Small businesses can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 as they begin to rebuild and recover in the aftermath of the NSW storm and flooding disaster.
The Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant is designed to provide short-term targeted assistance for recovery activities, including safety inspections, repairs to premises and internal fittings, and replacement of stock to help the community return to business as usual.
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said the road to recovery for communities hardest hit will take some time, which is why repairs need to start as soon as possible.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of regional communities, and the Australian and NSW Governments are committed to ensuring they receive the best possible support for their long-term recovery,” Senator Molan said.
“These grants are going to help small businesses get back up and running after what has been an extraordinary year with bushfires, COVID-19 restrictions and now devastating flooding.
“We want to see these businesses back on their feet and we’re prepared to do what it takes to further assist the NSW Government in their response to this latest setback.”
“Importantly, this is another example of the Australian Government working in partnership with the NSW Government to deliver assistance where it is most needed.”
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro, said the grant would provide a much-needed boost for local communities to secure local jobs and assist with the ongoing clean-up and recovery.
“Small businesses are the backbone of this State’s regional economy, and we are focused on protecting local jobs and helping businesses bounce back,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Whether you’re in Moree or on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, support is available to help small businesses rebuild, replace lost stock and keep their doors open to local communities.
“We are providing ongoing support for flood recovery through grants, ongoing clean-up, disaster recovery centres and industry support, and stand ready to help you as soon as you put your hand up for assistance,” said Mr Barilaro.
The Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant has been made available through joint disaster funding arrangements between the NSW Government and Australian Government.
For eligibility criteria for this payment visit the Service NSW website
For those wanting to be assisted remotely, and for more information on all available disaster assistance, please contact the Disaster Customer Care Service at Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online via service.nsw.gov.au/floods