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09 April 2020

COVID-19 - State & Local Government Response

NSW State Government COVID-19 Response

The NSW State government has announced a COVID-19 Small Business Support Grant of $10,000, which will be available to eligible NSW small business owners. 
To be eligible, businesses will need to:
  • have between 1-19 employees and a turnover of more than $75,000,
  • a payroll below the NSW Government 2019-20 payroll tax threshold of $900,000,
  • have an ABN as at 1 March 2020, be based in NSW and employ staff as at 1 March 2020,
  • be highly impacted by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 issued on 30 March 2020,
  • use the funding for unavoidable business costs such as utilities, overheads, legal costs and financial advice,
  • provide appropriate documentation upon application
Eligible industries are those that have been subject to closure or are highly impacted by NSW Government health directions in relation to COVID-19 and include:
  • retail 
  • accommodation and food services
  • rental, hiring and real estate services
  • administrative and support services
  • arts and recreation services
Please note, the application form will not be available online until next week, on Friday 17 April. As of today, no instructions on what details and documentation will be needed to apply for this grant have been issued yet, but we will keep you up to date on new developments. More details can be found on the NSW government website here
City of Sydney - assistance for those affected by Coronavirus

The City of Sydney Council has also announced numerous assistance options for businesses in the City of Sydney area. There is a $10,000 grant program for local businesses adversely affected by Coronavirus.

The aim of this grant is to allow businesses the means to:
  • modify their systems to be able to produce income and supply products in the current social distancing requirements, 
  • develop online and e-commerce capabilities
  • do training and professional development to better prepare for return to business activities
  • invest in capital works to help the business benefit from the economic recovery.
To be eligible, businesses will need to show:
  • You’re a for-profit organisation with an ABN
  • You employ between 1 and 19 full time staff, with applications considered from larger organisations in the hospitality and tourism industries
  • Your organisation is located within the City of Sydney area
  • How the grant will help support your business
  • The skills and capacity necessary to undertake the project.
Applications for this grant are now open, and must be submitted by 5pm, 27 April. More details on this grant can be found here

There is also a quick response grant, between $2,000 - $5,000 for individuals, sole traders, unincorporated community groups, not-for-profit organisations and for-profit organisations.

This grant is to help communities adapt, survive and recover from the pandemic, including:
  • Feeding vulnerable community members
  • Providing digital assistance to vulnerable community members
  • Helping vulnerable community members feel connected
  • Strengthening community support networks
  • Delivering performances, creative work and classes online
  • Helping businesses to continue to trade
Learn more about how to apply for the quick response grant here
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