Disaster Recovery grants for South Coast businesses

January 24, 2022 12:42 am in by

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Small businesses and not-for-profits on the South Coast can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help them recover from recent storm and flooding events in NSW.

It was announced in Mogo today (Monday January 24) that the grants are now available in 59 local government areas and are being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

The Storm & Flood Small Business Disaster Recovery Grant is designed to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the severe storms and floods during November and December 2021.

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Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said it was vital to provide support to help small business bounce back as quickly as possible.

“The Australian and NSW Governments are focused on giving small businesses and not-for-profits the tools they need to clean-up, rebuild and keep operating,” Senator McKenzie said.

“We will continue to work with the NSW Government to roll out targeted support for communities impacted by these devastating storms and floods.”

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New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales Paul Toole said the Australian and NSW Governments are standing by the people of the regions.

“We know that small businesses are the lifeblood of regional communities and have borne the brunt of recent natural disasters,” Mr Toole said.

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“We will continue to support them for as long as it takes to bounce back.”

New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke urged communities to utilise the available support.

“These new grants of up to $50,000 complement a number of existing flood recovery supports for individuals, primary producers and local councils,” Ms Cooke said.

“Storm season will continue until March, so I am encouraging communities across our State to be vigilant to the ongoing threats in the short-term, and continue working with us in the long-term to build a more resilient NSW.”

New South Wales Minister for Small Business Eleni Petinos said the Government was committed to working closely with small businesses in their recovery.

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“This immediate support will help to protect local economies while communities recover, keeping businesses open and people in jobs,” Ms Petinos said.

The  grants are available in the 59  local government areas including the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla and Queanbeyan-Palerang areas.

To register interest for the grant and be notified when applications become available, click HERE or call 13 77 88.