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Covid-19 Recovery Grant - Small Business - 2019-20

Submissions closed at 6:00PM 27 April 2020 (AEST).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Before you begin

Welcome to the City of Sydney's online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

We recommend that you use the web-browser Chrome when filling out this application form.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 9265 9333 during business hours or email and quote your submission number.

Click to view the City of Sydney Covid-19 Relief Grant guidelines 

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).

Navigating (moving through) the application form

On every screen (page of the form) you will find a 'Form Navigation' contents box on the left hand side, click the page title link to jump directly to the page you want.

You can also click 'Next Page' or 'Previous Page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward, or backward, through the application.

Saving your application

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'Save and Close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.

Submitting your application 

You will find a 'Review and Submit' button at the bottom of the 'Navigation Panel' on the left hand side of each page. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel.

Importantly, you will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed. Please note that you will be required to answer certain questions in particular formats. 

You are strongly encouraged to upload all your documents a least 1 day before the due date and submit your completed form at least 2 hours before the designated closing time. This is to allow sufficient time to review any incorrectly formatted answers.

SmartyGrants will not allow applications containing incorrectly formatted answers to be submitted.

Critically, once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

Attachments and support documents

There are mandatory documents you will need to upload/submit as attachments to support your application.  Due to the large volume of applications for the Covid-19 Relief Grant Program, we cannot accept mandatory documentation once the application has been submitted, so please upload all necessary documents to your application.

For this grant, the mandatory documentations include:

  • Annual Financial Report or most recent BAS statement
  • Single Touch Payroll Report or Letter from Accountant - to verify your number of full-time (or full time equivalent) employees
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency
  • Quotes for equipment or material over $1,000 (minimum of 2 quotes)
  • A DA for capital works from the City of Sydney. Any capital works applications that still require a DA will not be eligible.
  • Child Protection Policy (if the primary or secondary beneficiaries of your project are children)

Please label each document clearly with 'Application Number - Organisation - Document Name'. 

You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

Completing an application in a group / team 

A number of people can work on an application using the same log-in details as long as only one person is working at a time.

If applicable, it's best to use a generic email address e.g.,, etc. Ensure you save as you go.