$10,000 small business northern flood grant now open

Flood-impacted small business owners and not-for-profits in the Northern Rivers can now apply for the $10,000 Small Business Northern Flood Grant to help with rent, wages, government fees and other business costs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the grant would provide a one-off payment of $10,000 to eligible small businesses and not for profits which were impacted by the floods, including those that suffered economically.

“There is still a long road to recovery ahead for many people and this grant is about ensuring they get back on their feet sooner,” Mr Toole said.

“The impact of the floods on small businesses has been devastating. This funding will provide them with much needed cash flow to help pay the bills and get back to serving their customers and their community.

“To be eligible, businesses and NFPs need to have experienced a decline in turnover of 40 per cent or more due to flood events in March 2022, when compared to March 2021 or March 2020. This will help businesses that suffered more indirectly due to the floods, which caused economic upheaval locally. Many have lost both local and tourist traffic and spending – this grant helps address the overall economic damage a disaster of this scale can cause.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the small business grants were the latest in a range of programs the NSW Government was delivering to support flood and disaster affected communities.

“The NSW Government has committed nearly $1.6 billion in support to flood-affected communities, providing assistance to individuals and businesses during the flood recovery,” Mr Dominello said.

“Businesses can apply for the Small Business Northern Flood Grant via the Service NSW website

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