Grants program offers hope to Latrobe City small businesses

Small businesses in Latrobe City are fighting back with the help of Council’s new grants program designed to support those who have been hit hard during COVID-19.

Latrobe City Council Mayor, Councillor Dan Clancey, said some sectors had been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

“The Latrobe City Small Business Grants Programs provides small businesses in those areas most affected with funds to help with employment creation and/or retention, new investment and benefits to the community,” Cr Clancey said.

“When we think about accommodation, food and hospitality, some retail, arts and recreation, beauty and other personal services, we can see that these businesses have taken a significant hit, not just in terms of having to close, but in having to develop, change or adopt even entirely new business models at short notice, in order to comply with restrictions.

“The grants of up to $5000 may help towards the development of a website, print or digital marketing campaigns, new equipment or infrastructure to physical premises, training and skills improvement for staff.”

The grants program will operate over three rounds. The first will run from 3 August to 30 August, the second from 14 September to 11 October and the third from 26 October to 22 November.

“We’re encouraging any small business that might qualify to think how one of these grants might support their businesses to get through this challenging time. There is also the possibility that businesses outside of the most affected sectors might be considered, so please apply,” Cr Clancey said.

Business can apply at www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/SmallBusinessGrants, or call 1300 367 700 to speak to our Business Development team.

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