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Government assistance

Small business support grant

The Commonwealth and NSW governments have announced a new small business support grant of $10,000, to cover small business loss of income.

The grant is available to small businesses that:

  • have experienced a significant decline in revenue due to the recent bushfires
  • are located in the following bushfire-impacted local government areas (LGAs):
    • Bega Valley

    • Blue Mountains

    • Clarence Valley

    • Eurobodalla

    • Hawkesbury

    • Kempsey

    • Lithgow

    • Mid Coast

    • Nambucca

    • Port Macquarie

    • Queanbeyan

    • Richmond Valley

    • Shoalhaven

    • Snowy Monaro

    • Snowy Valleys

    • Wingecarribee

    • Wollondilly.

Small businesses who have received assistance under other grants or initiatives may also be eligible for this grant.

If you've already applied for the small business and not-for-profit organisations grant detailed below, and your business is within the specified LGAs, Service NSW will contact you regarding your eligibility under this new grant. 

For further eligibility criteria and the application form visit Apply for the small business bushfire support grant.

Small business and not-for-profit organisations grant

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for eligible small businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have suffered direct damage to their premises or equipment, and intend to re-establish in the community.

The grants will not be available for expenses that are covered by insurance, nor to recompense lost business income.

Visit Apply for a bushfire recovery grant for directly-impacted small businesses to learn more.

Small business, not-for-profit organisations and primary producers loan

Concessional loans of up to $500,000 are available for eligible small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

There are 2 types of loans available, and each loan has a 2-year interest-free and repayment-free period:

  • the Bushfire Working Capital Loan of up to $50,000 over 5 years
  • the Bushfire Recovery Loan of up to $500,000 over 10 years.

Visit the Rural Assistance Authority to check your eligibility and apply.

Primary producers grant

The NSW Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) provides a range of grants, subsidies and loans to help primary producers, small businesses, non-profit organisations and sporting and recreation clubs affected by bushfires. See Special disaster loans and Grants and subsidies for more information.

The RAA is now offering a special bushfire disaster grant for eligible primary producers in impacted LGAs. Grants of up to $75,000 are available.

Businesses must apply by 31 July 2020. Visit Special Disaster Grant – Bushfires for more information.

Regional tourism grant

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program is providing $10 million to support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire- affected regions. The aim of the program is to help with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.

The program has 2 funding streams. Stream 1 supports smaller-scale events and stream 2 supports larger events and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks.

The grants are available for eligible local government organisations and regional tourism organisations in bushfire affected areas.

Applicants will be invited to apply by Austrade.

For more information visit Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants.

Indigenous corporations grant

The National Indigenous Australians Agency are assisting Indigenous Australian organisations and businesses get access to supports and services. Visit Support to bushfire affected communities for information.

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) has established an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires.

A grant of up to $20,000 will be available to assist Indigenous corporations to immediately secure and clean up damaged properties.

The ILSC will also make available a grant to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors assisting the vital recovery efforts with much needed equipment.

Indigenous corporations should contact the ILSC on 1800 818 490 or email EDOAdmin@ilcorp.gov.au.

ILSC staff will be available to take enquiries 7 days a week, from 9am to 8pm. 

Childcare grant

Grants are available for child-care services located in bushfire-affected areas. The amount of funding provided will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, visit the Department of Education.

Peer support activities grant

Primary Health Networks (PNH) in bushfire-affected regions are providing grants of up to $10,000 to strengthen social connectedness and peer support activities. Please contact your local PHN to discuss a bushfire recovery event.

Non-government assistance

Tumut region community fund

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Pratt Foundation are providing a fund to support people in the Snowy Valleys Council region.

The Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund is to help local, eligible not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver projects and activities that will support the region in its bushfire recovery. Visit FRRR to check eligibility and to apply.

Community assistance

Community events grant

One-off grants of $10,000 (excl. GST) are available through Destination NSW’s 2020 Micro Event Fund. The grants are for community-based events in regional NSW areas impacted by bushfire activity or drought conditions.

To be eligible, events must have a total expenditure budget of approximately $75,000 (excl. GST) or less, and be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020.

To check full eligibility criteria and to apply, visit Destination NSW.

Grant for Indigenous Business Australia customers

Business finance and home loan customers of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) who have been directly impacted by NSW bushfires can access:

  • the temporary suspension of loan repayments
  • a $2,000 bushfire crisis grant to cover immediate needs
  • assistance to make insurance claims.

If required, further assistance will be assessed on an individual basis.

Call IBA on 1800 064 800.