lead organisation:

  • signs the grant agreement
  • is responsible for making sure your group follows the rules in the grant agreement.

You must complete your project by 31 March 2027.

Your project must be located in Australia.

You can apply for a grant up to $8.1 million.

You can use this grant funding for:

  • labour, labour on-costs and contract expenditure
  • domestic travel
  • staff training
  • ICT costs directly relevant to the project
  • job advertising and recruiting, and recruitment contract negotiations.

Please see the grant opportunity guidelines for more information.

We may update the guidance on eligible and ineligible expenditure from time to time. If your application is successful, the version in place when you submitted your application applies to your project.

To be eligible, expenditure must:

  • be a direct cost to the project
  • be incurred by you within the project period
  • be incurred by you for required project audit activities
  • meet the eligible expenditure guidelines.

How to apply

Check if you’re ready to apply for a grant

Finding a suitable grant opportunity is just the start of the process to get funding. The application process can take time and effort. Understanding the entire process will help you be grant ready and may improve your chances of getting funding.

Use our checklist to find out what it takes to apply for a grant.

When you're ready to apply

Apply using our online portal:

  1. Create or log into your portal account.
  2. Follow the instructions to complete your application.
  3. Submit your application before the close date.

Make sure you include enough detail and supporting evidence in your application to help us decide whether to award you the grant.

Don’t submit the application until it’s complete.

First we check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Then we assess your application against the assessment criteria.

The assessment criteria are a set of rules that describe how we must assess each application.

We give each criterion a certain number of points.

We’ll decide whether to award you the grant based on the total number of points we give your application.

  • Assessment criterion 1: Extent to which your proposed service will improve the cyber security of small business and support impacted small businesses following a cyber incident (40 points)
  • Assessment criterion 2: Capability to deliver the service (40 points)
  • Assessment criterion 3: Financial capacity and governance (20 points)

The amount of detail and supporting evidence you provide should be relative to the project size, complexity and grant amount requested.

The Minister makes the final decision.

Apply now

Apply for the Small Business Cyber Resilience Service now

Before you apply, make sure you:

  • read and understand the grant opportunity guidelines
  • read and understand the sample application form
  • read and understand the sample grant agreement.
Apply now

Sample applications

The best way to understand what information you need to provide is to start an application. We have also provided a version to download at the bottom of this page.

Technical help

See our customer portal's frequently asked questions to help with your queries. If you can't find your answer, contact us for assistance.

If you submit your application before the close date you can retrieve it any time to make changes. But you must submit it again before the close date.

We can’t consider the application you submit after the close date under any circumstances.

Contact

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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.41 MB docx · 0.26 MB

Sample application form

pdf · 0.26 MB docx · 0.22 MB

Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.45 MB docx · 0.15 MB

Board or CEO approval letter template

pdf · 0.01 MB docx · 0.03 MB

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