What is the Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants?
The Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants is an initiative that will help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of eligible small businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of bushfires.
The objective of this assistance measure made under agreements between the Commonwealth and relevant State Government of Victoria, is to support small businesses directly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events (eligible disaster events commencing 21 November 2019). The small business grant application period is effective for six months upon announcement of the grants. Extensions may be considered following submission to the Commonwealth.
The Emergency Bushfire Response for Small Business Grants are intended for small business owners to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of small businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.
The maximum grant amount for clean-up and reinstatement amount is $50,000.
- An initial amount of up to $25,000 is available (an initial claim). To support an initial claim, evidence of the direct damage such as photographs, quotations, tax invoices or official receipts are required.
- A subsequent amount of up to $25,000 is available (a subsequent claim). To support subsequent claims full evidence of payment is required. (This evidence must also include any amounts claimed under the initial claim if not already provided).
Multiple applications can be made up to the maximum amount available under the small business grants.
Grants are provided to help pay costs associated with clean up and reinstatement of the small business, this may include:
- engagement of tradesperson to conduct a safety inspection of damage to a property, premises, or equipment;
- purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials to clean a property, premises, or equipment;
- purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials that are essential for immediately resuming operation of the small business;
- employing a person to clean a property, premises or equipment if:
- the cost would not ordinarily have been incurred in the absence of the eligible disaster; or
- the cost exceeds the costs of employing a person to clean the property, premises or equipment that would ordinarily have been incurred in the absence of the eligible disaster;
- removing and disposing of debris or damaged materials;
- removing and disposing of spoiled goods and stock due to power outage;
- repairing a building, or repairing or replacing fittings in a building, if the repair or replacement is essential for resuming operation of the small business. If the repair or replacement is for small businesses that is home based, applicants are only permitted to claim the costs for damage to the premises which is directly attributable to the business, not other household damage;
- any of the following:
- replacing lost or damaged stock if the replacement is essential for immediately resuming operation of the small business;
- leasing temporary premises for the purpose of resuming operation of the small business.
To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must:
- be a small business owner;
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the eligible disaster;
- own a small business located in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster that has suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster;
- have been engaged in carrying on the small business when affected by the eligible disaster;
- be primarily responsible for meeting the costs claimed in the application; and
- be intending to re-establish the small business in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.
Applications from businesses that employ 20 or more full time employees but have a turnover of less than $50 million may also be considered following submission to the National Bushfire Recovery Agency via Bushfire Recovery Victoria.
Applicants who operate more than one small business, for example under a single ABN at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate business up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the relevant defined disaster area and determined by the establishment notice.
Applications close 31 July 2020.