Helping small businesses adapt to the changing COVID-induced business environment is the aim of a new City of Hobart grant that has opened today.
The Business Adaptation and Assistance Quick Response Grant will support small businesses with fewer than 20 full-time equivalent employees that have had to modify their operations as a result of the pandemic.
Economic Development and Communications Chair Damon Thomas said the grant was open to small businesses located in the City of Hobart area that had experienced reduced turnover as a result of COVID-19.
“These have been trying times for so many of our local businesses and we hope these grants will assist in their continued recovery,” Ald Thomas said.
“Being agile and adaptable has been the key to survival for many businesses and that’s where we want to help.”
For the first time, the grants will also apply to current market stallholders who trade in a market regularly operating within the City of Hobart.
Quick-response grants of up to $2000 are available to support activities like training and upskilling staff to meet new operational or safety requirements, or engaging professional marketing or IT advice or services to assist the business in connecting with customers.
A total funding pool of $100,000 is available for the current grant program. Applications are open until 30 November or until all funds are allocated.