We’ve announced $160,000 of new grants to support our businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Yarra’s Local Business and Precinct Support Fund will help businesses and sole traders struggling with the effects of physical distancing and forced closures.
They are aimed at helping businesses and sole traders with making the switch to online trading, improving shopfronts, marketing and business planning and getting vital training.
Small businesses can apply for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $5,000. Sole traders are also eligible for up to two grants, to a maximum total of $2,000.
The initiative – part of Yarra’s $7.46 million COVID-19 Community and Economic Support Package announced in early-April – was endorsed at last night’s Council Meeting, the first to be conducted entirely online.
The grants follow the Creative Business and Community, Addressing Family Violence and Promoting Food Security grants announced in April 2020.
Yarra is committed to ensuring our vibrant hospitality, creative and retail industries adapt to the challenges of COVID-19 and can take advantage of a different economic landscape as we head towards recovery.
More grants for Yarra’s community are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as we continue to roll out our $7.64 million support package.