Business Training and Advice Grant

If you're starting your own business, we may be able to help with developing a business plan, training in business skills, advice and project reports.

Who can get it

You may be able to get a Business Training and Advice Grant if:

  • either:
    • you or your partner are getting a main benefit, or
    • you qualify and have applied for a main benefit
    • you're getting New Zealand Superannuation or a Veteran's Pension as a non-qualified partner
  • you've asked us for help to start your business
  • you're planning to take up, or are already getting, Flexi-wage for self-employment for the same business.

We'll also take into account other factors, such as:

  • your situation
  • how hard it is to find a job in the local labour market.

If you're not sure whether you qualify, contact us

What you can get

We'll pay an expert who will help you with things like:

  • business skills training
  • developing a business plan
  • business advice before and when starting your business
  • independent vetting report
  • mid-project financial report.

You can apply more than once, but the total amount cannot be more than $1,000 in a 52 week period.

How to apply

You need to call us on 0800 559 009

We'll talk with you to understand your situation and how we can help. We'll let you know what information you need to provide and how to get this to us.

You'll need to:

  • write a brief summary about your business
  • provide information about what course or service you want the grant for.