Bushfire assistance: Small business bushfire recovery grant

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Following the devastating bushfires on the NSW South Coast, the NSW Government has made available a range of financial assistance to help with clean up and recovery.

If you are a small business or non-profit organisation, and you have suffered direct damage to your premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019-2020 bushfire event (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for a bushfire recovery grant.

The bushfire recovery grant of up to $50,000 is to help pay for costs associated with the clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or non-profit organisation’s operations. The costs could include, but are not limited to:

  • payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • equipment and materials required for cleaning up
  • the removal and disposal of damaged goods and materials
  • repairing premises and internal fittings
  • hiring equipment and/or replacing stock needed to resume operations

Grants are not available for the following:

  • expenses that are covered under the small business or non-profit organisation’s insurance policy
  • loss of income as a result of the bushfires

Note: The bushfire recovery grant replaces the disaster-recovery grant of up to $15,000 for small business that was administered by the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA). If you’ve applied for that grant your application will still be processed. If you’ve already received a payment for the RAA grant, the amount you received will be deducted from the maximum amount of $50,000 available under this new grant.

Eligibility

You must be a small business owner or non-profit organisation in a defined bushfire-affected area and:

  • have suffered direct damage
  • be primarily responsible for meeting the costs you are claiming
  • be intending to re-establish your small business or non-profit organisation in the defined disaster area
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at the time of the bushfire
  • have been engaged in carrying on the small business at the time of the bushfire

You may also be eligible if your small business or non-profit organisation is located outside the defined disaster area, but:

  • operates on a part-time or regular basis within the defined disaster area, and
  • equipment and/or a plant owned by your small business was located in the defined disaster area and damaged at the time of the bushfire.

Further information on eligibility can be found on the Service NSW website.

Applications

Applications can be made online on the Service NSW website. You can also apply in person at one of the following locations:

If you need assistance with your application call 137788.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.