Applications have opened for the Eastwood Small Business Hardship Fund, with eligible businesses
encouraged to apply for support grants of up to $2,000 made available via the fu nd.
The $500,000 Eastwood Small Business Hardship Fund has been established to assist businesses
that have experienced severe economic hardship as a result of misinformation and rumours being
spread since the first case of coronavirus (COVID -19) was iden tified in Australia in January.
City of Ryde Mayor, Cl r Jerome Laxale, said Council moved quickly to open applications for the
hardship fund given how bad the economic situation has become for many businesses.
“With the support of the community, Council has established this hardship fund to support business es
that have ground to a halt due to the COVID -19 outbreak,” Clr Laxale said.