Sarah Courtney,Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events
The Tasmanian Government remains committed to assisting Tasmanian businesses affected by COVID-19 and we have taken considerable, significant measures to do this.
As part of the Tasmanian Government’s nearly $1 billion Social and Economic Support Package, our more than $60 million Small Business Emergency Support, Hardship and Continuity grant programs have now all been allocated to support a total of over 18,200 Tasmanian small businesses.
- More than $30 million has been paid out under the Small Business Emergency grants, which has provided just under 13,300 small businesses grants of $2,500.
- Over 2,000 grants of $750 have gone to businesses under the Small Business Continuity Program.
- Under Round One of the Small Business Hardship Grants, a total of 1,330 businesses have received funding of $15,000.
- Round Two of Hardship grants has seen 1,540 small businesses receive $4,000 to support them in recovery.
Due to the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 is having on the Tasmanian economy, the Department of State Growth has experienced high demand from the Tasmanian business community in response to the programs. All grants have now been assessed by the Department, and all applicants have been notified of the outcome.
We have remained committed to supporting as many eligible businesses as possible, which is why additional funding was allocated across the programs, including the delivery of a second round of smaller hardship grants. Importantly, this has meant that the available funding has gone further to support even more small businesses across Tasmania that otherwise would not have received funding under the programs.
I would like to thank all the small businesses for their patience during this unprecedented emergency and we will continue to work with them into recovery.
Businesses who need additional information on other support available should contact Business Tasmania at www.business.tas.gov.au