Available Grants September 2020

Available Grants September 2020

Available Grants September 2020

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Upcoming Grants

The following grants are available to eligible businesses affected by the July 2020 lockdown.

The full details on eligibility & funding are still to be announced.

Licensed Hospitality Business

Funding Available: up to $30,000 depending on location and capacity.

The grant will be available to licensed pubs, clubs, hotels, bars, restaurants and reception centres.

Eligible businesses will also get their liquor license fees waived until 2021.

Outdoor Hospitality Support

Funding Available: $5,000 to adapt outdoor dining spaces and entertainment areas such as the purchase of umbrellas, furniture etc.

The grant will be available to Restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs

Sole Trader Support Fund

Funding Available: $3,000 to sole traders who operate from a commercial premises or location where they are the tenant or licensee.

The grant will be available to businesses such as, retail, accommodation and food services, creative and media, hairdressing, gyms, events, education and training.

Victoria – Round 3 Business Support Fund Grants

Opening date: 18th September 2020

The Victorian Government has announced the third round of the Business Support Fund Grants.

Businesses in Victoria can access grants between $10,000 to $20,000 based on their annual payroll and the following criteria:

To be eligible you must meet the below criteria:

  • be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • employ people
  • be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
  • have an annual payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) as at 30 June 2020
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
  • be registered with the responsible federal or state regulator.

Available Funding;

The amount of the grant is dependent on your annual payroll as follows:

  • $10,000 for annual payroll less than $650,000
  • $15,000 for annual payroll between $650,000 to $3 million
  • $20,000 for annual payroll between $3 million to $10 million

Please contact us for further information.

Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund – VIC Only

The Victorian Government is offering grants of up to $3,000 per tenancy to eligible small private, individual and joint-owner landlords, who are facing financial hardship after reducing rent for their tenants.

Each grant amount will be equal to the amount of the rent waiver provided to the tenant, up to $3,000 per eligible tenancy

This fund will be open for applications from 21 August 2020 for eight weeks or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Grant Opening Date: 21 August 2020

Grant Closing Date: Eight weeks from opening or until funds are exhausted

Landlords can apply if they meet all the criteria.

  • The applicant must have total taxable landholding of less than $1 million as shown by the 2020 State Revenue Office Land Tax Assessment.
  • The applicant must be a private individual (i.e. a person) or joint landlords who are private individuals (i.e. not ownership through Self-Managed Superannuation Fund, Trust or any other incorporated entity).
  • The applicant is a landlord (or are landlords) to one or more properties where a tenant is eligible for Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme CTRS in Victoria.
  • The applicant has provided rent relief to the tenant in accordance with the current regulations (and as evidenced in the current lease agreement) that must be at least 30 percent of total rent payable, of which at least 50 percent of the rent relief is in the form of a waiver for the equivalent of a minimum three-month period: before the date of commencement of this Fund; or after the date of the commencement of this Fund.
  • The applicant must be in financial hardship, or about to be in financial hardship, due to reducing rent for the relevant CTRS-eligible tenant.

Further Reductions to Land Tax

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Victorian Government has announced further land tax relief for landlords until 31 December 2020, in line with their extension to the commercial and residential tenancy relief scheme. 

  • Landlords of residential and commercial properties who provide a 50% or more outright rent waiver of at least 3 months’ rent to eligible tenants can claim a 50% waiver of the property’s 2020 land tax and defer the remaining tax payment to 31 March 2021.
  • Owner-occupiers of commercial properties can obtain a 25% waiver of the property’s 2020 land tax and defer the remaining tax payment to 31 March 2021, if their business meets either of the following conditions;
  1. For a licensed pub, club or restaurant who has a general, full club or on-premises liquor licence:
      • The annual turnover of the premises was no greater than $50 million in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 financial year, and
      • The premises turnover has reduced by at least 30% since March 2020.
  1. For all other businesses:
      • Annual aggregated turnover was no greater than $50 million in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 financial year, and
      • They are eligible for and participating in, the JobKeeper Payment scheme.

