Business Acceleration Grants FAQs

What is the DSSU Business Acceleration Grants program?

The Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) Business Acceleration Grants program offers grants of up to $2 million to businesses and not-for-profit organisations who can provide new approaches to delivering outcomes for the disability sector.

What is the program aiming to achieve?

The DSSU program aims to:

  • improve the maturity and commercial viability of small and medium enterprises in the disability sector, including not-for-profit organisations
  • increase the use of innovative business models, practices and technologies by organisations in the disability sector which contribute to a strong and sustainable market
  • increase the participation of Aboriginal peoples and businesses in the economic opportunities arising from the NDIS and increase the availability of culturally appropriate services
  • develop responsive workforces and organisations that offer culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services for CALD NDIS participants
  • develop flexible workforces and organisation models in rural and remote areas that contribute towards diverse markets offering quality and well-priced support
  • develop workforces and organisations to ensure availability of appropriate services to NDIS participants requiring psychosocial support.

We will fund organisations who are able to contribute towards achieving these objectives.

Our information pack contains more detailed information regarding the program’s objectives. You can download this document through the NSW eTender website.

What are the key dates?

We are expecting to conduct up to three Rounds of the Business Acceleration Grants program. Applications for the first round open in 18 September 2017, and close on 30 October 2017.

How do I apply?

You can apply through the NSW eTender website.

What grant sizes are available?

Organisations can apply for a small, medium or large grant:

  • Small grants (up to $500,000)
  • Medium grants ($500,000 to $999,999)
  • Large grants ($1,000,000 to $1,999,999).

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Currently conduct business operations in NSW and/or currently employ people in NSW (whether incorporated in NSW or not); and
  • Are one of the following:
    • Registered corporation
    • Sole trader
    • Partnership
    • Not-for-profit
    • Social enterprise, cooperative or trust
    • Peak body
    • Consortium (please note that one organisation must act as the lead organisation).

Our information pack contains more detailed information regarding eligibility. You can download this document through the NSW eTender website.

Can organisations apply if they are not an existing registered NDIS provider or disability organisation?

Yes. We welcome applications from organisations that:

  • are currently providing goods or services to NDIS participants under the NDIS in the disability support sector.
  • are not currently operating in the disability support sector, but want to expand an existing business into the disability support sector to provide goods or services to NDIS participants under the NDIS.
  • want to expand an existing business to support organisations that provide goods and services to NDIS participants.

If you are not a NDIS registered provider, you must comply with relevant standards and requirements for delivering goods or services in your industry and under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013.

Is this a state-wide program?

Yes, but we will prioritise applications which focus on our Priority Transition Regions. However, we still welcome application from organisations looking to operate in non-priority regions.

In Round One, DSSU priority regions are:

DSSU Priority Transition Regions

  • Hunter New England
  • Far West
  • Mid North Coast
  • Northern NSW
  • South Western Sydney
  • Sydney
  • Western Sydney

Other NDIS Transition Regions

  • Central Coast
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Nepean Blue Mountains
  • Northern Sydney
  • South Eastern Sydney
  • Southern NSW
  • Western NSW

Regions are defined by the NSW Health districts, view the full map on the NDIS website.

Which activities will or will not be funded?

The Business Acceleration Grants program is outcomes-based. We will fund overall approaches which can deliver on outcomes that contribute to achieving our program’s objectives. Therefore, we will not specify activities that will or will not be funded.

However, the program will not fund expenses relating to existing operations, or activities already funded by another government-funded program.

Additionally, outcomes can be delivered no later than June 2020.

Did the NSW Government consult the disability sector regarding the development of the DSSU program?

The NSW Department of Industry developed the DSSU program in consultation with Commonwealth and NSW Government agencies, industry peak bodies, and the NSW disability sector.

This included DSSU consultation workshops held by the department around the state in 2016 at Bankstown, Charlestown and Port Macquarie.

Through these consultations, the department identified areas where there was broad concern from the disability sector in relation to the sector’s ability to respond to certain challenges raised by the NDIS.

How do I find out more if I have further questions?

Further details are available in the application pack, available only through the NSW eTender website.

If you have further questions, email