Small business can apply for grants for the Christmas lockdown from Monday, 03 May.

Dominic Perrottet

Dominic Perrottet

The Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants were announced in February by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.

“This will go some way to helping those businesses pay fixed costs they have endured. Particularly during what for many businesses has been a difficult time, it’s generally boom time on the beaches over summer,” said Treasurer Perrottet in February.

The hardship grants were part of a package, including early access to the Dine and Discover program, designed to assist small business recover from the lockdown of the Northern Beaches over the Christmas period.

Member for Pittwater Rob Stokes said applications for cash grants of $3,000 or $5,000 could now be made through Service NSW. The two tiers of grant available are based on decline in turnover of at least 30 percent or 50 percent due to the Northern Beaches lockdown.

Rob Stokes

Rob Stokes

“Pittwater’s small businesses took a big hit during the lockdown in order to help protect our community. These grants help cover business operating expenses such as utilities, rent, financial advice, and marketing.

“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.

“These cash grants are an important component in a targeted support package for local businesses, which also includes the Dine and Discover voucher program, the $1,500 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,” said Minister Stokes.

The Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants will be open for applications from small businesses and not-for-profit organisations who meet the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for a grant, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations must:

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) that is registered in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area (LGA), or be able to demonstrate the business is physically located and primarily operating in the Northern Beaches LGA as at 01 December 2020
  • Be non-employing or employ fewer than 20 full-time equivalent workers
  • Have total Australian wages below the NSW Government 2020-21 payroll tax threshold of $1.2m as at 01 July 2020
  • Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 as at 01 March 2020
  • Have had unavoidable business costs during the Northern Beaches Public Health Order, for which there is no other government support available

To be eligible for the $3,000 grant, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations must also:

  • Have experienced at least 30 percent decline in turnover 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 corresponding period a year earlier

To be eligible for the $5,000 grant, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations must also:

  • Have experienced at least 50 percent decline in turnover 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 corresponding period a year earlier

Applications for the Northern Beaches Small Business Hardship Grants and the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate can be submitted online from Monday, 03 May, until Friday, 11 June, via the Service NSW app or website, or by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88.

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