Friday, 30 April 2021

Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants are available, adding to a suite of stimulus measures designed to assist local businesses impacted over the Christmas and New Year lockdown.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said cash grants of $3,000 or $5,000 can now be applied for through Service NSW.

“Pittwater’s small businesses took a bit hit during the lockdown in order to help protect our community,” Rob Stokes said today.

“These grants help cover business operating expenses – such as utilities, rent, financial advice, and marketing,” said Mr Stokes.

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said the grants have two tiers, with $3,000 available for eligible small businesses that suffered at least a 30 per cent decline in turnover due to the northern beaches lockdown, and $5,000 available for a 50 per cent decline in turnover.

“The northern beaches community and businesses did an outstanding job in helping control the spread of the virus at a critical time and unfortunately that had a material impact on many businesses and we thank the business community for their resilience and patience,” said Mr Tudehope.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said other measures available to eligible businesses included the $1,500 small business rebate to help cover NSW and local government fees and charges, changes to the payroll tax threshold, and the $500 million Dine & Discover program which commenced as a pilot on the northern beaches in February.

“We are pleased to make these hardship grants available to businesses across the northern beaches which were hit hard back in December by the health restrictions,” Mr Dominello said.

“Our community worked together incredibly well to control the spread of COVID-19. It was a tough time for families separated across borders and a tough time for small businesses,” said Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes.

“These cash grants are an important component in a targeted support package for local businesses – which also includes the Dine & Discover voucher program, the $1500 small business fees and charges rebate, and the major surfing event recently held at North Narrabeen.

“It’s great to have this assistance available, and to see people out and about enjoying this beautiful time of the year and supporting our local businesses,” Mr Stokes said.

Applications for the Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grant and the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate can be submitted online via the Service NSW app or website, or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.

For more information visit: www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/northern-beaches-small-business-hardship-grant

The Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship grants will be open for applications from local small businesses and not-for-profit organisations until 11:59pm on 11 June 2021.

Eligibility

Tier One: $3,000 grant

Small businesses and not-for-profits that were subject to the Public Health (COVID-19 Northern Beaches) Order 2020 (‘the Northern Beaches Public Health Order’) will be eligible for a one-off $3,000 tier one Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grant if they:

  • Are a business or a Not-for-Profit Organisation with fewer than 20 full-time equivalent staff (FTE), including non-employing entities;
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in, or they can demonstrate they are, as at 1 December 2020, physically located and primarily operating in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA);
  • Experienced a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent due to the Northern Beaches Public Health Order over a minimum two-week period from 19 December 2020 to 10 February 2021 compared to the same time last year;
  • Have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-21 payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1 July 2020;
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 as at 1 March 2020; and
  • Had unavoidable business costs during the Northern Beaches lockdown (e.g rent), for which there is no other government support available.

 

Tier Two: $5,000 grant

Small businesses and not-for-profits that were subject to the Northern Beaches Public Health Order will be eligible for a one-off $5,000 tier two Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grant if they meet all the eligibility criteria for the $3,000 tier one grant, except they must:

  • Have experienced a decline in turnover of at least 50 per cent due to the Northern Beaches Public Health Order over a minimum two-week period from 19 December 2020 to 10 February 2021 compared to the same time last year