In NSW, the new $3,000 and $5,000 hardship grants will be available to small businesses in Sydney’s Northern Beaches that were affected by COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas last year.
The $3,000 grant is for small businesses that have suffered at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to the lockdown, while the $5,000 grant is for small businesses that have had at least a 50 per cent decline in turnover.
The NSW government said it designed the program to cover unavoidable costs for which no other government backing is available, including utilities, rent, financial or legal advice, and other activities to support the operation of a business.
In addition to the grants, the NSW government announced it will be implementing additional measures to support businesses in the Northern Beaches, including:
- Promotion for the Northern Beaches for local attractions and welcoming visitors to the community.
- Industry-specific information on public health restrictions to assist small businesses impacted by Public Health Orders to better understand their obligations.
- Improved access to existing support including mental health resources for small business owners on the SafeWork website, Business Connect, and the Small Business Commission’s mediation services team.
- The Dine & Discover program whereby a pilot of the program will be tested in the Northern Beaches (https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/dine-and-discover-nsw)
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