Up to $50,000 is available from Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants to to assist your small business pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement.

 

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants

The Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants Scheme (Exceptional) provide an exceptional circumstances grant to small business owners to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of small businesses that have suffered direct damage as a result of an eligible disaster.

 

Objective

The objective of this assistance measure made under agreements between the Commonwealth and State Governments, is to support communities to recover after an eligible disaster.

 

Funding

The maximum exceptional circumstances grant 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 and official receipts is 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).

 

Eligible Activities

Grants are provided to help pay for the costs of the clean-up and reinstatement of the small business this includes:

  • engaging a 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;
  • 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 cost 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 goods and material;
  • 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. (Funding is not available for repairs to a building that is used as a dwelling, unless it is used for carrying on the small business, for example staff accommodation. Also refer to Section 3.2 in relation to repairs to buildings);
  • purchasing, hiring or leasing equipment or materials that are essential for immediately resuming operation of the small business;
  • 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;

 

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for an exceptional circumstances 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
  • intend to re-establish the small business in the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster.

An applicant may also be eligible for an exceptional circumstances grant if both of the following apply:

  • the small business is located outside the defined disaster area for the eligible disaster but is operated at least sometimes on a regular basis in the area; and
  • plant or equipment of the small business situated in the defined disaster area has been damaged as a result of the eligible disaster

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.

When determining an application on this basis QRIDA may consider (but is not limited to):

  • the staffing arrangement of the separate business;
  • whether the separate business has its own plant, equipment or stock;
  • the accounting and insurance arrangements of the separate business;
  • whether the separate business operates under its own trading name;
  • the commercial viability and autonomy of each business.

 

Timing

Applications open on an ongoing basis.

 

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