Bellingen Shire businesses impacted by bushfire thrown another lifeline

The small business assistance program was recently extended. Photo: File
The small business assistance program was recently extended. Photo: File

Small businesses across NSW impacted by bushfires can still apply for support under the small business assistance program due to a recent extension that will see applications remain open until December 15.

"Last season's bushfires were unprecedented, and the support offered by the NSW Government needed to match," Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

"The $10,000 and $50,000 small business grants have resulted in around $240 million being paid out to small businesses, putting money directly into the pockets of those enterprises most in need across the state.

"Initially, the grants program was expected to close mid-year; however, the assistance will remain open until the end of the year and can be accessed via Service NSW."

Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope said it was important that small businesses were supported, particularly given the compounded effects of bushfires and now COVID.

"In addition to the small business grants, the concessional loans program for small businesses will also be extended," he said.

"The NSW Government is here to support regional NSW on the long-term recovery journey, and we encourage bushfire impacted small businesses who have not yet accessed this support to please call Service NSW on 13 77 88."

The following financial aid programs have been extended until December 15:

  • $10,000 Small Business Bushfire Support Grants
  • Small Business Bushfire Recovery Grants of up to $50,000 for businesses directly impacted by bushfire
  • Bushfire Recovery Loan of up to $500,000

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