Southern Border Small Business Support Grant – NSW Only

The NSW Goverment has released a grant to assist those affected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

The grant can be used to meet unavoidable operating expenses, including utilities, salaries and rent, seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business, developing the business through marketing and communications activities or other supporting activities relating to the operation of the business.

Grant Opening Date:  8th September 2020

Grant Closing Date:    18th October 2020

The grant is available in Two tiers

First Tier – $5,000.00

Criteria

  • Small Businesses suffered at least 30% decline in turnover since 8th July due to border closure.
  • Decline Test: a decline in turnover of at least 30 per cent since 8 July 2020 compared to a period of at least two weeks between 30 March 2020 – 7 July 2020 inclusive.
  • Gross wages for 2019/20 financial year needs to be below $900,000
  • Annual Turnover needs to be more than $75,000

Tier 2 – $10,000

Criteria

  • Small Businesses suffered at least 75% decline in turnover since 8th July due to border closure.
  • Decline Test: a decline in turnover of at least 75 per cent since 8 July 2020 compared to a period of at least two weeks between 30 March 2020 – 7 July 2020 inclusive.
  • Gross wages for 2019/20 financial year needs to be below $900,000
  • Annual Turnover needs to be more than $75,000
  • Business should have less than 20 FTE staff

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Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

Extension to Home Builder Renovation Grant

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On 4 June 2020, the Australian Government announced HomeBuilder to provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home, substantially renovate an existing home or buy an off-the-plan home/new home.

While the eligible contract must be signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020 (inclusive), construction need not commence prior to 31 December 2020. However, it must commence within three months of the contract date and construction cannot have commenced before 4 June 2020.

Three month extension for constuction commencement in Victoria

In light of the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne (effective from 2 August 2020) and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria (effective from 5 August 2020), the Commissioner of State Revenue will exercise his discretion under the National Partnership Agreement to provide a blanket extension of 3 months to the construction commencement requirement for the HomeBuilder Grant.

This means that all applicants for the HomeBuilder Grant in Victoria have 6 months from the signing of the eligible HomeBuilder contract, to commence construction. The Commissioner does not have discretion to grant any extensions beyond this additional 3 month extension.

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Available Grants July 2020

Available Grants July 2020

Available Grants – July 2020

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Victoria – Business Support Fund

 

Businesses within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire that are affected by the return to Stay at Home restrictions may be eligible for a one-off, $5,000 grant under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program.

To be eligible you must meet the below criteria:

  • operate a business located in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire
  • be a participant in the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme
  • employ people
  • be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020
  • have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20 on an ungrouped basis
  • be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) as at 30 June 2020
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have held that ABN at 30 June 2020
  • be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator.

Applications for the grant close on 19th August 2020 and includes the following areas;

  • Banyule
  • Hume
  • Moreland
  • Bayside
  • Kingston
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Boroondara
  • Knox
  • Nillumbik
  • Brimbank
  • Manningham
  • Port Phillip
  • Cardinia
  • Maribyrnong
  • Stonnington
  • Casey
  • Maroondah
  • Whitehorse
  • Darebin
  • Melbourne
  • Whittlesea
  • Frankston
  • Melton
  • Wyndham
  • Glen Eira
  • Monash
  • Yarra
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Moonee Valley
  • Yarra Ranges
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Mitchel Shire

New South Wales – Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant

Closing Date: 16th August 2020

Funding Available: Between $500 to $3,000

The Objective of the Grant:

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Fit-out changes and temporary physical changes (for example, plastic barriers at checkouts)
  • Staff training and counselling
  • Business advice and continuity planning
  • Cleaning products and additional cleaning services
  • Additional equipment necessary to comply with social distancing or other public health measures
  • Marketing, communications and advertising
  • Digital solutions (for example, e-commerce or business websites).

