If your small business has experienced a significant decline in revenue as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfires (beginning in August 2019), and it’s located within a specified Local Government Area (LGA), you may be eligible for the $10,000 small business support grant.

The application process for this grant has been simplified so eligible small businesses can access funds as quickly as possible.

The grant may be used for, but is not limited to:

  • meeting standard business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent
  • seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business
  • adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires
  • developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities, or
  • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.

Note: The definition of ‘a decline in revenue as a result of bushfire’ may include multiple scenarios. However, this evidence requirement is clearly demonstrated when the business was in a defined disaster area and subject to either:

  • an evacuation order or tourism leave order
  • other supply chain interruptions or stock damage resulting in reduced sales, such as road closures and utility disconnections, or
  • significantly reduced customer numbers, such as through consumer perception of danger and smoke haze.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the grant, you must:

  • be a small business owner
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster
  • have been engaged in carrying on the small business in the defined disaster area when you were affected by the eligible disaster
  • have suffered a decline in revenue of 40% or more in a 3-month period, compared to the same period in the previous year, as a result of the eligible disaster
  • be located in one of the following LGAs:
    NSW Bega Valley
    Blue Mountains
    Clarence Valley
    Eurobodalla
    Kempsey
    Lithgow
    Mid-Coast
    Nambucca
    Port Macquarie-Hastings
    Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional
    Richmond Valley
    Shoalhaven
    Snowy Monaro Regional
    Snowy Valleys
    Wingecarribee
    Wollondilly

Note: You may still be eligible for the grant if:

  • you’ve already received assistance under the small business bushfire recovery grant (up to $50,000)
  • your small business is located outside the defined disaster area but operates part-time or on some regular basis within the defined disaster area, or
  • your small business does not meet the 40% revenue decline threshold or does not have a relevant 3-month period comparison.

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