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Flood-impacted medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Northern Rivers can now apply for up to $200,000 under the Northern Rivers Medium Size Business Grant.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the grant will help employers get their operations back up and running, and support staff to return to work.

“Medium-sized businesses employ thousands of locals across the Northern Rivers region, so helping them reopen their doors secures jobs and keeps the local economy moving,” Mr Toole said.

“We’re providing up to $200,000 for Northern Rivers medium-sized businesses in the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas, where 90 per cent of the State’s flood-impacted commercial properties are located.”

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the grants can be used to pay for cleaning up business premises, disposing of spoiled goods, building repairs, leasing of temporary premises, and purchasing and hiring equipment.

“There are currently more than 230 assessors working seven days a week to assess applications and ensure all eligible businesses can receive support as soon as possible,” Ms Cooke said.

“The NSW Government has committed $1.6 billion to a range of funding packages and grants to support our flood-affected communities through the recovery and reconstruction processes.”

Medium-sized businesses that employed between 21 and 199 staff, as at 22 February 2022, can apply for up to $200,000 through the Northern Rivers Medium Size Business Grant program.

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