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Small businesses significantly affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire disaster events (eligible disaster events commencing August 2019) in the most severely impacted LGAs as agreed between the Commonwealth and states may be eligible to receive a grant amount of $10,000.

Grants are provided to support eligible small businesses to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. The NSW Small Business Bushfire Support Grant application period is effective for 6 months upon announcement of the grants.

The NSW Government will assist to administer the payments on the following Terms and Conditions:

Definitions

The term 'Grant Guidelines' refers to the applicable grant guidelines for small business owners making an application. 'You' is used interchangeably with 'applicant' and 'applicants'. 'Administrating Agency' in the Grant Guidelines is used interchangeably with 'Administering Agency' in these Terms and Conditions. Further definitions are contained within the Grant Guidelines, unless otherwise stated in these Terms and Conditions or published on the Service NSW website.

Grant Guidelines

The Grant Guidelines which underpin these Terms and Conditions, are published on the Service NSW website as follows:

NSW Small Business Bushfire Support Grant – Guidelines

Application

These Terms and Conditions together with the Grant Guidelines apply to applicants. By applying, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, the Grant Guidelines and the Service NSW Privacy Policy and Privacy Statement (as applicable).

Eligibility

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' in Apply for the small business bushfire support grant.

Evidence

Applicants must certify that they meet the eligibility criteria. If they are audited, applicants will be required to demonstrate eligibility for the grant and may be required to demonstrate how they have spent grant funds.

Service NSW provides guidance on its website about the types of information, documentation and evidence you will need to consult and retain to be eligible for this grant under 'What you need' in Apply for the small business bushfire support grant.

Conditions for Payment

  • Grants must be used to support eligible small businesses to recover from the bushfires and rebuild resilient businesses. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
    • meeting standing business costs, including utilities, salaries and rent
    • seeking financial advice to support the recovery of the business
    • adjusting the business to be viable in the changed local context following the bushfires 
    • developing the business and extending business reach through marketing and communications activities, or
    • improvements to make the business more resilient to future disasters.
  • Payment will be made via EFT to the applicant’s nominated business bank account.

Verification

  • 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 who have authorised the making of grant applications for the relevant small business.
  • Applicants must retain all tax invoices, official receipts, bank statements, quotations or other similar records for assistance received under the scheme until 5 years after the closing day for applications for the eligible disaster.
  • Applicants must consent to the Commonwealth or administering agency conducting an audit of documentation used to support an application, in order to verify information provided.
  • The administering agency may request verification/confirmation about your application from you or any other private or public authority, for the purpose of administering the scheme (including audits), 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.
  • 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, or as a result of error, is repayable by you and may be recovered.

Closure, suspension or variation of the program

  • The Commonwealth and the administering agency reserve 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
    • 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.

General

  • 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 administering agency.
  • The program and all related documents are governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales. 
  • Where the administering 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.