City announces Business Revival Grants

The City of Greater Bendigo has announced a new Business Revival Grants program available to eligible local small businesses struggling due to COVID-19.

It is part of a suite of initiatives to support businesses during this recovery period.

The Business Revival Grants, valued at $40,000 in total, will be available to fund the purchase of local goods and obtain professional advice from other Greater Bendigo businesses.

Examples include legal advice, accounting, human resources, business planning, marketing, web design, development or expansion of digital platforms, cybersecurity services, or shopfront or business improvements such as painting facades and installing new signage.

Businesses can apply for funding support in these areas up to the value of $1,000. Businesses are encouraged to speak with City staff if they wish to carry out improvements that may require planning or building approval.

City Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the grants were designed to assist businesses to adapt and respond to COVID-19, as well as boost local spending.

“By ensuring they are targeted to be used on local services, these grants will have a dual benefit,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“If a business wants to complete works instead of using a service, we will be looking at projects that will enhance the vibrancy of our business and shopping precincts.

“This new grant is part of a suite of City initiatives designed to support businesses affected by COVID-19 that include rate deferrals, a full waiver on various local law fees, 50 per cent reduction of  food, health and accommodation fees for the 2021 calendar year, assistance to set up new outdoor dining spaces and free weekly business support webinars offering practical advice during this challenging time.”

As part of the eligibility criteria for the grants, businesses are required to have an ABN, be in Greater Bendigo and have 20 staff or less. Grants can only be applied to new projects and must be spent by the end of March 2021. It cannot be used for expenses already incurred.

Applications for round one close on Friday December 11, 2020.





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