This grant can only be used for purchases of eligible expenses made from 1 July 2020, and only where no other government support is available.

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Queensland – Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program

Closing Date: When the funding runs out

Funding Available: Between $2,000 to $10,000

The Objective of the Grant:

The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

The program aims to see small and micro businesses:

  • Prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
  • Continue to meet operating costs
  • Access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
  • Respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer-term growth
  • Upskill and reskill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
  • Embrace business diversification to adapt and sustain operations
  • Create or retain employment.

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Dairy Farming Business Grants

The Energy Efficient Communities Program will assist businesses and community organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emission, improve energy efficiency practices and technologies and better manage energy

Funding Available: Between $5,000 to $20,000

The closing date: 17th August 2020

Timeframe: Applicants will have18 months to complete the project after grant approval.

Grant Objective:

  • Replacing existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • Installing or replacing a component to help an existing system run more efficiently (for example installing solar pre-heating for a hot water system, installing a variable speed drive on a vacuum pump, installing heat recovery from milk cooling equipment to pre-heat hot water, installing remote monitoring equipment for water storage or pasture condition)
  • Energy audits
  • Investment feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • Monitoring of energy consumption and emissions.
  • Carry out on-farm energy audits

Eligible Expenditures:

  • An energy audit of your site or part of your site
  • Costs related to feasibility studies
  • Purchase or hire of equipment to measure, monitor and record energy use
  • Purchase of equipment to replace existing equipment, where the new equipment is higher efficiency, and costs to decommission, remove and dispose of the old equipment item
  • Purchase of equipment or components to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • Design, and reasonable installation costs of eligible equipment
  • Commissioning or tuning of equipment installed or modified as part of the project, and any related equipment that is affected by the project
  • Building permits or approval costs to install equipment, where required.

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On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Increased To $10,000

On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Increased To $10,000

On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Increased To $10,000

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The Victoria Government has updated their On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant Program for Victorian farmers.

A grant of $10,000 (up from $5,000) per farm business is now available to assist eligible farm businesses.

Eligible farm businesses can now apply for the following;

  • Up to $5,000 for business decision making activites.
  • Up to $5,000 for infrastructure investments.

What local government areas are covered in the scheme?

  • Wellington and East Gippsland
  • Far North West Victoria – Millewa
  • Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

What if I have already received an On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant?

Farmers who have already received the On-Farm Drought Resilience Grant can reapply for a further funding top up that totals $5,000 for business decision making activites and $5,000 for infrastructure investments.

What are the details of eligible activities covered under the grant?

Business Decision making activities

These activities will help manage drought conditions, reposition the farm business, improve on-farm practices or make significant business changes. To be eligible the activity must be purchased and undetaken on or after 2 October 2019.

The following activites are covered;

  • Prepare, review or update strategic business plans
  • Undertake a whole farm plan
  • Undertake business risk assessment
  • Engage agronomic services for the purpose of converting the farm to be more drought resilient (e.g. pasture restoration or improvement plan, feed budgets for drought, managing soils)
  • Undertake business benchmarking
  • Undertake financial management assessment and planning
  • Undertake succession planning

Infrastructure Investment

These investments will improve drought preparedness and better position the farm business into the future. The activities must be purchased and undertaken on or after 2 October 2019.

