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.
Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the recovery would 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,” Minister Littleproud said.
“These grants will put up to $50,000 in the till of small businesses affected by these devastating floods to help them get back on their feet.
“We’re prepared to do what it takes to further assist the NSW Government in their response to the devastating storms and floods impacting communities across the region.”
“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 these grants will provide much-needed assistance for local communities to assist with the ongoing clean-up and recovery.
“We are committed to building a safer and stronger regional NSW and helping flood-affected communities return to normal life as quickly as possible – 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,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We are providing ongoing support for flood recovery through grants, ongoing clean-up, disaster recovery centres and industry support. The NSW Government, through Service NSW stands ready to help anybody affected as soon as you put your hand up.”
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
Source: Australian Government