Small businesses and non-profit organisations in NSW directly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events (eligible disaster events commencing August 2019) may be eligible to receive bushfire recovery grants from the Australian Government.
Small business and non-profit organisation grants are intended to help pay for the costs of clean-up and reinstatement of small businesses or non-profit organisations that have suffered direct damage as a result of the eligible disaster.
The Australian Government will help cover the cost of the payments. The NSW Government will administer the payments on the following Terms and Conditions.
The term “Grant Guidelines” refers to the applicable grant guidelines for small business owners or non-profit organisations making an application. “You” is used interchangeably with “Applicant” and “Applicants”. The term “Relevant Agency” includes Service NSW, Revenue NSW, NSW Rural Assistance Authority and the Office of Emergency Management. Further definitions are contained within the Grant Guidelines, unless otherwise stated in these Terms and Conditions or published on the Service NSW website.
The Grant Guidelines which underpin these Terms and Conditions, are published on the Service NSW website as follows:
- Small Business Grant Guidelines: Emergency Bushfire Response: Small Business Grants Guidelines (PDF)
- Non-profit Organisation Grant Guidelines: Emergency Bushfire Response: Non-profit Organisation Grants Guidelines (PDF)
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Grant Guidelines to qualify for a grant. Service NSW provides guidance on its website about the eligibility criteria under “Eligibility”.
Service NSW provides guidance on its website about the types of evidence, information and documents you may submit in support of your application, under "What You Need". You may also be asked to provide further information and documents.
Conditions for Payment
Grants must be used for costs associated with clean up and reinstatement of the small business or non-profit organisation, examples of which are set out in clause 3.1 of the Small Business Grant Guidelines and clause 3.1 of the Non-profit Organisation Guidelines.
Grants must not be used for any of the excluded costs set out in clause 3.2 of the Small Business Grant Guidelines and clause 3.2 of Non-profit Organisation Guidelines, such as for costs that the small business is entitled to receive, or has received, under a policy of insurance for the relevant costs claimed.
Applicants who receive a Small Business Disaster-Recovery Grant of up to $15,000 via application to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority may be eligible for a further amount of up to $35,000 under this grant scheme. The Small Business Disaster-Recovery Grant has been replaced by the current grant scheme.
Payment will be made via EFT to the applicant’s nominated business bank account.
The information applicants provide must be true and may be inspected, audited, verified or confirmed at any time in accordance with the Grant Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Applicants must be small business owners, or non-profit organisations, who have authorised the making of grant applications for the relevant small business or non-profit organisation.
The relevant agency may request verification/confirmation about your application from each other, you or any other private or public authority, for the purpose of administering the scheme, subject to any applicable legal requirements. Verification/confirmation may include, without limitation, any or all of the following:
Requesting and receiving additional information.
Confirmation that the Eligibility, Evidence and Conditions for Payment requirements have been met.
Applicants must provide authorisation for the relevant agency to contact their insurance company (if needed) to confirm or verify entitlements or the outcome of any claims made in relation to the eligible disaster.
Applicants must retain all tax invoices, official receipts, bank statements, quotations or other similar records for assistance received under the scheme until one year after the closing day for applications for the eligible disaster.
Applicants must consent to the relevant agency conducting an audit of quotations, tax invoices, official receipts, bank statements or other similar records to verify the amounts given under the scheme have been used in accordance with the claim. Penalties may apply for false or misleading information.
By making an application, you acknowledge that:
Providing false or misleading information to a public authority, or hiding facts, may be a fraudulent act under the Crimes Act 1900 and subject to criminal penalties.
Any overpayment made as a result of an incorrect, misleading or fraudulent claim is repayable by you and may be recovered.
Closure, suspension or variation of the Program
- The relevant agency reserves the right, at any time, to:
- Vary the Grant Guidelines, these Terms and Conditions and the process for application;
- Suspend the operation of, or close, the application process;
- Alter or change the opening and closing date for applications; and
- Reduce or extend the application period.
- Any changes to the Grant Guidelines, these Terms and Conditions or action taken to suspend or end the Program will be notified on Service NSW’s website.
- Applicants are responsible for seeking any necessary financial advice.
- No rights under these Terms and Conditions will be waived except by notice in writing signed by both the applicant and the relevant agency.
- The Program and all related documents are governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales.
- Where the relevant agency has issued a notice to the email address provided by the applicant, the notification will be deemed to have been received by the applicant immediately upon receipt of electronic transmission confirmation.