Improvements include the following;

  • Items to construct a new or upgrade an existing Stock Containment Area (SCA) – such as fencing, gates, troughs, piping, tanks, pumps and livestock feeders. SCAs have specific design and siting requirements that must be met.
  • Reticulated water systems using pumps, piping, tanks and troughs for livestock
  • Irrigation system upgrades (e.g. automated systems, irrigation pumps)
  • Drilling of new stock water bores and associated power supply such as generators or desalination plants
  • Desilting works of existing stock and domestic dams
  • Farm development to improve drought management efficiencies to farm production systems (e.g. soil moisture monitoring, weather stations, telemetry sensor equipment)
  • Adoption of reduced tillage practices, including purchase and/or modification of equipment
  • Grain and fodder storage (e.g. silos, silage bunkers, hay sheds)
  • Internal re-fencing to better match property layout with land capability
  • Fencing for the exclusion of wildlife to protect and manage crops and pastures
  • Pasture restoration (e.g. associated seed and fertiliser costs)
  • Establishment of ground cover (e.g. fodder crops) as a remedial action before pastures can be established
  • Addition of shelter belts for shade, wind breaks and erosion control
  • Upgrading of areas (e.g. laneway upgrades, repairs or expansion) to deliver lasting benefits directly linked to productivity and profitability
  • Feeding system upgrades (e.g. feed pads or feed troughs)
  • Improving waste water and effluent management systems
  • Permanent milk vat upgrades (e.g. electronics)
  • Adoption of precision farming techniques (e.g. auto-steer tramlining, yield mapping and weed-seeker technology)
  • Mechanical seeding (e.g. hire or purchase of seeding machines, roller).
  • Items to improve mobile phone connectivity, such as permissible antennas and mobile phone repeaters, to support farmers to access internet-based information and support services.
  • Weed control, such as purchase of registered herbicide, to support maintenance of healthy pastures and to protect environmental assets.
  • Soil moisture probes as an explicit investment under soil moisture monitoring activities.

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COVID-19 Greater Shepparton E-commerce Grant

COVID-19 Greater Shepparton E-commerce Grant

COVID-19 Greater Shepparton E-Commerce Grant

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Greater Shepparton City Council is offering a grant to small and medium businesses to facilitate transitioning to online and e-commerce activities.

How much can I claim?

You can claim up to $3,000 per applicant, with a total pool of $120,000. These funds will be available to claim until 1st of August 2020 or until they run out.

Who is eligible?

  • Have a business located in the Greater Shepparton area.
  • Have a valid ABN as of 16 March 2020.
  • An annual payroll of less than $650,000
  • Have been highly impacted by the Non-Essential Activity Directions to date as a result of COVID-19.

What may be funded?

  • Website design and development.
  • E-commerce platform (selling online and receiving payment).
  • Online content development (web pages, mobile apps, audio and visual media).
  • Mentoring and training in online and e-commerce activities.

Any activities commenced after 16 March 2020 when the State of Emergency was declared are eligible for the funding.
It is expected that the proposed activities will be completed in 8 months with preference going to those that be completed in a shorter period of time.

For more information regarding the grant visit the Greater Shepparton City Council website

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Drought Loans Available

Drought Loans Available

Drought Loans Available

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The details of the Government’s 1 billion dollar drought plan aren’t available yet but the following loans are available to farmers.

Farm Innovation Fund – NSW Residents Only

  • Borrow up to a maximum of $1mil to build on farm infrastructure
  • Interest rate 2.5%
  • Term is up to 20 years.
  • Security: Statutory Charge and registered caveat over the property.

https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/loans/farm-innovation-fund

Drought Assistance Fund – NSW Residents Only

  • Up to $50k interest free loan.
  • Transport of livestock, fodder or water
  • Water and fodder infrastructure
  • Activities which promote profitability and resilience
  • Term: two years repayment free from the date loan is drawn down and then up to five years of principle only repayments
  • Security: Statutory Charge and registered caveat over the property.

https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/loans/drought-assistance-fund

Drought Loan with Regional Investment Corporation (RIC)

  • Up to $2mil for refinancing (restructuring existing debt), accessing new debt for operation expenses and capital expenditure.
  • Interest rate: 3.11% variable rate
  • Term: 10 years – first 5 years interest only, then principal and interest for the remainder of the 10 year term.

https://www.ric.gov.au/sites/default/files/SiteCollectionDocuments/drought-loan-guidelines.pdf

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