Small businesses in Perth, Rottnest and Peel that were directly impacted by the ANZAC Day long weekend lockdown can now apply for $2,000 grants to assist with costs incurred.
Businesses affected by the restrictions are now able to apply on the Small Business Development Corporation’s website https://www.smallbusiness.wa.gov.au, with the first payments expected next month.
About 15,000 businesses are expected to qualify, including hospitality, catering and staging, fitness, hair and beauty, and creative and performing arts.
Since the assistance program was announced earlier this month the Small Business Development Corporation has received more than 7,500 expressions of interest.
All businesses that have expressed their interest will be contacted and provided with a link to begin their application.
The Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants program, estimated to cost $31.8 million, will provide targeted support to small businesses to cover some direct costs and lost bookings due to cancellations and closures.
The one-off $2,000 payment will provide assistance to eligible businesses with an Australia-wide payroll of less than $4 million that have a valid ABN and are registered for GST purposes, with a turnover of more than $75,000.
Businesses must have incurred losses of perishable goods, cancellations, or other unforeseen costs as a result of the lockdown. Upon request, businesses must be able to demonstrate losses and retain relevant records for at least 12 months.
Sectors eligible to apply for Small Business Lockdown Assistance Grants include:
- cafés and restaurants;
- catering services;
- pubs, taverns, bars and nightclubs;
- accommodation and sightseeing;
- health and fitness centres and gyms;
- sport and physical recreation (instruction);
- hairdressing and beauty services;
- clubs (hospitality);
- specialised food retail;
- food wholesalers;
- creative industries and performing arts venues; and
- event equipment hire.
The grants add to the more than $1.3 billion of assistance the McGowan Government has provided to Western Australian businesses – which has included electricity bill relief, payroll tax and business licence fee waivers, grants and other industry specific measures.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“The $2,000 grants will help small businesses in Perth and Peel cover some of the direct costs they incurred during the ANZAC weekend lockdown, with the first payments expected next month.
“The restrictions were necessary to stop the spread of COVID, however the State Government has moved quickly to establish a targeted grants program to provide necessary relief to small businesses.
“I want to thank the small business sector for their understanding as we work to keep the community safe.
“All eligible small businesses in Perth and Peel affected by the ANZAC Day long weekend lockdown can now apply for the grants through the Small Business Development Corporation website.”
As stated by Small Business Minister Reece Whitby:
“It is encouraging to see so many businesses register expressions of interest with the Small Business Development Corporation, however there are many more businesses in Perth and Peel who may be eligible for assistance, and I urge them to apply.
“This program will help offset the costs businesses incurred as a result of the three-day lockdown, which was necessary to crush the virus and avoid a long-term lockdown.
“We want to see small businesses thrive in Western Australia and these grants will support them as we navigate our way forward.”