$50,000 flood recovery grants open to small businesses

Small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Dubbo Regional, Mid-Western Regional and Narromine Shire local government areas (LGAs) can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help them recover from severe storm and flood events.

The Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant is designed to help cover the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the widespread storms and floods throughout November and December 2021.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the grant would help businesses and not-for-profits continue the clean-up effort and get back on their feet.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and have borne the brunt of recent natural disaster in our region,” Mr Saunders said.

“The grants of up to $50,000 can go towards the cost of safety inspections, building repairs, cleaning equipment, materials needed to resume trade, disposing of debris and spoiled stock, replacing work vehicles or leasing temporary office space.”

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke urged small businesses and not-for-profit organisations to utilise the available support.

“These new grants complement the existing financial assistance already available to home owners, primary producers and local councils,” Ms Cooke said.

“Storm season will continue until March, so I am encouraging all communities to be vigilant to the ongoing threats in the short-term, and continue working with us in the long-term to build a more resilient NSW.”

The Storm and Flood Disaster Recovery Small Business Grant is now available across 59 local government areas, including: Balranald, Bathurst, Blayney, Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cabonne, Cobar, Coonamble, Cowra, Dubbo, Forbes, Gilgandra, Lachlan Shire, Mid-Western, Narrabri, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Wentworth, and the Unincorporated Area of NSW.

For more information and to apply, call Service NSW on 13 77 88, or go to: www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-storms-and-flood-disaster-recovery-small-business-grant.

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