The latest measure undertaken by Council to assist local businesses that have been significantly affected by COVID-19 is the provision of $200,000 in the form of small business grants.
The COVID-19 Small Business Resilience Grants program is open until 31 December 2020 and local businesses which have less than 20 employees may be eligible for funding. The grants have been created to complement other initiatives taken by the Council, together with the various stimulus and support measures provided by both the Federal and State Governments.
There are three categories that local West Torrens' businesses can apply for:
- Capital Works grants - up to $5,000 on a matching dollar for dollar basis. Funds will assist with costs associated with capital works which help produce income, such as equipment, business fittings, physical alterations to premises.
- Online and e-commerce grants - up to $3,000. This grant will provide financial support to businesses that need help with online and e-commerce activities, including the purchase of hardware, software and services such as website development or e-commerce platforms.
- Training and professional development grants - up to $2,000. Funds will help businesses who wish to enhance and increase employees' capabilities such as training, courses, workshops and webinars.
"Many of our local businesses are really struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a Council, we are stepping up to provide much needed support to help them get back on their feet," Mayor Michael Coxon said.
"Although we have limitations, we must leverage the resources that we do have to help ensure the safety and survival of our small business sector.”
"This grants package (the latest of our support measures) has been developed to target relief for businesses where we feel will best assist them as they move forward."
To be eligible for grant funding, businesses need to provide evidence that they had suffered a 30 per cent (or more) reduction in turnover following the declaration of COVID-19. However if the business had been forced to close due to imposed restrictions, they just needed to provide evidence of the closure to meet the eligibility criteria.
Businesses are urged to contact Adriana Christopoulos before applying for a grant; 8416 6333.
Your business may also be eligible to be part of our 'Think, buy, be LOCAL' campaign
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